Atlantic City is hoping a new nonprofit agency can boost its convention business.
The new agency is called Meet AC and was created in April. The agency has hired its first CEO, James Wood, who previously served as president and CEO of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau in Kentucky and the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau in Rhode Island.
Wood will start work with the nonprofit June 30.
“Everyone we spoke to about Jim reiterated his strong sales performance in every venture he took on,” Jeff Albrecht, general manager of the Sheraton Atlantic City and chairman of the Meet AC board told the Associated Press. “He is the perfect collaborator, strategist and leader to take meetings and conventions in Atlantic City to the next level.”
Meet AC is funded by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and will have a budget of $8 million.
In 2011, the state merged the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority with the CRDA, which has retained all the former responsibilities of the Authority with the exception of convention and group sales and convention services.