President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB), Nicki E. Grossman, announces the launch of a new Southeastern US office located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The office will be head up by Michele G. Bemis, CMP, National Convention Sales Manager for the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB. Her responsibilities will be selling Greater Fort Lauderdale as a viable meeting and convention destination to groups in the Southeastern U.S., including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida, as well as now heading the fourth of the CVB's satellite offices.

"Michele has been a productive and successful member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB convention sales team, generating group business for the past 9 years," said Grossman. "We are very excited to have Michele continue to spread the warmth and beauty of Greater Fort Lauderdale to meeting professionals in her territory of the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama and Florida Associations from her new office located in Charlotte."

Michele Bemis, a certified meeting professional and a member of both the Florida Society of Association Executives and Society of Government Meeting Professionals, has a comprehensive knowledge of group sales, and will continue to grow of convention sales business for Greater Fort Lauderdale.

Bemis was previously with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, where she was a sales manager at the Hilton Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton for three years and was previously the hotel's director of catering for four years. Prior to the Hilton, Bemis spent eight years as director of catering for Guest Quarters Suite Hotel/Doubletree Guest Suites in Fort Lauderdale. Bemis was part of the pre-opening team for the Sheraton Design Center Hotel in Dania Beach, Fla. She worked at the hotel for three years and held positions in the catering sales department, including catering sales manager and assistant to the director of catering.

For additional information about Greater Fort Lauderdale and free copies of the destination's new Meeting Planner's Guide, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Phone: 954-765-4466, Fax: 954-765-4467. Toll-free information is available to meeting planners at 800-356-1662 (in U.S. and Canada); website at www.sunny.org.