2016 Industry Leader | John Solis

By Connect Staff, September 27, 2016

john solis visit houston connect industry leaderJohn Solis
Senior Vice President, Destination Sales, Visit Houston
Houston

While in college, Solis was working for a decorating company where he spent countless hours setting and dismantling trade shows in the local convention center—thus his introduction to the meetings and convention industry. Shortly after graduation, he soon joined the CVB world and held several positions related to sales and marketing. Following 23 years at the San Antonio CVB, he took his experience and joined the Houston CVB where he currently leads the Destination Sales team as senior vice president of sales.

Career accomplishments:
Solis has had the opportunity to successfully bid on NCAA Final Fours, NBA All-Star Games, the NFL Super Bowl and countless other key sporting events. Additionally, he’s served on boards, LOCs, task forces and host committees. The thing that brings Solis the most pleasure is gaining the respect from a client to select his destination as the site for their annual programs.

Words to live by: “Great leaders are almost great simplifiers who can cut through arguments, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”  —Colin Powell

If I weren’t in the hospitality industry, I’d be…  in real estate.

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