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Karyn Gruenberg
Sr. Vice President, Partner Marketing & Strategic Alliances
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Karyn Gruenberg is senior vice president, partner marketing & strategic alliances at Brand USA, the public-private partnership whose mission is to increase incremental international visitation, spend and market share in order to fuel the nation’s economy and enhance the image of the USA worldwide.

In this position, Karyn is responsible for leading partner marketing efforts, as well as building global strategic alliances to leverage the combined resources and expertise of the industry. Her leadership includes development and oversight of all partner-driven marketing programs and key global media alliances, that add and create value for partners, amplify our partners’ international reach, and drive inbound visitor travel and tourism dollars to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five territories. In addition, Karyn leads the organization’s efforts to generate $100 million in annual contributions from organizations within and beyond the travel industry. An integral part of Karyn’s leadership includes working with the marketing teams and agencies in strategic development of the consumer and global marketing campaigns, while engaging the travel trade as well as broadcast, online, and other media advertising partners to enhance the message and reach worldwide.

Among her many accomplishments at Brand USA, Karyn established the core partner program strategy that today includes more than 100 programs and 200 opportunities and key media partnership with BBC, National Geographic, Bloomberg and Euro News and Alibaba, to name a few. These programs have helped earn Brand USA a strong partner program retention rating of more than 90% and maximize partner contributions.

During the past 25 years Karyn has become recognized globally in creating, value-driven marketing strategies that generate growth and drive business results. Over the course of her career, she has built a strong track record of success across a range of disciplines—from integrated marketing, communications, branding and advertising to strategic planning and execution, sponsorship and partnership development.

Prior to joining Brand USA, Karyn led the marketing effort for Meet Minneapolis, the premier tourism and convention marketing organization of the greater Minneapolis region. As part of the leadership team, she was instrumental in securing major sponsorships for the city, as well as directing all advertising, public relations, digital development, and creative services to market the City. As part of the leadership team, she was instrumental in securing major sponsorships for the city, as well as directing all advertising, public relations, digital development, and creative services to promote travel and meetings. In addition, she spearheaded the highly acclaimed rebranding project for Minneapolis and Saint Paul and was instrumental in helping the city win the bid to host the 2008 Republic National Convention. Prior to Meet Minneapolis, Karyn directed all marketing and promotions for Target Center, one of the top five highest revenue-producing arenas in North America. Simultaneously, Karyn held the role for 1998 World Figure Skating Championships as its executive director. An award-winning marketer, Karyn has earned honors from

the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and was named one of the top 25 Women Industry Leaders in the Twin Cities. She earned her bachelor of arts from the University of Minnesota and pursued a master- in business communications at the University of Saint Thomas, Minnesota.

Karyn Gruenberg
Sr. Vice President, Partner Marketing & Strategic Alliances

Karyn Gruenberg provided industry insights during a panel discussion at World Travel Market London.


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Karyn Gruenberg spoke at the Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus Annual Conference in Denton, Texas.  


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Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, was established by the Travel Promotion Act as the nation's first public-private partnership to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and to communicate U.S. travel policies and procedures to worldwide travelers. The organization’s mission is to increase international visitation to the USA in order to fuel the U.S. economy and enhance the image of the United States worldwide. Formed as the Corporation for Travel Promotion in 2010, the public-private entity began operations in May 2011 and does business as Brand USA. According to studies by Oxford Economics, over the past six years, Brand USA's marketing initiatives have helped welcome 6.6 million incremental visitors to the USA, benefiting the U.S. economy with more than $21.8 billion in total economic impact and supporting, on average, nearly 52,000 incremental U.S. jobs a year.

For industry or partner information about Brand USA, visit TheBrandUSA.com. To discover more about the USA and the boundless diversity of American travel experiences and authentic, rich culture, please visit Brand USA’s consumer website VisitTheUSA.com and follow Visit The USA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


More about Karyn

Community Service

Working with young people on education programs, locally Martha’s Table.

Favorite Travel Memory

Sitting on the Rocks in Sydney eating fresh lobster, drinking champagne and overlooking the Sydney Opera House OR Swimming in the Great Barrier Reef.

Hometown/Home State

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Travel in the USA

So many, I love all my destinations.