ORLANDO, FL — Mark Tester has been selected as the Executive Director of the Prime Site Award-winning Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). The appointment is contingent on confirmation by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners at a meeting on Jan. 14, 2020. Tester had served as the Director of the Austin Convention Center since January 2008.
“I believe Mark Tester’s goals of creating high-end customer service and driving economic impact through sales and marketing aligns perfectly with my expectations for what the Orange County Convention Center can be, both now and in the future,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings.
“I greatly appreciate the support of Mayor Demings and the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, and look forward to working with the strong team at the OCCC,” said Tester. “I have always had great admiration for the phenomenal work of the OCCC and its employees, and look forward to my role in Orlando, the nation’s premier destination for conventions.”
In addition to managing the Austin Convention Center Department, Tester served on the Executive Committee of Visit Austin and was the President of Austin Convention Enterprises, the board that oversees the City-financed Hilton Austin.
“I am very honored and humbled to have been a part of Austin’s success, growth and transformation as a host city for conventions and trade shows,” Tester added. “I remain optimistic about the expansion of the Austin Convention Center.”
Prior to Austin, Tester spent 13 years working in the Chicago convention industry, holding senior positions at the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau (now Choose Chicago) as well as the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.