Certified Hospitality Sales Professional Joins Gateway Center Campus Sales and Marketing Team
ATLANTA – January 6, 2023 – The Georgia International Convention Center (GICC), the second largest convention center in the state, today announced the appointment of Ricki VanDuvall as director of sales and marketing. VanDuvall is a Certified Hospitality Sales Professional (CHSP) bringing more than 20 years of hotel industry experience to the GICC team. In her new role, she will oversee the team responsible for selling the convention space, as well as Gateway Center Arena and the Historic College Park Golf Course. She will also be responsible for driving growth to the destination by raising awareness for all hotels and venues situated on the GICC campus and collaborating with the ATL District Airport CVB to deliver meaningful revenue-generating events to the market.
“We are delighted to welcome such a strong industry professional with renowned hospitality experience to our family,” said Mercedes Miller, executive director of the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) and the Gateway Center Arena. “With deep roots in the College Park community and exceptional interpersonal skills, we are confident Ricki will be of great value in continuing the growth of our destination.”
VanDuvall, an Atlanta native, spent her high school years in College Park before moving to Washington, D.C., where she earned her bachelor’s degree from Howard University. Before joining the GICC team, she served as a valuable asset at various hotel brands including the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport, Radisson Hotel Group and Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport.
Throughout her career, VanDuvall gained experience overseeing a team of sales professionals, growing topline revenue and managing budgets to ensure positive flow. She has also demonstrated the ability to cultivate a creative and customer-focused environment. During her tenure with Radisson Hotel Group, she received the Golden Rose award for revenue generation – the organization’s highest recognition.
About the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC)
Georgia’s second largest convention center, the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC), is uniquely positioned to offer guests and clients unprecedented convenience. As the world’s only convention center directly connected to a major airport, this modern facility embodies the grace and efficiency of flight itself. The GICC is also home to three new LEED-certified convention hotels; the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, the Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway and the Springhill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway. Equipped with a wide range of cutting-edge facilities, including a 9,800 square foot Culinary Arts Center and Georgia’s largest ballroom at 40,000 square feet, this event space provides solutions tailored to each convention’s unique needs. The GICC has also successfully achieved GBAC Star Facility Accreditation and is committed to protecting the health and safety of all attendees at every event.
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Cameron Trice, Hemsworth Communications
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