Brenda Bazan Confirmed as President & CEO of Houston First

  • Brenda Bazan Confirmed as President & CEO of Houston First

     
    POSTED April 10, 2018
     

Houston City Council approved the appointment of Brenda Bazan as the new president and CEO of the Houston First Corporation (HFC).

“It’s an honor to be selected by Mayor Turner and confirmed by the city council,” said Bazan.

“I look forward to the opportunity to lead this amazing organization and to build on the incredible momentum Houston is enjoying in the travel and tourism industry,” continued Bazan. “I am committed to working with my talented team to position Houston as a premier, global tourism destination that also boasts amazing quality of life.”

Bazan is no stranger to Houston First, having been with the organization since its inception in 2011, serving as the chief financial officer where she oversaw finance, human resources and purchasing functions of the organization.

“Having served as CFO, I am familiar with the organization’s broad and unique range of responsibilities, projects, initiatives as well as our various funding sources and opportunities,” said Bazan. “I know my team, have relationships with board members and many key stakeholders, and I understand many of the challenges and opportunities facing Houston First.”

Bazan also recognizes that while she has a financial background, she is committed to get beyond the numbers. “This is how I will move strategically and creatively to better position Houston as one of the world’s premier destinations.”

David Mincberg, Chair of the Houston First board of directors, noted Bazan’s impressive track record of accomplishments.

“With her valuable financial experience, cooperative nature, and energetic spirit, Brenda will build on our momentum of success. I am confident she will take Houston First and the city to the next level of growth in tourism and travel, which will pump more dollars and jobs into our economy. Houston is poised for greatness as a premier destination and Brenda will provide the strategic leadership to help us get there,” said Mincberg.

Bazan’s career with the city began in 1993 where she held several positions in the Controller’s Office including director of finance and accounting and also with the Convention & Entertainment Facilities department where she served as deputy director.

“The early part of my career was in public accounting, but for family reasons moved to private industry,” said Bazan. “I remember learning the foundations of convention, hospitality and tourism at the Controller’s Office.”

Bazan took what she learned and worked on citywide endeavors such as property insurance, energy procurement and management, and debt-related issues using the Houston First model.

According to Bazan, “The model is the first of its kind in the destination marketing industry and has achieved record successes across the organization, including sales, tourism, marketing and public relations.”

To this day, Bazan said she is fortunate to have an awesome team of professionals at Houston First. “Together, I know we will continue transforming our big dreams into big successes for our beloved city. The future of Houston is bright and I am committed to making sure HFC serves as a beacon of light.”

The Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCCVB) has named DeAnn Wagner as Interim Executive Director.

Wagner’s main goal in this interim role is to increase awareness for the greater St. Charles I1 area.

“In the last twelve years, I’ve grown to love this community with its treasure trove of unique meeting spaces, attractions, and events, and I want everyone to experience them,” said Wagner.

Wagner brings more than a decade of experience in the tourism industry to her credit.

 

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Eder will oversee the continued digital transformation benefiting the guests and team members of Hilton.

 

Viceroy Snowmass recently hired Danielle McNair as director of business development for their sales professional team.

“Being the director is actually very similar to my previous sales leader role because much of what I do still relates to hotel sales,” said McNair.

As the lead member of the sales team, McNair is responsible for generating new business leads and revenue streams in the association, corporate meetings and incentives sectors.