Richard C. Harper - Executive Vice President
Richard joined HelmsBriscoe’s executive committee in 2012. His primary role includes supporting the company’s sales strategy and advancing their presence in the meetings industry. Richard’s responsibilities include representing the global brand across all market segments and ensuring HB’s offerings to their clients are best in class. His focus also includes determining the appropriate sales training and continuing education for HB Associates while helping them effectively engage with all clients in all capacities.
A hospitality industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience, Richard has worked in food and beverage, guest services, catering, and convention services and sales. Richard is a member of a variety of industry organizations, including Meetings Professionals International, the Professional Convention Management Association, the Society of Incentive Travel Executives, and the American Society for Association Executives. Richard is also past Co-Chair of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, a nationally recognized advocacy and communications group promoting the value of face-to-face meetings. Richard has been recognized in the industry with several accolades. In 2017, he was recognized as a “Meetings Trendsetter” by Meetings Today. In 2012 and 2006 he was named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry” by Successful Meetings, in 2006 was recognized as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the Tradeshow Business" by Tradeshow Week, and in 2004 was named one of the “Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing” by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Prior to joining HelmsBriscoe Richard held numerous leadership positions, most recently as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MGM Resorts International.