VenuWorks Hires Convention Center Veteran at Chesapeake Conference Center

Ames, IA – Following a national search, Steve Peters, President of VenuWorks, has named industry veteran Donna Cannatella as Executive Director of the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, VA.

“We are pleased to announce the hiring of Donna Cannatella in Chesapeake (VA),” said Peters. “Donna brings two decades of industry experience to VenuWorks and I am confident she possesses the right combination of leadership skills and experience to make a positive impact on the venue, the community of Chesapeake, and VenuWorks.”

Cannatella brings twenty years of convention sales experience to VenuWorks and Chesapeake. Most recently, Cannatella held the role of Senior Regional Director of Sales – Southwest at SMG.

“I’m honored to have been selected as the new Executive Director of the beautiful Chesapeake Conference Center. I look forward to bringing the venue to the next level by providing effective and efficient processes and tools to deliver the greatest value and excellence across all departments. I view this facility as my new home, the employees as my new family, and our attendees my new friends,” said Cannatella.

The Chesapeake Conference Center opened in September 1997 and was the first freestanding conference and meeting center in Hampton Roads. VenuWorks has managed the Conference Center since 2014.

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