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2017 Board of Directors

 

Officers

Phil San Filippo

Phil San Filippo, Chair

Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau

Phil moved to New Mexico in March 2012 to take on the Executive Director position for the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mr. San Filippo previously lived in South Florida where he worked in various aspects of the hospitality and tourism industry for over 30 years.

Antoinette Vigil

Antoinette Vigil, Vice Chair

Sandoval County

Antoinette Vigil is a Manager at the Office of Business Development and Tourism for Sandoval County. She has held multiple public service positions on the local and state level including the State of New Mexico Economic Development Department. In her current position, she is responsible for the coordination and implementation of short and long term objectives that promote the County’s tourism and economic growth opportunities, identify uses of a variety of media for marketing and promotion including social media, websites, print and broadcast media, as well as collaborate and participate with numerous resource partners and organizations to fortify those efforts. She has held positions that had a tourism or community development focus - serving as a Chamber CEO, MainStreet Executive Director, PR/Special Events Coordinator, and Film Commission Chair.

Brendon Smith, Secretary

Lamar Advertising

Brendon Smith is currently the Sales Manager for Lamar Advertising New Mexico/ El Paso TX. Brendon has been in this position for 5 years following a promotion and relocation from Lamar Advertising in Asheville NC where he was an Account Executive. His current duties include supervising the sales of over 2000 billboards throughout New Mexico and El Paso. Prior to working for Lamar, Brendon was in the hospitality industry in his hometown of Pensacola FL for 8 years. He resides in Albuquerque with his wife and two children.

Christine Wight, Treasurer

Angel Fire Resort

Christine is the Executive Director of Hospitality at Angel Fire Resort. She has 20+ years of experience in hospitality sales, marketing and management in Resort locations in Rhode Island, Colorado and New Mexico. Currently Christine sits on the Sales Advisory Board for HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Assn Intl), Member Solutions Advisory Board for NTA (Natl Tour Assn) and is a member of the Enchanted Circle Marketing Coop team.

Tonya Stinson

Tonya Stinson, Past Chair

Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau

Tonya Stinson is the Executive Director of the Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau where she has worked since 2000. Tonya is a member of several tourism related organizations and serves as Chair of the New Mexico Hospitality Association as well as being the City of Farmington and San Juan County endorsed liaison to the New Mexico Film Office. In 2015, she was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries.

Directors

Belia Alvarez

Heritage Hotels and Resorts 

Belia Alvarez, Director of Hospitality and Hilton Garden Inn General Manager As Director of Hospitality, Belia Alvarez sets the standard of hospitality instilled in Heritage Hotels & Resorts team members, and especially those who work with our VIP guests. She is also the General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn located in Las Cruces. Alvarez has 20 years of hospitality experience, serving for many of those as a general manager with the Hilton Garden Inn, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, and the Hilton/Hampton Inn & Suites.Belia Alvarez, Director of Hospitality and Hilton Garden Inn General Manager As Director of Hospitality, Belia Alvarez sets the standard of hospitality instilled in Heritage Hotels & Resorts team members, and especially those who work with our VIP guests. She is also the General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn located in Las Cruces. Alvarez has 20 years of hospitality experience, serving for many of those as a general manager with the Hilton Garden Inn, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, and the Hilton/Hampton Inn & Suites.

Ed Pulsifer

La Fonda on the Plaza

Ed is a Native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque. He has thirty years of hospitality sales and marketing experience in New Mexico ranging from single property branded hotel, Convention and Visitors Bureau, multiple property Independent hotels and historic hotels.

Tania Armenta

Visit Albuquerque 

Tania Armenta is the President & CEO of Visit Albuquerque and has been with the organization for 18 years.  She is a forward-thinking and proven leader known for building partnerships to reach goals as well as developing strong and talented teams.  She serves on several other local and national boards including the U.S. Travel Association’s Destinations Council and Ski New Mexico. Tania was recently named one of Smart Meetings 2016 Smart Women in Meetings award recipients.  

Mark Bleth

Mark Bleth

Follow The Sun

Mark Bleth started his career in tourism in 2003 when he co-founded Follow The Sun (FTS). with his wife Rose. The company has grown from a single van and mini bus in one location to over 30 vehicles in 3 locations in New Mexico. FTS is the exclusive Tour Operator for Spaceport America (SPA) in Sierra County since 2011 and currently has under construction the Spaceport America Visitor Center in downtown Truth or Consequences.  The opening of the new interactive Spaceport America Experience will begin in June 2015.  The center will also feature SPA merchandise and a space themed café.

Travis Suazo

Travis Suazo

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Travis L. Suazo is the Executive Director of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Inc. (IPCC). He is from the Pueblos of Laguna, Acoma and Taos. In December 2012, became the permanent Executive Director of the IPCC.

Rich Verunni

Rich Verruni

Bishops Lodge Resort & Spa

A dynamic and highly motivated leader, Richard Verruni has more than 30 years of hospitality management experience and a nurturing nature that translates into feelings of warm welcome for each guest at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa. As managing director at Santa Fe’s only ranch resort, his portfolio includes a number of four and five star hotels and conference centers and extensive sales, marketing and management experience.

Stephen Smith

Total Management Systems

Stephen has served in hospitality since 2002. He recently joined Total Management Systems. His primary focus is to work toward achieving the company’s vision. His responsibilities include revenue and profitability performance oversight of the entire portfolio, building the desired culture, and strengthening the company’s infrastructure. He has expertise in all aspects of hotel operations with proficiency in marketing, food, beverage, and technology. As a visionary and leader, Stephen has established strategic plans where every hotel will consistently achieve or exceed the brand’s standards, revenue indexes and out-perform the marketplace. Stephen is keenly focused on guest satisfaction, associate engagement, training and developing top performers. He is an integral part of the management group and his high level of expertise will contribute to the company’s aggressive growth plans.

Prior to joining Total Management Systems, Stephen was with GF Hotels where he served for three years. As a task force expert, he successfully converted hotels to new brands, opened hotels, closed hotels and worked with management to improve underperforming hotels. His short term assignments were in every type of market, from Ohio to Alaska. He has brand experience within the IHG, Hilton, Marriott, Wyndham and Choice franchises.

Stephen is a 2004 graduate of Youngstown State University where he earned a degree in Hospitality. He served as chapter treasurer of the Hospitality Management Association and was nominated for membership to the Centarians organization.


 

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