Leslie Hastings, CHSP, CASE

National Sales Manager
aka DC Deal Maker

Leslie works with national clients to bring conferences, conventions and meetings to Grand Rapids. She promotes our city and our organization from her home base in Washington DC, where she coordinates and participates in local events and trade shows to generate interest and bookings.

Leslie came to Experience Grand Rapids in 2015 from positions with the Detroit Convention Visitors and Bureau, Reno Tahoe USA and Grand Sierra Resort. “I started working in a hotel in college and liked it so much I never left the industry,” she says.

Bio Bits:

  • Describes GR as “safe, clean and full of things to do”
  • Recommends Brick Road Pizza Co. for “great vegan options”
  • Loves to try new beers at different breweries on every GR trip
  • Never tires of visiting Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park – “there’s always something new to see”

A devoted animal lover, Leslie volunteers for the Wildlife Rescue League and names her dogs as her favorite travel companions. (She urges like-minded travelers to check out dog-friendly spots in Grand Rapids.) Her favorite travel destination is the Mayan Riviera.

Leslie Hastings

Leslie Hastings, National Sales Manager

Photo by Mod Bettie