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Kavin Schieferdecker

Chief Sales Officer


Kavin oversees long-term sales for the San Diego Convention Center and hotel meetings as well as convention services. Kavin’s experience includes a long and distinguished career in sales, with more than 25 years primarily at Marriott International and Hilton. He most recently served as senior vice president of convention sales at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Julie Coker, SDTA’s president and CEO, said Schieferdecker has not only the right skillset but also the right personality and priorities to lead the organization’s combined sales teams. “Kavin is committed to serving the larger community, and he understands the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion to our organization and to our industry,” Coker said. “Kavin thrives in a team environment, can juggle multiple projects and stakeholders, and is always focused on the needs of the customer. Also, he knows how to have fun.”

Prior to his tenure at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Schieferdecker worked for the Hilton Anatole in Dallas first as director of sales and then as director of sales and marketing, overseeing a team of 53 and a $12 million budget. He also served as the sales and marketing leader at hotels outside Boston and in Vancouver, BC, and as director of hotel sales at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter & Riverwalk hotels. Prior to that he served as director of national accounts at the then-Marriott Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage. Schieferdecker has served on the board of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia as well as on Destinations International’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a part of its Large Destinations Sales Leaders group. He also has been a volunteer coach for both youth basketball and baseball. Schieferdecker and his wife, Jackie, enjoy living and working in San Diego, especially since one of their three sons is a student at University of San Diego.

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