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Jay Burress

Jay BurressJay Burress, President and CEO
Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau

Jay Burress is President and CEO of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB), where he has served since February 11, 2013. As President and CEO, Burress leads the organization and oversees day-to-day management of all convention, tourism and destination marketing programs. He also plays a key role in Anaheim and Orange County product and visitor industry business development, as well as future expansion plans for the Anaheim Convention Center. Burress is a member of the Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA) Executive Committee, and works closely with Visit California to further enhance exposure of Anaheim/Orange County as a premier travel and leisure destination. 

Burress began his career in the travel industry as Projects Coordinator in the tourism department of the Dallas Visitor & Convention Bureau in 1988. While in Dallas, Burress held a number of executive positions in both convention sales and tourism sales. His experience also includes international marketing, management of seven international representation offices and five domestic sales offices. Additionally, Burress was a member of the host committees for Super Bowl XLV, National Tour Association, International Pow Wow and Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress.

Prior to joining the AOCVCB, Burress was President and CEO of Experience Arlington (Convention & Visitor Bureau) for five years. During his tenure in Arlington, the city hosted the NBA All Star Game, Super Bowl XLV, US Open of Bowling, two World Series games and a successful move of the AT&T Cotton Bowl to AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium).

Under the leadership of Burress, Experience Arlington adopted the Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) program – a nationwide certification program that serves to increase tourism by training front-line hospitality employees to enhance their knowledge of the local region and sharpen their customer service skills. He also established a new Partnership program (Advantage Arlington) and a new organization name. In an effort to make Arlington a more well-rounded destination, Burress also helped develop the Arlington Cultural Tourism Council to build awareness of the cultural offerings in Arlington.

Raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, Burress majored in Business Administration at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has recently relocated to Orange County, California with his wife, Jill, and their three children: Spencer, Andrew and Annie. Burress is an avid sports fan, and enjoys participating in and watching sports with his children. He is looking forward to assimilating to Southern California culture by learning how to surf and stand up paddleboard.