OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Mike Carrier, President of the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, has announced his retirement, effective Sept. 30, after a 35-year career in the hospitality industry. Carrier has led the Bureau (operated by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber) since 2007.
“Mike was the right leader for our community as we developed, planned and built our new convention center,” explained Roy Williams, President and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “His extensive background combined convention sales and facility management and made him the ideal candidate. He has proven to be a leader that could dig in and bring our community’s vision to life.”
Carrier has led the bureau during a time of tremendous growth in the region’s hospitality industry. The economic impact of tourism in Oklahoma County alone has grown from $2.1 billion a year to $2.45 billion a year during his tenure.
“I was so fortunate to close my career in such a dynamic environment,” said Carrier. “This community understands the potential meetings and tourism bring for the economy and for presenting Oklahoma City to the world. The work we have all done together — our staff, the attraction and hotel community, our elected leaders, the business community, our citizens — we have built a world-class destination. I am so proud to have been a part of creating America’s next go-to meetings destination.”
Carrier’s departure on Sept. 30 comes just as the new Oklahoma City Convention Center is being completed. “I am so thankful that Mike held his retirement date to get us to the finish line,” said Williams. “His insight and his knowledge of this industry have been critical to our success, and I know we will benefit from his work for years to come.”