100 Years of Advancing Destinations

Vickie Singer

SVP, Marketing and Communications

Singer has more than 20 years experience in the travel industry and brings a strategic, data-driven approach to marketing and communications.

Hometown: Johnson City, TN

Nickname: Vic or Vickster – yes, there is a story behind this

First job in the tourism industry: Reservations sales agent for Adventure Tours, Inc., a wholesaler representing US and Caribbean destinations

Three things that are always in your suitcase: Aside from the electronic devices we just can’t seem to live without…double stick tape – a cure all similar to duct tape, yet lighter weight; blister band aids – travel is not always kind to our bodies; workout gear - you never know when a free moment might present itself for a quick run or trip to the gym

Best travel tip: Download apps in advance to save you time and money.  My Favorites include: Tripit, Tempo, Yelp and Kayak.

Aisle or window: Aisle.  I am one of those people, who don’t like to wait.  I have trouble with board games because I have to wait my turn. 

Planes, trains or automobiles: Convertible to take in the sights and sounds.  Otherwise, I am a huge fan of the train.  Less hassle and more time to relax.

What do you do with your free time: Road biking, attempting triathlon again – hours of training – run, bike, swim and repeat,  visiting local markets, experimenting with new foods, flower gardening, reading and of course traveling

Favorite quote: Ancora Imparo, which means “I am still learning”

If you could have a super power, what would it be: To find a cure for debilitating illnesses

Three most commonly used apps on your phone: Tempo – an intuitive calendar and communications app that reduces thumb fumble and makes me more efficient; Shazam  - music, music, music; Linkedin – keeps me in touch with the who, what and where in my network

DMAI President & CEO

Michael has more than 29 years experience in the hospitality industry, including serving as Executive Vice President for the American Hotel & Lodging Association and holding management positions with Marriott and Hilton hotels.

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