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Meet Our Sales Team

Visit Baltimore’s Convention Sales Team has quickly gained a reputation for its outstanding skills in assisting associations and corporate meeting planners with customized site inspections of hotels, event venues, and attractions throughout the Greater Baltimore metropolitan area. This highly professional staff also represents the city through trade shows and custom presentations.

Kireem Swinton

Vice President of Sales and Customer Experience
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Kireem Swinton is the interim Vice President of Sales and Customer Experience. He’s also the go-to person if you’re looking for information about the city or connecting to a local resource. When you’re in town for your site visit, he recommends stopping by Sandlot for a beer and a bite on the “beach.”

Aurelia Welsh

Senior Director of Sales & Special Events
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Aurelia Welsh leads Visit Baltimore’s sales team in its work to provide clients with a customized package that leverages the city’s best assets for attendees. She builds strong relationships with her clients, taking the time to help them experience the outstanding local culinary options, to make connections with industry experts and to showcase why Charm City is a great fit for a conference. Her favorite part of living here is being on the waterfront, where she enjoys taking water taxi rides to Fell’s Point for a bite to eat, a little shopping and an outdoor cocktail.

Laurie Nelson-Choice, CTA

Director of Diversity and National Sales
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Mid–Atlantic – select accounts (1200 and above)
Government and Union (1200 and above) – Nationwide
Multicultural Nationwide (500 and above)
Religious Nationwide (500 and above)
LGBTQ Nationwide (500 and above)

Laurie Nelson-Choice oversees group sales to associations, unions and government groups in the mid-Atlantic region, as well as religious, multicultural and LGBTQ groups nation-wide. She is a certified tourism ambassador and specializes in making your site selection process seamless. She loves Baltimore for its overall vibe—fun, cool and quirky—the kind of place where you just want to hang out.

Brian Chung

Regional Director of Sales
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Southeast 500 and above
Mid-Atlantic (500-1499)
Government and Union (500-1199) – Nationwide

Brian Chung has been helping D.C.-area meeting professionals create and coordinate successful programs for more than 15 years. He likes that Baltimore has something for everyone: beautiful parks, great breweries, delicious food, awesome people and, of course, friendly neighborhoods.

Christopher Keane

Director of Mid-Atlantic Sales and Intermediaries
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Mid-Atlantic (1500 and above)
North East (500 and above)

Christopher Keane is the director of large group sales for DC, Maryland and Virginia. For him, sales is about building relationships, so he likes to get to know his clients well so he can introduce them to the aspects of Baltimore that best fit their needs. His favorite place in Baltimore is Bertha’s Mussels for its hometown vibe and live music.

Sherry Vale

Regional Director of Sales, Midwest
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Midwest (1200 and above)
South Central (800 and above)

If you need a connection in the convention sales industry, reach out to Sherry because networking is what she does best! Her favorite part about Baltimore is spending time near the waterfront and in the neighborhoods!

Christina Ghani Smith

Senior National Sports Manager
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Sports Meetings & Events Nationwide (10 and above)

Christina Ghani Smith leads sales for sports meeting and events.

Crystal Wolfe

Senior National Sales Manager, Midwest
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Midwest and Multicultural

Baltimore has activities to fit family day, date night, or relaxing with friends. My favorite place is Nick’s Fish House! Its waterside dining features live music and is the perfect fit for whoever I’m bringing.

Eric Masterton, CTA

Director of Tourism
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Group Tour, Reunion, Weddings Nationwide
International F.I.T.

Eric Masterton leads sales for domestic and international tours, reunions, weddings and international groups. He’s also the main contact for tour operators, travel agents and social event planners. He loves Baltimore for its attractions, excellent food, amazing waterfront promenades and really cool neighborhood scenes.

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