PHILADELPHIA CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU appoints president and CEO

Published on : Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Gregg Caren has  been appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) .Caren in his most recent role  served as the Executive Vice President, Sales and Strategic Business Development for ASM Global (formerly SMG), operator of over 350 venues worldwide, headquartered in Conshohocken, Pa. He also served in various senior leadership positions while with the company for over 20 years. He holds more than three decades of industry experience and will join the PHLCVB on June 8, 2020.

Nick DeBenedictis, PHLCVB chairman said that Gregg brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership from many facets of our industry, including prior sales, marketing and operations experience working with convention centers, hotels, and CVBs, both domestically and internationally.He is familiar with the ustomers,  region and has been a close partner to the organization in his role at ASM Global, the operator of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. As they turn our attention towards recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, they were confident that Gregg will guide the PHLCVB towards future success on behalf of Philadelphia.

He further thanked Julie Coker for extending her time as president & CEO, and for the spectacular job she’s done with the PHLCVB over the last 10 years.

 They were glad that Julie and Gregg will be able to jointly work on a transition plan before she departs for the top tourism job in San Diego on May 28.

Gregg’s wide range of experience and collaborative nature are a great fit to lead the PHLCVB as he  understands their business, market and  customers.

Caren will oversee the PHLCVB’s efforts to promote and sell Philadelphia as a premier destination for meetings, conventions, sporting events, overseas travelers, and group tour visitors along with  serving  as the chief liaison for the PHLCVB’s tourism and hospitality partners, including the Pennsylvania Convention Center, as well as national industry associations, and the City of Philadelphia.


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