Smart Meetings March 2018 CoverVisit Rochester is proud to announce that Deidre Wetelainen, Vice President of Sales and Services, has been named a 2018 Smart Women in Meetings Awards winner within the Industry Leader category. Designed to honor and celebrate top-performing women in the meetings industry, the Smart Women in Meetings Awards recognizes female meeting professionals in six prestigious categories including Visionaries, Industry Leaders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Trail Blazers and Rising Stars.

“We’re very proud that Deidre is receiving this much-deserved recognition as an industry leader from Smart Meetings,” said Don Jeffries, president & CEO, Visit Rochester. “Deidre’s leadership gives Rochester a platform to compete and win business against top-tier destination for meetings, conventions, and sporting tournaments. She has already made a significant impact on our organization and industry in the less than three years that she has been with Visit Rochester.”

Now in its third year, the awards platform has gained rapid notoriety and serves as a notable metric of achievement for meeting planners nationwide. Nominated by their peers and colleagues, and ranked against hundreds of their extraordinary meeting peers, these award winners earned top recognition for their hard work and contributions to the meetings industry.

“I’m delighted to award all of our dedicated 2018 Smart Women in Meetings Awards winners for their outstanding accomplishments and profound contribution to our industry,” said Smart Meetings founder and CEO, Marin Bright. We’re a female-driven industry and it’s more important than ever to honor and support our female meeting ambassadors and pay tribute to their diligence, talent and extraordinary work ethic.”

Smart Women in Meetings Awards winners will be featured in the March 2018 edition of Smart Meetings print and digital magazines, receive extensive online coverage and receive on-stage honors at the third annual Smart Woman Summit in partnership with Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau on April 19, 2018 at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfont.

2018 Smart Women in Meetings Awards Winners

About Visit Rochester
Visit Rochester is the official tourism promotion agency for Greater Rochester and Monroe County. Visit Rochester is a membership organization with over 400 members representing, lodging, retail, restaurants, services, and community organizations. Working together with our members and partners, our mission is to sell and market Greater Rochester as a preferred destination in order to grow and maximize visitor spending and to enhance the economy.

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