Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
Butch Spyridon has served as president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) since 1991. During that time, Nashville has evolved into a top global and year-round destination for meeting and leisure visitors and a major source of economic activity for the region. The hospitality industry is the city’s second largest with annual visitor spending generating $5.7 billion, accounting for a third of the entire direct domestic and international travel expenditures in the state.
Under Mr. Spyridon’s leadership, the number of visitors to Nashville has grown to 13.5 million in 2015. Since December, 2010, Nashville has experienced 68 months of consecutive year-over-year growth in hotel rooms sold. The city was ranked the No. 9 meeting destination in the country in 2015 by Cvent.
Over the past 25 years, the NCVC has led the strategic development of Nashville’s emergence as a top travel destination and been involved with major city-led projects, including the recruitment of the Tennessee Titans and construction of Nissan Stadium; development of Bridgestone Arena and bringing the Nashville Predators to town; the 2.1 million-square-foot Music City Center; and the city’s riverfront Ascend Amphitheater.
In addition to these civic projects, the NCVC actively works to promote the globally- recognized Music City brand through several initiatives:
Producing the nationally ranked Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing! and New Year’s Eve in Music City.
Hosting induction ceremonies for music industry luminaries who have contributed to Nashville’s music scene at the acclaimed Music City Walk of Fame.
Producing a monthly radio show on Sirius XM.
A native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Mr. Spyridon graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Business Administration. He is a graduate of the Institute of Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. He and his wife, Sunny, have four children and three grandchildren.