Events DC promotes two long-time leaders to new positions

Events DC has announced the promotion of Samuel Thomas to chief operating officer and Chinyere Hubbard to senior vice president, communications and marketing.
Events DC has announced the promotion of Samuel Thomas to chief operating officer and Chinyere Hubbard to senior vice president, communications and marketing.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the nation’s capital, has repositioned several members of its leadership team. The promotions were announced by president and CEO Greg O’Dell.

Samuel Thomas, senior vice president and general manager of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the past 14 years, has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer, a milestone in his 30-year career in hospitality. In his new role, Thomas is responsible for the oversight of all Events DC venue operations, driving the reopening and programming at event venues.

Chinyere Hubbard, who has served as vice president, communications and marketing for nearly 12 years, has been promoted to senior vice president, communications and marketing. She is charged with overseeing the organization’s strategic marketing and communications, as well as community engagement.

O’Dell said of the moves, “The circumstances of the past 15 months have caused us to constantly reevaluate our business model, but I remain excited about having talented leaders within our organization that are perfectly positioned to re-engage with both our local stakeholders and the visitors whom we stand ready to welcome back to D.C. this summer and beyond.”

Thomas said, “During my time at Events DC, our team has welcomed millions of guests from all over the world for experiences one can only have in the District of Columbia. In my new role, I look forward to being an advocate for our industry through our reopening and a champion for our partners that make events in our city truly shine.”

Hubbard added, “Samuel and I are eager to get back to business at our venues and welcome people to what we love the most—providing exceptional event experiences. I am excited to be a part of a talented team focused on telling our story and delivering content in innovative and creative ways.”

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