Meet the Staff



Dan Quandt

In the late spring of 1969, I started my hospitality career as a bellboy at the Powers Hotel in downtown Fargo…$.65/hour plus tips! Now, over thirty years later, I’m honored to be the VP of the Amarillo Convention and Visitors Council. It’s great to be with this great group of professionals at the Amarillo Chamber! I’ve been a CVB director my entire career, starting in December 1981 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. I have also served in Lincoln, Nebraska and over 13 years on South Padre Island, Texas. I have always been deeply involved in the industry. I’m a past chair of the Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus and a former board member of the Texas Travel Industry Association. I still serve on the TTIA legislative committee. Look forward to seeing everyone in Amarillo!


Mary Ramirez

I was born in Amarillo and began working part time for the Convention and Visitor Council as the weekend clerk at the Visitor Information Center in May 2005. I was promoted to be the manager of the Visitor Information Center in April 2006, until July 2012 when I became Executive Assistant for Dan Quandt at the Amarillo CVC.



Eric Miller

Hello, I’m Eric Miller. I moved to Amarillo in 1997 with every intention of being Mr. Mom. But, this job found me, and I’m glad it did. Amarillo is full of proud residents who are ready to help tell the story of this independent city. So, from local news to national and international outlets, being the community's spokesperson is a daunting task. But, I love it, and I take the responsibility very seriously. I used to hear people say they stopped in Amarillo on the way to another destination. More and more, now, I hear from people who stop in Amarillo and really take the time to look around. That makes my day! Better still, my colleagues are among the most experienced in the business and the friendliest people I have worked with. I know you’ll say the same thing after getting to know all of us and the city we represent!


Interactive Media Manager
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I joined the Amarillo CVC team as an intern, later became the Communications Assistant, and was most recently promoted to Interactive Media Manager. I specifically focus on digital, social and new media. I am on hand to assist with all communications efforts.



Tina Brohlin

My name is Tina Brohlin, and I am a true West Texas "gal", born and raised in Amarillo. I joined the CVC team in April 2007 as a convention sales manager for the SMERF and sports markets and became the director of sales in June 2012. In addition to overseeing all general sales activity, I am currently the dedicated sales contact for Sports and Agriculture. Along with my convention and visitor council experience, I have an extensive hotel sales management background, representing multiple brands and market segments. I know that once you experience Amarillo, you will want to come back! Contact me to learn more about bringing your Sports or Agriculture meetings or events to Amarillo, or to let me know how my team can help yours!

Kendra Knowles

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Hey y’all! My name is Kendra Knowles. I am New Mexico born and Texas raised. I have recently joined the CVC as the Sales Coordinator and am ecstatic to be working with such an amazing team! With my years of retail, restaurant, and customer service experience, I aspire to make your Yellow City adventure the best it could be! Amarillo has been and always will be my home; and we hope you find a piece of home here, too.


Ashley Gutierrez

Hi there! I’m Ashley Gutierrez and I recently joined the Amarillo Convention and Visitors Council as a Sales Manager for the SMERF Market. I handle Social, Military Reunion, Education (Youth), Religious and Fraternal group meetings. Growing up in Amarillo, I’ve served the people of the Panhandle in restaurants, retail, and other customer service roles for 10 years. I look forward to working with meeting planners to share my enthusiasm and love for Amarillo as I show them everything our great city has to offer!

Hollie Hawkins

Sales Manager– Association, Corporate, & Government
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Hi there! I’m Hollie Hawkins and I am a Sales Manager for the Convention and Visitor Council. I specialize in the Association, Corporate and Government market. I grew up in Amarillo and just returned after graduating from Texas Tech University in May 2016. The Texas Panhandle is like no place else, and I could not be more excited about representing Amarillo and sharing our great city with you! I’d love to welcome you to this place I call home, and help make your experience amazing!



Stephanie Andrews

Hi! My name is Stephanie Andrews. I was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and moved to Texas when I was young. I joined the Amarillo CVC team in April of 2013 and brought with me 18 years of hotel experience Southern hospitality. My role is to assist you and your group in making your Amarillo experiences a positive, productive one.

Travel & Tourism


Kashion Smith

Howdy, my name is Kashion Smith and I can’t think of a better community to represent! Born and raised in Amarillo, I am familiar with all our town has to offer and can find the right people to take care of your every need. In April, 2013 I joined the Convention and Visitor Council bringing with me more than 10 years of hospitality experience and can make arranging your itineraries easy for you. Whether you need an afternoon of activities or help finding the right hotel and attractions for multiple days, Amarillo is a great pick! Give me a call to make your Amarillo tour a hit.


Tourism Coordinator
Braley Hand

Hello, my name is Braley Hand. I was born and raised here in Amarillo and while I’ve dabbled living in a few other places, Amarillo has always been my home. I started working as a part-time service counselor at the Amarillo Visitor Information Center in Dec 2013 and was promoted to manager in July 2016. I am now the Tourism Coordinator at the Amarillo Convention and Visitors Council. I love meeting and visiting with our guests from all over the world and want to help make your trip wonderful.