CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, FLA. (April 28, 2016) - The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) today announced the hiring of Susan Tobin CAE, CMP, IOM, who will assume the role of Meetings Manager within the Bureau.

Based in Tallahassee, Susan has more than 20 years of event planning and event management experience, specializing in the nonprofit and association arenas. She also boasts an extensive background in association and educational conventions and meetings, board meetings, executive summits, trade shows, non-profit organization meetings and special events ranging in size from 25 to 5,000 attendees.

For the VCB, Susan will aid in the further development of Charlotte County’s meetings and convention bookings through the pursuit of government and association meetings.

“Following the undeniable success of the County’s latest sports and group marketing efforts –and at the urging of community partners who have seen first-hand the impact of these endeavors – the VCB knew the benefits of creating another group-focused position to be great,” said Lorah Steiner, director of tourism for the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau. “Susan is a perfect fit for the Meetings Manager position and I am sure she will become an integral member of the team, making immediate contributions in the group arena as we work towards our overall visitation goals as a destination.”

Susan’s professional designations include the Certified Association Executive (CAE), Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Institute of Organizational Management (IOM). She is a graduate of Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, where she earned a BA in Business Administration. She is also an active member of the Florida Society of Association Executives, Meeting Professionals International and American Society of Association Executives.

To arrange an interview with Susan or a representative from the VCB, please contact VCB Tourism Public Relations Manager Jennifer Huber at (941) 743-1900 or Jennifer.Huber@CharlotteCountyFL.gov
Susan’s headshot is available for download

About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands 
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty.  In 2014 Port Charlotte was been named the top U.S. Best Value Destination by trivago, the world’s largest online hotel search site, and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with commercial, private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).

For more information on visiting Charlotte Harbor visit www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com or call 1-800-652-6090.

CONTACTS:

Jennifer Huber, Tourism Public Relations Manager                                  
Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau            
(941) 743-1900
Jennifer.Huber@CharlotteCountyFL.gov

Megan Brewster, Public Relations Director            
Aqua on behalf of Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau            
(617) 285-0771
Megan@WelcomeToAqua.com