Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau

Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the cities of Chamblee, Doraville, Tucker, Stonecrest, City of Stone Mountain, and unincorporated DeKalb County, GA. Our mission is to promote DeKalb County, GA as a destination for leisure travel, meetings, group tour and travel, sport/recreation events & family reunions. Under the direction of the Executive Director, Discover DeKalb’s team consists of sales, marketing, public relations, community relations and administrative professionals who serve to favorably impact the local economy by executing efforts to attract visitors for unexpected experiences. DeKalb County is Georgia’s third largest county with nearly 750,000 residents spanning across 11 unique local cities, communities and neighborhoods.

Just six miles east of downtown Atlanta, DeKalb is home to some of Georgia’s best attractions such as Georgia’s Most-Visited-Attraction, Stone Mountain Park; Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, David J. Sencer CDC Museum, and Buford Highway’s International Corridor.

As the official tourism agency for DeKalb County, Discover DeKalb offers extensive support to various partner agencies, groups and organizations within the following markets: International, Sports/Recreation, Film/Entertainment, LGBT, SMERF, Association, Government, Corporate and Group Services.

2019 Shining Example Awards

Southeast Tourism Society

Best Niche Marketing | LGBT Campaign

2019 AVA Digital Awards International Competition

Platinum Award | Digital Marketing | Discover DeKalb: Raising Awareness Around One of Georgia’s Hidden Treasures

Platinum Award | Digital Marketing | Evergreen Digital Advertising Campaign

2018 MarCom Awards International Competition

Gold Winner Award | Digital Media | Social Media | Social Ad Campaign

2017 MarCom Awards International Competition

Gold Winner Award | New Website Design | Digital Media | Design (Web) Honorable Mention | LGBT Destination Guide | Print Media | Print Creativity

Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference

Al Burruss Award for Creative Expression
2015 Discover DeKalb Destination Guide
2013 Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau, We Are DeKalb Magazine

Administration/Operations

James Tsismanakis, MGHM, CDME, TMP, CHIA

Executive Director/CEO

james@discoverdekalb.com

770-492-5000

Dorcas Milton

Office Manager

dorcas@discoverdekalb.com

770-492-5014

Ana Alviz

Accounting Manager

ana@discoverdekalb.com

770-492-5021

Hee Soo Oh

Special Projects Manager

heesoo@discoverdekalb.com

770.545.0839

Sales

Penny Moore

Family Reunion and Wedding Manager

penny@discoverdekalb.com

770-492-5018

Heidi Burns

Government and Associations Manager

Heidib@discoverdekalb.com

770-492-5020

Mike Vescio

Director of Sales

mike@discoverdekalb.com

770-492-5012

Marketing

Siri Emereje

Marketing Communications Manager

Sirie@discoverdekalb.com

770-492-5017

Board of Directors
Executive Committee

Brian Mock (Chair)
General Manager
Hampton Inn Northlake

Tom Thibadeau (Vice-Chair)
Deau Information Services, Inc.

Brian Subotici (Secretary)
Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Stone Mountain Park

John Kelley (Treasurer)
Community Leader    

Board Members

Karen Bremer
Chief Executive Officer
Georgia Restaurant Association 

Jim Sprouse
Executive Director
Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association

Bill Hardman
Hardman Properties

Tim Michaud
General Manager
Atlanta Marriott Northeast/Emory Area

Soon-Ho Kim
Clinical Associate Professor
Mack Robinson College of Business 

Steve Mayers
Director of Customer Experience
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Jon Brasher
Associate Publisher
Atlanta Magazine Custom Media 

Job Openings

Job Openings

Assistant General Manager – SeaQuest

SUMMARY

Our goal at SeaQuest is to ensure guests have a one-of-a-kind experience interacting with animals from all over the world. SeaQuest is looking for an Assistant General Manager who will enhance the guest experience by creating a warm, inviting, and energetic environment throughout the aquarium. The Assistant General Manager is responsible for hiring, training, and directing up to fifty full-time and part-time Team Members throughout the facility. This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described. It may be amended at any time at the sole discretion of the employer.

Pay: Up to $50,000 per year depending on experience plus monthly commission and bi-weekly bonuses                    

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain proper inventory levels
  • Ensure guest experience and interaction standards are met
  • Follow and enforce company standard operating procedures ( SOPs )
  • Follow and enforce accounting processes
  • Motivate and influence employees, peers, and other staff
  • Manage budget and daily expenses
  • Ensure compliance with marketing, theming, and branding
  • Promote and maintain the Brand and Culture within the aquarium
  • Develop, maintain and grow the company’s business
  • Account for the Key Performance Indicators

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE     

  • A Degree in the related field is preferred but not necessary

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation, which does not create undue hardship, will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to regularly stand, walk, talk, sit, and hear as well as frequently climb, balance, reach with hand as well as the frequent use of close and distance vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust and focus.  Employee must regularly lift or move up to 75 pounds and occasionally up to 100 pounds.

REQUIREMENTS

Assistant General Manager Requirements:

  • 3+ prior management experience
  • Positive, team-driven, Relentless Continuous Improvement attitude
  • Attractions/entertainment experience highly preferred
  • Experience with animals is a plus
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Effectively communicate information verbally and in writing
  • Excellent mentoring, coaching and people management skills
  • Proficiency with cloud, PC and MS Office and general tech skills
  • Be a strong self-motivator
  • Strong management and personnel development capabilities
  • Ability to work weekends and selected holidays

SCHEDULE

  • Full-time
  • Monday-Friday
  • Weekends
  • Holidays

COMPANY BENEFITS

  • Healthcare
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 401K
  • 401K Matching
  • Vacation time
  • Sick Pay
  • Employee discount

Marketing Manager

The Marketing Manager is responsible for collaborating with DeKalb hotels, attractions, arts organizations, retail and restaurants on strategies to promote DeKalb as a destination, design, builds, manages and maintains all websites, social media platforms, video production and manages the digital advertising and marketing programs for Discover DeKalb.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, implement and assess strategic public relations plans
  • Maintain database of travel writer, editors and related media
  • Research, write and place stories with national media and travel writers
  • Write and distribute press releases, news bulletins, features and editorials
  • Plan and conduct media trips
  • Create copy and generate story ideas for all Discover DeKalb publications including monthly newsletter
  • Prepare news releases and media pitches for print, online and broadcast outlets; monitor media and editorial calendars for potential coverage opportunities
  • Provide media relations support. Create and maintain press kits, media photo and online press rooms
  • Develop and deliver strategic effective media pitches while providing effective, frequent, and positive lines of communications with national, regional, local and trade media; respond to information requests from media.
  • Develop itineraries for visiting media and establish relationships with public relations professionals from destination assets
  • Maintain media database
  • Assist in the creation and monitoring of website content, including blogging and all social media
  • Support other marketing programs

SKILLS

  • Excellent organizational, sales and time management skills
  • Demonstrated written and oral sales presentation abilities
  • Flexible work schedule including ability to travel
  • Computer proficiencies
  • Demonstrated technical competence
  • Display consistent and regular professional relationship skills
  • Experienced in creating and maintaining multiple websites
  • Designing and updating multiple social media sites
  • Able to create new social media platforms as they become available

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE         

Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, journalism or public relations; or three or more years of progressively responsible experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Possession of a valid Georgia Driver’s License

Please submit cover letter, resume, writing samples and salary expectations to: Dorcas@discoverdekalb.com