Roger Helms - Founder and CEO
Roger Helms serves as Founder and CEO of HelmsBriscoe. In 1992, while working as a Sales Executive with the Registry Hotel Group, Roger recognized that many clients could utilize assistance in identifying venues and negotiating rates and contract terms for their meetings. With this idea as the primary building block, he founded HelmsBriscoe, and since its inception, Roger has spent each day driving the organization's vision and culture.
Today, HelmsBriscoe is the highest volume purchaser in the meetings and event industry and boasts the most expansive and experienced network in the market with 1,300 Associates operating in more than 55 countries. In 2016, HelmsBriscoe experienced the strongest year in the company’s 25-year history. A record $1.2 billion dollars in group room revenue was booked, representing six million room nights and more than 48,000 programs in 100 countries worldwide.
Prior to embarking on his career, Roger was a graduate of Oklahoma State University. While there, he was an active member in the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and was recently recognized as a Significant Sig. Roger began his career in the hospitality industry working front desk at the Ramada in Stillwater, Oklahoma while he was still in college. Roger has three children with his wife and high school sweetheart, Darla, and he takes great pride in watching his children grow and accomplish their personal and professional goals.
Roger has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by his alma mater, and has been named on multiple occasions to Business Travel News' list of the 25 Most Influential Executives of the Business Travel Industry.