DES MOINES, Iowa (September 13, 2019) – Catch Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, has realigned and restructured several staff positions.   

“As we enter into the Strategy Development and Recommendations phase of the Destination Master Plan project, we’ve been working diligently to realign staff resources to best support the future of our work in marketing Greater Des Moines to increase visitors,” said Greg Edwards, President and CEO of Catch Des Moines. “With many new projects underway and a set of ambitious goals to reach, I’m confident this new evolution of the Catch Des Moines team is well prepared to implement the plan.”

Catch Des Moines is proud to share the following changes:

  • Marissa Brown, Vice President of Technology & Research
  • Vicki Comegys, CSEE, Vice President of Community Engagement
  • Trina Flack, CMP, Vice President of Sales
  • Nancy Hiemstra, Vice President of Special Projects
  • Brock Konrad, Vice President of Marketing
  • Shannon Winters, CDME, Vice President of Finance & Human Resources
  • Ben Handfelt, Director of Creative and Communications
  • Laura McNichols, Director of Administration
  • Mandy McWherter, Communications & PR Manager
  • Kelly Smith, National Sales Manager (National Association, Religious)
  • Justin Zerfas, Senior Marketing Manager
  • Bailee Arnburg, Housing Coordinator
  • Laura Smidt, Sports Event Coordinator


The process for developing the Destination Master Plan is set to conclude in fall 2019 following an eight-month initiative to build stakeholder consensus and an assessment of the region’s tourism infrastructure and destination development potential. This plan is being developed by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). A full review of recommendations and strategies for marketing the Greater Des Moines region is forthcoming. For more information on the process, visit

About Catch Des Moines

Catch Des Moines is the official destination marketing organization promoting and representing Greater Des Moines to leisure travelers and meeting/sports planners. Our focus is to increase visitors to the metro and elevate the visitor experience to drive economic success and enhance the quality of life in the 15 local Greater Des Moines communities we represent. For more information, visit