Meet Our Sales Team

Contact our sales team to assist with planning a meeting or convention in Wrightsville Beach.

John W. Sneed II, CHSP

Vice President of Sales and Services

John Sneed has been in the hospitality industry since 1993 including working for several restaurants, hotels and convention and visitors bureaus (CVB). He joined the Wilmington and Beaches CVB team in 2009. As parents of four children, John, and wife Kristy, love outings to the natural and historic areas Wilmington and the surrounding beaches have to offer. John's father was one of the schoolchildren that contributed coins to the "Save Our Ship" campaign to buy the USS North Carolina and his favorite memory is visiting the ship in Wilmington as a child on numerous family vacations. John has traveled extensively and the USS North Carolina remains one of his favorite attractions.

Molly Johnson, CMP

Director of Convention Sales

Molly Johnson has been in the hospitality industry since 1991 with experience ranging from operations to sales. After moving multiple times to six different states, Molly finally felt at home when she moved to Wilmington. She started at the Wilmington and Beaches CVB in 2015. Currently serving on the Southeast Chapter of the Professional Conference Management Association as the Treasurer/Secretary, she will serve as the President-Elect in 2021 and as Chapter President in 2022. Recent awards include Meeting Professionals International Carolinas Chapter 2017 President's Award, 2018 Hall of Fame Award and 2019 Corey D. Bizzell Award of Excellence. Molly spends her free time serving on the board of directors for A Safe Place, a local non-profit.

Joel Smith, MPRTSM

Sales Manager

Joel Smith has held various management roles within the recreation and leisure industry, and completed his Master’s degree in Parks, Recreation, Sports and Tourism Management, at North Carolina State University. Joel joined the Wilmington and Beaches CVB in 2017. He is currently serving as the Second Vice President for the North Carolina Society of Government Meeting Professionals. He and his wife Hilary have two children, and thoroughly enjoy the local eateries and attractions in Wilmington. Joel spends his free time fishing, sunset chasing with his family and supporting his community.

Karen Warren

Visitor Services Manager

Karen Warren has been employed with the Wilmington and Beaches CVB since 1998. In her role, she provides support services for individuals, organizations, meeting planners and group tour operators. She spends as much time at the beach as possible and enjoys the theater, art and restaurant scene. Karen caught the archaeology bug at an early age, courtesy of Howard Carter and King Tut, and received a degree in anthropology with a focus on Meso-American archaeology with a side bar in Egyptian hieroglyphs. She loves to travel and one of her most memorable trips was to the ethereal Incan site of Machu Picchu.