A department of the City of Irving, the Convention and Visitors Bureau reports to a Board of Directors appointed by the Irving City Council. Board terms are two-year commitments; appointees may serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. To learn more about the City’s process for boards and commissions, or to submit an application, please click here.
The Board of Directors makes recommendations to the City Council about convention facilities, assists with attracting visitors to the city and hires the executive director; it is a policy-making board. Board member “job descriptions” have been offered by the Board & Business Development Committee and may be found here. Annually, Board Members conduct a self-evaluation; that form can be found here.
Annually, the Board elects its new Chair and Vice Chair, and committee positions are established following that meeting. There are four standing committees: Executive Committee, Board and Business Development, Community Engagement and Destination Development.
The full board meets the fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Irving Convention Center, an Irving hotel or other location. Committee meetings are held at the direction and discretion of the individual committee chairs (typically quarterly), with the exception of the Executive Committee which meets monthly on the Friday prior to the full board meeting. Board and committee meetings are posted on the City’s website here. Correspondence to Board members may be directed in care of the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau, 500 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, Texas 75039.
Yasir Arafat, Voting Director
Michael Basoco, Voting Director
Karen Cooperstein, Voting Director, Past Chair
Herbert Gears, Voting Director
Colvin Gibson, Voting Director
Julia Kang, Voting Director
William Mahoney, Voting Director
Greg Malcolm, Voting Director
Sam Reed, Voting Director
Richard Stewart, Jr., Voting Director
Beth Bowman, Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
Dallas Burke, Dallas County Utility & Reclamation District (DCURD)
Stephanie Fenley-Garcia, Industry At-Large
Todd Hawkins, Irving Arts Center
Chris Hillman, Irving City Manager
Nydia Hoskins, Omni Las Colinas Hotel
John Nicks, Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
Kim Limon, Hampton Inn Irving-Las Colinas
Kelly O'Briant, Irving Arts Center
Hammond Perot, Las Colinas Association
Joe Philipp, Former ICVB Board Member
Michael Randall, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Zone No. 1
Clare Venegas, University of Dallas
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Kyle Taylor, Irving City Council