Visit Salt Lake (VSL) has appointed Karen Staples as northeast director of convention sales. She will be based in Connecticut and will represent Visit Salt Lake and promote Salt Lake as a convention and meeting destination to corporate and association planners in the region. Staples’ career in the hospitality industry includes various sales positions at other convention and visitors bureaus. Before joining VSL, she spent two years as managing director of development for the Talley Management Group. Prior to that, she spent five years as director of eastern regional sales for Visit Spokane. Her career also includes sales experience with the Hartford/Spokane Alliance Convention Bureau and the Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau.