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I-X Center Cleveland announces new addition to convention center sales team
12/19/2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Cindy Glynn (216) 265-2592
Email: cglynn@ixcenter.com


I-X Center Cleveland announces new additions to sales team
 
(Cleveland, Ohio) The International Exposition Center (I-X Center) has announced the addition of two new members to its sales staff - Travis Poppell as Director of Sales and Lisa Shields as Associate Director of Sales.

Travis Poppell Headshot 2Travis will be responsible for developing and leading the I-X Center sales team to identify and cultivate new major trade shows, conventions, large consumer events and other new business opportunities for the I-X Center.

Travis brings extensive experience in the hospitality and convention industry to the I-X Center from Orlando, one of the nation’s largest convention cities, having previously served as director of group sales at the Wyndham Grand Hotel, and associate director of sales at the Hilton Orlando Convention Center and Renaissance SeaWorld by Marriott.

“Travis is a talented leader with a friendly, professional manner and a hands-on, teamwork attitude,” said Brad Gentille, I-X Center President & CEO. “He is excited about the resurgence of Cleveland as a convention and meeting destination and strongly believes in the I-X Center’s key role in its future success”. 

Travis attended the University of Florida and is a graduate of Florida Keys Community College.

Lisa Shields I-X Center Assoc Dir of Sales 2Lisa Shields will manage the development of sales leads, building new relationships, networking with existing partnerships and assisting with identification of new business opportunities for large conference and consumer events.

Lisa’s background includes over 20 years of hotel experience in Cleveland, Texas, Michigan, and California where she served as Director of Catering at Bond Court Hotel, Director of Sales and Marketing at Days Inn, Holiday Inn, the Wingate by Wyndham and Associate Director of Sales at the Sheraton Cleveland City Centre/Radisson Akron City Centre. Most recently Lisa was District Sales Manager for Avon Products, Inc.  She is a graduate of Bryant & Stratton Business Institute and studied Hotel Sales & Marketing at Del Mar College.

Brad Gentille also added, “We’re looking forward to having Travis and Lisa’s combined professional experience to continue building on our success with new trade shows, meetings and special events.”
 
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The International Exposition Center (I-X Center), Cleveland, Ohio’s premier exhibition facility, is the ninth largest convention center in the world. This 2.2 million square foot complex provides over one million sq. ft. of flexible presentation space, exquisite 16,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom, 26 dedicated meeting rooms and state-of-the-art transitional theater with elevated telescopic seating for up to 2,600 guests. The I-X Center is conveniently located adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, just 15 minutes southwest of downtown, with nearby hotels, secure on-site parking for 7,200 vehicles, over 40 acres of useable outdoor space and unique ‘one-stop sourcing’ model for all event production services. www.ixcenter.com.