Visit KC welcomes two new managers

Kenzi Hoyle hired as partnership development manager, Derek Byrne as social media manager

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Visit KC, Kansas City’s leading hospitality and tourism organization, is pleased to announce two new additions to its team. Kenzi Hoyle becomes Visit KC’s second partnership development manager while Derek Byrne assumes the role of social media manager. Both Hoyle and Byrne started on Wednesday, Feb. 7. 

As partnership development manager, Hoyle will build and maintain relationships with current and future Visit KC partners. With her counterpart, Dustin Wolfe, the expanded team of two will focus on separate industry verticals to recruit and support prospective and existing partners. Before joining Visit KC, Hoyle worked for the Power & Light District as a marketing & event manager, a position that focused on marketing, events, relationship development and management.

“Kenzi’s experience and relationships make her the perfect fit for this role on our team,” said Interim Vice President of Partnerships & Events Jessica Blubaugh. “We're looking forward to having the additional team capacity to support and ensure optimal service to our growing base of partners.”

In his role as social media manager, Byrne will oversee all social media strategy, management and implementation for each of Visit KC’s social channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and LinkedIn. He previously served as a communications specialist for Texas A&M University, where he managed the institution’s student- and family-focused channels. Byrne also has PR and marketing experience with Development Counsellors International, a New York-based tourism marketing firm.

“In many ways, our social channels represent the face of Kansas City to travelers, meeting planners, locals and more,” said Director of Communications Derek Klaus. “We’re excited for Derek to take on this role, and we expect him to make an immediate impact in our communications thanks to his extensive background in both social media and tourism marketing.”  

About Visit KC

Visit KC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite global passion for visiting Kansas City. Through marketing, sales and service of the convention and tourism industries, Visit KC supports a vital and growing component of the local economy—generating nearly 48,000 jobs and $5.5 billion in economic impact annually. For more information about Kansas City, go to VisitKC.com.

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Media Contacts

Derek Klaus
National & Convention Media:
Derek Klaus
Director of Communications
816-691-3849
dklaus@visitkc.com | Twitter | LinkedIn
Toni Alexander
Regional & KC Media:
Toni Alexander
Communications Manager
816-691-3848
talexander@visitkc.com | LinkedIn
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