After a nationwide search that began in May, Andrew Ortale has been named chief sales officer for VisitPITTSBURGH. Ortale’s appointment makes a return to Pittsburgh for the seasoned industry veteran who has more than 20 years of domestic and international event experience. He previously served as national sales director for VisitPITTSBURGH before taking on a senior sales position with Visit Orlando.
VisitPITTSBURGH has developed a fun promotional campaign to get locals more involved with its “Pittsburgh. Mighty. Beautiful.” theme and tagline. The organization kicked-off the “Mighty. Beautiful.” campaign and contest at its Annual Meeting luncheon by asking attendees to think of a third word to describe the city, e.g. Mighty. Beautiful. Welcoming. Among the words being used to describe Pittsburgh were: Inspiring. Proud. Reinvented. Welcoming. Legendary. Innovative.
Affable, with a beaming smile, Craig Davis is about as far from the stereotypical computer geek as you can get, yet the president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH spent his college days in front of a screen. Thankfully, a summer job with his college’s housing department turned him on to hospitality. “I was bitten by the bug,” he says, referring to the draw the hospitality business has on so many. “It’s such a positive industry and you’re usually present when people are having a good time.”
The Pittsburgh Business Times has released their annual healthiest employers list—and VisitPITTSBURGH made the cut.
VisitPITTSBURGH has announced the hiring of Tom Loftus as vice president of communications.
In his new role, Lofts will be in charge of managing and executing all internal and external communications programs, while also incorporating multimedia and digital communication tools that support and enhance the organization’s goals and mission.