Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau Staff Directory
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Todd Garofano is a 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, holding various positions throughout his career, focusing on developing trusting relationships with clients and peers alike and lending his time and support to many industry and community organizations, all of which have enabled him to grow as an industry expert and leader.
Vice President – Operations & Convention Services
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Kathy Denkenberger is the Vice President of Operations & Convention Services at the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau in Saratoga Springs, NY. Kathy is a 21+ year veteran of the SCTB. She works closely with the President on Operations and oversees the Convention Services Department at the Bureau. Kathy is currently serving the first year of a two year term on the Board of Directors for the Association of Convention Operations Managers and also serve on the Education Committee for ACOM.
She is also member of The Empire State Society of Assn. Executives, The Northeast Chapter of Meeting Professional's International, and The Professional Convention Management Assn.
Mary Jo Janis
Director – Convention Sales
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Mary Jo Janis is Director – Convention Sales. A hospitality professional with 28+ years of experience, her primary sales responsibilities fall within the Corporate, Association & SMERF market segments.
Mary Jo is an active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE), and the New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE). She is also a past Board Member of ESSAE. Mary Jo was recognized nationally in 2008 as a top 3 sales person for Xanterra Parks and Resorts (former management company of Gideon Putnam).
Heather McElhiney, CTIS
Director – Group Tour, Sports & Convention Sales
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Heather McElhiney joined the Bureau in 2005 and currently holds the position of Director – Group Tour, Sports and Convention Sales, CTIS. She is an active member of the American Bus Association, NTA, United States Tour Operators Association, National Association of Sports Commissions, the Northeastern New York and Westfield chapters of MPI and the Empire State Society of Association Executives. Heather is the primary SCTB contact for the Sports Market and the Group Tour and Travel Market and is currently earning her Certified Travel Industry Specialist (CTIS) designation through ABA.
Destination Wedding & Social Market Specialist
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Tom Ellis is the Destination Wedding & Social Market Specialist. Tom is a seasoned hospitality professional with 20 years of experience in luxury hotels, nightclubs, restaurants and world class events, mainly in the NYC area market. Tom facilitates destination wedding & social event leads and inquiries. He maintains close working relationships with area lodging partners, event venue facilities, attractions and other Bureau members and serve as a liaison between the client and these facilities.
Executive Assistant and Office Manager
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Kathryn Price is the Executive Assistant and Office Manager of the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau. Kathy has been with the Bureau for 23+ years (since 1988), and works very closely with the President and assists the Convention Sales and Service departments. In addition, Kathy coordinates major Bureau functions including the Annual Meeting, Annual Golf Tournament and Thanksgiving/Hometown Ambassador Reception.
Manager – Membership Sales & Service
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Connie Crudo is the Manager – Membership Sales and Service at the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau. She joined the Bureau in October 2007. Connie is responsible for attracting new members and retaining the members the Bureau currently has. Connie organizes Bureau sponsored events, such as Chowderfest and Restaurant Week. Connie is a member of Destination Marketing Association International and attends Saratoga, Southern Saratoga and Adirondack Chamber events.
Marketing and Communications Manager
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Angela LaTerra is the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau. Angela specializes in and manages the marketing, social media, advertising and public relations efforts for the Bureau. She assists the sales team, manages the CRM application and handles communications aspects of Bureau sponsored events. Angela graduated from the College of Saint Rose and is a member of the Northeast New York MPI chapter and the Saratoga County Chamber Young Professionals.