Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

June 10 2015

Where in the World is Richard Green?

By PCMA

Effective this month, the Washington, D.C. based executive search firm Vetted Solutions has tapped Richard B. Green to lead its new area of focus, drawing upon his distinguished, multi-decade career as a senior executive with the Marriott Corporation.   While in this post, Green earned widespread recognition and awards for his work on behalf of Marriott in working with a wide roster of associations and other organizations involved in the development of the company’s global management and leadership team, and the advancement of the leadership search and development profession.

“This is an exciting new chapter in my career,” Green said.  “Vetted Solutions has provided me an unique opportunity to apply the knowledge, insights and contacts I’ve accumulated over literally decades of work in the hospitality and destination marketing industry to building really exceptional leadership teams.“

Vetted Solutions President and Founder James Zaniello hailed Green’s decision to join the firm. “Richard’s credentials speak volumes,” he said.  “”I don’t think anyone can match his history of accomplishments and success in being a bridge between the hospitality industry and the search and leadership development community.  Now that he has a Vetted Solutions team and all its resources and experience behind him, I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes next.”

During his career, Green had direct responsibility for increasing Marriott’s visibility and market share through active involvement with clients and numerous high-level industry associations, including the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the Destination Management Association International (DMAI) and others.  His deep involvement in such groups earned Green roles as board member and chairman of numerous committees.  

Green is a graduate of the University of Denver School of Hotel and Restaurant Management and has chaired the school’s Alumni Board of Directors.  His wide-ranging intellectual interests also have driven his success as a business entrepreneur, pioneer in the use of social media and thought leader in the emerging field of destination branding.   Details on his distinguished career and other biographical background can be found on the Vetted Solutions web site, at www.vettedsolutions.com.

“I’ve been in the trenches with the people in this industry,” Green added.  “I know the world they live in, and I understand the challenges they face.  I know what it takes not just to do a good job but more important to do a great job as a leader and an executive.  With Vetted Solutions, I can leverage that insight to do some important and rewarding work for clients. Working together, we can keep the talent pipeline full for sustained top performance, no matter how the demands of the business grow and evolve.”

Green will lead efforts to define the unique leadership needs of individual clients and build upon Vetted Solutions’ widely recognized capabilities in identifying exceptional candidates, Zaniello said.  

“Our approach extends beyond just finding the best candidate,” he said.  “We’ve built lasting relationships with many organizations given our client-centric approach.  Richard embodies that spirit, which is a major reason he’s such a great fit for our company – and our clients.” 

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