The Anaheim/Orange County (Calif.) Visitor & Convention Bureau has named Jay Burress as its new president. Burress will take over the post from Charles Ahlers, who announced his retirement last February after 20 years as the head of the Southern California CVB.
Burress has been president and CEO of Experience Arlington (Texas) in the Dallas area since 2008. Before that he held multiple executive-level positions during a 20-year period at the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. During his tenure at Arlington—which has a number of sports facilities—the city hosted the NBA All-Star Game, Super Bowl XLV, two World Series and the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium.
Burress will begin in Anaheim Feb. 11, while Ahlers will continue in a transitional role until June.
“Our destination and partners will benefit substantially from (Burress’) expertise, collaborative style and drive to succeed,” says Anaheim CVB Board Chairman Steve Arnold, who led the search for Burress.
Burress says, “I am confident we can blend our collective talents and experience and continue to keep Anaheim and Orange County in the forefront of the industry.”
Another announcement of an executive-level staff change is expected soon at another major Southern California CVB. According to officials at the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, a decision on a new CEO and president is pending. Its current president and CEO, Mark Liberman, announced his retirement earlier this year.