Pat began her career in 1975 in hotel catering. She moved quickly through the ranks of several large hotel corporations from Catering Assistant to Director of Catering and Convention Services by her tenth year. She then turned to a different arena within the industry and worked in the party rental industry for the next eighteen years. She received the Presidents’ Award for top sales person from Classic Party Rentals several times.
SIN is the Founder, President & CEO of: GEM – Gaslamp Event Management, Inc. | www.GaslampEvent.com San Diego’s award winning event production, management, hospitality consulting and promotion powerhouse. GEM specializes in launching and marketing nightclubs, restaurants, bars, casinos and resorts.
Kerri Verbeke Kapich
Madelyn Marusa, DMCP, CIS Vice President of Industry Relations, has been with PRA Destination Management since 1983, serving a broad base of corporate and incentive clientele. In 1998, when PRA launched its franchise company expansion, Marusa began to oversee key areas of business development for the corporation, national marketing, industry relations & tradeshows initiatives. Today she continues to support the global sales team on strategic initiatives and projects specializing in the incentive group marketplace.
Kerri Verbeke Kapich is the COO for the San Diego Tourism Authority, one of the nation’s leading destination marketing organizations. The SDTA represents over 900 hospitality organizations and serves as the San Diego region’s tourism marketing engine.
Kapich is a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences nationwide as well as a guest lecturer at the San Diego State University School of Hospitality. In 2001, she was named as one of the “Top 100 Marketers” in the nation by Advertising Age magazine
Yolanda M. Hernandez is CEO and President of Five Star Tours and Charter Bus Company, with more than 30 years in the regional and charter motor coach industry.
Yolanda is shaping the future of the cross-border transportation bus business, providing sightseeing tours in San Diego and Baja, Mexico; charter services for a wide variety of events and customized shuttle ground services.
Together, with her two sons, Yolanda manages a fleet of 9 deluxe coaches, 3 mini-coaches to include vans. She partners with other community and cross border businesses to grow their tourism stakes in the Western United States.
DeeAnne Snyder is a native of San Diego and has been with the San Diego Convention Center Corporation since 1993. DeeAnne first came to the Convention Center as a client, organizing one of the first local consumer shows when the center opened on behalf of local publication. DeeAnne served on the then Gaslamp Merchant's Association from 1987 to 1993.
After only a year and half on the Event Service team, DeeAnne received the 1994 HSMAI, San Diego Chapter JV Cunningham Award for Excellence in Service.