Press Release

News Release
October 26, 2016

Media Contact:
Heather Bryant
(206) 461-5805

Charles Pinckney Joins Visit Seattle as
National Account Director

SEATTLE –Visit Seattle welcomes Charles Pinckney as its newest Convention Sales National Account Director, effective Oct. 24, 2016. In this role, Pinckney is responsible for the Chicago area market as well as the International market.

“We are very excited to have Charles join us and lead Visit Seattle’s Chicago office,” said Rob Hampton, Senior Vice President of Convention Sales & Services. “He brings several years of experience with Starwood Hotels in the Chicago market, and he’s a Northwest native who previously lived in Seattle.”

Most recently, Pinckney was Associate Director of Sales at the Sheraton Grand Chicago/Westin River North in Chicago, overseeing a team of small market sellers and directly handling the Northeast Association Market.

Previously, Pinckney worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, where he was an Account Director, Global Sales North America. In this position, he was responsible for managing the top association and corporate accounts in the Chicago area and Midwest markets, moving account production from $15 million to $21 million in two years.

Pinckney has a degree in international studies with a minor in German and a political science minor from Western Oregon University.

Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. For more information, visit


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