Special Alert

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!

 

Najauna White, National Sales Manager
Phone: 919-680-8305
Email: najauna@durham-cvb.com

Najauna has been in the hospitality and service industry for over 8 years with focus on consistently cultivating new and old relationships in various industries. The hospitality and service industry has awarded her experience in restaurant and banquet services, tourism and outreach, event management, overall customer service and digital marketing.

What do you do?
I like to think that I am a Durham ‘Match Maker'. I take your meeting desires, vision, and your overall needs and turn your meeting into a reality in Durham.

What's your favorite thing about your job?
I like to think that I am a Durham ‘Match Maker'. I take your meeting desires, vision, and your overall needs and turn your meeting into a reality in Durham. Outside of working with our local partners and evaluating bid materials, assessing the feasibility of meeting in Durham, checking availability for specific dates, finding locations, gathering quotes and accommodations, I am here to make sure that your experience in Durham is nothing short of perfect! I do all the leg work so that you can have a great meeting and fall in love with Durham. 

What can people find you doing when you're not at work?
Eating and listening to live music! My husband is my partner in crime and we love food and music. With Durham being the tastiest town in the south and music venues everywhere, we have plenty to do! The experience you feel when your food arrives to the table, having quality conversation over a great meal or when you hear a band play your favorite song is euphoric, and I love every minute of it.

 

Shannon Groff, National Sales Manager
Phone: 919-680-8325
Email: shannon@durham-cvb.com

Shannon has been in the hospitality and service industry for 21 years. She is a member of Meeting Planners International, NC Business Travel Association, and is on the board at large for Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International.

What do you do?
I'm a National Sales Manager with the DCVB. As a steward for Durham, my primary duties are to work with our partners to help bring room nights/visitors to Durham and to assist meeting planners in bringing their next corporate or educational conference to Durham.

Why do I call Durham home?
Durham is where my heart is.

What can people find me doing when I'm not at work?
I love running and pushing myself. People can find me running on the greenway when I'm not at work.

What's on my desk?
I have pictures of my two daughters on my desk because they are my inspiration.

Aisha Cotton, Convention Services Manager
Phone: 919-680-8311
Email: aisha@durham-cvb.com

When it comes to Durham, few people know and love this city like Aisha. She has a rich history of working with plenty of Durham businesses, from hotel event planning and operations to working with venues and performance halls. With a passion for Durham, Aisha helps coordinate and direct services for conventions and meetings to make your event stand out.

What do you do?
I am the Conference Services Manager. My job duties include organizing, coordinating, and directing all services needed for conventions and meetings by serving as the liaison to community services, housing, registration services, and supplying promotional materials to help extend the stay of attendees and welcome them to Durham.

What is your best advice for visitors to Durham?
Wear comfortable walking shoes and make sure you have an empty stomach! Everything is within walking distance and we have plenty of food options to choose from. Be sure to start by the Visitor's Information Center to gear up on things to do, see, and find events to attend during your stay in Durham. The talented staff and volunteers at the VIC will be sure to point you in the right direction!

What can people find you doing when you're not at work?
When not at work, you can find me hanging out with friends, planning events, or shopping. I have a passion for organizing social activities with a group of young professionals that I am a part of, along with planning events with my best friend in New York. I put in extra effort to make sure any event I plan has good vibes and is a memorable experience for everyone!

What's on your desk?
Inspirational quotes and versus, pictures of my college friends and my vacations, to-do lists, a coffee mug, a water bottle, and plenty of Chapstick!

 

Aimee Janovitch 

Aimee Janovitch, Sales and Services Coordinator

aimee@durham-cvb.com | 919.680.8312

Aimee has over 10 years of sales experience.

What do you do? As Sales and Services Coordinator, I provide support and structure for the Sales team.

Do you have an office nickname or motto? "Create your own sunshine." If we have control over our thoughts and our mindset - and we do - we can choose to rise above whatever the weather (life) may be on the outside, and create our own sunshine on the inside. You can't rely on Mr. Sun to create your own internal sunshine. Only you can do that.

What can people find you doing when you're not at work? Being a mommy to two awesome boys! Arzaya and Keyoni love to explore all of what Durham has to offer, from the amazing ice cream at The Parlour to a fun-filled day at the Museum of Life + Science.

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