The team at Visit Knoxville would love to tell you more about our city, our facilities and the people who will work to make your next conference or gathering a true success.
Senior Director of Sales
Sarah Rowan joined the VK Team in 2013 as a Sales Director where she focused for two years on recruiting associations and groups within the scientific, engineering, trade, hobby and agricultural markets to meet in Knoxville. In September 2015, Rowan stepped into the role of Senior Director of Sales and is responsible for overseeing all convention sales efforts. Rowan and her team of destination sales experts and support staff are tasked with selling Knoxville as an ideal destination for conferences, conventions, meetings and trade shows, increasing group and convention business into the City of Knoxville and Knox County, producing the highest possible economic impact as a result.
Rowan has been a lifelong East Tennessee resident. Originally from Johnson City, Tennessee Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from East Tennessee State University and began her career in tourism and hospitality as Director of Sales for the Johnson City Convention & Visitors Bureau. Her favorite thing about working for Visit Knoxville is the ability to add value and make a difference in her community. Her favorite thing about the tourism industry is the opportunity to meet so many people from all over and share her passion of Knoxville with them!
Pearl is a native Knoxvillian. Working in the hospitality industry for over 10 years, Pearl brings sales and marketing experience to her role at Visit Knoxville. She enjoys family time, listening to a variety of music, and laughing with friends. What she most likes about Knoxville is the beautiful four seasons - especially fall, when she can cheer on the VOLS!
Pearl focuses on the following market segments: State Associations, Health & Medical, Government, Legal, Public Administration, Public Affairs, Corporate.
Kristen relocated to Knoxville in 2011 seeking a new adventure, originally hailing from the metro Detroit area. She has been in the hospitality industry for over 10 years with both Marriott and Hilton and loves being a part of the Visit Knoxville team. Kristen spends a lot of time traveling with her husband and two Boston Terriers with a goal of seeing all the National Park sites in the United States. She loves calling Knoxville home; it’s been her favorite destination to date!
Kristen focuses on the following market segments: Scientific/Engineering/Technical, Trade, Manufacturing/Distribution, Agricultural/Environmental and Food/Food Products.
Chemain Kellogg is a native San Diego girl who will tell you there is no place she would rather be than in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is always claiming that though her body is Western, her soul is Southern. Along with her husband and two teenagers, Knoxville has satisfied everything in life that they hold passion for. From hiking, to biking, watersports, regional travel, music, art, festivals and most importantly amazing food and brew, Knoxville has it all and so much more. What better industry for her to land in and better place for her to represent?
Chemain got her start from the hotel side as an Executive Meeting Manager and then Corporate Sales Manager with the Holiday Inn in Downtown Knoxville. With excitement and enthusiasm she represents Visit Knoxville selling this place she hand chose to be her home.
Chemain focuses on the following markets: Social, Military, Education, Religious, Fraternal (SMERF), Heritage/Patriotic, Cultural/Fine Arts, Libraries, and Hobby/Vocational.