• Bruce Merrin's Celebrity Speakers Bureau Signs Author Chris Majer

    POSTED March 29, 2019

Bruce Merrin's Celebrity Speakers Bureau recently signed Seattle-based author and speaker, Chris Majer. The collection of experts from across the country arranges speaking engagements, presentations, meetings, workshops and conventions.

Majer has a diverse background, including exploring the wilds of Africa, Alaska and the Amazon and instructing hand-to-hand combat to U.S. Marines. He's also assisted companies such as AT&T and Capital One in increasing their business profiles. As the founder of the Human Potential Project (HP2), Majer presents at corporate events, meetings, conventions, retreats, seminars and workshops.

Topics of Majer's presentations include: Competing for the Future, Innovate or Die, Teamwork: It's Not for Sissies, Transform Now - Tomorrow is Too Late!, and Unleash Your Super Powers.

The Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) named Paola Bowman, CMP, CMM, its new president at its 2022 annual conference held January 21–23 in Kansas City, Missouri. Bowman is destination services manager at the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau in Arlington, Texas. During her tenure, Bowman plans to focus her energy on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, as well as growing membership through outreach.


Steve Faulstick has been named interim general manager of visitor venues for Portland Metro, the regional government. In this role, announced less than two weeks after Broadway shows returned to area theaters and conference attendees gathered again for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, Faulstick will oversee the region’s portfolio of venues, including the Oregon Convention Center, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and Portland Expo Center. He has agreed to serve until a permanent general manager of visitor venues is in place.


After a hiatus, the Washington County Visitors Association is back in the meetings business. Wendy Popkin will be joining the organization as vice president of destinations on November 1, 2021, to lead the organization’s direct group sales efforts to meeting professional, sports, organizers and travel professionals.

“We are extremely excited to have a leader of Wendy’s caliber joining our organization and are confident that she will bring measurable success to our destination,” says Dave Parulo, president and CEO of the WCVA.