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SITE announces 2019 Board of Directors

Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) has announced a list of experienced and diverse global incentive travel leaders from 10 countries who will serve on the SITE International Board of Directors and SITE Foundation Board of Trustees, effective 1 January 2019. 

“Continuity is planned and never by accident. It has truly been a joy to see such an extraordinary slate of candidates run for the SITE board,” says Rajeev Kohli, SITE past-president and 2018 nominations chair. “I know SITE is in good hands for years to come and we have people ready to take on challenges in the future.”

Philip Eidsvold, senior director client services for One10, will serve as president of the SITE International Board of Directors. Eidsvold says he looks fo forward to working proactively with our new and returning board members “to strengthen SITE’s reach and reputation amongst members, the industry, the business world and society at large”.

Alongside Eidsvold, returning 2019 directors include:

  • Immediate Past President: Annamaria Ruffini, CIS, CITP, CMP, president and CEO Events In & Out S.R.L., Rome, Italy
  • President-Elect: Jennifer Glynn, CIS, CITP, managing partner, Meeting Encore Ltd & Intuitive Conferences + Events, Canada
  • Vice-President, Finance & Business Development: Aoife Delaney, CIS, director of sales and marketing, DMC Network, Ireland
  • Vice-President Education & Certification: Kevin Edmunds, CITP, vice-president sales, AIC Hotel Group, USA
  • Member-at-Large: Eda Özden Günyüz, CIS, CITP, director of business development, MEP Destination Business Solutions, Turkey
  • Daryl Keywood, CIS, managing director and ceo, Walthers DMC, South Africa
  • Ellie MacPherson, CITP, sr. vice-president, Strategic Meetings + Incentives, Canada
  • Anne-Marie Rogers, director meetings & incentives, Direct Travel, USA
  • Julia Trejo, CIS, CMP, DMCP, director of business development, Terramar – a DMC Network Company, Mexico
  • Alicia Yao, CIS, general manager, IME Consulting Co., Ltd., China
  • Carina Bauer, SITE Foundation President-Elect, ceo, IMEX Group & Regent Exhibitions, United Kingdom

Two new directors are also joining the board in 2019:

  • El Kwang, CITP, ceo, Untangled Pte Ltd & Business Events Asia, Singapore
  • Rebecca Wright, CIS, director account operations, Creative Group, USA

Meanwhile, John Iannini, vice-president business travel meetings & events Americas at Melia Hotels International, will serve his second year as SITE Foundation President. Together with Iannini, the foundation’s trustee roster includes:

  • Immediate Past President: Rhea Stagner, CIS, CITP, division vice-president, sourcing and supplier relations, Maritz Travel – a Maritz Global Events Company, USA
  • President-Elect: Carina Bauer, ceo, IMEX Group & Regent Exhibitions, United Kingdom
  • Vice-President Finance: Terry Manion, executive vice-president, Meridican Incentive Consultants, Canada
  • Vice-President Fundraising & Events: Anne DiGregory, director global luxury sales, Marriott International Luxury Brands, USA
  • Vice-President Research & Content: Tina Weede, CIS, CITP, CRP, president and ceo, Peerless Performance, USA
  • Lynn Pavony, director of incentive sales, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, USA
  • Selina Sinclair, CITP, CMP, SMMC, global managing director, Pacific World, Singapore
  • Kevin Regan, MBA, global director charter and incentives, Azamara Club Cruises, USA
  • Hamish Reid, MICE consultant, Hills Balfour, Great Britain
  • Jimmy Romo, CITP, general manager specialty sales, Delta Airlines, USA
  • Dana Weaver, CIS, sr. manager marketing services, GROWMARK, USA
  • Chris Wheeler, executive director global incentive sales, sbe Group, USA
  • Jennifer Glynn, CIS, CITP, SITE president-elect, managing partner, Meeting Encore Ltd & Intuitive Conferences and Events, Canada

Two new trustees joining the Foundation board in 2019 are:

  • Amy Riley, CEM, Senior Director of Business Sales, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, USA
  • Brad Hecht, Vice President, Travel, Motivation Excellence, USA

Board members and Foundation Trustees will be formally introduced to members during the SITE Global Conference, 11-14 January in Bangkok, Thailand.