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DCVB Sales Team

DCVB Sales Team

Contact DCVB Sales Staff

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) sales and services staff is ready to help make your meeting or event a success.

Whether you are having a conference of thousands, an important training session, a high-level board meeting, or even planning your nuptials, you will undoubtedly need assistance. DCVB Group Resources is here to be your clearinghouse of information and your connection to services that will save you time and help make your event in Durham a success.

Reach our professional sales staff:

Call 800-446-8604

and ask for sales

April Portrait  

April Ellerbe, Director of Sales and Services

april@durham-cvb.com | 919-680-8315

April has been in the hospitality and tourism industry for more than 16 years. She's a recipient of Collaborate Meetings magazine's "40 Under 40" award and her work has received national press from organizations like CNN, Politico, and The White House.

What do you do? As the Director of Sales and Services, I oversee growth and development of the Sales division, and I also play an integral role in the day-to-day operations and client activities.

What's your favorite thing about your job? Helping my clients leverage innovative solutions through collaboration to establish, impact, and create social and economic change. I look closely at my client's business structure, listen to their ideas, and build upon them.

What can people find you doing when you're not at work? I am really a geek in stilettos. I love research and technology. I'm on the pulse of trending technology and data analytics, and I'm committed to utilizing the latest software tools to efficiently collect, clean, manage, and disseminate data for a variety of purposes. I am always looking to discover the next latest and greatest!

Arie Portrait  

Arie Bobbitt, National Sales Manager

arie@durham-cvb.com | 919-680-8311

Arie has been in the hospitality industry for over 18 years and is a member of the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC).

What do you do? My primary duties are to be a Durham expert and to make sure that Durham is on the top of meeting planners' minds when they are looking for a destination for their next meeting. I assist with the booking and site selection process.

What's your favorite thing about your job? Being able to meet new people and provide information that allows them to experience all of the wonderful things that Durham has to offer.

Do you have any advice for groups or visitors coming to Durham?
Stay as long as you can so you have the opportunity to experience as much as possible. Durham is more than just a weekend visit.

What's on your desk? Several coffee mugs, lip gloss, a daily mood chart, piles of papers, and a vision board.

What's a fun fact that not many people know about you? I was born and raised in Massachusetts, but I hate the cold! I will wear a sweater in the summer.

Lauran Portrait  

Lauran Peoples, Convention Services Manager

lauran@durham-cvb.com | 919-680-8305

Lauran has 15 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry; she's also a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP).

What do you do? I provide resources and services to incoming groups, conventions, and meeting planners.

What's your favorite thing about your job? Being able to connect with so many different people about everything that is happening here in Durham. Whether it's an annual festival, a wedding, or a large convention that is coming into town, I get to touch so many different aspects of the event, without actually planning it myself.

Do you have any advice for groups or visitors coming to Durham? Utilize the resources that are available through DCVB! We offer an entire suite of complimentary services that are designed to welcome groups and conventions to Durham, and ultimately enhance the attendees' time here in the city.

What's a fun fact that not many people know about you? I have an ongoing dalliance with craft beer and have been romancing the idea of becoming a Cicerone for about a year now.

Marc Portrait  

Marc Dooner, National Sales Manager

marc@durham-cvb.com | 919-680-8325

Marc has worked in Durham's hospitality sector since 1999. He's a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP).

What do you do? I promote Durham as a destination for the corporate, sports, and university markets.

Describe your dream day in Durham. It starts with waking up in any of the unique properties in Durham to experience the best in Southern hospitality, then breakfast Beyu Caffé or Monuts Donuts.

I'd head off to the Museum of Life + Science, if my daughter is with me, or Duke Gardens, followed by lunch at Old Havana to get an authentic Cuban sandwich. Any day at the ballpark is a great day, so I'd walk to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for a game!

Why do you call Durham home? Durham has become a part of who I am because of the people here. I have found a community of people that are vastly diverse in every aspect of their lives, but also unified by the pride of living in this richly historic, eclectic, and artsy city.

Durham Spotlight
Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604