BIRMINGHAM, AL — J. John Oros, Jr., president and CEO of the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, recently announced personnel promotions and additions to the CVB staff.
Steve Pierson has been chosen to head the sales department as director of convention sales. Since 2007, he has held the position of national sales manager in the department. Long involved in the hospitality industry, Pierson formerly served as vice president of sales for convention bureaus in Knoxville, Rochester and Houston.
Carman Atchison has joined the staff of the CVB as sales manager for the Northeast territory and the arts and culture markets. She previously was sales manager for The Westin and Sheraton Hotels in Birmingham. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Atchison also worked in sales and guest services at Tuscaloosa’s Capstone Hotel.
April Deal has rejoined the CVB staff as customer relations manager. She formerly worked as vice president of convention sales for the CVB before joining the YWCA Central Alabama as planned giving coordinator. Deal will represent the CVB at civic meetings and will assist with meeting planner site visits and travel journalist itineraries.
Rita Kelley has been promoted from administrative assistant in the convention sales department to information technology manager. In her new position, Kelley is responsible for computer operations, training and maintenance.