Abby Schrum, who has worked on staging meetings and conferences for the Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism and other tourism-related events, is now president of her own company, Meetings Forte LLC.
Barbeiro “Kiko” Neto is the new commercial manager of PANROTAS, the largest Brazilian travel trade publication and news portal. Neto spent 20 years at Editora Abril, a major Brazilian publisher, where he worked on several projects, including tourism and other business segments. His team is made up of six account executives and two assistants in São Paulo, one in Rio de Janeiro and two in the United States.
Connie Kopecky has joined the staff of Visit Milwaukee as sales account executive. In her position, Kopecky comes to Visit Milwaukee with more than 20 years of experience at GMR Marketing LLC, where her most recent position was director of travel, corporate events, meetings and hospitality.
Doug Stagner has left SeaWorld to join the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions in the newly created post of chief operating officer and executive vice president of worldwide operations. Stagner began his 32-year career with SeaWorld in 1984 as a San Diego ride operator. Most recently he was vice president of international operations for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.
The Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs has hired longtime Reno journalist Guy Clifton to serve on its public relations team. He will serve as a public relations specialist dedicated to the cultural affairs divisions of the department: the Division of Museums & History, the Nevada Arts Council, and the Nevada Indian Commission. Clifton is widely known known in Nevada for his work at the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he served for 22 years as a reporter, columnist, and editor