VisitDallas has named Craig Davis, current president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh, to fill the same role for the Texas city. Davis will take over the Dallas convention and visitor bureau on Jan. 6, 2020. His last day at the Pittsburgh CVB will be Dec. 31.
Davis has a solid work history in the hospitality industry, and joined VisitPittsburgh in 2000 as its executive director of convention sales. He was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing in 2007 and became president and CEO in March 2012.
"Craig stood out among many highly qualified applicants for his strong leadership abilities and extensive destination, hotel and hospitality experience," said Joyce Williams, associate vice chancellor for workforce and economic development at the Dallas County Community College District and current chair of the VisitDallas board of directors. "He has an impeccable reputation in the industry and we're thrilled to bring his expertise to Dallas."
The Texas CVB's previous CEO, Phillip Jones, stepped down last May after an audit of the CVB's finances questioned the organization's management of the tax dollars it receives from the city.
Davis' background in the hospitality industry includes executive experience at hotels in Toronto, Chicago and Pittsburgh. While at VisitPittsburgh Davis was responsible for overseeing the convention sales and marketing efforts for the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the first Gold and Platinum LEED-certified convention center in the world. He currently is chair of the board of Destinations International, the association for convention and visitor bureaus.
"Dallas is an amazing city and the VisitDallas team is regarded very well nationally," Davis said. "I couldn't be more thrilled to be joining the team of the No. 5 convention city in the nation, the only Texas city in the Top 10, and the No. 1 visitor destination in the state. Dallas is a city on the move, and I'm honored to be a part of its future."
The VisitPittsburgh's board of directors has appointed Jerad Bachar, current executive vice president of the bureau, to lead that organization during this transition period.
"On behalf of our board of directors, I would like to thank Craig for his many contributions to VisitPittsburgh, and for growing the travel-and-tourism business sector in Pittsburgh and the greater region. Craig and his team at VisitPittsburgh have done an outstanding job at raising awareness of our great city and region domestically and internationally," said Bryan Iams, vice president of corporate communications, marketing and government and community affairs for PPG Industries, and chair of VisitPittsburgh's board. "Craig's numerous accomplishments in our sales and marketing efforts, as well as his leadership in assembling such a talented and experienced team will continue to benefit our city and the Greater Pittsburgh region."