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Laura Holmberg

Vice President, Program and Marketing Services

Laura Holmberg joined the U.S. Travel Association in 2007. As vice president of marketing and program services, she oversees all activities pertaining to the U.S. Travel brand, event, print and digital marketing and creative services.

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Brenda McDowell

Former Account Director, IPW Media Sales

Brenda McDowell joined the U.S. Travel Association in 2013 as Associate Publisher of the IPW Daily and also serves as Associate Director, Partnerships for Project: Time Off.

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Ruth Mensch

Director, IPW Sponsorships

Ruth Mensch joined U.S. Travel Association in December 2011, bringing with her over 20 years of travel industry experience, including leadership positions in the hotel and tour operator industry. In her current role, Mensch is in charge of Sponsorship Sales for IPW, the premier international inbound trade show for the United States, formerly known as International Pow Wow.

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Judith Harris

Vice President, Member Services

Judith Harris joined the U.S. Travel Association as an administrative assistant of member services in 1991. She has remained in the member services department and was promoted to coordinator in 1993, manager in 1994, director in 2001, senior director in 2011 and her current position of vice president in 2018.

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Malcolm Smith

Senior Vice President, Business Development General Manager, IPW

In his current role, Malcolm Smith is responsible for overseeing U.S. Travel’s business development activities, which include strategic partnerships, premier membership, sponsorships and advertising sales. Additionally, in 2011, Smith assumed the role of general manager of IPW, the premier international inbound trade show for the United States, formerly known as International Pow Wow.

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Cathy Reynolds

Manager, Media Relations and Lead Manager, IPW Press Operations

Cathy Reynolds (nee Keefe) works in U.S. Travel’s renowned public affairs department, where she is responsible for conveying the association’s public affairs, research and advocacy initiatives to political, business and trade media, both domestic and international. She also oversees all aspects of press operations for IPW (formerly International Pow Wow), including management of the popular all-day Media Marketplace. Nearly 500 international and domestic business and consumer media from 70+ countries attend IPW.

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Karen Reinhard

Director of Human Resources

Karen Reinhard joined U.S. Travel in March of 1999, as the first Human Resources professional on staff, bringing with her 15 years of prior experience. 

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Contina Djaouga

Director of Financial Management & Controller

Contina Djaouga joined the U.S. Travel Association in 2014 eager to expand on her 15-plus years of leadership and management experience with nonprofit organizations. She manages the accounting department and ensures the timely and accurate preparation of monthly financial statements for the Association.

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Michelle Tuffin

General Counsel

Michelle Murray Tuffin has served as the General Counsel of U.S. Travel Association since August 2011.

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Dave Mimm

Vice President, Finance

Dave Mimm joined the U.S. Travel Association as Accounting Manager in 1999. He was promoted to Director of Financial Management/Controller in 2000 and then to Vice President of Finance in 2005. He has over 35 years of accounting experience with most in the non-profit arena. He oversees the day to day accounting operation, cash management responsibilities, budgeting and financial reporting duties of the Association and its Foundation. He is also Treasurer for the U. S. Travel PAC.

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