Small Market Meetings

FEB 2017

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February 2017 Februar y 201 7 9 cial place in his heart. He enjoys sports in general but said all of his favorite professional teams oper- ate in Colorado, meaning the Denver Broncos (NFL), the Denver Nuggets (NBA), the Colorado Rockies (MLB) and the Colorado Avalanche (NHL). Being a Louisville resident, Battle also follows the University of Louisville Cardinals. Another hobby is working out: "I am really a gym rat, a runner at heart, but very soon to become a cyclist because my knees won't take much more of the running," he said. NAME Cleo Battle TITLE Executive Vice President ORGANIZATION Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau LOCATION Louisville, Kentucky BORN Omaha, Nebraska, but raised primarily in Colorado EDUCATION B.A., Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado; M.B.A., Averett College, Danville, Virginia CAREER HISTORY Spent 30 years in the hospitality industry. Began in hotel operations and later shifted to hotel sales at various lodgings in the Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn and Sheraton chains, which prepared him to become a hotel general manager. Later named vice president of sales and services at the Richmond, Virginia, CVB for 12 years before coming to the Louisville CVB. FAMILY Married with two sons, ages 27 and 29 HOBBIES Self-described gym rat and sports fan who loves to root for Colorado's pro teams in football, basketball, baseball and hockey 1. Learn the best practices and proven methods in advance from whatever CVB destination consultant you work with. 2. Let a destination consultant suggest logistics, venues, hotel packages or transportation options. 3. Smartly promote the meeting for potential attendees, and then provide "one-of-a-kind" authentic meeting experiences to satisfy them. Executive Profile Meeting Tips from Cleo Battle

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