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Mayor Willie L. Brown and Officials of the San Francisco CVB Converge
on Chicago and Washington DC for Convention / Tourism
Sales Mission

San Francisco - March 21, 2003 - Mayor Willie L. Brown will join officials of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau and 32 representatives of the city’s tourism industry on a convention sales mission to Chicago and Washington DC to host a “Crab Feast With The Mayor” in both cities with some 275 top convention planners.

The Convention & Visitors Bureau is organizing the trip to impress upon regular clients just how important their meeting business is to San Francisco and to give both new and existing clients a variety of reasons to keep coming back.

Guests at the two luncheons - scheduled in Chicago on April 1 at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower and in Washington DC on April 2 at the Fairmont Washington, D.C. - will be treated to the consummate San Francisco meal: “North Beach” antipasti or “California” salad, fresh steamed Dungeness crab in the shell, and celebrated Northern California wines.  Aprons adorned with a crab will be distributed to keep the melted butter away from attendees’ business attire.   The receptions  start at 11:30 am and lunches  begin at noon. 

SFCVB President John Marks will present an update on San Francisco’s meeting industry, including Moscone West, the 300,000 square foot expansion of Moscone Convention Center that opens this year.

Mayor Brown’s presentation will cover a variety of topics including the many new developments coming to San Francisco in the very near future.  His remarks at each function will be followed by a question and answer period during which the assembled planners will have an opportunity to address questions directly to the mayor.  As Mayor Brown’s term ends this year, this will be his final “Crab Feast” with these convention planners.

“These clients are very important to San Francisco’s economy so it’s appropriate that we take the Mayor, our very best salesperson, out to thank them for their business and share the great news about upcoming developments in San Francisco,” said Mark Theis, vice president of conventions for the SFCVB.  “The opening of Moscone West, in particular, will be of special interest to these customers, who can begin planning now to utilize this state-of-the-art facility.”


City & County of San Francisco
The Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr., Mayor
Jack Moerschbaecher, Director of Convention Facilities 

San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hank Biddle, Chairman (Market Vice President, Marriott Lodging of Northern California)
John A. Marks, President Mark Theis, Vice President, Convention Division
Kathryn Horton, Director of Convention Services
Lysa Lewin, Director of Convention Sales
Pat Kraft Hilpl, Regional Director of Sales, Eastern Office
Soma Kim, Regional Director of Sales, Midwest Office
Sara Dalcher, Client Support Manager 

United Airlines
Wanda Jackson Lewis, Account Manager, Association Sales 

The Argent Hotel
Paul Ratchford, Managing Director
Noreen Barrington, National Sales Manager
Ana Roxas, National Sales Manger 

California Host, Inc. 
Barbara Edwards, President 

Cappa and Graham Incorporated 
Gordon R. Thompson, Managing Director
Ferris O. Suer, Managing Director 

Grand Hyatt San Francisco
Steve Trent, Managing Director 

Hilton San Francisco
John Mazzoni, General Manager
Rob Scypinski, Director of Sales
Laura Jung, Associate Director of Sales
Lynn Pescherine, Sales Manager

Hyatt Regency San Francisco 
Matt Adams, General Manager

Key events, inc.
Heather Keenan, President

Hotel Nikko San Francisco
John Hutar, Vice President & General Manager 
Herve Blondel, Sales Manager, Northwest Market
Wendy Ramirez, Sales Manager, Midwest Market

Pacific Bell Park
Pat Gallagher, President, Giants Enterprises 
Stephen Revetria, Director of Sales & Marketing 

Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel
Pete Ells, General Manager
Catherine McKenna, National Sales Manager

Sheila Giovanazzi, General Manager 

San Francisco Marriott
Kris Gagliardi, General Manager

Sharp Events
Laurie Sharp, President & CEO 

Kristin Hankins, Director of City Wide Sales 

Westin St. Francis
Joe Berger, General Manager

Tourism is the largest revenue-generating industry in San Francisco, generating $6.5 billion each year and supporting 61,000 jobs.



Laurie Armstrong 
Vice President, Public Relations 
San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau 
201 Third Street, Suite 900 
San Francisco, CA 94103 
(415) 227-2603, Fax (415) 227-2668

Also See Speech by John Marks, President and CEO of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau and 2003 National Chair of the Travel Industry Association of America, at the State of the Travel Industry Luncheon on January 14, 2003 / Jan 2003
John A. Marks, President and CEO of the San Francisco CVB, Elected National Chair of the Travel Industry Association of America / Nov 2002

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