VisitPITTSBURGH Announces New Board Members and Officers

VisitPITTSBURGH has announced the election of new officers and directors.

PITTSBURGH - The 2015 VisitPITTSBURGH officers are:

  • Jamie 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 communications, marketing and government and community affairs, PPG Industries, Inc.)
  • Ann M. Metzger, VisitPITTSBURGH secretary; (co-director, Carnegie Science Center)
  • William T. Cagney, VisitPITTSBURGH Immediate Past Chairman; (president, WTC Consulting LLC)

"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."

The new VisitPITTSBURGH board members are:

  • Tom Baker, Allegheny County Councilman; chief community affairs officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Sean Casey, president, The Church Brew Works
  • Omar Khan, director of football and business administration, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Patrice Matamoros, chief executive officer, Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R)
  • Joseph Pepe, president, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Christina A. Cassotis, honorary member; CEO, Allegheny County Airport Authority

Tom Baker is a member of the Allegheny County Council, District 1. He is also is the chief community affairs officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. He is the president of Baker Leadership and the author of three books: Get Involved! Making the Most of Your 20s and 30s (released 2008), Give Our Passion (released 2010), and Empowered in Pittsburgh (released 2012). Mr. Baker is the founder and chief program officer of Get Involved!, Inc., a 501c3 public charity non-profit organization that educates and empowers young leaders. Since February 2008, he has spoken with over 50,000 students, young professionals and community leaders at 250 colleges, corporations, professionals associations and civic groups.

Sean Casey is founder and president of The Church Brew Works, the oldest continuous brewery in the City of Pittsburgh. In 1996, Mr. Casey built the brewery on the foundation of brewing quality and maintaining the consistency of beers. The brewery was an early participant in the revitalization of the historic neighborhood of Lawrenceville and an Award of Merit recipient from the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation for its reuse of property. The Church Brew Works was named 2012 Large Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival and has since won several honors at beer competitions.

Omar Khan joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001. During his time with the Steelers, he has served in numerous positions within the organization and today, as director of football and business administration, he has helped assemble two Super Bowl Champions and been a part of drafting and signing numerous Pro Bowl players. Mr. Khan graduated from Tulane University with a degree in sports management and a minor in business administration.

Patrice Matamoros has served as the executive director of the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) since 2008. Today, as chief executive officer, she successfully helped re-launch the Pittsburgh Marathon after a five year hiatus. A graduate of Old Dominion University, Ms. Matamoros' leadership has allowed the P3R to create several fitness activities and programs for the community, including Steel City Road Runners, the Kids of STEEL and the Run for a Reason Program. In 2013, Ms. Matamoros was named Sportswoman of the Year by Dapper Dan Charities of Pittsburgh, which is one of the oldest nonprofit and fundraising community sports clubs dating back to 1936.

Joseph Pepe was named president of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2012. Since his arrival in Pittsburgh, he has overseen the installation of a new state-of-the-industry printing press and launched the digital version of the newspaper. Prior to joining the Post-Gazette, Mr. Pepe served as the president and publisher of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Pepe received a BA in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked for over three decades in the media industry as an executive at several large media companies, including Gannett and the E.W. Scripps Company.

Christina Cassotis was recently hired as chief executive officer of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, which operates the Allegheny County Airport and the Pittsburgh International Airport. Previously, Ms. Cassotis was managing officer of ICF SH&E's Airport Services Practice for seven years after serving in prior positions as Vice President and Director of the practice. During her 16 years with the firm, she created new market-leading service and product offerings and created and led competitive strategies for clients in the areas of air service, customer service and revenue enhancement. She began her career in transportation working for the Massachusetts Port Authority which operates Logan Airport. Ms. Cassotis holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA from the University of Massachusetts.

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.