• John Todora promoted to director of national accounts

  • Kris Kelley named group sales coordinator

  • Cassidy Roosen named digital marketing manager

  • Claire Muranaka named public relations coordinator


Huntington Beach, Calif.— February 1, 2023 — Visit Huntington Beach (VHB), the official destination marketing organization of Huntington Beach, Calif., announces the growth of its group sales and marketing departments. As Huntington Beach is pacing positive recovery in the tourism sector, VHB is growing to meet its goals in 2023 and beyond.


John Todora has been promoted to director of national accounts after five transformative years with VHB. In that time, he has led sales initiatives with the OC Sports Commission, the Pacific Airshow, select service properties, the West Coast DMO Alliance and IMEX America 2022. Additionally, Todora graduated from the Huntington Beach Robert Mayer Leadership Academy in 2021.


“John’s ability to build relationships nationally has made him an invaluable member of our team,” shared Susan Valen, director of sales, VHB. “His dynamic approach to meeting and exceeding sales goals has greatly contributed to the growth of our department and the entire organization.”


Kris Kelley joins VHB as its group sales coordinator, providing support to the entire group sales department and serving as the point of contact for external organizations. Prior to VHB, Kelley worked at The Walt Disney Company for over seventeen years and held roles focused on employee learning and development, operations, and customer experience.


The marketing department recruited Cassidy Roosen and Claire Muranaka to its roster. Roosen, a Southern California native who specializes in media strategy and content creation, joins VHB as the digital marketing manager. Roosen previously worked in the government and healthcare industry managing digital communications. Claire Muranaka joins as the public relations coordinator, bringing strong writing and media relations skills from her experience at an agency.


“We are excited to expand our marketing and public relations efforts and increase the digital presence of Visit Huntington Beach with our new team,” said Omark A. Holmes, chief marketing officer, VHB. “We are committed to sharing the Huntington Beach experience with media and audiences across the globe.”


About Visit Huntington Beach

Visit Huntington Beach is the official destination marketing organization of Huntington Beach, Surf City USA®. One of Southern California’s premier coastal destinations, Huntington Beach is the ideal location for a California family vacation, active outdoor adventure trip or relaxing weekend getaway. With 10 miles of wide-open beaches, Huntington Beach is a destination of choice for vacationers and business travelers alike. To plan your Surf City USA® vacation, or to learn more about Huntington Beach, see the Visit Huntington Beach website at www.surfcityusa.com or call 1-800-729-6232 for a free Visitors Guide.



Surf City USA® is a registered mark of Visit Huntington Beach.