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Visit Phoenix President & CEO Steve Moore has announced his retirement effective March 31, 2021. Moore is a 46-year visitor industry veteran whose career was spent with three destination marketing organizations, including the last 19 years with Visit Phoenix.

Moore played a key role in the pro forma and booking of conventions and mega-sporting events at the Phoenix Convention Center, sports venues and resorts throughout Greater Phoenix. He was heavily involved in the initiatives to secure an expanded convention center and additional downtown hotel.

During his tenure, as the convention-centric downtown product evolved simultaneously with an expanding metro resort footprint, Moore continually re-engineered Visit Phoenix to best meet the collective needs of the destination's two primary markets. Moore also worked tirelessly to ensure the financial well-being of Visit Phoenix by securing multiple year funding agreements and establishing conservative fiscal policy that has positioned Visit Phoenix well for the upcoming return of group and leisure business.

"I am blessed to have served with a great staff and for the amazing partnerships with the City of Phoenix, its elected officials, civic leaders, and the tremendous professionals in the hotel and sports community," said Moore. "This retirement has been in the works for some time and I know that Visit Phoenix's best years are ahead. There is no ceiling too high for this staff to achieve."

Bob Miller, Visit Phoenix Chair, said "Having worked with Steve for almost two decades, I will simply say that Visit Phoenix and its constituency owe Steve a debt of gratitude. His passion for Visit Phoenix and his excellence will be greatly missed."

Prior to his recruitment to Phoenix in 2002, Moore was the CEO of Visit San Antonio for 14 years after spending his first 13 years at Visit Houston.

A search committee to find his successor has already been formed and is being overseen by the executive committee of the Visit Phoenix board of directors.