The Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau's board has named Jay Burress as chief executive, effective June 2. Burress replaces Linda DiMario who resigned in December and had been at the helm since September 2001.
Burress previously was senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, which he joined in 1988.
In addition to executive positions in both convention sales and tourism sales, Burress' experience also includes international marketing, management of five regional offices and member of host committees for National Tour Association, Travel Industry Association's Pow Wow, and Meeting Professionals International's World Education Congress in 2006.
"When we selected Jay Burress as our new CEO, it was a strategic decision to improve Arlington's position in the region," said Pam Roach, chair of the Arlington CVB. "Jay will be a key factor in strengthening our relationships throughout the Metroplex so North Texas can compete at national and international levels."