Visit Sarasota County Announces Promotions and New Hires



Lynn Hobeck Bates

[email protected]

941-955-0991 Ext. 103


Visit Sarasota County Announces Promotions and New Hires


SARASOTA, Fla. (May 31, 2013) –Visit Sarasota County, the organization charged with promoting Sarasota County as a tourist destination, has promoted and hired employees.

“These changes will better allow us to better excel in an increasingly competitive industry and they reflect best practices employed by Destination Management Organizations across the country,” says President of Visit Sarasota County, Virginia Haley, CDME.

The following individuals were promoted:


  • Erin Duggan, CDME, was promoted to the newly created position of Director of Brand. Erin previously served in the role of Communications Director for eight years. She will oversee the VSC’s branding initiatives and the communications, advertising and web development departments.


  • Kelly Defebo, CMP, was promoted to Director of Sales. Kelly has been with VSC for more than five years as a Sales Manager covering the Meetings and Group Tour department. Kelly will oversee all sales efforts including international, leisure, meetings and group sales.


  • Lynn Hobeck Bates is the new Communications Manager. Lynn served for three years as the VSC’s Cultural and International Tourism Sales Manager. Lynn will oversee all public relations and communications efforts for the VSC.


  • Matthew Murphy was promoted to Web and IT Manager and will oversee all web-related activities including overseeing VSC digital platforms and agencies on record. Matt has been with the VSC since March 2013 as the Web Supervisor. 


The following individual was hired:


  • Seana Mincy was hired as the Advertising Manager. Seana comes to the organization with more than fifteen years of advertising, public relations and communications experience. Seana will oversee the VSC’s media buying agencies on-record.




About Visit Sarasota County

Visit Sarasota County leads and supports the tourism industry in Sarasota County by providing the highest quality and most innovative marketing programs and promotions to ensure the continued growth of tourism and travel from visitors around the world.  For more information on VISIT SARASOTA COUNTY, contact Lynn Hobeck Bates at (941) 955-0991, ext. # 103, or [email protected].