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About Us

Each staff member at Unique Venues plays an important role in supporting our mission to connect our member venues to meeting planners every single day.

One Step Ahead for Event Locations

Unique Venues got its start in a tiny back room at 930 Jackson Street in Denver, Colorado. A graduate of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and sales manager for Westin Hotels, Michele Nichols began consulting with colleges and universities about how to market their facilities to off-campus groups. While these venues could offer some of the same amenities and services as a hotel, they had no exposure to meeting and event planners. 
She published her first Guide to Convening on Campus in 1986 – featuring 140 college and university meeting facilities – and pioneered a new niche in the meetings industry. It wasn’t long before venues of all kinds wanted to be a part of  ‘The Guide’ and her company was born. She continued to stay one step ahead when she launched the first web directory in 1997, another innovation for connecting people and places.

Recognized by Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) as one of the “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing”, Michele and her team are driven by a simple goal - promote locations to anyone hosting a meeting, family reunion, reception, party, conference or gathering of any kind.

A Warm Welcome from Unique Venues

Today, Unique Venues is a marketing and membership organization committed to bringing together one-of-a-kind event venues with meeting planners who are ready for something new. We represent thousands of non-traditional properties in the United States and Canada for any kind of get-together. Our non-traditional venues include:

UV Headquarters: 4169 Lower Park Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Sales/Membership Services/Technology: 239 Main Street, Suite 100, Johnstown, PA 15901

1.866.266.6857 toll free • 1.814.254.1310 direct • 1.814.254.1315 fax
Michele Nichols, Founder
Enjoys adventures off the beaten path, skiing, hiking, and the great outdoors. 

Chuck Salem, CEO
Enjoys creating glass art, the ocean, and living in DC with all the great culture.

Neal Burghardt, COO
Enjoys tennis, travel, games, music and time with the grandkids.

Alyson Salem, Sales and Marketing
Enjoys photography, concerts, painting, and spending time with loved ones.

Jeanne Feathers, Sales & Marketing
Enjoys travel, reading, and time with friends and family.

Jeff Geiner, Membership Services
Enjoys being outdoors, sports, and movies.

Kim Hanna Hall, Graphic Designer
Enjoys creating top-notch graphics for Unique Venues.

Anne McCaw, Sales and Marketing
Enjoys good food, great wines, our cottage, travel, golf, reading, the piano, yoga, walking Shadow, and the beautiful west coast.

Ann McKenzie, Accounting/Membership Services
Enjoys living in the mountains, the beach, gardening, photography, walking, a good book.

Lisa Morrell, Membership Services
Enjoys being with family, spending lazy days on the beach, and the company of good friends.

Stephanie Watson, Lead Program Manager
Enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening (both vegetables and flowers) cooking, reading.

Todd Wonders, Technology
Enjoys progressive rock, philo-political chat, football tailgates, and data.

Talk to a Venue Specialist: 1-877-244-6110