President and CEO
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
As President & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) for the past fourteen years, and as Chief Operating Officer for the prior nine years, William D. Talbert, III has distinguished himself as a highly respected visitor industry and community leader. Talbert's twenty-three years of experience at the GMCVB includes major accomplishments such as assisting with the passage of the Travel Promotion Act of 2010 and The Food and Beverage tax to fund the GMCVB's advertising budget, negotiating inter-local government funding agreements and preparing four successful Super Bowl bids and three Pow Wow bids. Talbert distinguished himself as an industry leader in 1998 when he played an integral role in a successful campaign for much needed taxi reform in Miami-Dade County. Many of these reforms were in place for the U.S. Travel Association's International Pow Wow 2009 in Miami, where the world's top international travel buyers had the opportunity to experience the destination. Greater Miami and the Beaches also hosted this premier travel event in 1999 and in 1994, which contributed to three record tourism years. Under Talbert's leadership, the GMCVB was awarded the prestigious accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) in November 2007. DMAP is an international accreditation program developed by the Washington, DC based Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). The GMCVB rigorously pursued the highly covered DMAP accreditation as part of its continued commitment to excellence. Talbert's professional affiliations include serving as past Chair of the DMAI Board of Directors, past Chair of the DMAI Foundation Board of Trustees, and past Chair of the Florida Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (FACVB). He is a member of the Board of the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) and Chair of the USTA Brazil Committee, an Advisory Board member of the newly formed Brand USA, and a re-appointed member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of VISIT FLORIDA and Audit Committee Chair. Additionally, Talbert serves on the Executive Advisory Board of Florida International University School of Hospitality Management, the Board of the World Trade Center Miami, Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA), the Executive Committee of the South Florida Workforce, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and a Commissioner on the Miami-Dade Sports Commission. He is a member of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA),American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). In 2010, Talbert was honored by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce with the Excellence in Tourism Award. Talbert has also received Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine's 2007 APEX Award for Distinguished Service, was named one of the Twelve Good Men by the Ronald McDonald House, won the coveted Chamber South's Steven J. Cranman Public Service Award and the Academy of Travel and Tourism 2002 "Tourism Professional of the Year". Talbert holds a master's degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. In 2006, he earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation Ã the highest educational achievement in the destination marketing industry. He is married to Cindy McCall Talbert and has a married daughter, Aimee. The GMCVB is a private not-for-profit sales and marketing organization with 1,100 business members and inter-local government partners. Its mission is to market and promote Greater Miami and the Beaches as a premier tropical, cosmopolitan destination for leisure, business and convention travel.