CLEVELAND, OH — Travis Poppell has been appointed Director of Sales at SMG-managed Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and Global Center for Health Innovation. Poppell will begin his new duties on June 4.
“Following an extensive national search, the Cleveland-based SMG team is delighted to welcome Travis to lead our successful sales team,” said Ron King, General Manager. “He brings more than 20 years of sales and leadership experiences across a broad spectrum within the convention and hotel industry. Travis has worked in sales and leadership positions in the convention center, hotel and hospitality fields in Florida and Ohio, and brings an extraordinary knowledge base to our facility at a time when we are experiencing extreme national and regional interest in our community as a convention destination.”
Poppell comes to the Huntington Convention Center after serving as Director of Sales at the International Exposition (I-X) Center for the past five years. Prior to arriving in Northeast Ohio in 2013, Poppell spent 16 years in the hotel industry in Florida, serving in a variety of sales, catering and revenue director positions at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, Hilton Orlando, Renaissance Orlando Resort at Sea World and a variety of other properties. During his career, Poppell has overseen significant sales growth and earned team awards at multiple facilities, including consecutive Conrad Hilton Awards and the Renaissance Hotel National Sales Team of the Year.
For details on the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, see the Ohio feature in the F&D 2017 Fall/Winter issue.