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Visit Jacksonville Welcomes Four To Support Meeting and Convention Efforts

March 8th, 2022 · Leave a Comment

Visit Jacksonville has welcomed Laura Gonzalez, Lauren Hickox, Paloma Martin, and Kelly Sanderson to the sales, marketing, and destination experience teams.

Laura Gonzalez, National Account Manager

As the National Account Manager, Gonzalez is focusing on the sports tourism market to promote Jacksonville as a premier destination for youth, amateur, collegiate and professional sports as well as sports conventions.

Prior to this role, she was the Director of Sales and Marketing at Tru by Hilton in Jacksonville. Gonzalez received her Bachelor of Science in hospitality and event management from the University of Central Florida.

Lauren Hickox, Assistant Destination Experience Manager

In the role of Assistant Destination Experience Manager, Lauren Hickox assists visitors through Visit Jacksonville’s numerous Visitor Centers, as well as those visiting as a part of a conference or group, with requests for information, maps and brochures, referrals and trip planning services.

Most recently, Hickox was an Events and Marketing Intern at the American Heart Association in Jacksonville.  She received her Bachelor of Science in communication from the University of North Florida.

Paloma Martin, Destination Experience Manager

As the Destination Experience Manager, Paloma Martin works as a liaison between local businesses and provides referrals and amenities to individuals, groups and meeting planners who are coming to Jacksonville.

Previously, Martin was an Event Manager at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront. She received her Bachelor of Science in event management at the University of Central Florida.

Kelly Sanderson, Convention Sales Marketing Manager

In the role of Convention Sales Marketing Manager, Jacksonville native Kelly Sanderson is responsible for marketing initiatives and strategies associated with helping the Visit Jacksonville sales team bring conventions and groups to the city.

Most recently, Sanderson was the Destination Service Director for PRI Productions. She received her Bachelor of Science in marketing from Florida State University and a certificate in hospitality and tourism management from Florida Atlantic University. She is also a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).

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