Member Newsletter

February 2023

President's Message

Julie Pingston, President

I am excited to welcome you at this time next month for the 2023 GLCVB Annual Meeting as we gather together at The Venue by Eleven 11 Events located in the Lansing Mall. We have been analyzing the final numbers for 2022 and we have some positive information to share and momentum that will carry us through 2023. We will also be recognizing some hospitality heroes and look forward to sharing their stories with you! I hope you will be able to join us on March 2 from 8:30-10:00 am as we review 2022 and look forward to the exciting things happening in 2023!

I hope you caught the news that Meghan Ziehmer was elevated to serve as the Executive Director of the Greater Lansing Sports Authority. Meghan has been with the team since 2009 and spearheaded many of the larger events we have hosted over the years including the most recent NCAA Division III Cross Country Nationals. I’m looking forward to her leadership and creative ideas to keep advancing our position in the amateur sports market. Stay warm and thanks for all your support! Please reach out to me at if I can assist you in any way. Thank you!


The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce its Board Officers for 2023. The complete roster is listed below:

CINDY BOWEN, CHA, CTA, Chair - Crowne Plaza Lansing West

MARCUS KIRKPATRICK, Vice-Chair - Delta Charter Township Parks & Recreation

KELLIE DEAN, Secretary/Treasurer - Dean Transportation/Dean Trailways

ERIC SUDOL, CTA, Past-Chair - East Lansing Marriott at University Place 

KENRIC HALL, CTA - Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol

TRACIE KENT, CTA - Residence Inn by Marriott & TownePlace Suites - East Lansing

REBECCA SELESKY - Residential and Hospitality Services, MSU

DOROTHY E. MAXWELL, MPA, CTA - Max Weingar Group       

GABRIELLE LAWRENCE - Ingham County Commissioner

“We are very fortunate to have such a vital, dedicated group of business professionals and community leaders comprising our Board,” said Bureau President, Julie Pingston. “As always, our goal in 2023 will be to work together for the best interest of our hospitality partners and to continue to grow tourism in the Greater Lansing region.”

The Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA) is pleased to announce it has named Meghan Ziehmer, STS, CTA, former associate director, as its new executive director.

“Meghan has been an integral part of the GLSA since she started in 2009,” said Julie Pingston, President & CEO of the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB). “I’m excited to see her take on this role and continue the GLSA’s mission to be the leading voice of sports tourism in Greater Lansing.”

In her 14-year career at the GLSA that began as a sports intern, Meghan has served as tournament director or event chair for several national-level events with organizations like the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), USA Figure Skating, USA Hockey, USA Archery, USA Gymnastics, and the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA).

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We’ll keep you posted with more information as these events get closer. In the meantime, make sure these networking and educational opportunities are on your radar!

- May 9 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Member & CTA Mixer at Jackson Field

- July 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Member & CTA Mixer at Lansing Shuffle

- October 12th from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Member & CTA Mixer: Looking Glass Brewery

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February 19 is no longer an implementation date for an increased minimum wage or tipped wage. The Michigan minimum wage will remain at $10.10 per hour and the Michigan tipped minimum wage remains at $3.84 per hour. There will also be no changes to the current paid sick leave requirements. This is a result of the Michigan Court of Appeals issuing a ruling in the case Mothering Justice v. Attorney General on January 26th. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the State that Michigan's constitution does not prevent Michigan's Legislature from adopting and amending a ballot proposal in the same legislative session.

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