Two months after longtime leader Daniel Fenton resigned, Team San Jose hired Bill Sherry as its new chief executive officer.
Sherry has served as aviation director at Mineta-San Jose International Airport for the past six years. He will continue to oversee the airport in addition to the new duties, according to a press release. Sherry will also oversee the city’s proposed $120 million expansion and renovation of the McEnery Convention Center.
“Bill Sherry is ideally suited to lead Team San Jose at this time,’’ said Chuck Toeniskoetter, chairman of Team San Jose, in a press release. “Our organization and the city of San Jose believe that Bill’s combination of leadership, integrity, strategic thinking, and project-management skills are exactly what is needed as we move forward.’’
Toeniskoetter and San Jose City Manager Debra Figone will be finalizing details of the partnership between Team San Jose and the city over the next few weeks with regard to Sherry’s roles and oversight. The synergy between the airport, Team San Jose, and the convention center operation should be helpful in luring more travelers and air carriers to San Jose, officials said.
When Sherry takes on the CEO role, he will lead sales, marketing, and communications management for Team San Jose. He will work closely with Dave Costain, who was hired as Team San Jose’s chief operating officer in February. “I have no doubt that by working together, we will achieve our mutual goals of economic performance for the overall betterment of our downtown and businesses,” Sherry said in a release. “I have great confidence in our City leadership, the newly reorganized Team San Jose Board of Directors, and the employees at both the airport and Team San Jose. This is a new day and we will be successful.”
His predecessor, Fenton, left after 14 years as chief executive officer at the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau and six years as head of Team San Jose, a unique model he helped create. Under Team San Jose, union labor, hoteliers, convention center and CVB officials, and leaders from the arts and business communities, work together to streamline the experience for meeting customers to provide one point of contact.
In December of last year, citing budget overruns and fewer bookings, the San Jose City Council said it would solicit requests for proposals for new convention center management. Team San Jose officials said at the time they would submit an RFP. A few weeks later, Fenton resigned to join Strategic Advisory Group, a consulting company.