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Mike Gunn Promoted At Birmingham CVB

Certified Meeting Professional Named to Senior Level

Michael D. Gunn, CMP, has been named senior vice president at the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.  He was promoted from vice president of convention sales, a position he held for 10 years.

CVB board chairman Bill Murray made the announcement recently, saying, "We are fortunate to have Mike's years of industry experience on the staff of this organization.  He is well-respected in the national community of the hospitality industry and brings talent and prestige to his new position within the CVB."

Gunn continues to be responsible for the operation of the convention sales staff in booking state, regional, national and international convention business for the greater Birmingham area.  He oversees a multimillion dollar sales and marketing budget and is responsible for short- and long-term strategic plans.

"Mike's passion for this business is surpassed only by his experience and in-depth knowledge of what works best," said John J. Oros, president of the CVB.

Gunn has served on the board of directors of the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners.  He is a past member of the Destination Marketing Association International Foundation Board and has served on the board of Certified Meeting Professionals.   NCBMP named him the "Supplier of the Year" in 2001.  In 2004, he was honored with the Venue de Milo Award from the Meeting Industry Ladies Organization, Ltd.

In 2007, Gunn received the Apex Award from Black Meetings & Tourism magazine.  The Alabama Tourism Department named him "Tourism Executive of the Year" in 2009, the most prestigious award in the state's tourism industry. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Alabama Travel Council