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Destination Irvine's Director of Sales Named in Rejuvenate Magazine's 40 Under 40

IRVINE, Calif. - November 3, 2011 - Michelle Carlen, Director of Sales for Destination Irvine was recognized as an industry leader by Rejuvenate magazine's "40 under 40" feature in the October issue. The recognition came from peers, industry leaders and others in the faith-based meeting planning world. Numerous nominations were reviewed and evaluated based on references, industry involvement, and comments on social media and group websites.

"We are proud of Michelle for being recognized as an individual that represents the present and future of the travel and tourism industry," says Tallia Hart, President and CEO of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, parent organization of Destination Irvine. "Her experience within the industry is an asset to Destination Irvine's efforts in promoting Irvine as a premier Southern California destination for visitors, meetings and groups."

For the past 12 years Carlen has been involved in the hospitality industry, prior to joining Destination Irvine in August 2010, Carlen represented Newport Beach, San Diego North County and Pasadena. She is a member of several industry organizations including American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

About Rejuvenate magazine
Rejuvenate magazine covers the faith-based meeting planning market. The consumer-quality, award-winning magazine presents ideas and strategies from the world at large, as well as industry news and practical case studies from conferences, conventions and other events. Visit to learn more. 

About Destination Irvine
Under the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit 501(c)6, Destination Irvine, funded by a self-imposed assessment tax through a Hotel Improvement District (H.I.D.), positions Irvine as a destination for visitors, meetings and groups. Destination Irvine through direct sales efforts including database marketing, lead generation, trade show participation, and familiarization tours, sells the destination. In addition, Destination Irvine promotes Irvine through marketing, advertising and public relations efforts. To learn more visit:

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