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The New Old West Around the world, the very name Cheyenne conjures up images of cowboys, trains and the great outdoors.
Today's Cheyenne is all of that and more! We'll always be here ready to outfit you in new boots and hats from the Wrangler,
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Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

We invite you to spend a few days in Cheyenne getting to know industry leaders, take in all of the benefits the conference has to offer and have some fun with a great bunch of people. As a vendor we want you to connect to members in the hospitality and tourism industry who need and value your products, services and expertise.
Your support of the industry and this conference is greatly appreciated.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities
Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

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2023 Governor’s Convention Speakers

Jeremy Becker CEO, Becker Digital

Jeremy Becker is the CEO of Becker Digital, where he provides strategic consulting and training to organizational clients. A retired US Army Officer and an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, Jeremy is highly skilled at navigating dynamic community-facing situations. Jeremy has gained valuable leadership experience and education through military assignments, including overseas combat duty, commands at various levels, program development and management, and emergency response missions. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology.

Jeremy Becker CEO, Becker Digital

Jeremy Becker is the CEO of Becker Digital, where he provides strategic consulting and training to organizational clients. A retired US Army Officer and an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, Jeremy is highly skilled at navigating dynamic community-facing situations. Jeremy has gained valuable leadership experience and education through military assignments, including overseas combat duty, commands at various levels, program development and management, and emergency response missions. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology.

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Hannah Becker VP, Becker Digital

Hannah Becker is the Vice President and Creative Director at Becker Digital, where she supports government and nonprofit clients. Hannah's innovative digital strategies lead the way in public engagement, generational marketing, and rural outreach initiatives. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University, a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from American Public University, a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) from Florida Institute of Technology. She has multiple certifications in cybersecurity, digital marketing, and website design. An early trailblazer in social media adoption, Hannah has developed successful outreach strategies for organizations in agriculture, higher education, government, military/veteran, nonprofit, and tourism sectors. Hannah is a highly sought-after speaker and organizational trainer on disability-inclusive communications, Millennial and Generation Z trends, and outreach strategies for the public sector. She founded Operation Influence - Becker Digital's in-house social media influencer network dedicated to driving positive change. Previously, Hannah was the Chief Marketing Officer at PatriotMove and has taught computer science, economics, entrepreneurship, and marketing at multiple colleges and universities. Hannah served on the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Advisory Council, Olathe Health's Advisory Council, and Military Family Advisory Network's Advisory Board. She is a staunch advocate of organizations leveraging technology to make our world a better place and understands the importance of well-researched, educational digital content. Hannah currently serves on the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) Cyber Committee, an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Military Institute, and is an Outreach Ambassador for Military Officers Association of America. Additionally, Hannah is an active member of AFCEA International, MilSpouse Coders, Society of Military Spouses in STEM, Technologists for the Public Good, and the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce.

Hannah Becker VP, Becker Digital

Hannah Becker is the Vice President and Creative Director at Becker Digital, where she supports government and nonprofit clients. Hannah's innovative digital strategies lead the way in public engagement, generational marketing, and rural outreach initiatives. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University, a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from American Public University, a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) from Florida Institute of Technology. She has multiple certifications in cybersecurity, digital marketing, and website design. An early trailblazer in social media adoption, Hannah has developed successful outreach strategies for organizations in agriculture, higher education, government, military/veteran, nonprofit, and tourism sectors. Hannah is a highly sought-after speaker and organizational trainer on disability-inclusive communications, Millennial and Generation Z trends, and outreach strategies for the public sector. She founded Operation Influence - Becker Digital's in-house social media influencer network dedicated to driving positive change. Previously, Hannah was the Chief Marketing Officer at PatriotMove and has taught computer science, economics, entrepreneurship, and marketing at multiple colleges and universities. Hannah served on the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Advisory Council, Olathe Health's Advisory Council, and Military Family Advisory Network's Advisory Board. She is a staunch advocate of organizations leveraging technology to make our world a better place and understands the importance of well-researched, educational digital content. Hannah currently serves on the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) Cyber Committee, an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Military Institute, and is an Outreach Ambassador for Military Officers Association of America. Additionally, Hannah is an active member of AFCEA International, MilSpouse Coders, Society of Military Spouses in STEM, Technologists for the Public Good, and the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce.

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Andria Lure RyanPartner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Andria Ryan is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. She serves as the co-chair of the firm's Hospitality Industry Practice Group and a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force. She represents numerous employers throughout the United States in various phases of labor and employment law. She spends much of her time counseling employers in day-to-day employment and labor decisions and educating employers about prevention and practical solutions to workplace problems. A significant part of her practice is training Human Resources professionals, managers and in-house counsel about best practices and risk avoidance strategies, how to avoid and respond to harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims.

Ms. Ryan also serves as Deputy General Counsel for Fisher & Phillips. In 2005, Ms. Ryan served as Chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Ms. Ryan is a guest lecturer at the Hospitality Programs at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University on employment law topics. She has been honored by the Colorado, South Carolina and Washington Hospitality Associations for her contributions to those organizations. She is a frequent speaker to hospitality associations and organizations, has authored numerous articles on employment law topics, serves on the editorial board for several publications and authored the Employment Law Hospitality Q&A for Lexis Practice Advisor. Ms. Ryan is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Andria Lure RyanPartner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Andria Ryan is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. She serves as the co-chair of the firm's Hospitality Industry Practice Group and a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force. She represents numerous employers throughout the United States in various phases of labor and employment law. She spends much of her time counseling employers in day-to-day employment and labor decisions and educating employers about prevention and practical solutions to workplace problems. A significant part of her practice is training Human Resources professionals, managers and in-house counsel about best practices and risk avoidance strategies, how to avoid and respond to harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims.

Ms. Ryan also serves as Deputy General Counsel for Fisher & Phillips. In 2005, Ms. Ryan served as Chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Ms. Ryan is a guest lecturer at the Hospitality Programs at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University on employment law topics. She has been honored by the Colorado, South Carolina and Washington Hospitality Associations for her contributions to those organizations. She is a frequent speaker to hospitality associations and organizations, has authored numerous articles on employment law topics, serves on the editorial board for several publications and authored the Employment Law Hospitality Q&A for Lexis Practice Advisor. Ms. Ryan is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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Chris Brown
Chris BrownCEO, Wyoming Associations and Government Affairs Network

Chris Brown is the CEO of Wyoming Associations and Government Affairs Network (WAGAN) an association management, government affairs and public relations firm based in Cheyenne. WAGAN’s current client list includes the Wyoming Hospitality and Travel Coalition and Powering Up Wyoming.

Brown began his hospitality career at age 16 in Massachusetts as a dishwasher, working his way throughout the industry until coming to Ft Collins, Colorado, with Outback Steakhouse in 1995. In 2001, Chris relocated to Cheyenne to open Wyoming’s second Outback Steakhouse, which he successfully ran for 10 years as Managing Partner.

He built the Cheyenne Outback Steakhouse into one of the most successful OSI restaurants in the region, having been awarded “Partner of the Year” three times-in 2004, 2007 and 2010.

For the past 11 years Chris has successfully advocated on behalf of the hospitality, tourism, and renewable energy industries, among others.

He and his wife of 20 years, Shelby, reside in Cheyenne with their two children, Ryder and Owen.

Chris Brown
Chris BrownCEO, Wyoming Associations and Government Affairs Network

Chris Brown is the CEO of Wyoming Associations and Government Affairs Network (WAGAN) an association management, government affairs and public relations firm based in Cheyenne. WAGAN’s current client list includes the Wyoming Hospitality and Travel Coalition and Powering Up Wyoming.

Brown began his hospitality career at age 16 in Massachusetts as a dishwasher, working his way throughout the industry until coming to Ft Collins, Colorado, with Outback Steakhouse in 1995. In 2001, Chris relocated to Cheyenne to open Wyoming’s second Outback Steakhouse, which he successfully ran for 10 years as Managing Partner.

He built the Cheyenne Outback Steakhouse into one of the most successful OSI restaurants in the region, having been awarded “Partner of the Year” three times-in 2004, 2007 and 2010.

For the past 11 years Chris has successfully advocated on behalf of the hospitality, tourism, and renewable energy industries, among others.

He and his wife of 20 years, Shelby, reside in Cheyenne with their two children, Ryder and Owen.

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Bob Pacanovsky Keynote Speaker & Chief Hospitality Officer, The Black Tie Experience

An entrepreneur for 28 years, primarily in the hospitality industry, Bob Pacanovsky, and his team created over 7,000 meetings, events, and receptions (including catering 25 of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction events), and had one opportunity to create both a “wow experience” and a lasting impression (or a Black Tie Experience) on his clients and guests. Now as a keynote speaker and strategic trainer, he uses his over two decades of work to teach companies and organizations how to focus on Hospitality, Service Excellence, and Selfless Leadership to create Black Tie Experiences for every client and guest.

Bob Pacanovsky Keynote Speaker & Chief Hospitality Officer, The Black Tie Experience

An entrepreneur for 28 years, primarily in the hospitality industry, Bob Pacanovsky, and his team created over 7,000 meetings, events, and receptions (including catering 25 of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction events), and had one opportunity to create both a “wow experience” and a lasting impression (or a Black Tie Experience) on his clients and guests. Now as a keynote speaker and strategic trainer, he uses his over two decades of work to teach companies and organizations how to focus on Hospitality, Service Excellence, and Selfless Leadership to create Black Tie Experiences for every client and guest.

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Emily SutherlandTeam Lead, Onboarding, CrowdRiff

Emily Sutherland is the Team Lead for Onboarding & Customer Success at CrowdRiff. For the past four years, she has worked closely with hundreds of DMOs across the United States, Europe and Australia to help bring their stories to life with engaging and authentic visuals. She now leads a small team of trainers to get destinations properly set up with CrowdRiff, ensuring their first experience with the tool is a great one. She enjoys maxing out her vacations days and pretending to read serious books in artsy coffee shops (when she's really scrolling through TikTok).

Emily SutherlandTeam Lead, Onboarding, CrowdRiff

Emily Sutherland is the Team Lead for Onboarding & Customer Success at CrowdRiff. For the past four years, she has worked closely with hundreds of DMOs across the United States, Europe and Australia to help bring their stories to life with engaging and authentic visuals. She now leads a small team of trainers to get destinations properly set up with CrowdRiff, ensuring their first experience with the tool is a great one. She enjoys maxing out her vacations days and pretending to read serious books in artsy coffee shops (when she's really scrolling through TikTok).

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Chelsea Benitez Research Director, Destination Analysts

Chelsea is responsible for the development, oversight and implementation of market research strategies for projects Destination Analysts’ leads on behalf of its clients. This includes leading the execution of market research and contributing to all stages and steps of both quantitative and qualitative research projects. Chelsea has worked in the Travel and Tourism industry since 2013 and has established herself as a subject matter expert on translating tourism data into actionable insights and recommendations through reports and presentations. Before joining Destination Analysts, Chelsea spent over eight years at The Los Angeles Tourism and Convention board as the director of tourism insights, overseeing all tourism related research and data analysis which enabled the organization and its members to formulate fact-based business decisions. Chelsea is a board member and committee chair of the Travel and Tourism Research Association and is a 2018 California Travel Association 30 & Under Emerging Leader Award Recipient. A third generation Angeleno, Chelsea lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their rescue dog Ouzo.

Chelsea Benitez Research Director, Destination Analysts

Chelsea is responsible for the development, oversight and implementation of market research strategies for projects Destination Analysts’ leads on behalf of its clients. This includes leading the execution of market research and contributing to all stages and steps of both quantitative and qualitative research projects. Chelsea has worked in the Travel and Tourism industry since 2013 and has established herself as a subject matter expert on translating tourism data into actionable insights and recommendations through reports and presentations. Before joining Destination Analysts, Chelsea spent over eight years at The Los Angeles Tourism and Convention board as the director of tourism insights, overseeing all tourism related research and data analysis which enabled the organization and its members to formulate fact-based business decisions. Chelsea is a board member and committee chair of the Travel and Tourism Research Association and is a 2018 California Travel Association 30 & Under Emerging Leader Award Recipient. A third generation Angeleno, Chelsea lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their rescue dog Ouzo.

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Jesse Ryan
Jesse Ryan Chief Strategist, New Thought Digital Agency

Jesse Ryan CHIEF BRAND STRATEGIST, NEW THOUGHT Jesse Ryan is the Chief Brand Strategist at New Thought Digital Agency in Jackson, Wyoming. With over twelve years of experience leading integrated brand and media strategies, Jesse has helped some of the Rocky Mountain region’s premier destinations and organizations identify their competitive values and communicate those messages to market. While away from his desk, Jesse contributes to the leadership of multiple Wyoming non-profits including the Grand Teton Association, and the Jackson Hole Center For The Arts.

Jesse Ryan
Jesse Ryan Chief Strategist, New Thought Digital Agency

Jesse Ryan CHIEF BRAND STRATEGIST, NEW THOUGHT Jesse Ryan is the Chief Brand Strategist at New Thought Digital Agency in Jackson, Wyoming. With over twelve years of experience leading integrated brand and media strategies, Jesse has helped some of the Rocky Mountain region’s premier destinations and organizations identify their competitive values and communicate those messages to market. While away from his desk, Jesse contributes to the leadership of multiple Wyoming non-profits including the Grand Teton Association, and the Jackson Hole Center For The Arts.

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The Wyoming Hospitality and Travel Coalition’s sole focus is to enhance the business climate, profit and economic impact of Wyoming’s hospitality, travel, and tourism industries. We accomplish this through government affairs, education and communication and act as the voice for hospitality, travel, and tourism on all related matters. With over 600 lodging, restaurant, attractions, and local Destination Marketing Organizations as members, we represent all aspects of hospitality and tourism across Wyoming.

We’d like to hear from you.