Greg Edwards

Greg Edwards has over 40 years of hospitality experience. He began as President & CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2000, previously leading convention & visitors bureaus in Peoria, Illinois and Overland Park, Kansas. He is the recipient of many awards, including Manager of the Year with Marriott Hotels, he was recognized by his industry peers with the Individual Professionalism Award as well as served as Chair of the Board for Destinations International (an international professional association for CVBs). In addition he spent the beginning of his hospitality career in the hotel business (Marriott International, 7 years).

Edwards has championed many accomplishments while in Des Moines. He reorganized the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, and his team has more than tripled convention, sports and event bookings since 2000.  He (along with a strong team of others) led the charge in hosting the NCAA Wrestling Championships, NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament Rounds 1&2 (3 times) and most recently the AAU Junior Olympic Games (the largest youth sports event in the nation).

Edwards attended the University of Northern Colorado and is married (Joni) and has 4 children, 5 grandchildren.