Kansas City CVA Names New CEO

The Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association (KCCVA) has named Ronnie Burt its new president and CEO, it announced yesterday.

Burt, who has more than 23 years of hospitality and tourism industry experience, currently serves as vice president of sales and services for Destination DC in Washington, D.C. He previously worked at the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority in Atlantic City, N.J., and the Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors Association in Baltimore. He will assume his new role on June 11.

“The search committee was pleased that an extensive search for a new president and CEO yielded numerous qualified candidates,” KCCVA Chair Brenda Tinnen, general manager and senior vice president of AEG/Sprint Center, said in a statement. “Ronnie’s diverse background and impressive qualifications include demonstrated expertise in delivering measurable sales results which elevated him among a tremendous field of professionals. The entire Kansas City region will certainly benefit from his fresh perspective, enthusiasm and ability to provide strategic direction in positively positioning the KCCVA for the future.”

Added Burt, “It is a privilege to join the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association staff at this critical juncture. I am excited to work with the executive committee and the entire board of directors along with the hospitality community to further enhance Kansas City’s position as a dynamic destination for meetings and events. Kansas City’s commitment to hospitality differentiates the city in tourism efforts that benefit customers, clients and citizens in all corners of the region.”

Burt replaces interim president and CEO Jon Stephens, who assumed leadership of KCCVA in July 2013, when former president and CEO Rick Hughes retired.

“The executive committee is grateful for the leadership provided by Jon Stephens during his role as interim president and CEO,” Tinnen continued. “A consummate professional, Jon is truly committed to Kansas City and our regional hospitality community. We look forward to working with him during the leadership transition as he returns to his seat on the KCCVA board. We wish him well in all future endeavors.”

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