March 12, 2013
Media Contact: Meghan Risch

CHICAGO -- D. Bradley Kent, Senior Vice President of Sales & Services for Choose Chicago announced three key management changes for the organization's East Coast-based sales team. 

Darrell Baker has been promoted to Vice President of Sales, Trade Shows, a new position.  Rakesh (Rocky) Gupta has been named Regional Director of Sales, Mid-Atlantic and Bryan Lavin has been named National Sales Manager, Northeast.  Gupta and Lavin will join Choose Chicago on Monday, March 18.

Darrell Baker, Vice President of Sales, Trade Shows

In this position, Baker will focus on strategy and execution in an effort to expand Chicago's partnership with this key market segment.

Baker holds nearly three decades of sales and marketing experience within the meetings and convention industry.  He joined the organization in October 2007 as Director, Washington, DC Regional Sales after a successful track record with coastal CVBs and convention centers in Boston and San Francisco, and a for-profit show company.

Rakesh (Rocky) Gupta, Regional Director of Sales, Mid-Atlantic

Gupta joins Choose Chicago with more than 30 years of sales experience, primarily with Hilton and Hyatt hotels. In this position, Gupta will lead and manage a staff of four in the Eastern Regional sales office as they continue to strengthen the account base and uncover new business opportunities for Chicago's McCormick Place, Navy Pier and hotel community.

Most recently, Gupta served as Director of Sales-Worldwide Accounts/Assistant Managing Director for Hilton Sales Worldwide based in Washington DC.  He is familiar with the Chicago market after having worked as a senior sales manager at the Chicago Hilton and Towers prior to moving to DC.

Bryan Lavin, National Sales Manager, Northeast

Lavin joins Choose Chicago with nearly a decade of experience in the hospitality and CVB industry. In this position, Lavin will solicit all corporate and association accounts in the Northeast territory that are under 750 rooms on peak night for corporate and under 1000 rooms on peak night for associations.  Most recently, Lavin served as Director of National Accounts for the Providence Warwick CVB.

Editor's Note: headshots available upon request.

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About Choose Chicago

Choose Chicago is the official sales and marketing organization responsible for promoting Chicago as a global visitor destination leveraging the city's unmatched assets to ensure the economic vitality of the city and its member business community. For more information, visit