Amy Calvert, senior vice president of convention sales and services for Visit Baltimore, has been named CEO of the Events Industry Council.
EIC, an umbrella organization for the meetings and events industry based in Washington, D.C., has been on a leadership search since January when Karen Kotowski, CMP, CAE, announced her departure. Kotowski served with EIC for a decade.
The search committee, led by Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group, selected Calvert from among 50 qualified candidates. Calvert brings 30 years of experience in hospitality and destination marketing to her new role, including positions with the Long Beach Convention Bureau, Intercontinental Hotels Group, and Visit Baltimore. She was with the Baltimore bureau for the past 10 years and is credited with launching a marketing campaign that doubled convention sales for Baltimore in its first few years.
Tina Wehmeir, CMP, CAE, chair of the EIC board of directors, says that now is a “fitting time” for the organization to have a new leader “as we look to enhance our CMP program, expand educational programming, and increase our focus on enabling sustainable events.” Wehmeir says the board of directors is focused on redefining EIC’s “mission, vision, and long-term global strategic plan in partnership with our new CEO.”
EIC has more than 30 member organizations representing the events industry and, among other initiatives, manages the Certified Meeting Professional designation program.