Michael O’Callaghan was appointed Executive Vice President of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau in early 1999. He brought a unique skill set to Detroit’s century-old destination marketing organization and, in partnership with the Bureau’s president and board of directors, transformed its image to that of a regional economic player generating $4.5 billion annually in direct and spin-off spending for the region.
He currently directs a staff of 30 professionals working in human resources, finance, information technology, membership and customer services. He has primary responsibility for overseeing the DMCVB’s $12 million dollar annual budget.
O’Callaghan’s 17 years of work for such nationally recognized hospitality leaders as Sheraton, Hilton and Westin Hotels and, reporting directly to industrialist Heintz Precter, the Heritage Hospitality Group, has given him expertise in brand differentiation, customer motivation and economic forecasting, in addition to respected operational skills.
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 Michigan legislative act to provide oversight for the Bureau’s marketing funds, and served for several years as the Bureau’s treasurer.
O’Callaghan is a past chairman of the Michigan Hotel, Motel & Resort Association and he continues on that Board.
He is a professional member of the Destination Marketing Association International, board member of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber. He is a member of the Hospitality Curriculum Advisory Committee for Eastern Michigan University, a member of the Board of Directors of St. John’s complex for the Archdiocese of Detroit and a Board member of MotorCities National Heritage Area.
On a personal note, O’Callaghan lives with his wife, Marcia, in Canton, Michigan.