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Management Team

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is owned and operated by Orange County Government, under the direction of Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and the Board of County Commissioners. The leadership team consists of Mark Tester, Executive Director; David Ingram, Acting General Manager; Yulita Osuba, Deputy Director and Terry Devitt, Acting Deputy Director. There are seven divisions within the OCCC, responsible for day-to-day operations and client services.

Mark Tester portrait

MARK TESTER

Executive Director
Biography

Mark Tester
Executive Director

Mark Tester is the Orange County Convention Center’s (OCCC) new Executive Director. He will be responsible for overall operations, planning, marketing and all activities at the OCCC, while ensuring its positive economic impact for the community. Tester previously held the position of Austin Convention Center Director, an enterprise department of the City of Austin, Texas. Tester held his prior role since January 2008 and led all aspects of the Austin Convention Center and Palmer Events Center. In addition to managing the Austin Convention Center Department, Tester was on the Executive Committee of Visit Austin and was the President of Austin Convention Enterprises – the board that oversees the City financed 800-room Hilton Austin. Prior to Austin, Tester spent 13 years working in the Chicago convention community holding senior positions at both the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau (now Choose Chicago) and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, the owner and manager at that time of McCormick Place – the western hemisphere’s largest convention facility. Tester grew up in the convention industry. His father operated destination marketing organizations and later, convention and trade shows. Tester earned a B.A. in Communication from Purdue University and will officially join the OCCC on Feb. 10, 2020.

David Ingram portrait

DAVID INGRAM

Acting General Manager
Biography

David Ingram
Acting General Manager

David Ingram is the Acting General Manager of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). Mr. Ingram previously served as the OCCC’s Acting Executive Director and prior to that role, Assistant Director.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ingram also served as the OCCC Event Operations Division Manager. Mr. Ingram began his career at the OCCC in 2003 and previously held the positions of event manager and event set-up supervisor prior to leading the Event Operations Division at the OCCC.

Mr. Ingram previously worked for the Walt Disney World Co. and the Gaylord Palms Resort. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida and holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and cinematography.

Yulita Osuba portrait

YULITA OSUBA

Deputy Director
Biography

Yulita Osuba
Deputy Director

Yulita has over 30 years in the hospitality industry and been in management at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) for more than sixteen years. She is a natural leader and seasoned professional in the industry, having served in senior sales management positions at the Daytona Beach Convention Center and the Tampa Convention Center. Yulita oversees the following divisions within the OCCC: Sales, Marketing, Event Management & Exhibitor Services, information technology and Security.

Prior to joining the Orange County Convention Center, Yulita was the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Tampa Convention Center. In this role, she managed the sales team, supervised the event services team, and implemented marketing plans that targeted short- and long-term business.

Yulita is a Certified Meeting Professional and Certified Hospitality Sales Executive. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She is a board member of the International Association for Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). She served as President for the Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI) and served on the board for The International Center for Exhibitor and Event Marketing (ICEEM).

 
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TERRY DEVITT

Acting Deputy Director
Biography

Terry Devitt
Acting Deputy Director

Terry began his career with the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in 1997 in the Event Utilities section, where he did installation of temporary electrical event power and leading a crew of 10.

As the recently appointed Acting Deputy Director, Terry manages the operations, as well assists in the strategic planning and development of the OCCC.

In 1998, Terry was promoted to an assistant event coordinator, working with clients to secure details for their upcoming events. In 1999, he became an event coordinator where he was responsible for the coordination of the most complex, technically demanding events held at the OCCC.

In 2006, he was promoted to Supervisor of Event Set up, where he managed more than 70 full time and on call staff to facilitate client needs prior to, and during events to ensure that client inventory expectations and service levels were met. Terry was then named director of event management and exhibitor services in 2007 and provided leadership to the event managers and exhibit service teams. He was appointed as the Manager of Facility Operation for the entire OCCC complex in 2012.

Terry is a graduate of Florida State University and has also received a certificate from IAAM Venue Management School and he also holds a Certified meeting Professional (CMP) Designation.

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RAY WALLS

Chief Financial Officer
Biography

Ray Walls
Chief Financial Officer

Ray is joining the Convention Center after spending 14 years in Orange County’s Office of Management and Budget where he most recently served as the Assistant Manager, helping to coordinate the development of the county’s more than $4 billion annual budget and leading various special projects.

Prior to that, he worked in Orange County Fire Rescue’s Fiscal & Operational Support division where he got his start with the county as an intern while completing his bachelor’s degree in Finance from UCF. Ray is a proud Knight who also earned his MBA at UCF.

 
 
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ERIC BLANC, CMP

Acting Sr. Director
of Sales & Marketing
Biography

Eric Blanc, CMP
Acting Senior Director of Sales & Marketing

Eric Blanc, CMP is the Acting Senior Director of Sales and Marketing. With more than 25 years of experience in event management and convention center sales, Blanc oversees the strategic planning and selling of the OCCC.

Blanc was the Director of Sales, Marketing, and Convention Services at the Tampa Convention Center, where he spent 15 years of his career. He held various positions during his time there including Event Services Supervisor and Senior Events Coordinator.

Blanc’s background spans across various top organizations in the industry including The Freeman Companies and GES Expositions, where he was a National Sales Manager for both companies.

Blanc graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in Business - Marketing and holds a certificate from the IAAM Public Assembly Facility Management School at Oglebay.

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MICHELLE NEELY

Acting Event
Services Manager
Biography

Michelle Neely
Acting Event Services Manager

Michelle Neely was recently appointed as the Acting Event Services Manager here at the OCCC.

Her daily responsibilities include managing three sections. The Event Management, Event Set Up and Exhibit Services sections have a $5M operating budget and about 130 staff members on three shifts. Every event held at the OCCC is serviced by these departments.

Michelle is the liaison for all OCCC capital planning projects. Her chief responsibility is to blend client event activity for more than 200 shows annually with all active OCCC CIP projects. Michelle has worked hand in hand with the Orange County Public Works team for the past two years during the construction of the new bridge between the OCCC and the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Michelle has initiated negotiations with clients; partners and local stakeholders to manage construction impact on OCCC contracted business. Michelle also serves as back up for David Ingram, Assistant Director.

Michelle began her career at the OCCC in January 2001 as an event manager. She was promoted to Senior Event Manager, Senior Sales Manager and in 2012 she accepted the position of Supervisor of Event Management.

Michelle attended Bishop Moore High School here in Orlando. She graduated from the University of Florida in 1994.

 
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