The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau today announced the hire of Walden Agustin Sr. as senior national accounts director.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Walden to the PHLCVB sales team,” says Jack Ferguson, president and CEO, PHLCVB. “His experience will be a tremendous asset in promoting Philadelphia as one of the country’s top meeting destinations and booking additional room nights in our region’s hotels,”

In his new position, Agustin will generate tentative and definite business from the Midwest and Southeast regions, with responsibility for midsize and citywide groups.

A Johnson & Wales University graduate, Agustin brings more than 19 years of experience to PHLCVB. Previously, he worked for the San Francisco Travel Association, where he was responsible for the Midwest citywide association and corporate accounts. He also spent time at a number of Hyatt Hotels, the Hilton San Francisco, the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Hawaii Convention Center.

“Having worked with destination marketing organizations, hotels and a convention facility I am keenly aware of what clients expect from a destination,” says Agustin. “I am excited to bring this expertise to Philadelphia and I look forward to taking the PHL story on the road as we work to drive even more convention business to the region.” 
 

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Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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