February 12, 2019 – The Board of Directors of Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI) is pleased to announce Stacey Knoppel, Director of Convention Management for Events DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Shawn Corwin-Myland Award bestowed by the association. Stacey has been an active member of CSPI since 2007. She served on the Board of Directors from 2012-2016 and was CSPI President in 2014.
Previously, Knoppel was with the Baltimore Convention Center where she served as the Director of Sales, Service and Marketing. She previously held positions at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center through Centerplate/NBSE and the Baltimore Convention Center through ARAMARK.
In addition to Knoppel’s leadership as past president and board member of CSPI she has also served on the CSPI Education Committee for many years helping the association to continuously deliver leading edge education to the members. Knoppel is an active member of various industry associations. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Capital Chapter, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)
Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI) is dedicated to fostering the spirit of collaborative success between convention sales professionals and those directly involved in booking convention business and the development of economic stimulus for their respective cities or regions. Its mission, in part, is to deliver education, foster creative change in the industry, develop best practices, and track industry trends worldwide.
According to CSPI the award is given annually in memory of Shawn Corwin-Myland, a long-standing member and past president of the association, who lost her battle with cancer in October of 2006. The award is given to a member in good standing who is considered by the board to be “a leader and contributor, dedicated and committed to the CSPI mission, hardworking and well respected in the industry and an individual who is passionate about the success of CSPI and other CSPI members.” Knoppel now joins a distinguished list of Industry Professionals who have received the award previously. For a complete list of industry professionals who have been past recipients of CSPI’s Shawn Corwin-Myland Award please visit www.cspionline.org.
A native of Maryland, Knoppel earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and an Executive Leadership Program Certification through the IAVM from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
CSPI is a 501 c (6) not for profit organization dedicated to fostering the spirit of collaborative success between convention sales professionals. CSPI brings together the sales professionals of convention centers, destination marketing organizations and those directly involved in booking group and convention business, so they can seamlessly serve their shared clients. CSPI represents over 100-member destinations/venues. CSPI’s Annual Conference brings together highly respected and forward-thinking convention and destination sales professionals from around the nation and delivers leading edge education, promotes the development of best practices, and tracks industry trends worldwide. CSPI is a proud member of the Events Industry Council (EIC) advancing the events industry and the professionals who lead the business of meetings. For additional information visit: www.cspionline.org.