Elliott Ferguson serves as President and CEO of Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for Washington, DC. A 27-year veteran of the travel and hospitality industry, Ferguson leads Destination DC™s efforts to generate economic opportunity for the District through meetings and tourism, overseeing the organization™s convention and tourism sales, marketing, finance, and business development operations. Ferguson began his tenure with Destination DC in 2001 as Senior Vice President of Convention Sales and Services and has served as President and CEO of Destination DC since 2009. Prior to working at Destination DC, he served as Vice President of Sales at the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has also served as Director of Sales for both the Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Ferguson received a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Business Administration from Savannah State University. His many memberships in the industry include the American Society of Association Executives, Professional Conference Management Association and Destinations International. Ferguson currently serves as the First Vice Chair of the U.S. Travel Association Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the following organizations: Travel and Tourism Advisory Board; Advisory Board of the Smithsonian National Zoo; DC Jazz Festival; Capital Partners for Education; United Way of the National Capital Area and the Ryan Kerrigan œBlitz for the Better Foundation. Ferguson also serves on the Hospitality Alliance of Washington, D.C. Ferguson is a longtime resident of Capitol Hill and is an active mentor with Capital Partners Education.