2017 Save the Date!!
January 29th - 31st,

Thank you for being apart of this years 2016 Hospitality & Tourism conference. Click on each individual speaker below to view their 2016 presentation.

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Korena Keys

Founder, Key Media Solutions

A true small-town girl, Korena earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications from the University of Sioux Falls. Korena began her professional career with KELO-TV before being joining the agency world. She served a fifteen-year stint in full service advertising as a senior level media strategist. While ...
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George Zimmermann

Chairman, Longwoods International USA, Inc

George Zimmermann joined Longwoods International USA Inc. as Chairman in October 2014. He brings more than two decades of experience in tourism destination marketing and research to the Longwoods team and its clients. He was the Vice President responsible for Travel Michigan at the Michigan Economic Development ...
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Berkeley W. Young

President, Young Strategies, Inc

Berkeley Young has over twenty years of experience in the travel industry, and leads innovative team specializing in travel/tourism research, strategy, and management consultation.  His expertise  in  research, planning and strategy has provided destinations, attractions and tourism organizations valuable ...
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Neil Mortine

President and CEO, Fahlgren Mortine

Neil Mortine is president and CEO of Fahlgren Mortine, one of the largest independently owned marketing and communications firms in the country. His nearly 30 years of corporate communications and brand marketing management experience has been at full-service agencies serving notable brands including McDonald’s, ...
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Shaun MacGillivray


Shaun’s been on filming expeditions around the world since he was in diapers, but it wasn’t until a trip to Palau at the age of 13 that he realized that his dad’s passion for storytelling was in his blood. He was snorkeling on the “set” when he encountered a giant grouper (think the size of...
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James Hagen

South Dakota Secretary of Tourism

James Hagen has served as South Dakota’s Secretary of Tourism since 2011. Secretary Hagen has a passion for seeing the visitor industry in his state grow to new heights. As a member of the National Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, he is equally passionate about seeing the United States grow as a vacation ...
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Jeremy Whitt

Media Director, BVK

While “media” appears on his business card, Jeremy fancies himself as more of a channel planner. He spent years integrating media, creative, brand planning, PR, and social media into a collective channel planning approach. While most media professionals are looking to negotiate impressions, Jeremy prioritizes ...
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Victoria Simmons

VP Group Director, BVK, Travel & Tourism

In her sweet, authentically southern way, Victoria brings almost 20 years of account service experience and stories to her clients. She’s known for leading by example and being consistently passionate about producing category-changing work. Victoria is gifted at translating research and consumer insights into ...
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Peter Sherman

Executive Vice President, Omnicom Group

Peter knows that innovation and collaboration are paramount. They are the pillars he uses to drive success in his role as Executive Vice President for Omnicom Group, where he works across DAS Group of Companies, Omnicom Media Group and three major advertising networks (BBDO, DDB and TBWA). This unquestionable ...
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Diane Shober

Executive Director, Wyoming Office of Tourism

“Do what you love and love what you do.” With a passion and zest for all things Wyoming, Diane, has found the perfect opportunity to live out her mantra in her role as Tourism Executive Director for the State of Wyoming, a position she has held since June 2003. During her tenure, Diane has expanded...
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Jay Hart


Jay Hart is the director of the Force Training Institute and has worked with numerous Global and National Fortune 500 Companies on creating and implementing active shooter mitigation programs. Mr. Hart began his career in threat assessment and site security as a member of the United States Marine Corps Fleet ...
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