The Greater Boston Convention & Visitor Bureau has installed several new executives, including president and CEO Martha J. Sheridan, replacing Pat Moscaritolo.
Joining Sheridan is new executive vice president Aaron Jones, previously CEO of MetroLacrosse, billed as the largest lacrosse youth-development program in the United States. He succeeds Cathy Doran, who retired after 40 years with the bureau. Jones' primary responsibilities will include oversight of day-to-day operations, operating budgets, financial practices and revenue generation. He will carry out the GBCVB's core mission, growing Boston's market share of visitors while embracing the values and policies established by the bureau's board of directors.
"We are thrilled to welcome Aaron to the team," said Sheridan, who previously headed up the Providence Warwick (R.I.) CVB. "He comes to us with a wealth of experience managing a not-for-profit and working for many years in the sports sector. His skill set aligns perfectly with the new vision we are articulating for the agency and how we promote the destination."
"I am very excited to join the GBCVB," said Jones. "Boston is an illustrious city filled with American history, tradition and new-age innovation. I look forward to executing Martha's excellent vision to continue positioning Boston as a tier-1 meeting and visitor destination. Together, we will showcase the people and places that make Boston one of the most amazing cities and regions in the nation."
James M. Carmody, vice president and general manager at the Seaport Hotel and Seaport World Trade Center, is now chairman of the board, succeeding Boston Red Sox senior vice president of concerts and entertainment, Larry Cancro. Carmody also has served as vice chair of the GBCVB board for the past two years,
Joining Carmody on the executive committee will be three vice chairs: Dan Donahue, president of the Saunders Hotel Group; Ronda McLeod, manager of regional marketing, Northeast, JetBlue Airways; and John Murtha, general manager, Boston Omni Parker House Hotel. The incoming treasurer is Laura Gregoriadis, a partner with DiCicco, Gulman and Co., and the new secretary is Bob Levine, vice president of sales with Dav El/Boston Coach.
Sheridan will be speaking at Northstar Meetings Group's Women in Leadership Meetings + Events (WILMI) conference, taking place April 26-27 at Boston's Hotel Revere.