Discover Central Massachusetts Appoints Executive Director

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WORCESTER – The board of directors for Discover Central Massachusetts announced today, June 1, the appointment of Monique M. Messier as the new executive director of the region’s travel and tourism organization. 

Messier has extensive experience in the hospitality industry and was the director of sales for Discover Central Massachusetts for the past year.

Her career began in Worcester at what was then the Worcester Marriott Hotel, but eventually became the Crowne Plaza and now operates as the Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

From there, Messier continued in the hospitality industry at numerous hotels, including the Sheraton Hotel in Springfield and Nantucket Island Resorts, where her focus was mainly on sales and business development.

Following her stint in hotels, she was employed by Spectra Venue Management at the MassMutual Center, an arena and convention center in western Massachusetts, where she worked for 12 years.

In her role, Messier was responsible for oversight of the sales team before becoming general manager, with full oversight of the organization. Messier then went on to be an executive director on the opening team of the MGM Casino, where she created the overarching plan and oversaw implementation of the sales department. Her experience also includes work at the Greater Springfield convention and visitor’s bureau. 

“I’m very excited to be leading the Discover Central MA team,” Messier said. “Tourism is such an important part of a thriving economy and has been a large part of Worcester’s recent economic momentum. Recently, with the pandemic and the devastation it has caused in our industry, it is imperative that we continue to push out our message now more than ever.”

Messier’s appointment follows the resignation of Stephanie Ramey, who accepted the position of president of the Worcester Railers Hockey Club.

Messier graduated from Becker College and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst. Messier resides in Ware with her two, children Connor and Chloe. 


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