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VisitPITTSBURGH Announces New Board Members and Officers

Published: 04/03/2014

PITTSBURGH - VisitPITTSBURGH has announced the election of new officers and directors.

"The VisitPITTSBURGH staff is honored to welcome these experienced professionals to our board of directors," said Craig Davis, VisitPITTSBURGH president and CEO. "These knowledgeable and dedicated individuals will be able to assist VisitPITTSBURGH in fulfilling our mission of generating conventions, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region."

William "Bill" Cagney, business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers and outgoing VisitPITTSBURGH chairman, said: "As I step down as chairman, I do it knowing that this organization has built up its reputation with a heightened sense of purpose. I also know the best is yet to come for VisitPITTSBURGH and Pittsburgh. And, I am simply honored to have played a role in its history."

2014 VisitPITTSBURGH officers are:

  • Jamie D. Campolongo, VisitPITTSBURGH chairman; (president & CEO, Pittsburgh Transportation Group)
  • Eric A. DeStefano, VisitPITTSBURGH vice chairman; (regional vice president, operations and general manager, Omni William Penn Hotel)
  • Bryan N. Iams, VisitPITTSBURGH Treasurer; (vice president, corporate and government affairs, PPG Industries Inc.)
  • Ann M. Dugan, VisitPITTSBURGH Secretary; (founder, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, University of Pittsburgh)
  • Bill Cagney, VisitPITTSBURGH Immediate Past Chairman; (business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 95)

 
A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Jamie Campolongo is president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Transportation Group, the largest transportation provider in southwestern Pennsylvania. Mr. Campolongo began his career as director of marketing, but was rapidly promoted to general manager in 1993, and then president and CEO in 1994. Mr. Campolongo is internationally known as an expert in the transportation field, and was president of the Pennsylvania Taxicab and Paratransit Association from 1994-2005, and president of the Taxicab, Livery and Paratransit Association in 2005. Locally, he is known as a charitable community activist.

The new VisitPITTSBURGH board members are:

  • Andrea J. Carelli, senior vice president and director of public relations and special events, PNC Bank, Pittsburgh
  • Ronnie J. Savion, executive vice president and chief creative officer, Elias/Savion Advertising, Public Relations and Interactive
  • Eric Shiner, director, The Andy Warhol Museum
  • Mitchell T. Swain, CEO, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

 
Andrea Carelli joined PNC Bank in 1987, and today has overall responsibility for client and community relations as well as all customer and employee events in the Pittsburgh market. Through her tenure at PNC Bank, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in corporate communications, employee recognition programs, event planning, internal and external marketing, as well as community development. She also serves as a member of the PNC Foundation Board.

Ronnie Savion is the creative force behind Elias/Savion Advertising, a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency based in Pittsburgh for more than 35 years. Ms. Savion has achieved national recognition for her talent in the creative arts, earning hundreds of awards and accolades. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Savion has created award-winning campaigns for a variety of clients, including AT&T Wireless Services, AIRMALL USA, Morton's the Steakhouse and VisitPITTSBURGH.

In 2011, Eric Shiner was named director of The Andy Warhol Museum, the most comprehensive single-artist museum in the world. Mr. Shiner joined the museum in 2008 as the Milton Fine Curator of Art. Mr. Shiner is a scholar of contemporary Japanese art and a leading authority on Andy Warhol. A curator, professor, writer and translator, Mr. Shiner received a Bachelor of Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College, an M.A. in The History of Art from Osaka University and an M.A. in the History of Art from Yale.

Mitch Swain came to the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council in 2006 to become the first CEO of the new organization. He was selected after helping to create the organization through a successful merger, and has overseen the organization's transition and growth to over 270 members. In just a few short years, the Arts Council has become the voice of Pittsburgh's vast arts and cultural community.

VisitPITTSBURGH is pleased to welcome these distinguished new members to its board of directors.

VisitPITTSBURGH is the official tourism and promotion agency of the Pittsburgh region. The organization is dedicated to generating conventions, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.