About Us

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Established in 1913, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) is the official destination marketing organization for the city and serves to favorably impact Atlanta’s economy through conventions and tourism. A private, not-for-profit organization, ACVB bolsters Atlanta’s $16 billion hospitality industry, which generated an estimated 57 million visitors in 2019.

See meeting schedules for Executive Committee and Board of Directors Meetings.

Officers

Chair, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
Jo Ann Herold
CMO
Honey Baked Ham

Chair, Advisory board
Dexter Warrior
Principal & COO
T. Dallas Smith & Co.

Vice Chair
Chair, Atlanta Convention Marketing Fund Committee
Ken Bernhardt
Regents Professor of Marketing Emeritus
Georgia State University

Treasurer
Chair, Finance & Human Resource Committee
Stan Wilson
Managing Partner
Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson LLP

Vice Chair
Brad Koeneman
General Manager
Hilton Atlanta

Vice Chair
Chair, Compensation Plan and CEO Contract Committee
Erica Qualls-Battey
General Manager
Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Vice Chair
Chair, Compensation Plan and CEO Contract Committee
Erica Qualls-Battey
General Manager
Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Secretary
Vacant

Executive Committee

Ed Baker
Executive in Residence
Georgia State University

Leona Barr-Davenport
President
Atlanta Business League

Karen Bremer
CEO
Georgia Restaurant Association

Debby Cannon
Director, Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality
Georgia State University

Tommy Dortch, Jr.
President & CEO
TWD, Inc.

Daryl Evans
VP
American Cancer Society

Hector Gallardo
Vice President, National Sales
The Coca-Cola Company

Sharon Goldmacher
President
communications 21

Sheffield Hale
President & CEO
Atlanta History Center / Margaret Mitchell House

George McKerrow, Jr.
Co-Owner
Ted’s Montana Grill

Derrick Morrow
General Manager
Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Nancy Oswald
Co-Owner/Director of Marketing
Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Frank Poe
Executive Director
Georgia World Congress Center Authority

Kris Reinhard
Chair, Membership Committee
Partner
Fifth Group Restaurants, Inc.

 Derek Schiller
President, Business
Atlanta Braves

Alexis Scott
Board member

Steve Smith
Sr. Consultant
Pendleton Group

Ron Tarson
General Manager
Westin Peachtree Plaza

Armand Vari
Partner
Jacoby Dev. Inc.

Board of Directors

Cynthia Alford
Managing Director
Destination South Meetings & Events

Natalee Anderson
Director, Private Events & Tours
Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Joselyn Baker
President
Grady Health Foundation

Kimberly Beaudin
CEO
Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

Ken Baye
Co-owner
Stoddard’s Guns

Todd Brosius
President
REEF

Andrew Chang
Executive Director of Marketing & Outreach
Piedmont Healthcare

Charlie Cobb
Director of Athletics
Georgia State University

Tony Conway, CMP
Founder & CEO
Legendary Events

Dan Corso
President
Atlanta Sports Council

Tim Dahlen
General Manager
Moxy Atlanta Midtown & AC by Marriott Atlanta Midtown

Dennis DeLoatch
EVP, General Manager
Carey Atlanta Executive Limousine & Transportation

Ayo Taylor Dixon
Sr. Associate Athletic Director
GA Tech Athletics Association

Bobby Donlan
Managing Partner
Donlan & Greenbaum’s New York Prime Restaurant

Dr. Meredith Evans
Director
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

Alex Gonzalez
Chief Innovation Officer
Metro Atlanta Chamber

John Grant, Jr.
Executive Director
Celebration Bowl

Martin Gray
CMO
Georgia Aquarium

Kevin Green
President & CEO
Midtown Alliance

Catie Griggs
VP, Business Operations
Atlanta United FC

Robert Hope
President
Hope – Beckham, Inc.

Sean Hyslop
President
Sysco Atlanta

Richard Jones
President
Presenting Atlanta

Anne Hydrick Kaiser
VP, Community and Economic Development
Georgia Power

David Malone
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Gas South

David Marvin
President
Legacy Property Group

Sam Massell
President
Buckhead Coalition, Inc.

Penelope McPhee
President
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

John Metz
CEO & Co-Founder
Sterling Spoon Management Services

Mercedes Miller
Executive Director
GICC

Peter Moraitakis
Senior Vice President & COO
United Distributors, Inc.

Stan Morrell
VP, Entertainment & Special Events
Stone Mountain Park

Adam Noyes
SVP
Proof of the Pudding

Eric O’Brien
Partner
Jackson Spalding

Mark O’Brien
President & CEO
LakePoint Sports

Robert Patterson
President
CityLife Development Partners

TK Petersen
CFO
The Gathering Spot

Mark Pettit
CMO
Imagine Exhibitions

Jack Priblo
Director of Corporate Marketing
Georgia-Pacific LLC

Fred Rich
CEO
CTN Global Chauffeured Transportation

A.J. Robinson
President
Central Atlanta Progress

David Rubinger
Publisher
Atlanta Business Chronicle

Andrew Saltzman
EVP & Chief Revenue Officer
Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena

Kris Shea
VP, Business Development
Juice Studios

Bob Schuler
Vice President
Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart

Jamie Sims
CEO and President
WITH/agency

Kelvin Slater
Owner
Slater Hospitality

Bob Somers
VP, Global Sales
Delta Air Lines

Jim Sprouse
Executive Director
Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association

Gary Stokan
President and CEO
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Guy Thomson
VP & Co-Owner
Pittypat’s Porch Restaurant

Jane Turner
Executive Director
Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Pat Upshaw-Monteith
President and CEO
Leadership Atlanta

Dan Vargas
CEO
Dortch Vargas Amigos

Allan Vella
President
Fox Theatre

John Woodward
Sr. Director, Global Commerce
Metro Atlanta Chamber

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