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Orange County Convention Center Announces New General Manager and Director of Sales

Orange County Convention Center Announces New General Manager and Director of Sales

Tony Camarillo (Left) will serve as the new OCCC General Manager, and Keri Burns (Right) will serve as the new OCCC Director of Sales.

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony “Tony” Camarillo as its new General Manager, and Keri Burns as its new Director of Sales.

“I am pleased to welcome Tony Camarillo and Keri Burns to the OCCC leadership team,” said OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester. “Their extensive leadership abilities will further the growth of the Center through positive relationships and business with our existing and future clients and partners.”

Tony Camarillo’s career spans more than three decades. He brings a wealth of experience in sales, events and general management to The Center of Hospitality, making him a great fit for the OCCC’s Executive team. Most recently, Camarillo served as the Director of the RP Funding Center Director in Lakeland, Florida – a position he held for eight years. Prior to that he worked in Chicago at McCormick Place and Navy Pier where he held various positions and was instrumental in developing the facilities, standardizing operations, increasing sales and enhancing event management.

As the OCCC’s General Manager, Camarillo will assist the executive team in the overall management of the building with an emphasis placed on safe and efficient operations. He will also respond to outside organizations’ needs, and lead the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of assigned OCCC divisions.

An alumnus of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Camarillo is looking forward to making an impact on the OCCC’s efforts to create Transformational Experiences for its clients, partners, stakeholders and guests.

Keri Burns is a proven leader in the hospitality industry, bringing more than 15 years of experience to the OCCC. Most recently, she served as the Central Florida Regional Director for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA).

As Director of Sales for the OCCC, Burns will oversee daily operations of the Sales Division, providing leadership and development for the staff. She will also coordinate with other OCCC divisions and external organizations such as Visit Orlando, I-Drive Chamber and the hotel community to drive business to The Center of Hospitality.

Burns also manages a 501©3 organization called, Ladies in Leadership and Community (LILAC), dedicated to supporting causes related to women and making a community impact. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Liberty University, and her Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

The OCCC looks forward to the contributions of its two newest leaders who will propel the Center toward continued success.

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About the Orange County Convention Center

The award-winning Orange County Convention Center provides approximately $3 billion in economic impact to Central Florida annually. In recent years, the Convention Center has averaged nearly 200 events, including 115 conventions and tradeshows that attract more than 1.5 million attendees to the region each year. For more information about the Orange County Convention Center, visit


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