2016 Industry Leaders: John Solis

By Sponsored Content, December 16, 2016

John Solis Industry LeadersJohn Solis
Senior Vice President, Destination Sales, Visit Houston

While in college, Solis was working for a decorating company where he spent countless hours setting and dismantling trade shows in the local convention center—thus his introduction to the meetings and convention industry. Shortly after graduation, he was introduced to the CVB world where he soon joined and held several positions related to sales and marketing. Following 23 years at the San Antonio CVB, he took his experience and joined the Houston CVB where he currently leads the Destination Sales team as senior vice president of sales.

Career Accomplishments
Solis has had the opportunity to successfully bid on NCAA Final Fours, NBA All-Star Games, the NFL Super Bowl and countless other key sporting events. Additionally he’s served on boards, LOCs, task forces and host committees. The thing that brings most pleasure is gaining the respect from a client to select Houston as the site for their annual programs.

Words to Live By: “Years later when I questioned my high school coach about leaving me in 100-degree weather for four straight hours, he responded: ‘Solis, you were my only senior and I knew you were tough, but I needed the team to see how tough you were,’” says Solis.

If I weren’t in the hospitality profession, I’d be… in real estate.


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