Jerry Horan is President and Chief Operating Officer of ConferenceDirect. Horan began his career in the hospitality industry in 1987 after graduating from Saint Mary’s College of California with a B.A. in Business Administration. He completed the Hilton Professional Development Program at t he San Francisco Airport Hilton, where he remained employed as a Conference Center Manager and a Sales Manager. In 1990, Horan joined the San Francisco Hilton Hotel, a 1,900 room flagship property and major convention hot el. Horan spent six years there, and ultimately achieved the role of Assistant Director of Sales. In 1996, h e became the Director of Sales of the Pointe Hilton Resort at Tapatio Cliffs, a 585-room property in Phoenix, A rizona. His leadership in Phoenix was recognized with his promotion to Director of Salesof The Pointe Hilton Resorts, a tri-property cluster comprising the Tapitio Cliffs, Squaw Peak, and South Mountainproperties, which collectively represented 1,800 rooms.
In 2000, Horan joined ConferenceDirect as Regional Vice President. He swiftly excelled in the company’s model, and became Senior Vice President in 2004. Four years later, h e was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and in April 2015,he arrived at his present position of President and COO. During his tenure at ConferenceDirect, the company has realized a worldwide presence, and its services have expanded from site-selection to full-service meetings solutions, including housing and registration.
Horan has been active in the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) for over 20 years. In 2013, he became a Knight in the Order of Malta. He lives in El Dorado Hills, California, with his wife, Jennifer. They have four sons, Riley, Shea, Charlie, Blair, and a daughter, Rita.