Cristin Barr Archives

Joanne Winter named Executive of the Year


The Arizona Society of Association Executives has conferred the Award of Excellence in Association Management to Joanne Winter, Executive Director of Meeting Professionals International, Arizona Sunbelt Chapter and the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, Arizona Chapter. The Executive of the Year is the highest recognition given by AzSAE to the chief staff executive of… Read More →

Female leaders rise up in Arizona tourism industry

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It might surprise people to know that tourism generates more money for Arizona than aerospace, agriculture, microelectronics and mining. And leading that $20-billion-a-year economic juggernaut are a bunch of women. Debbie Johnson is president and CEO of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, Sherry Henry is executive director of the Arizona Office of Tourism and… Read More →

Expert expects mega events to boost meetings industry


When Cristin Barr, CMP, went to college, she was more interested in investor relations than guest relations. “At The University of Texas I studied Investor Relations, which took me to New York City for my first professional job,” said the current president of the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (AzMPI). “For the past… Read More →

AzMPI Announces 2013-14 Board

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The Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (AzMPI) recently installed their 2013-2014 slate of Officers for the chapter. Officers include incoming President Jill Longfellow,  Enterprise Holdings Inc.; President-Elect Cristin Barr, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain; Vice President of Finance Penny Allphin, Hassayampa Inn Prescott; Vice President of Communications Chip Headman, Williams & Associates; Vice President… Read More →