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  • About the event

    Contributors’ Circle and Global Forum members are invited to delve into DFW’s dynamic tourism, sports, and economic growth with Visit Dallas’ President & CEO Craig Davis, Visit Fort Worth’s President & CEO Bob Jameson, and Dallas Sports Commission Executive Director Monica Paul. We will also explore the anticipated evolution of these sectors and DFW’s significant role in hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Join us at the Council offices on August 14 for an exclusive conversation about how our region’s trajectory and future are being shaped. Moderated by Council President & CEO Liz Brailsford.

    ABOUT THE PANEL

    Craig T. Davis

    Craig T. Davis is President and CEO of Visit Dallas, the city’s sales and marketing organization. He directs and manages Visit Dallas’ strategies, operations, activities, and staff as the organization works to achieve its mission to market Dallas globally. Davis has worked in the hospitality industry for more than three decades and began his tenure as President and CEO of Visit Dallas in January 2020. Before, he served as President and CEO of Visit Pittsburgh and in many other leadership roles in his 19-year experience with the organization. Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Davis became a U.S. citizen in 2001. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. In 2002, Davis became a Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) and now serves as a course instructor for its leadership program. He has served as the Chairman of the Destinations International Association as well as the Destination International Foundation. He is a private pilot and resides in the City of Dallas with his wife, Kathleen. 

    Bob Jameson

    Bob Jameson has delivered record visitation and bookings for Fort Worth as President and CEO of the city’s tourism marketing organization. Under his leadership, Visit Fort Worth aggressively promoted tourism to lead the economic recovery and to raise the city’s profile. Under his leadership, Visit Fort Worth has attracted more than 9.4 million visitors in the fiscal year 2021 and has created a $2.4 billion economic impact. Jameson’s career in hospitality began with Marriott International in California in 1977 and continued with 28 years in leadership at Fort Worth’s Worthington Renaissance Hotel. Jameson’s service to civic and arts organizations includes the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Arts Fort Worth. Jameson was born in Long Beach, California, and raised in Garden Grove, California. He graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Jameson and his wife, Anne Milder Jameson, are the parents of four children: Bradley, Simone, Mackenzie, and Andrea. 

    Monica Paul

    Monica Paul is the Executive Director of the Dallas Sports Commission, where she plays an essential role in implementing bid strategies and marketing programs and in promoting Dallas as a premier destination for events. Before joining Visit Dallas in 2008, Paul was the Associate Director of Events at USA Volleyball and had many leadership roles in organizations such as The National Senior Games, USA Taekwondo, and the Junior Volleyball Association of Austin. Paul earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education at the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She currently serves as a member on for boards such as the SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors, Women in Sports & Events (WISE) DFW Chapter Advisory Board, and many others. She has also been selected for numerous awards from DCEO, Dallas Business Journal, and Connect Sports. Paul teaches Contemporary Issues in Sport Management at Southern Methodist University and is also a licensed real estate agent and realtor.  

    ABOUT THE MODERATOR

    Liz Brailsford

    Liz Brailsford is President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth after serving as Chief Operating Officer at the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, DC. Her love of all things international began after undergrad during her years in the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program. After Japan, Liz led the international department at Relocation Today, a global mobility firm, before serving as a consultant both to Panagora, an international development firm, and USAID, the USDA’s Food for Progress Program.

    Liz currently serves as an international task force member of the Dallas Regional Chamber; an ex-officio board member with the North Texas Commission; and an advisory committee member of the U.S. Global Leadership Commission of the Southwest region. Liz is a fellow with the Tando Institute and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Women’s Forum, Women’s Foreign Policy Group, and a sustaining member of the U.S. JET Alumni Association.

    She holds an M.P.A. in global policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School and a B.A. in media arts from the University of South Carolina.