Brian Ross, President and CEO
As president and CEO of Experience Columbus, Brian Ross is responsible for
leading destination sales and marketing efforts to attract conventions, trade shows,
meetings, and leisure visitors to the Greater Columbus region.
Ross assumed the leadership role at Experience Columbus in 2013, after serving
as the organization’s vice president of sales for six years. A graduate of The Ohio State
University, Ross worked 17 years for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in sales and marketing,
including two stints at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. His last job with the company was
as executive director of sales, overseeing 25 hotels in the western region.
At Experience Columbus, Ross has set his sights on growing the local tourism
economy, along with its widespread economic benefits to the entire community. He led
the organization to successfully bid on and win the PCMA (Professional Convention
Management Association) Annual Meeting and Exposition, which will be in Columbus in
Ross lives in the Arena District with his wife Mary and son Jake, where they
embrace an urban lifestyle with a wealth of festivals, neighborhoods, restaurants, and
entertainment within walking distance.