VisitPITTSBURGH Announces 2018 Partner of the Year Awards

PITTSBURGH – Today at its annual meeting, VisitPITTSBURGH announced the winners of its 2018 Partner of the Year Awards. The awards recognize outstanding contributions to the region’s convention, sports, travel and tourism industry. The winners were as follows:

Conventions & Meetings Partner of the Year Award: The award recognizes exemplary teamwork, dedication and enthusiastic energy to ensure the success and lasting, positive impression of Pittsburgh-hosted meetings and conventions. Sherrif Karamat, Tonya Almond, Alison Milgram and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Team received this award for believing in Pittsburgh as a world-class destination, and bringing the 2019 Convening Leaders Conference to our city.

Destination Services Partner of the Year Award: The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the success of the region’s convention and meetings industry. Steve Burkett of Vital Signs received this award for going above and beyond to assist VisitPITTSBURGH and SportsPITTSBURGH with the NCAA National Championships that were hosted in 2018. Our success with those NCAA events would not have been possible without Vital Signs’ assistance.

Marketing Partner of the Year Award: The award recognizes partners that aid in VisitPITTSBURGH’s efforts to promote the Pittsburgh region to the world. Justin Ogrosky of JADO Media received this award for producing stunning imagery and creative editing on numerous marketing video projects including the Thank You Pittsburghers campaign, the Rally Pittsburgh video for the NCAA Division II National Championships Festival and our Experience Pittsburgh campaign.

Partnership Development Partner of the Year Award: The award recognizes leadership, service and dedication to industry colleagues and advancing VisitPITTSBURGH’s efforts to market the Pittsburgh region. Chantel Goldstrohm of A Basket of Pittsburgh received this award for assisting with amenity baskets for Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and having great relationships with VisitPITTSBURGH’s Welcome Centers.

SportsPITTSBURGH Partner of the Year Award: The award recognizes exemplary teamwork, dedication and enthusiastic energy to ensure the success and lasting, positive impression of Pittsburgh-hosted sports events. Duquesne Athletics received this award for continuing to demonstrate the desire to go above and beyond to host championship-level events with SportsPITTSBURGH in 2018. They exemplify the qualities of a great partner who promotes Pittsburgh as a sports tourism hotbed, and an authentic, iconic and legendary sports destination.

As the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, VisitPITTSBURGH is dedicated to generating conventions, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.