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Martha Sheridan is president and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB). In her role she leads an organization whose mission is to create vibrant growth for the local hospitality economy by promoting, developing, and expanding a united visitor industry. She oversees all day to day operations at the PWCVB, leading a staff of 20 destination sales and marketing professionals. In 2010 Sheridan spearheaded efforts to form the Rhode Island Sports Commission, now a division of the PWCVB
Sheridan has over 20 years experience in destination marketing. Prior to her current position she served as Vice President of Sales at the Newport County (RI) Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Sheridan has served on the boards of several local, regional and national associations including the RI Hospitality and Tourism Association Education Foundation, and Destination Marketing Association International where she is currently Chair-Elect. She has held a variety of leadership roles with Meeting Professionals International New England Chapter (MPINE) and the New England Society of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, including a two-year term as the organization’s president.
Sheridan is the recipient of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association’s (RIHA) Mary Brennan Tourism Award for outstanding achievement in tourism promotion and in 2010 was named RIHA Woman of the Year. She is also the recipient of the MPINE President’s Award and the MPINE Supplier of the Year Award.
She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and lives in Wakefield, RI with her husband, Arthur and three children.