James Wood, FCDME
President & CEO, Louisville CVB
DMAI Member Since: 1995
James Wood, FCDME is the President & CEO of the Louisville CVB. Under Wood’s leadership the LCVB became one of the first accredited CVBs in the United States, and contributes an annual tourism economic impact of $400 million to the city of Louisville. Wood has led the development of numerous sales and marketing strategies for the LCVB including developing several successful brand awareness campaigns including Possibility City and Bourbon Country, an initiative now including a seven county region, several national hotel chains and other select companies interested in being a part of a regional/national branding initiative.
A 41-year veteran in the hospitality industry, Wood worked his way up the Marriott ranks before joining the Tampa Bay CVB as its Vice President of Convention Sales and Marketing. In 1999, Wood assumed the role of President & CEO for the Providence Warwick CVB.
He was named as one of the 25 Top New Leaders for a New Century in 2000 by The Providence Journal, and was the recipient of the prestigious Mary Brennan Award Tourism Award for his numerous contributions to the hospitality community by the Rhode Island Tourism and Hospitality Association.