Richard Dodds – Manager, Convention Sales 


Richard has a wealth of experience across the convention and hotel industry and has had a long connection with our organisation, partners, and people. Including working across conventions activities, hotel partnerships, technical sales through to leveraging performing arts partnerships with Auckland Live and our city’s key resident companies and festivals. 

Previously, Richard was the Director of Sales – New Zealand with Pro Invest Hotel Group with hotel properties located in Auckland and Queenstown. Prior to this role he had local roles with Marriott International (Four Points by Sheraton Auckland), assisted in the launch of SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre where he held the role as Director of Sales, TFE Hotels and Tourism Rotorua. International positions have included sales for the convention arm of Wonderful Copenhagen, World Event Management Limited in London, and Royal Cliff Beach Resort in Thailand.


Danielle Ouwejan -  Business Development Manager 


Danielle is currently on maternity leave and will return in 2025. 
Danielle has always known that Sales was the perfect career path for her. Having spent many years in the business events industry, Danielle believes that building strong and lasting relationships with clients is key to achieving mutually beneficial results. From initial conversations with clients to receiving glowing testimonials from them, Danielle gets a real buzz from seeing an event come together. Outside of work, Danielle has a passion for travel and has visited multiple countries. She can't wait to take her young son on adventures. Danielle loves nothing more than creating the perfect event experience for her clients - so if you're looking for a venue to host your next event, contact Danielle to learn more about our venues across the city of Auckland.


Vincent Park - Business Development Manager


Vincent has a strong background in the business events industry and has worked in operations and sales for multiple years in luxury hotels and convention centres around New Zealand. Passionate about building excellent relationships with clients, he is a skilled listener and ensures to understand his client’s needs before suggesting venue spaces for their events. To relax, Vincent is a gifted tennis player and loves his board games too. Reach out to Vincent to discuss your next event and to learn more about our venues across the city of Auckland.


Tanya Bhatia - Business Development Executive 


Tanya is an experienced Business Development Executive with a proven track record in driving growth and achieving results. She holds an MBA with a focus on International Business and Marketing, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in International Tourism Management. Tanya is drawn to the field of sales as it is a dynamic and challenging field where no two days are the same. With a keen interest in problem solving, Tanya enjoys the satisfaction of helping her clients find the perfect space for their events. Curious and persistent, Tanya enjoys travelling, learning new skills, and building relationships within the industry. Get in touch with Tanya to learn more about what venues Auckland Conventions has to offer.


Leon Khun - Business Development Executive 


Having always had a passion for events, Leon began his career as an Event Coordinator. As he gained experience in the business events industry, Leon’s interest in account management grew and is now a Business Development Executive at ACVE. Leon understands that building and maintaining strong relationships with clients and stakeholders is crucial in this environment. Leon’s hobbies are Muay Thai, weightlifting and working on his cars. Leon focusses on achieving the best for his clients - contact him to learn more about what venues Auckland Conventions has to offer.