President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
William D. Talbert, III, CDME has served as President and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) for the past sixteen years and Chief Operating Officer for the prior nine years. His major accomplishments include assisting with the passage of the Travel Promotion Act of 2010; negotiating inter-local government funding agreements; preparing four successful Super Bowl bids and three Pow Wow bids. Under Talbert’s leadership, the GMCVB was awarded the prestigious accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program in November 2007.
In May 2013, Talbert was named to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board which serves the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States.
Currently, he is a member of the Board of the U.S. Travel Association (USTA); an Advisory Board member of Brand USA; a re-appointed member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of VISIT FLORIDA, its Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair.
Talbert’s professional affiliations include having served as past Chair of the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Board of Directors, past Chair of the DMAI Foundation Board of Trustees, and past Chair of the Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (FADMO).
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 – the highest educational achievement in the destination marketing industry.