This just in: The Visit KC Board of Directors announced today that it has selected Jason Fulvi as its new president and CEO. With more than 32 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industries, Fulvi comes to Kansas City from VisitPITTSBURGH, where he has served for 16 years, most recently as the CVB’s executive vice president. A Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME), Fulvi begins his new role at Visit KC on Sept. 12.
The announcement concludes a six-month search for a new president and CEO, conducted with the assistance of recruitment firm Fenaroli & Associates and a Visit KC board committee. “We were drawn to Mr. Fulvi because of his extensive background in hospitality, widespread industry knowledge, and proven ability to lead and empower,” said Visit KC Board Chair CiCi Rojas in a Visit KC press release. “I am excited and inspired by his selection.”
Fulvi, who earned a degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management, began his hospitality career as a hotel dishwasher, working his way up through the industry and working for Hilton Worldwide and Holiday Inn before joining VisitPITTSBURGH in 2002.
“I’ve never forgotten where I started,” Fulvi said in the release, “and carry a strong, humble work ethic that matches well with Kansas City. My wife, who is also a hospitality professional, and I were so impressed with how welcoming and inclusive everyone was when we visited.” Key to his interest in the position, according to the press release, was the city’s Downtown renaissance and developments such as the Loews KC Convention Center Hotel and new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport.
“As a destination marketing professional, I am impressed by the commitment the city’s leadership has shown to make Kansas City a world-class destination for tourism, meetings, and conventions,” Fulvi said. “This is one of the best, well thought-out convention packages in the industry, and the city and local hospitality leadership should be proud of what they have accomplished.”
In his role at VisitPITTSBURGH, Fulvi oversaw several departments, including convention sales, destination services, partnership development, sports, and research.
“Congratulations to Jason and to Visit KC,” said Craig Davis, President & CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. “This is another milestone in what has been an outstanding career, and a long-time goal for Jason. Over the last 16 years he has been a dedicated and hardworking leader whose contributions have been essential to our success. He has overseen his teams with determination and professionalism, and as a passionate advocate for the mission of this organization. Without a doubt, Kansas City is gaining a proven, dynamic leader.”
Fulvi is active within several industry organizations, including ASAE and PCMA. In July, he was appointed Chairman of the Destinations International Foundation.