Military Destination Marketing

Marketing Consultants & Communications
 
Tom Allee
CEO & Founder 
Neal F. Meehan
Senior Executive Consultant

Kalen Arreola

Strategic Marketing Partner

Terry Sullivan

Destination Marketing Consultant

Tom Allee, CEO & Founder

Tom is an experienced airline and resort marketing executive, and the founder of Military
Destination Marketing. In 2006, Tom was one of the first recipients of the Lt. Governor's Spirit of Colorado-Caring Corporate Citizen Award. He was appointed co-chair of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's 2008 Denver, Colorado convention.


As a highly regarded destination marketing professional, Tom served on the board of directors
of the Colorado Tourism and Travel Association, the Tourism Industry Association of Colorado and the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. He also served on the board of directors of the Colorado Freedom Memorial, the Peterson Air and Space Museum Foundation and was a member of the Rocky Mountain USO Advisory Council. 


Tom currently is a member of the Colorado Thirty Group, and an advisory council member at the Center For American Values and serves on the Aurora Defense Council.


Tom is a strategic marketing partner with Stars and Stripes Marketing, llc. and a co-founder of Patriotic Events:


https://www.blacktie-colorado.com/photos/photoevent.cfm?id=1913


He is a 2013 recipient of the United Veteran's Committee of Colorado Distinguished Achievement award and a 2013 recipient of the Aurora Defense Council Bob Cardenas award.


In addition to founding Military Destination Marketing, Tom served as the Vice President Community Relations and Development for the Center for American Values in Pueblo, Colorado. While there he was instrumental in developing a tourism attraction on the Pueblo Riverwalk under the branding of “Walk of Valor” featuring the Center’s “Portraits of Valor” with 146 pictures of Medal of Honor recipients.


www.americanvaluescenter.org

 

Tom previously served as the national director of sales and senior director of government and community affairs for Frontier Airlines. He was the vice president and general manager for Continental Express central region, and senior director sales and marketing programs for Continental Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental Airlines. Tom also served as executive vice president marketing for Rocky Mountain Airways.


While with Continental Airlines, Tom created the Continental Sculpture Showcase, an innovative
traveling art display that appeared in airports across the U.S. and on board Holland America Line cruise ships. He also created an aerospace exhibit that was displayed at Denver International Airport and the Colorado Springs airport in conjunction with the National Space Symposium.


His resort experience includes vice president sales & marketing for Beaver Village Resort and
Hi Country Haus Resort in Winter Park, Colorado, where he also was a founder and president of Winter Park Reservations.


Tom has served as a marketing consultant for the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command in
Washington, DC that has responsibility for U.S. Navy Museums across the United States including the National Museum for the U.S. Navy and the National Museum of Naval Aviation. 


Other organizations that Military Destination Marketing have assisted are: The HomeFront Cares, MilitaryEvents.US, Hero Bar, Wings Over the Rockies, Women in Marines 50th Anniversary Convention, The American Soldier Photographic Exhibit, More Than 36 Days, Colorado American Legion Boys State, Center For American Values, City of Pueblo Riverwalk-Walk of Valor, United Veterans Committee, Colorado Yellow Ribbon event, and Frontier Airlines.


Allee holds a BS in Transportation Management and an Executive MBA from the University of Colorado, College of Business and has been an adjunct faculty member at CU Denver teaching Air Transportation Management. He also has a Certified Corporate Travel Executive certificate from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. 


Tom is an Air Force veteran and resides in Castle Pines, Colorado with his wife, Alexia and son, James.
Allee holds a BS in Transportation Management and an executive MBA from the University of


Neal F. Meehan, Senior Executive Consultant

Mr. Meehan's business career spans the transportation, telecommunications and automotive sectors. Currently Managing Partner of air2ground, LLC, a Texas based business consultancy practice involved in business development and strategic planning for start-up and mature companies, Mr. Meehan contributes senior level consulting to Military Destination Marketing assignments.

Mr. Meehan recently served as Chairman and CEO of Aura Systems, Inc., of El Segundo, CA, and previously as Vice President of Aeronautical Services for IRIDIUM, LLC, Executive Vice President of In-Flight Phone Corporation, and President and CEO of Hush Communications.
 
Prior to moving into the telecommunications and automotive industries, Mr. Meehan distinguished himself as an innovative and dynamic leader in the airline industry. Mr. Meehan was founding President and CEO of New York Air, President and COO of Midway Air, founding President and CEO of Continental Express, and Senior Vice President of Texas Air. In addition, Mr. Meehan served in various marketing and leadership positions with American Airlines and Continental Airlines.

Born in New York City, Mr. Meehan is a Vietnam combat veteran, where he served as a Rifle Company Officer during his 8 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Meehan holds a Doctor of Commercial Science (Honorary), a BA and an MBA from St. John's University.


Kalen Arreola, Strategic Marketing Partner

 

 

Public Affairs Officer, US Army Reserve

 

Biography

Kalen Arreola is an Army Reserve Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Army Reserve.  She served in Operation Iraqi Freedom V supporting the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and the 3rd Infantry Division. She has worked with embedded reporters from all major news agencies, including NBC, Fox, NPR, CBN, ABC and CBS. She also developed a successful hometown news campaign that reached out to more than 250 hometown news markets to tell the story of the American Soldier during the surge. 

 

Her previous civilian occupation was on the Corporate Communications team for PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. 

 

Kalen is on the Board of Advisors for the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation in San Diego, Calif. She is also a member of the Reserve Officers Association, the Association of the United States Army, VFW Post 1, a Loyal Escort of the Green Garter (Women Marines Association), and a member of “Buy Veteran,” and NaVoBa.

 

She was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in 2008 for her work in Iraq and has been nominated for the 2010 MacArthur Leadership Award. Her leadership during OIF V also resulted in Army Commendation Medals for her entire print journalist team, after their weekly publication earned first place in the Keith L. Ware Journalism Awards for the Best Field Publication in the United States Army 2007.

Terry Sullivan, Destination Marketing Consultant


Terry Sullivan has been a leading force in Colorado tourism for 20 years, one of the longest spans of anyone in the 

state's history. He became the leader of Experience Colorado Springs in 1990, first as executive director and later as 

president and CEO. The local member-based organization is charged with promoting Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region as a national and international tourism destination. Over his 20-year span, Terry helped tourism in Colorado Springs grow to a $1.2 billion industry that supports 14,000 jobs.


Under his leadership, Experience Colorado Springs has won many national awards, including ten years of winning the "Gold Service Award" from Meetings & Conventions Magazine; nine years of winning the “Pinnacle Award” from the readers of Successful Meetings Magazineseven years of winning the “Top Destination Award” from Facilities and Destinations Magazine; seven years of winning the “Award of Excellence” from Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine; and two years of winning the “Planner Choice Award” from Meeting News.  The organization ranks as one of the most consistent achievers in an industry of 400 other U.S. destination marketing organizations.


Terry was also a leader in developing the Colorado Association of Destination Marketing Associations (CADMO), of which he served as chairman.  It was with his assistance that the Colorado tourism industry learned to “speak with one voice,” eventually leading to the creation of the Colorado Tourism Office and increased tourism marketing dollars for the state.


In 2005, Terry Sullivan was honored with the Governor’s Tourism Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Colorado Tourism.  In 2006, he was elected to serve as the President of the Tourism Industry Association of Colorado (TIAC), which is today’s voice of the Colorado tourism and travel industry as a whole. 

In addition to his tourism background, which included stints in sales and marketing for the Caribbean and Mexico, he was an Army aviator in Vietnam, followed by service in the National Guard and Army Reserves. He is rated as a Master Aviator and has some 3,000 flying hours.  In March 2004, he participated as an organizer and crew member in the Smithsonian Museum of History’s “America’s Huey, The Final Journey Home.”

Terry retired in the spring of 2010 after two decades of helping tourism grow.  He states:  “I’ve seen some tremendous things take place at the state level, as well as in the Pikes Peak region. General William Jackson Palmer built the Colorado Springs area in 1871 with the grand vision of creating a world-class resort town. I’ve endeavored to carry on that vision throughout my tenure. It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau for these past 20 years.”

For being a good partner to Denver and all of Colorado and for his two decades of dedication to the travel industry, Terry Sullivan is being honored as a member of the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame.