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Feb 16, 2016

Meet the Visit Lubbock Sales Team

Hospitality is what West Texas is known for, and it’s what the Visit Lubbock Team echos in their work each and every day to help meeting planners have a smooth and successful event in Lubbock. With such rock stars on the Visit Lubbock Sales Team, we wanted to get to know them better and learn what makes them excited about bringing events and meetings to Lubbock.

Amy Zientek, Director of Sales

Amy Zientek

Describe your role at Visit Lubbock:
As the Director of Sales I oversee the sales and servicing departments. I report to the board on our activities and track progress toward our goals.

What makes Lubbock a great destination for meetings and conventions?
Lubbock has the nicest people you will find anywhere!  Customer service is alive and well in Lubbock, and that helps make any event run smoothly.

What do you love about Lubbock?
Lubbock has the small town feel with the big city amenities.

What’s one thing a visitor must see or do before they leave?
Lubbock has so many wonderful, unique museums that showcase our agriculture history. Visitors should definitely see the American Wind Power Center, Bayer Museum of Agriculture and National Ranching Heritage Center. These three museums show visitors the story of the people who tamed the plains.

Lisa Grinstead, Sales Manager

Lisa - Collaborate 2015Describe your role at Visit Lubbock:
At Visit Lubbock I get to assist Association, Corporate and Government planners with finding hotel rooms, meeting space and off-site venues for their conventions, workshops/seminars, etc. In addition, I get to work with our local festivals to find hotel rooms for their out-of-town exhibitors and attendees.

What makes Lubbock a great destination for meetings and conventions?
Affordability, ease of access, variety of venues and attractions, great regional location and the fact that the Visit Lubbock Team is here to assist and support groups during the planning stages, as well as on-site during their meeting.

What do you love about Lubbock?
The friendliness of our people, the local history and the variety of venues that preserve and display these stories for residents and visitors, and the climate (really!). In addition, I love the energy that is bringing positive growth to the city, the culture and opportunities that cause local college graduates to choose to stay in Lubbock to begin their careers, and the fact that I get to share all of this with organizations from other cities and states in my role at Visit Lubbock.

What’s the one thing a visitor must see or do before they leave? 
Just one? (Reminds me of that potato chip commercial from years ago.) From our many one-of-a-kind attractions to our fabulous local restaurants and award winning wineries, I can only suggest to visitors that you pick what it is that interests you most to start, whether that is history, art, music, food, etc. You will leave wanting to return and visit all of those places you have not yet experienced. I encourage visitors to check out www.visitlubbock.org to learn about our attractions, view the calendar of events and utilize the Interactive Trip Planner feature on the home page for that return trip!

Katherine White, Sales Manager

Katherine cropped2Describe your role at Visit Lubbock:
My role here at Visit Lubbock is to bring more people to West Texas by recruiting event planners to host meetings here in Lubbock. I focus on a variety of markets from educational to fraternal and social, to weddings and reunions.

What makes Lubbock a great destination for meetings and conventions?
Lubbock is a phenomenal destination for meetings and conventions first and foremost because of the hospitality. The people of West Texas are some of the kindest, hardworking people the planner will ever meet. It is through great hospitality, competitive hotel rates, an array of high-quality restaurants and shopping that the planner will have the tools to execute an outstanding conference.

What do you love about Lubbock?
I love the personality of Lubbock. It has such a rich history of agriculture, along with an incredible art scene and world-class wine indulgences. The city has everything you could want all within this warm, friendly community.

What’s one thing a visitor must see or do before they leave?
Before their trip is over, visitors must see the American Wind Power Center. Boasting the largest collections of windmills in the world, this museum educates guests on the role windmills play from old-fashioned Dutch windmills to modern wind turbines. You will come to understand the importance of windmills and the role this industry plays in clean energy production right here in West Texas.

Tiffany Kennedy, Sales Manager

tiffany-kennedyDescribe your role at Visit Lubbock:
As a Sales Manager for Visit Lubbock, I showcase Lubbock as a convention and tourism destination. I work primarily with military and religious event planners, as well as group tour operators to secure hotel rooms, meeting space and suggest attractions to visit while their groups are in Lubbock.

What makes Lubbock a great destination for meetings and conventions?
In Lubbock, people can experience all that West Texas has to offer. With its friendly people, unique museums, award-winning wineries, international airport, ample meeting space and competitive hotel rates, Lubbock is the place to be. Parking is free, driving is a breeze and the Visit Lubbock Team is here to help make your meeting or convention planning hassle free!

What do you love about Lubbock?
Where do I begin? Lubbock is not only the place where I was born and raised, but is also the place that I choose to call home. The kind and genuine people that live here truly make each day enjoyable. There is plenty of space to roam, always something to do, great restaurants and shopping, and it usually takes no longer than 20 minutes to get across town. I also love watching the horizon each evening; getting to watch the sky be transformed into a beautiful array of colors. It is breathtaking and one of my favorite pastimes! If you want to experience West Texas charm and southern hospitality, there is no better place to visit!

What’s one thing a visitor must see or do before they leave?
Touring the campus of Texas Tech University is a must! You can walk or drive as you admire the many pieces of art that are a part of the Public Art Collection at Texas Tech. It was initiated in 1998 and is funded using 1 percent of the estimated total cost of each new major capital project.  There are more than 100 pieces of art placed throughout the campus created by some of today’s leading artists. Finding the different hidden Tech symbols in the interactive “Texas Rising” sculptures near the West Village Residence Hall is always fun!

Karri Pruser, Services Manager

karri-pruser-croppedDescribe your role at Visit Lubbock:
My role is to provide services to the various groups visiting Lubbock, from start to finish.

What makes Lubbock a great destination for meetings and conventions?
Lubbock is able to accommodate groups of all sizes in a welcoming environment.

What do you love about Lubbock?
My favorite thing about Lubbock is that there is never a shortage of things to do. Some of my favorites include winery tours, eating local Mexican food and the First Friday Art Trail!

What’s one thing a visitor must see or do before they leave?
Cheer on the Red Raiders at the Jones AT&T Stadium!

Lisa Branson, Sales & Services Coordinator

lisa-branson-croppedDescribe your role at Visit Lubbock:
My role at Visit Lubbock is to provide support and services to the visiting groups and events.

What makes Lubbock a great destination for meetings and conventions?
With diverse accommodations, Lubbock is the perfect place to create new memories, as well as sustain lasting relationships.

What do you love about Lubbock?
Lubbock is a town that makes visitors feel like family.

What’s one thing a visitor must see or do before they leave?
It’s impossible to pick just one! Visitors should tour Texas Tech’s campus, enjoy a cup of coffee (or three) at one of our local coffee shops and make time to watch the beautiful West Texas sunset.

With such an amazing team working at Visit Lubbock, rest assured your next event in the “Hub City” will be one to remember. For more information about hosting an event in Lubbock, please go to visitlubbock.org/meet. You’ll find meeting venues, servicing options, planner testimonials and much more.