VisitPITTSBURGH Names Dawn Holden, Vice President of Partnership Development

PITTSBURGH - VisitPITTSBURGH, the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, recently hired Dawn Holden as vice president of partnership development. Ms. Holden brings to the position extensive management and destination marketing and partnership development experience. Her first day on the job was November 9.

Previously, Ms. Holden was a sales executive for Hargrove Inc., selling custom rental exhibits to C-Suite executives at associations, destination marketing organizations, corporations and organizations. From 2005 to 2013, she was employed by Destination DC as the partnership and alliances manager, strategically presenting the benefits of partnering with Destination DC to prospective and existing members. She implemented the Partnership Program and also served as interim vice president for one year. Ms. Holden is a certified association sales executive.

"Dawn is a proven leader with extensive destination marketing experience," said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. "Dawn's strengths are well aligned with the needs of our partnership development department. She is a strategic thinker with the ability to anticipate the needs of the client."

Ms. Holden grew up in Mercer County, where she started her career as assistant executive director at the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau, in Sharon, Pa. In that role, she was responsible for promoting Mercer County as a destination marketing organization, as well as all components of marketing, membership and sales.

Ms. Holden is a graduate of Point Park University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Communications. She also has a Master's of Business Administration (with a focus on Global Strategy) from the University of Maryland University College.

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