Please plan to participate in the 2019 Quality of Work Life Member Survey. This is your opportunity to share what’s working well or what may need to improve at the City or in your department. Many positive actions have been implemented as a result of past surveys. The goal for the CVB is 100% participation.

Issues & Answers, a local professional survey and analysis firm, will be conducting the survey for us. Those with a work email address will receive the survey via email on Friday, February 1 from Your responses are completely confidential. No one from the City can access Issues & Answer’s database. If you begin the survey and have to close it before finishing, simply click on the link again and it will take you to where you left off.

Those without work email will receive a paper copy of the survey from your departmental communications representative. A pre-paid envelope also will be provided so that paper copies can be sent directly to Issues & Answers (or you can send the sealed envelope to Donna, HR/Member Communications, Bldg. 18, room 115).

You have until March 1 to provide your input. The survey should only take around 5 minutes to complete, depending on whether you provide comments.

Sabrina Rinaldo Selected To Be On The Board For ILEA

Sabrina Rinaldo, Director of Sales and Operations for Distinctive Gourmet, was recently selected to be on the board for ILEA (International Live Events Association) as the Director of Programs and Education- assisting with coordinating all of the monthly meetings and finding speakers/topics for each meeting effective January 1st.

Congrats to Sabrina on her new leadership role in the special events community.


This photo is from the Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA) – 2019 Emerge Conference (Jan. 29-31), “Where Faith Meets”. This year’s event was hosted in Greensboro, NC. Almost 250 meeting planners in the Religious Market attended for one-to-one appointments with over 250 meeting venues, hospitality services and products represented.


Pictured are partners from Coastal Virginia and longtime meeting planner Ken Lupp. Also included are pics of the give back program, Out of the Garden Project. Their mission is to provide tangible signs of love so that no child goes to bed hungry. They  provide more than 125 bags of food each weekend to students and families at nearly 60 elementary, middle and high schools in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina, and also have 22 fresh mobile markets each month that they take out to areas of Guilford County to distribute food to those in need.

Va Beach Represented at ORF

The next time you’re at Norfolk International Airport be sure to check out the video wall behind the new Concierge Desk. CVBs from across the region were invited to submit a :15 clip of their destination to create a continuously looping video to play during business hours. The VBCVB submitted a clip from our shoulder season winter video and will share new clips as the seasons change and new video is rolled out. In addition to inclusion in the video, Virginia Beach is represented in print within the exterior racks of the desk as well. Currently displayed and available for guest consumption are Virginia Beach Look Books, attraction and accommodations brochures and the 2019 Virginia Travel Guide which features a great shot of the boardwalk on the cover. All this placement is at no charge and is tremendous exposure for the destination. According to the FAA, Norfolk International Airport’s passenger activity is ranked in the top 15% of commercial service airports in the United States with over 3.6 million scheduled passengers served in 2018.

Teresa Diaz Reaccredited by Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)

Teresa Diaz, member of the CVB MarComm team, was recently reaccredited by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for three more years. Teresa received her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from PRSA in 2016. Maintenance for the reaccreditation requires meeting a variety of criteria including professional development, pro bono counseling and service to the organization. Teresa is the 2019 chair of the Ethics Committee for PRSA Hampton Roads, the local chapter of public relations professionals in Hampton Roads, where she has been a member for 12 years during which time she has served in several leadership capacities including member of the board.