Jack Berry, President & CEO - Visit Richmond
Feb 14, 2023
On today's episode of Where To Next, we take a trip down south to Richmond, Virginia, and get the inside scoop on everything Richmond has to offer from Jack Berry, Director of Visit Richmond. Richmond has become a food and drink destination with over 1000 independent restaurants in the area that have been featured in Forbes and Esquire Magazine, plus ample breweries and wineries that make Richmond a foodie paradise! Richmond's vast array of outdoor activities, museums, hiking trails, annual festivals, and more make Virginia's capital city the perfect destination for a weekend away or a family vacation! Check out my conversation with Jack for everything you need to know about Richmond, VA!
Jack Berry was raised outside of Chicago. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1974. In 1975 he moved to Salisbury, Maryland to work for the Independent Players Association. Its Executive Director, the late Bill Riordan, managed Jimmy Connors, and Ilie Nastase, and promoted an indoor men's professional tennis circuit.
In 1979 Norfolk SCOPE hired Berry as the Promotion and Sales Manager of the multi‑purpose facility. He moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1988 to become Director of Marketing & Sales for the Richmond Centre for Conventions & Exhibitions. The City promoted him to General Manager in 1990. In December 1992 he was named President & CEO of the Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau – today known as Richmond Region Tourism.
Berry is a member of the Richmond Strikers Soccer Club Board of Directors, James River Advisory Committee, Virginia Capital Trail Foundation Board of Directors, and Virginia Green Board of Directors.
His wife, Lynn, is a Norfolk native. They have three adult children, John, III, Elizabeth, and Rachel.