Oklahoma City (April 5, 2022) – The Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit OKC) is thrilled to announce that Kellie Myers has been named one of Destinations International’s 2022 30 Under 30 recipients. To learn more about each honoree, click here.
Myers has served as a Convention Services Manager since 2019 and is focused on providing exceptional support to meeting and convention planners. She coordinates hotel room blocks, transportation logistics and a wide variety of other event planning services so that attendees have a positive experience while in Oklahoma City.
“Kellie lives our organizational values by bringing energy, heart and integrity to everything she does,” said Visit OKC President Zac Craig. “We celebrate Kellie and are happy to see her accomplishments receive much-deserved attention among our industry peers around the world.”
This prestigious group also honored Visit OKC’s Sports Business Manager Erin Randall as a 30 Under 30 honoree in 2019.
Destinations International is committed to investing and preparing the leaders of tomorrow and developing future industry leaders that represent a diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives. Each year, 30 individuals under the age of 30, are selected to gain valuable industry networking opportunities and increased thought leadership throughout the year. The honorees originate from a variety of destination organizations of all sizes and countries.
A diverse and inclusive workplace is central to our industry’s ability to attract, develop, and retain the talent it needs to remain competitive, drive innovation and maintain relevance. Studies on equity, diversity and inclusion show that there is an opportunity for training and education for entry and midlevel employees that would have a long-term impact to implement equity, diversity and inclusion practices and be deliberate on succession planning.
“The 30 Under 30 program remains critical to our organization’s vision and mission,” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. “As our industry moves toward recovery, we are especially excited to announce these young professionals as they are the future of the travel and tourism industry.”
“The Destinations International Foundation believes in building up the leaders of tomorrow, said John Percy, president and CEO of Destination Niagara USA and Destinations International Foundation chair. “We are proud of our 30 Under 30 Program and for the foundation investors who make programs like these possible for our industry. We look forward to engaging with them through professional development and networking opportunities throughout the year and in the years to come.”
“We are thrilled to honor this year’s class of emerging young leaders,” said Mike Gamble, president and CEO of SearchWide Global. “As we continue to rebuild and re-energize our industry, our commitment to the 30 under 30 program and the professional development of our future leaders will remain essential.”
The 2022 30 Under 30 Class Includes:
Kellie Myers, Convention Services Manager, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau
Sinothando Adonisi, Researcher, Cape Town Tourism
Kayla Adams, Sports Sales Manager, Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Deanna Barclay, Senior Manager, Content, Visit Baltimore
April Brown, Special Events Manager, South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Annie Cameron, Senior Marketing Content Manager, Discover Halifax
Olivia Celata, Marketing & Travel Trade Promotions Manager, New Orleans & Company
Skylar Clark, Director, Partner Marketing, Brand USA
Tyler Cole, Economic Development Officer - Sports & Events, Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development & Tourism
Zhavier Harris, Marketing Specialist, Visit Springfield
Danielle Keller, Business Applications Specialist, Explore St. Louis
Nick Kleva, Sports Tourism Manager, Visit South Bend Mishawaka
Krystal Kusmieruk, Digital Marketing Manager, Visit Greater Palm Springs
Ophélie Le Livec, Creative Design Specialist, VisitNorfolk
Katie Ligon, Executive Assistant to the President/CEO, Memphis Tourism
Brianna McEnroe, Social Media & Digital Communications Manager, Discover Long Island
Olivia Novak, Marketing Manager, Discover Lancaster
Kaitlyn Parham, Digital Marketing & Design Director, Cobb Travel & Tourism
Chris Riggins, Destination Marketing Manager, Destination Bryan
Mary Rowe, Tourism Sales Administration Manager, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
Celeste Rodriguez, Digital Communications Specialist, Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (Visit Reno Tahoe)
Taylor Savage, National Sales Manager, Experience Columbus
Amy Shen, Sales Coordinator, Destination Toronto
Mallory Snyder, Vice President of Business Development, Visit York County
Lindsey Steck, Marketing & Communications Manager, Visit Pensacola
Courtney Swenson, Marketing Manager, Stafford County, Virginia
Davelyn Tardi, Communications Manager, Discover Puerto Rico
Alexea Veneracion, Director of Communications, Visit Colorado Springs
Jonathan Walker, Sports Sales Manager, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
Rasheedi Williams, Group Development Account Representative, Visit Orlando
Now in its 12th year, the 30 Under 30 program is supported by founding program partner, SearchWide Global and sponsored by Fired Up! Culture, Northstar Meetings Group and PCMA. For more information on the 30 Under 30 Program and the 2022 30 Under 30 class, please visit destinationsinternational.org/general-information/30-under-30.