Tonya Williams has been named national sales manager at the Greensboro, N.C., Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Williams is responsible for selling Greensboro to the religious meetings market. She previously worked as a meeting/program coordinator for the National Home Furnishings Association in High Point, N.C.

The Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau has appointed Michele Chester national sales manager. Her responsibilities will include the religious market. Chester was previously national sales manager for the Mobile Convention & Visitors Corp., and she has an extensive background in sales with the Huntsville, Ala., Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Huntsville Marriott Hotel.

Pattsie Rand, a marketing professional with more than 17 years in the Atlanta hospitality community, has been named director of sales and marketing for the Georgia World Congress Convention Center. Rand will manage the marketing, sales, and communications programs of the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome, and Centennial Olympic Park.

Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts has named Joanne Devine national sales manager of the hotel chain's sales office in Washington, D.C.

Jay Baum, executive director of the Greater Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau, is retiring from his post at the end of December, after overseeing the organization for 13 years. Baum's career with the GOCVB spanned two decades. He leaves with Omaha on the verge of opening its first convention center. The center will open in August 2003.

Brett C. Mitchell has been hired as general manager of the Overland Park, Kan., Convention Center, which is due to open in December 2002. Mitchell comes from Salt Lake City, where he held positions in most of the major facilities in the area.