James Wood has been named CEO of Meet AC, a new non-profit sales organization with a sole focus on building the convention, meeting and group market for Atlantic City, New Jersey.
“The entire board was very impressed with Jim’s highly successful track record of accomplishments,” said Jeff Albrecht, Meet AC board chairman and general manager of Sheraton/Atlantic City. “Everyone we spoke to about Jim reiterated his strong sales performance in every venture he took on. He is the perfect collaborator, strategist and leader to take meetings and conventions in Atlantic City to the next level.”
Wood previously served as president and CEO of the Louisville (Kentucky) Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Providence Warwick (Rhode Island) Convention & Visitors Bureau. He will begin his new position on June 30.
The decision to create Meet AC was set forth by the New Jersey S-11 legislation, which called for a transformation of Atlantic City’s tourism and economic development industry. The legislation merged the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority into the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. The former ACCVA included sales, marketing, visitor center operations, convention services and ownership of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall. The CRDA is retaining all of the former responsibilities of the ACCVA with the sole exception of convention and group sales and convention services. Meet AC began operations on April 28, 2014, and is funded by the CDRA.