Discover Dunwoody’s new marketing director has deep community roots

Mark Galvin has joined Discover Dunwoody as director of marketing. He has experience working at several hotel chains and his own social media agency ePresence.
Mark Galvin has joined Discover Dunwoody as director of marketing. He has experience working at several hotel chains and his own social media agency ePresence.

DUNWOODY, Ga. – Discover Dunwoody, the destination marketing organization within the city located just north of Atlanta, has appointed Mark Galvin as director of marketing.

Galvin joins Discover Dunwoody with nearly three decades of business management and hospitality industry experience. He specializes in blending technology, networking, and branding to create marketing programs. Over the course of his career, Galvin has focused on developing leaders, salespeople, and strategic marketing visions.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mark to our team and look forward to seeing him leverage his unique combination of hospitality, tourism, and social media experience, as well as his exceptional interpersonal skills, to support our valued partners across the destination,” said Ray Ezelle, executive director of Discover Dunwoody.

Galvin brings experience from various hotel brands including InterContinental Hotel Group, Hyatt, Marriott, and Omni, as well as independent hotels and resorts. He began his hospitality career working in room operations, serving as front office manager and housekeeping director. He was quickly promoted to take on more responsibility, including overseeing sales as director of associations at the largest hotel in Georgia, the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta.

Later, Galvin served as the director of planner development at Connect Meetings, where he led a team which identified qualified meeting planners to attend meetings and events.  He left Connect Meetings to start ePresence, a full-service social media agency managing both individual and company social media programs, while also offering training and consulting to optimize social media.

Galvin is also highly involved in the community. During his tenure with Rotary Club of Brookhaven, he was named the 2018 Rotarian of the Year. In 2019, the DeKalb Rotary Council honored him with the William Mulkey Show Rotary Cares Award. He has also been active in the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, earning the 2019 Business of the Year Award, Emerging Business. He currently serves on the leadership team for Brookhaven PowerCore and has served in three different officer roles, including serving as team coach and advisor to the Perimeter and Lilburn PowerCore teams.

Galvin resides in Tucker, Ga., with his wife of 30 years. The couple has three adult children, James, Caitlin, and Claire.

“I had the privilege of working with Mark at Connect Meetings and am excited about what he is going to bring to the table for us here in Dunwoody,” says Ezelle. “One of the most special things about Mark is his deep roots in the hospitality community and the way he has forged meaningful relationships throughout his career. We are excited to have him onboard as we enter a new chapter of growth for the destination.”

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