For Immediate Release
Dec. 11, 2019
Veteran Hospitality Leader Retires from Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Detroit, Mich. – Michael O’Callaghan, executive vice president & chief operating officer, of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the year. O’Callaghan has been a part of the DMCVB leadership team for the past 21 years.
O’Callaghan directs a staff working in various capacities, including human resources, finance, information technology, membership and customer service. His primary responsibility has been overseeing the DMCVB’s more than $20 million dollar annual budget.
“We are grateful to have had Michael serve on our leadership team for the past 21 years,” said Larry Alexander, DMCVB president & CEO. “His knowledge in customer service, operations and research has helped elevate the Bureau to the successful organization it is today.”
During his time at the Bureau O’Callaghan has been actively involved in the metro Detroit community. O’Callaghan served as the vice chair of the trustees for the 2017 Celebration of the Beatification of Ven. Solanus Casey at Ford Field that attracted 60,000 people to Detroit from the region and around the world. He is also a board member of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber, chairman of the board of St. John’s Complex for the Archdiocese of Detroit and longstanding board member and past chair of the Michigan Hotel and Lodging Association.
O’Callaghan has also been a member of the board of directors for MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership since 2012, representing the DMCVB. He was elected to the MotorCities executive committee in 2014 and became chairman of the board in April 2019.
“Aside from being judicious in matters of board governance, Mike has shared his expertise and countless connections in auto-related tourism”, said Shawn Pomaville-Size, Executive Director, MotorCities National Heritage Area. “From partnering with us on developing Autopalooza to hosting the Alliance of National Heritage Areas in Dearborn and Detroit, Mike has led our organization with humor and vision, as we meet our mission of promoting and preserving the auto heritage so unique to our state”.
Since 2012 O’Callaghan has also spearheaded the DMCVB’s participation with Detroit Cristo Rey High School, a coed Catholic high school that provides high-quality college preparatory education to students from economically disadvantaged families in Detroit. Twelve students have gained real life working experience at the DMCVB during this time.
Before he joined the DMCVB, O’Callaghan served on the Bureau’s board of directors, representing the local hotel community. He was an elected member of the Bureau’s owner advisory committee, formed by the Michigan legislative act to provide oversight for the Bureau’s marketing funds, and served for several years as the Bureau’s treasurer.
In retirement O’Callaghan plans to travel and spend time with his family.
The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market and sell the metropolitan Detroit area on a worldwide basis as a destination for leisure and business travel including conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, tours and incentive travel to maximize additional visitors, visitor expenditures, state and local tax revenues and job opportunities.
More than 700 businesses are represented in the DMCVB’s membership. The DMCVB was founded in 1896 as the world’s first convention and visitors bureau. visitdetroit.com