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Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association Names Senior Vice President of Sales; CVB Professional Ronnie Burt Jr. Joins ICVA Team on Jan. 5 December 16, 2008

Posted by ICVA Communications in Conventions & Meetings, ICVA Business.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association (ICVA) has named Ronnie Burt Jr.  as its new senior vice president of sales.  Burt Jr. had been the vice president of sales and services for the Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors Association since 2005. 

“We are incredibly fortunate to have secured a convention sales professional of Ronnie’s caliber,” said ICVA President & CEO Don Welsh.  “His broad experience in sales and services will allow the ICVA to more aggressively sell Indianapolis’ changing convention product, while his strong leadership and management skills will motivate and drive our sales team to produce metric-driven results.”

With nearly 20 years in the hospitality and tourism industry, Burt Jr. began his career as a marketing executive at Caesars Hotel and Casino.  He joined the Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors Association in 1999 as director of national accounts, eventually leading its sales efforts in the role as vice president of convention sales and services, the position which he vacates.  In 2006, Burt Jr. served as the interim president and CEO, where he managed a staff of more than 50 employees and a $9 million budget. 

Burt Jr. is an active member of several professional industry associations, including the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). 

The mission of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is to advance Indianapolis tourism and economic growth.  The ICVA seeks to increase the number of visitors and their financial impact, expand positive perception of Indianapolis and positively influence the visitor experience.  According to a Global Insight report, in partnership with D.K. Shifflet & Associates, 21.9 million visitors annually provide $3.56 billion in total annual economic impact of tourism on the Indianapolis economy resulting in 66,621 full-time equivalent employment positions in the hospitality industry.

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