Cincinnati USA CVB Announces New Board Members
Jeff Berding named new Chair and joins seven other first-time members of the Board 
CINCINNATI, OHIO – MARCH 30,  2021 – The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced a new slate of regional leaders and advocates elected to serve on the CVB Board of Directors. The announcement was made at the CVB’s Annual Meeting.
CVB membership elected a ballot of new and returning board directors. That includes the naming of Jeff Berding as Board Chair. Berding is President and GM of Major League Soccer team FC Cincinnati and a former executive with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was also elected to three terms on Cincinnati City Council. Berding replaces Mario San Marco, who served as CVB Board Chair since 2018.
“Over the past several years, we’ve made a concerted effort to restructure our Board of Directors with influential decision-makers and game-changers,” said CVB President & CEO Julie Calvert. “We’ve built a proactive group of well-connected advocates who are all committed to elevating our hospitality industry and amplifying the strategic vision of the CVB. We’ve also created a Board that is representative of our diverse base of members and stakeholders. I’m grateful for the leaders who have stepped up during this critical recovery time for the CVB and our hospitality industry.”
The CVB’s new officers are:
  • Jeff Berding, FC Cincinnati, Chair
  • Agnes Godwin Hall, Macy’s, Vice Chair
  • Paul Silva, Eagle Realty Group, Secretary-Treasurer
The CVB’s new At-Large Directors are:
  • Jeff Berding
  • Alecia Kintner, President & CEO, ArtsWave
  • Akiva Freeman, Office, Manufacturing & Logistics Manager, Kroger
New Designated Directors are:
  • Adam Gelter, Executive Vice President, Development at 3CDC
  • Bobby Spann, Vice President, External Affairs for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
  • Joe Pinto, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
  • Brendon Cull, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
And Renewing Directors are:
  • Mike Conway, Chairman & Chief Portfolio Officer for Winegardner & Hammons Hotel Group
  • Eric Kearney, President & CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Karen Forgus, Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Cincinnati Reds
  • Tim Zeis from the Greater Cincinnati Sports Commission
About the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau is a sales, marketing and service organization whose primary responsibility is to positively impact Hamilton County's and the City of Cincinnati's economy through visitor expenditures. Visit for more. 2021 Annual Meeting and 2020 Annual Report are posted at