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Our Vision & Mission

The vision of Choose LansingTM is to inspire everyone to celebrate and love Greater Lansing as much as we do! Which goes hand in hand with our mission, to positively impact our community’s quality of life by developing the region as a visitor destination.

What that boils down to is we want you to love Greater Lansing just like we do. Whether you’re traveling for a sports tournament, professional conference or to visit our many attractions, we want your trip to be successful, memorable and, of course, just plain fun.

Who We Are

Choose LansingTM is a Destination Marketing Organization for the mid-Michigan region. We are a regional Destinations International (DI) accredited nonprofit organization focused on bringing visitors to Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. We have a 60-year history as an economic catalyst for the hospitality industry in the region. Choose LansingTM's budget is approximately $6M and is primarily funded from marketing assessments, occupancy taxes, advertising revenue and membership dues.

DEAI Statement

Choose LansingTM will champion the values of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. We will celebrate our region’s rich heritage and community. We will foster an authentic, universally accessible, and welcoming destination for all.

Julie Pingston

Julie Pingston, CDME, CMP, CTA President & CEO

Phone

517-377-1412

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Erik Decker

Erik Decker, CTA VP Finance & Administration

Phone

517-377-1403

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Beth Jespersen

Beth Jespersen, CTA Research & Technology Systems Manager

Phone

517-377-1427

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Melissa Nay

Melissa Nay, CTA Membership and Community Outreach Manager

Phone

517-377-1410

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Anne Lavender

Anne Lavender, CTA Executive Coordinator

Phone

517-377-1416

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Cindy Holmes

Cindy Holmes, CTA Administrative Assistant

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Business Development & Event Services

David Buckenberger

David Buckenberger, CDME, CMP, CTA Senior VP of Business Development

Dave works with all groups that come to Lansing.
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Kristy Doak

Kristy Doak, CMP, CTA Director of Sales for the Lansing Center

Phone

517-377-1429

Kristy works with all market segments that utilize the Lansing Center for their meeting space.
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Stephanie Wohlfert

Stephanie Wohlfert, CMP, CTA Director of Sales, State Accounts

Phone

517-377-1434

Stephanie works with state associations and government markets.
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Ariel Backus

Ariel Backus, CMP, CTA Director of Sales, National Accounts

Phone

517-377-1405

Ariel works with national/regional associations, Michigan State University, and corporate markets. Learn More About Ariel

Elaine Unger

Elaine Unger, CTA Sales Manager

Phone

517-377-1414

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Brandie Putnam

Brandie Putnam, CMP, CTA Senior Convention Services Manager

Phone

517-377-1430

Brandie works with different market segments, including some of the biggest convention events in the community. Learn More About Brandie

Jenn Morden

Jenn Morden, CTA, CMP Convention Services & Events Manager

Phone

517-377-1400

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Dani Schneider

Dani Schneider, CTA Sales Manager

Phone

517.377.1426

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Abby Feltzer

Abby Feltzer, CTA Sales & Services Coordinator

Phone

517-377-1401

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Lansing Sports Commission

Meghan Ziehmer

Meghan Ziehmer, STS, SDLT, CTA Executive Director

Phone

517-377-1425

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Tom Kinder

Tom Kinder, STS, CTA Director of Sports Development

Phone

517-377-1428

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Miranda Coleman

Miranda Coleman, STS, CTA Sports Services Manager

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Barbara Powers

Barbara Powers-Garmyn, CTA Sports Event Manager

Phone

517-377-1413

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Taylor McKay

Taylor McKay, CTA Sports Development Manager

Marketing Communications

Tracy Padot

Tracy Padot, CTA Chief Marketing Officer

Phone

517-377-1419

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Lori Lanspeary

Lori Lanspeary, CTA Manager of Marketing and Community Engagement

Phone

517-377-1423

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Valeri Gill

Valeri Gill, CTA Manager, Creative Services

Phone

517-377-1417

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Amie Lucas

Amie Lucas, CTA Manager, Digital Marketing & Content

Phone

517-377-1424

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Adrienne Cooley Headshot

Adrienne Cooley, CTA Manager, Social Media & Communications

Phone

517-377-1402

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Emily Hedglen

Emily Hedglen Manager, Graphic Design

Phone

517-377-1407

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