The Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently announced Dennis Johnston as the new vice president of sales.
“In anticipation of future growth and to ensure our continued success, we’re pleased to announce this change in the CVB’s leadership model,” said Mike Carrier, president of the Oklahoma City CVB. “Dennis has a long and successful history in the tourism and hospitality industry, and we’re excited to have him in this new position.”
Prior to joining the Oklahoma City CVB, Johnston was the vice president of sales at the Lexington CVB in Lexington, Ky. He also spent more than 20 years in management and director level positions with Marriott properties in Ohio, Oregon, Florida and Indiana, including a four-year stint as the director of marketing at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.
In addition to leading the convention sales and services department, Johnston will also lead the development of the CVB’s strategies for the introduction and long-term success of the new downtown convention center and other community assets.
“Dennis’ experience in other significant markets has given him an outstanding background to provide the leadership we see as vital to Oklahoma City’s future success in the industry,” said Carrier. “His experience in the pre-opening operation of the Indianapolis Marriott will be a great resource as we bring new facilities on-line over the next several years.”
About the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau: The Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a division of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. The CVB is the tourism information source for visitors to and the citizens of Oklahoma City. As the City’s official destination marketing organization, the mission of the CVB is to contribute to the economic well-being of Oklahoma City and its citizens through the solicitation and servicing of conventions and other related group business, to promote the city as a first-class visitor destination, and to enhance Oklahoma City's name and image.