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Debby Russ - Carmen's Group
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Executive Vice President, Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen's
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Debby Russ

Executive Vice President, Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s


Debby leads the team responsible for sales development and ongoing operations at the Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s. Her vast experience in the event industry and acute operational knowledge have contributed to the successful resurgence of the Hamilton Convention Centre in the national convention marketplace.


Debby joined Carmen’s Group in 1994 working in event logistics where she gained experience under the tutelage of founder Peter Mercanti. In 2005, she became the Director of Sales & Operations of Carmen’s Banquet Centre, driving sales and profitability to record levels. In her role at Carmen’s Debby also sits on dozens of event committees that have collectively raised millions of dollars for charities and community organizations. When Carmen’s Group took over management of the Hamilton Convention Centre, Debby became Executive Vice President and General Manager.


Her contributions in the hospitality community has earned Debby tremendous recognition from her peers and colleagues. She is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award by Tourism Hamilton in 2009, an Outstanding Service Recognition Award by the Ontario Building Officials Association in 2013, and as Volunteer of the Year Award by Good Shepherd in 2014.Debby spends her time away from work enjoying amazing beaches, trying new cuisine, reading novels, listening to Neil Diamond and spending time with her family, friends and pet dog Cricket.