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Officers, Directors, and Staff

  • Directors are elected from the NYSTIA membership to serve three year terms.
  • Officers are elected from the NYSTIA Board of Directors to serve one year terms

2019-20 Executive Committee

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Chair: Josiah BrownVice Chair: Heather Bagshaw
President/CEO, New York's Best Experiences
Tourism Director, Greene County
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Treasurer: Nick CalderazzoVice Chair: Ken Meifert
President, Twin Travel Concepts
VP, Sponsorship & Development
National Baseball Hall of Fame
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Secretary: Dana Krueger
Officer At-Large: Kelly Ann Curtin
Director of Fun, DanaEvents
EVP Membership & Destination Services,
NYC & Company
Immediate Past Chair: Natasha Caputo
Director, Westchester County Tourism & Film


2019-20 Board of Directors

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Jennifer Ackerson, President
ALON Marketing Group
Greg LaDuca, Vice President
Visit Rochester
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Annamaria Bellantoni, VP Tourism
Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce
Anna Leonard, Director of Marketing
Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern
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Joanne Conley, Tourism Director
Warren County Tourism / President - ARTC
Hillarie Logan-Dechene, Deputy Director
The Wild Center
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Beth Duane, Chief Marketing Officer
Corning Museum of Glass
Andrew Nixon, Director
Chautauqua County CVB
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Sarah Foster, Director of Media Relations
Oneida County Tourism

John Percy, President/CEO
Destination Niagara USA
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Corey Fram, Director
1000 Islands International Tourism Council
Sara Poe, VP Mktg & Communications
Strong National Museum of Play

Stephanie Johnson, Divisional Director
LEGOLAND New York Resort
Eric Szucs, Director of Tourism
Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism

Valerie Knoblauch, President & CEO
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection


2019-20 Ex Officio Board Members

Ross Levi, Executive Director / Vice President
NYS Div of Tourism / Empire State Development

Suzanne Bixby, VP Marketing & Public Relations
Campground Owners of New York

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Mark Dorr, President
NYS Hospitality & Tourism Assoc.

Wendy Gibson, Dir Marketing & Promotions
NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

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Cristyne Nicholas, Chair
NYS Tourism Advisory Council
CEO / Nicholas & Lence
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NYSTIA Staff

Robert Provost

Robert Provost
President & CEO
bob@nystia.org

Christine Hoffer

Christine Hoffer
Chief Operating Officer
christine@nystia.org