meetNKY has announced that Julie Kirkpatrick has been named Vice President – Sales & Marketing.

Kirkpatrick will have primary responsibility for convention sales and strategic development of the meetNKY brand, leading the organization’s sales and marketing teams to promote Northern Kentucky as a premier destination for group & leisure travel.

Kirkpatrick (provided photo)

Kirkpatrick (provided photo)

Kirkpatrick joined the organization in 2014 as Director of Convention Sales and quickly focused on streamlining operations to make sales & marketing initiatives more cohesive and effective in complementing the meetNKY brand and mission.

“We made tremendous strides in 2015 as an organization and as a destination,” said Eric Summe, President & CEO of meetNKY. “Under Julie Kirkpatrick’s leadership, we have strengthened our partnerships in the region, expanded awareness of the meetNKY brand and achieved tremendous success, as a team, working with our partners to make NKY a great place to visit and experience. Her leadership will be instrumental in furthering our successes and this promotion reflects our recognition of her efforts and accomplishments.”

Prior to joining meetNKY, Kirkpatrick served as property Director of Sales & Marketing with Hyatt Hotels and with Marriott Hotels & Resorts. She was awarded the prestigious Director of the Year in 2013 from Aimbridge Hospitality in recognition of her dynamic and influential leadership.

An active community leader, Kirkpatrick is President-Elect for the Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of MPI and serves as an Adjunct Professor – Hospitality Sciences at Cincinnati State. She is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership.  Read more.