1st Vice President, MPHA
Government & Community, MPHA
Terry Sullivan, Retired President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Terry Sullivan was a leading force in Colorado tourism for nearly twenty years, particularly between 1990-2010, one of the longest spans of anyone in the state’s history.
In his twenty years of leadership his industry grew to generate approximately $1.2 Billion and supported over 14,000 jobs.
Terry was known as a consensus builder and his leadership led to the founding of the Colorado Association of destination marketing associations (CADMO) and the Travel Industry Association of Colorado (TIAC).
His leadership was instrumental in demonstrating how the Colorado tourism industry needed to “speak with one voice”, eventually leading to the creation of the Colorado Tourism Office and increased tourism marketing dollars for the state.
Under Terry’s leadership his office, known as Experience Colorado Springs won many national awards including ten consecutive years of winning the Gold Service Award from Meetings & Conventions Magazine.
His organization was consistently ranked as one of the consistent best performers in the USA. In 2005 Terry Sullivan was honored with the Governor’s Tourism Award for outstanding individual contribution to Colorado Tourism.
For being a good partner with the Denver Convention & Visitors Bureau and his two decades of dedication to the Colorado travel industry he was inducted in 2010 into the Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame along with Cleo Parker and Governor Bill Ritter.
Paralleling a successful civilian career , Terry Sullivan is a proud Vietnam Veteran, having served like many as a young Army Army Aviator flying helicopters in the Central Highlands in the RVN.
At the conclusion of his active duty period he continued to serve in the Colorado and Utah National Guard.
He concluded his twenty two years of military service retiring from the Texas Army Reserves as a Master Army Aviator.
To many people in his commo network they know him as “Rotorhead.”
He has been an active participant in the Mountain Post Historical Association (MPHA) since approximately 2005 and proudly serves as the 1st. Vice President.