AOCVCB Announces New President

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2012) – After an extensive nationwide search, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau’s Board of Directors has selected Jay Burress for the position of president.

As president of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB), Burress will lead the organization and oversee the day-to-day management of all convention, tourism and destination marketing programs. He will play a key role in Anaheim and Orange County visitor industry business development and future expansion plans for the Anaheim Convention Center.

Mr. Burress comes to the Anaheim/Orange County VCB from Experience Arlington (Convention & Visitors Bureau), where he has served as President & CEO since 2008. Prior to that, Burress spent 20 years at the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau where he held executive-level positions in both convention sales and tourism sales. His experience also includes international marketing, management of six international representation offices and management of five regional sales offices.

“We are confident that Anaheim and Orange County will move forward under Burress’ leadership as a major leisure and convention destination. Our destination and partners will benefit substantially from his expertise, collaborative style and drive to succeed,” noted Steve Arnold, AOCVCB Chairman of the Board.

“The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau is admired by many industry colleagues around the world for all it has accomplished throughout the past 50 years in promoting Anaheim and Orange County as a leading destination. I am honored to have been selected to lead this excellent organization, and I fully intend to continue their tradition of success,” said Burress. “Having been directly involved at many levels in destination marketing and convention business for more than 20 years, 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 as a leading leisure and business destination.”

Mr. Burress will take office as President of the AOCVCB on February 11, replacing Charles Ahlers, who announced his retirement in February 2012, after 20 years with the AOCVCB. Mr. Ahlers will stay on the executive team in a transitional role until June 2013.