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Prominent tourism marketer joins Venue West

Venue West Conference Services(Vancouver, B.C., 4 March, 2005) - Sue Daugulis has been appointed vice-president, marketing, and a member of the Board of Directors of Vancouver’s preeminent conference management firm, Venue West. The announcement was made today by the company’s chairman, Donald L. King.

Venue West, founded in 1970, has been instrumental in attracting to Vancouver and managing all services related to some of the most prestigious international congresses ever held in Western Canada. Betty Fata, who died early in 2004, was the most publicly prominent member of this professional team, a past-president of the International Association of Professional Congress Organizers.

Sue DaugulisSue Daugulis and Betty Fata had been close personal friends for over 25 years, as they pursued separate careers within the tourism industry. It is Betty’s dynamic sales and marketing role that she has now been asked to fill.

About the appointment, she said, “There will never be another Betty. In addition to all of her professional talent, she was a bigger than life personality. But Venue West is an outstanding team of conference professionals and it will be an honour for me to represent them wherever in the world there is an opportunity.”

Venue West co-founder and managing director Lou Cox welcomed the appointment. “We are delighted that Sue has decided to join us. Few people know our company, our associates and our market as well as she does - one of those perfect fits that just about never happens in business.”

Ken Evans, who has been among Canada’s most successful and internationally respected convention marketers, was also pleased by the news. “ Sue is a mirror image of Betty Fata,” Evans said. “That same kind of magic. That’s what we need to keep Vancouver foremost in the minds of convention planners worldwide.” Evans serves as a marketing consultant to the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre and private sector clients.

A psychology graduate of the University of Western Ontario whose early career evolved in the management of large housing projects in both Ontario and British Columbia, including social and seniors housing for thousands of residents, Sue Daugulis’ experience with high profile events began in 1975 as Accommodation, Registration & Accreditation Coordinator for the United Nations Habitat Conference held in Vancouver in June, 1976. Since that time she has held tourism marketing positions, full-time and consulting, with multiple clients, including Gray Line of Vancouver and several well-known Vancouver restaurants, including Frank Bakers and the Bud Kanke group (the Cannery, the Fish House, Mulvaneys & Viva's).

She is married to Nils E. Daugulis, a lawyer with the firm of Bull, Housser and Tupper. They have two teen-aged sons.


Venue West Conference Services Ltd.
Suite 645 - The Landing, 375 Water Street,
Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6B 5C6
Tel. (604) 681-5226

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