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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.

Dustin Arnhiem

Vice President of Convention Sales and Services


Dustin Arnhiem leads the sales team at Visit Baltimore. In this role, he supports the Visit Baltimore team and community partners in delivering the best possible convention experience. His favorite aspects of living in Baltimore are the people, the vibe and the variety of waterfront dining options.

Aurelia Welsh

Senior Director of Sales & Special Events


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.

Kireem Swinton

Director of Sales


Kireem Swinton is the Director of Sales, covering the Eastern seaboard. 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.”

Laurie Nelson-Choice, CTA

Director of Diversity and National Sales
Mid–Atlantic (DC, MD, VA) select vertical markets (1200 and above)
Government/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

Senior National Sales Manager
East Coast 500-1499
Government and Union (150-1199) – 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.

Shavonne Harding

Regional Director of Sales


Shavonne Harding manages sales of clients (500+ rooms/peak) on the West Coast, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado, as well as Tradeshow Business Development Nationwide. She also leads sales for international groups. While visiting Baltimore, Shavonne will take you on water taxi ride to experience Baltimore’s iconic waterfront. Her favorite neighborhood is Mount Vernon.

Christopher Keane

Director of Mid-Atlantic Sales and Intermediaries
East Coast (1500 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.

Eric Masterton, CTA

Director of Tourism Sales
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.

Katherine Russo

Express Meetings Sales Manager


Katherine Russo handles sales for small and mid-sized groups (10-499) on the East Coast, as well as government and union nationwide. She builds strong relationships with her groups from beginning to end to keep things simple and efficient for your upcoming meeting. She loves that Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods. You can find something new, eclectic, entertaining and delicious that is unique to each neighborhood you visit!

Christina Ghani Smith

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


Christina Ghani Smith leads sales for sports meeting and events.

Kat Taylor

Senior National Sales Manager

Midwest (10-1199)
West Coast, TX, OK, CO (10-499)
South Central (10-799)
Multicultural (10-499) – nationwide

Kat Taylor is a certified tourism ambassador. She loves the uniqueness of the over 200 neighborhoods within Baltimore and the hidden gems throughout the city… one of her favorites is L.P. Steamers, a great place to crack crabs!

Sherry Vale

Regional Director of Sales, Midwest


Sherry Vale is the Regional Director of Sales, Midwest, leading Visit Baltimore’s sales efforts in the upper Midwest (1200 and above) and south central region (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!