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Mission & Staff Directory

Our Vision & Mission

The vision of the GLCVB 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

The GLCVB 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. The GLCVB's budget is approximately $4M and is primarily funded from marketing assessments, occupancy taxes, advertising revenue and membership dues.

DEI Statement

The GLCVB will champion the values of diversity, equity 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

Erik Decker

Erik Decker, CTA VP Finance & Administration

Phone

517-377-1403

Beth Jespersen

Beth Jespersen, CTA CRM & Technology Systems Manager

Phone

517-377-1427

Melissa Nay

Melissa Nay, CTA Membership Manager & CTA Program Coordinator

Phone

517-377-1410

Anne Lavender

Anne Lavender, CTA Executive Assistant

Phone

517-377-1416

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 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 Senior Sales Manager

Phone

517-377-1434

Stephanie works with state associations and government markets.
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Brandie Putnam

Brandie Putnam, CMP, CTA 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

Ariel Backus

Ariel Backus, CMP, CTA Sales Manager

Phone

517-377-1405

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

Dani Schneider

Dani Schneider Sales and Services Coordinator

Phone

517.377.1426

Learn More About Dani


Greater Lansing Sports Authority

Mike Price

Mike Price, STS, CTA Executive Director

Phone

517-377-1406

Meghan Ziehmer

Meghan Ziehmer, STS, CTA Associate Director

Phone

517-377-1425

Tom Kinder

Tom Kinder, STS, CTA Sports Development Manager

Phone

517-377-1428

Miranda Coleman

Miranda Coleman, STS, CTA Sports Services Manager

Aaron Lomax

Aaron Lomax Sports Coordinator

Phone

517-377-1413

Marketing Communications

Tracy Padot

Tracy Padot, CTA VP Marketing Communications

Phone

517-377-1419

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Lori Lanspeary

Lori Lanspeary, CTA Leisure Marketing Manager

Phone

517-377-1423

Learn More About Lori

Valeri Gill

Valeri Gill, CTA Manager, Graphic Design & Content

Phone

517-377-1417

Learn More About Valeri

Amie Lucas

Amie Lucas, CTA Digital Marketing & Content Manager

Phone

517-377-1424

Learn More About Amie

Adrienne Cooley

Adrienne Cooley Social Media & Communications Manager

Phone

517-377-1402

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Emily Hedglen

Emily Hedglen Graphic Design Manager

Phone

517-377-1407

Learn More About Emily