Mike Waterman

Driving Social & Economic Progress with Business Events

3 – 4 p.m., Monday, Forum on Economic and Social Progress

Mike Waterman became President & CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) also known as Visit Houston in May 2015. The hospitality veteran, with more than 30 years in the industry, also serves as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Houston First Corp.

Waterman joined the GHCVB/HFC from Marriott International, where he served as Vice President of sales for the Western region overseeing 100 properties, including a grouping of Marriott hotels in Los Angeles’ convention district known as L.A. Live. Waterman has held a series of executive positions with Marriott International over the last 20 years. Houston is the 13th city Mike has lived in since graduation from the University of New Hampshire.

Mike currently serves on the following boards: US Travel, Destination International(DMAI), Hotel Lodging Association of Greater Houston and is an officer of the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA).