2016 Annual Meeting

Thursday, August 25, 2016 • Raleigh Convention Center
Inside Story with GRCVB Staff (free): 10-11:15am
Luncheon (ticketed): 11:45am

At this year’s event, we will be focusing on one of Wake County’s most valuable hospitality assets: RDU International Airport. We’re fortunate as a destination to be serviced by one of the most modern, innovative and positively-reviewed airports in the country. Recent accolades include:

  • #3 Among 2015 North America Airport Satisfaction Study-Medium Airport Ranking by J.D. Power and Associates
  • #9 Among Best Airports in America from Condé Nast Traveler
  • #7 Among North America’s Top 10 Regional Airports by Skytrax
  • A Top 6 Airport for Tech Travelers by Wework.com

The featured speaker at the luncheon will be Michael J. Landguth, AAE, president and CEO of RDU, who will discuss upcoming developments at the airport, as well as outline the challenges and opportunities envisioned through 2040. Read more about Landguth here.

At the luncheon, this year’s memorial and leadership awards will be presented to:

  • Thad Eure Jr. Memorial Award: Sherry Fadool, president and executive director, Triangle Volleyball Club
  • John B. Ross Jr. Leadership Award: Dave Rose, president and CEO, DSE Music Group International, Inc.

The Bureau will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Roger Krupa, recently retired director of the Raleigh Convention Center.

$55 each and $440 for table of eight* in the Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom

Register button*Five dollars of every ticket sold will be donated to the USO of RDU International Airport Center, which welcomes nearly 2,000 military service members each month.


ScottInside Story with GRCVB Staff

Hosted by GRCVB staff, this strategy session is free to all local partners, but advance reservations are required. The session will begin at 10am in Raleigh Convention Center Room 302 before the ticketed luncheon. 

The session is designed to help partners engage with the CVB and with each other. Topics covered will include advocacy for hospitality industries, professional development, PIXL and other engagement tools and cooperative participation with the CVB.



RDU Exterior

Luncheon Guest Presenter

President and CEO
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Michael Landguth is RDU’s president and chief executive officer. With nearly 20 years of experience in the aviation industry, Landguth is responsible for overall staffing, budgeting, strategic planning and operations at RDU.

Prior to joining RDU, he served as chief executive officer and president of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority after also holding the position of director of airport operations within the organization. Landguth holds both bachelor and master degrees in aeronautical sciences from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

2016 Sponsors

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, as the official destination marketing organization of Raleigh and Wake County, accelerates sustainable economic growth and development by increasing visitor and convention business.

Again this year, GRCVB will provide support to a special Wake County cause. Five dollars of every ticket sold will be donated to the USO of RDU International Airport Center. The USO of RDU Center serves active duty military members, their families and retired military service members who are traveling through the airport. As the arrival and departure point for North Carolina’s six major bases, USO at RDU welcomes nearly 2,000 service members each month and operates 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The USO of N.C. is wholly reliant on funding from private grants, donations, corporate gifts, sponsorships and fundraisers.

Dan Fenton, Executive Vice President

Dan FentonBased in San Francisco, Dan is an executive vice president with JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group specializing in tourism, branding and destination strategic planning. He provides operations, sales and marketing support for destinations, public assembly venues and hotels. Dan works extensively with DMOs and convention centers, including providing strategic planning and advisory services.