President, Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
John Oros is President and CEO of the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau. He came to Birmingham in August 2015 from the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau where he was Executive Vice President & COO. John served on the Foundation Board of Directors of Destination Marketing Association International, the global trade association for official destination marketing organizations from 2014 – 2016. He served as a member of DMAI’s Board of Directors from 2004 – 2007. John currently serves on the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Board of Directors, Alabama Tourism Department Advisory Board and the Alabama Sports Council Board of Directors.
While in Memphis, John served on the Tennessee Hospitality Association Board and on the Board of the Memphis Restaurant Association. In addition, John was a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Memphis Cook Convention Center and the Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association’s Board of Directors. John has an extensive background in strategic planning and creative marketing, as well as in the hotel industry. He developed and implemented the Memphis Convention Center’s marketing plan to promote the building’s $105 million expansion and renovation. His background includes management of the Washington, DC national sales office for Holiday Inn Worldwide & Crowne Plaza Hotels, which at the time was the world’s largest hotel chain. John is a graduate of the University of Maryland where he majored in American Government and received minors in Business Management and U.S. History.