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Chief Executive Officer

Phil Smith

Phil Smith

Phillip S. Smith is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau. He served on the WCCVB board as its Treasurer prior to becoming President & CEO in 2010. Before joining the WCCVB, Phillip spent 15 years in professional tennis as the chief marketing officer for Cincinnati’s Western & Southern Open, one of the oldest, largest and most-prestigious professional tennis tournaments in the world. His responsibilities with the tournament included advertising, national and international television, branding, hotel operations, sponsor sales and support, media relations, public relations, and strategic planning. He's also the author of a book on the tournament entitled From Club Court to Center Court, the Evolution of Professional Tennis in Cincinnati. The book reached the No. 7 position on the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Best Seller List for Nonfiction and has sold nationally and internationally. Phillip actually started working with the tournament in 1988 as a year-round consultant with one of the Midwest’s largest marketing firms. At the firm, he served other clients as well including Hillshire Farm & Kahn’s, Cincinnati Bell Long Distance, the International Self Storage Association, Hart Productions, PNC Bank, Skyline Chili and others including former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose. Phillip also owned his own marketing firm, with clients primarily in the fields of health care and education. Phillip is a Past President of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association, has been a member of the advisory board for Xavier University’s WVXU-FM, and has chaired the Marketing & Communications Committee for the Midwest Section of the United States Tennis Association. Among other accolades, Phil was enshrined into the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012, received the 2006 Queen City Advocate Award from the Cincinnati CVB for promotion of the city of Cincinnati, and received the 2004 Fred Burns Award from the Midwest Section of the United States Tennis Association for promotion of tennis in the Midwest. Phillip is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and earned his CDME (Certified Destination Management Executive) in 2014 from a thesis in destination leadership. He resides in Mason, Ohio.

Director of Finance & HR

Ian Groves

Ian Groves

Ian M. Groves is the Director of Finance & Human Resources for the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and has been with the bureau since July, 2009. Ian’s duties at the WCCVB include overseeing of the day-to-day operations of accounting, human resources, and information technology. He is integral in the formulation of the annual budget, monthly reconciliations and analysis, tax returns and required filings, and the bi-annual audit process, among other responsibilities. Before joining the WCCVB, Ian worked in a similar position for 12 years with the Dayton Montgomery County CVB, in Dayton, Ohio. He also has 13 years of experience in positions in the lodging industry, holding positions with Red Lion Hotels in Vancouver, Washington, and Denver, Colorado, and with Marriott Hotels in Chicago, St. Louis and Dayton. Ian has served his community, including as Treasurer of the Centerville School Orchestra Supporters organization. Ian earned his MBA from Wright State University and his bachelor’s degree in business from Eastern Illinois University. He also earned an Associate in Arts in Business from Harper College of Palatine, Illinois. He currently resides with his family in the Dayton area.

Senior Executive Assistant

Carol Monnin

Carol Monnin

Carol Monnin is the Senior Executive Assistant of the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and has been with the bureau since July, 1999. Carol’s duties at the Bureau involve administration, office management, finance, and human resources. Prior to joining the WCCVB, Carol worked for the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce for five years, where she co-chaired the Lebanon Christmas Festival and was interim director. Carol also was the owner of the Village Cellars Deli and Wine Shop for nearly nine years. Prior to that she was a clerk for various retail outlets and sewing teacher. Carol is active in the community, having chaired various auction committees, and served as vice president of her parish school board. Carol graduated from Bowling Green State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Education degree. She and her husband are residents of Lebanon, Ohio, and have three children and two grandchildren.

Director of Marketing

Mary Fessler

Mary Fessler

Mary Fessler is the Director of Marketing for the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau. She joined the Bureau in 2013. Mary has spent more than 25 years in marketing and development for ad agencies, corporations, and nonprofits. Much of that time was spent as a media planner/buyer/director for agencies in Indianapolis and Dayton as well as companies in Dayton such as The Berry Company and LexisNexis. Her previous nonprofit experience includes Marketing Director for United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, Marketing Director for Cityfolk, and Manager of Corporate Development for ThinkTV. She has presented at the National PBS Development Conference as well as at area conferences on the topics of marketing and development. Her articles on event sponsorships and nonprofit marketing have been published in regional and national publications and websites. Mary grew up in Kettering, Ohio and attended Butler University in Indianapolis gaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radio/Television. She currently resides in Washington Township with her husband and son.

Director of Sports Enterprises

Ben Huffman

Ben Huffman

Ben Huffman is the Director of Sports Enterprises for the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and has been with the bureau since 2006. Since joining the sports marketing department – known as Warren County Sports – Ben has overseen growth in sports-related hotel room night bookings, hosted events, and created events. Before joining the WCCVB, Ben worked as an Assistant Director of the Alumni Association at Miami University, with specific responsibility for the Alumni Chapter Program, coordinating events with more than 45 alumni chapters throughout the nation. Ben received his bachelors and masters degrees in Education from Miami University. While studying at Miami, he also served as a student manager and volunteer assistant for the men’s basketball team. Ben earned the designation of Certified Sports Event Executive in 2010. Ben lives with his wife and four children in Cincinnati.

Senior Sales Manager, Visitor Services & Sales

Linda Smith

Linda Smith

Linda Smith is Senior Manager, Visitor Services & Sales, for the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Linda joined the WCCVB in August, 2007, and her initial responsibilities included Group Tours and Meetings. In 2008, the WCCVB entered the realm of “created sporting events” and Linda expanded her role to direct that effort as well as assisting with other sporting events and continuing her focus with groups and meeting sales. Prior to joining the WCCVB staff, Linda worked for the Greene County CVB in the Group, Meetings and Sports markets. Prior to that, Linda spent the early years of her career in the hospitality industry in hotel sales and management in Indiana and Kentucky. Linda earned the distinction of Certified Sports Event Executive accreditation in April of 2012. In 1998, she earned the Certified Hospitality Sales Professional accreditation while working in the hotel industry. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Bethel College in Mishawaka IN. Linda and her husband currently reside in Union, Ohio.

Senior Manager of Sports Operations

Scott Hofmann

Scott Hofmann

Scott Hofmann is the Senior Manager of Sports Operations at the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Scott joined the WCCVB as an intern in the summer of 2007, returned as a part-time staff member in 2008, and became a full-time employee in November, 2009. Scott assists all of the annual sporting events affiliated with the WCCVB, and is heavily involved in the event operations for the events owned by the WCCVB. Scott helps to research, create, plan and run events, and works with the area hotels and other partners in Warren County as well. Scott received his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati in 2005 and earned a master’s degree in Education and Sport Administration from Xavier University in 2007. Scott earned the designation of Certified Sports Event Executive in 2014. Scott currently resides in Maineville, Ohio.

Senior Communications Manager

Scott Hutchinson

Scott Hutchinson

Scott Hutchinson is the Senior Communications Manager for the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and has been with the WCCVB since June of 2014. Scott oversees the bureau’s media and public relations efforts, as well as the creation and upkeep of its blog content, e-newsletters and annual Warren County Visitors Guide. Prior to joining the WCCVB, Scott held roles with the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Western & Southern Open, and Ryan Partnership - a creative advertising agency in Columbus, Ohio. He also had the opportunity to serve as a correspondent at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Scott is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and longtime resident of Mason, Ohio.

Digital Content Manager

Tanner Sotkiewicz

Tanner Sotkiewicz

The Digital Content Manager oversees the bureau’s website and its functionality, and is also responsible for managing its databases and developing video content.

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