2015 Industry Leaders: Jim Wood

By Connect Staff, March 19, 2015

JimJim Wood
President and CEO, Meet AC
Atlantic City, N.J.

In 2014, Wood joined Meet AC, a nonprofit sales organization with a sole focus on building the convention, meeting and group market for Atlantic City, New Jersey. Wood has a team of 26 employees and leads the Meet AC sales effort to generate both citywide and single-property bookings. Wood, who previously served as president and CEO of Louisville (Kentucky) CVB and Providence Warwick (Rhode Island) CVB, brings a wealth of experience to Atlantic City’s new, more efficient convention and group sales structure.

“When you delegate, more times than not your staff will exceed your expectations; micromanaging is a very bad management style.”

What have you learned about yourself and your personal leadership style?
First, I am a forward-looking leader, asking questions like, “How should we be doing things a year from now or five years from now?” Second, as a leader, you surely can’t do it alone. When it comes to superior performance, collaboration outproduces both competition and individualistic efforts. Third, to become a credible leader you must do what you say you will do.

Words of wisdom:
Take calculated risks.



Photo caption: Wood celebrates Atlantic City, N.J., home of the Miss America pageant.

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