Chair Award

2023 Honoree Stephen Revetria

Stephen Revetria oversees the strategy and vision of Giants Enterprises, which is dedicated to the curation and development of new ventures complementary to the San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball franchise. Currently, in his 22nd year, Revetria is focused on the creation of larger-than-life experiences for millions through increasing overall visibility and the strategic creation of new revenue streams and business endeavors.

As President, he is dedicated to developing new ventures beyond the Major League Baseball franchise in addition to increasing the visibility and use of Oracle Park, Pier 48, Lot A, The Gotham Club, Giants Maritime Services and projects which leverage the organization’s resources and capabilities. Under Revetria’s leadership, Giants Enterprises has received international recognition for the execution of its programming during the 2007 All-Star Game and the 2010, 2012 & 2014 World Series, including, the Official World Series Galas and downtown ticker-tape parades among others.

He also played an integral role in the development and creation of the first dedicated full-time events team at a Major League venue. A Bay Area native and graduate of the University of San Francisco, Revetria has extensive experience in planning, advising and fundraising for civic affairs. He is dedicated to countless local initiatives with the goal of improving, enhancing and developing The City by the Bay. As a passionate business, hospitality and event professional, Revetria has forged invaluable partnerships on the local, national and international levels to further the mission of Giants Enterprises and San Francisco as a premier destination for events, meetings and travel. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephen was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve on California’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery.

The Task Force, which includes leaders from California’s diverse, innovative economic and social sectors, was assembled to chart a path forward to a quick and safe recovery of the state. Through Stephen’s service and expertise, he has been asked to focus on the ‘Long Term Recovery’ of the state in order to provide a more equitable and prosperous future for all Californians. Revetria has been involved in the meetings and events industry since 1992 and currently serving as Chairman Meeting Professional International and former Chairman of the MPI Foundation, which held the 2003 & 2015 World Education Congress (WEC) in San Francisco. He co-chaired WEC in both 2003 & 2015, overseeing the 2015 Opening Night Celebration at Pier 48 which won an ILEA Live Esprit Award for “Best Event Produced for a Non-Profit”.

Revetria sits on the University of San Francisco Board of Trustees and helps to shape the direction of the University’s highly respected Business Administration, Hospitality Management program. Through this program, graduates develop into the hospitality business leaders of tomorrow by working in partnership with San Francisco’s leading hospitality firms and organizations. A well-structured internship requirement of 800 hours in the industry provides students with invaluable hands-on experience. By developing a unique internship program, Revetria has hired more than 60 interns to Giants Enterprises and consistently pulls from the University of San Francisco and San Francisco State Hospitality Programs. He also helped conceptualize the Pat Gallagher Fellowship Program, which rewards a USF Sport Management Masters student with a year-long, rotating internship within the San Francisco Giants organization.

Revetria takes a holistic approach to the industry in the promotion of his staff to participate in local and national association work. His steadfast loyalty and belief in prioritizing association volunteerism and active participation has directly resulted in employees of his becoming Presidents and integral board members on local meeting associations. Throughout his tenure, he has donated not only his personal time but made significant financial contributions out of Giants Enterprises’ budget to the betterment of associations with consistent donations to local MPI, PCMA and ILEA associations and on the national and international level to MPI Foundation and ILEA Global Partners Program. As a result, Giants Enterprises has fostered a culture that stresses professional development and active involvement. Revetria is currently in his second term serving as a Member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. Appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Revetria advises on issues and concerns that affect the U.S. travel and tourism industries. Revetria is currently Chairman Meeting Professionals International.

Additionally, he also currently serves on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Travel Association, the leading force that grows and sustains travel to and within the United States. Revetria has combined the world of sports, travel & hospitality in an innovative effort to lead the San Francisco Giants to the forefront of these intersecting industries. Through Revetria’ s proactive leadership and foresight, the Giants have created a strategic model for other Professional Sports Teams and Destination Marketing Offices to replicate - paving the way for growth between sports and travel sectors to drive additional visitation. From 2014-2015, Revetria served as Chairman of the San Francisco Travel Association, where he presided over the board of directors and executive committee. In this capacity, he directed and guided policy at all meetings involving partners of San Francisco Travel, the executive committee and the board of directors. San Francisco Travel’s mission enhances the local economy by marketing San Francisco and the Bay Area as the premier destination for conventions, meetings, events and leisure travel. Acting as a specialized economic development agency, San Francisco Travel works to promote the destination worldwide while ensuring that tourism, the top generator of outside revenue into the city’s economy, is kept in the forefront as citywide decisions and policies are made.

In October 2016, Revetria attended the inaugural Sport at the Service of Humanity Conference arranged by Pope Francis at the Vatican. The invite-only global conference convened leaders and influencers from the world of faith, sport and business to discuss the interconnectedness of Faith and Sport. In order to turn the idea from concept to reality, the Vatican invited a select group of individuals representing various stakeholder groups to develop strategy, shape the agenda and provide ideas to bring the concept to life. Revetria has won numerous industry awards as well, including but not limited to: MPINCC Sponsor of the Year (2002-2003), MPINCC Hall of Fame (2011-2012), MPINCC President’s Award (2006-07 & 2008-09), MPINCC Supplier of the Year (2004), MPI Foundation – 3rd Place Fundraiser (2011-12), MPI Foundation US Council (2009-11). Additionally Revetria’s leadership has garnered numerous group honors - Gala Awards, ILEA Esprit Awards and GMIC NCC Facility of the Year (2012-13 & 2016-17) - for Giants Enterprises. In August 2018 he was awarded Hotel Council of San Francisco’s Peter Goldman Award of Excellence. In September, Revetria was named one of the Top 500 People in Events by Bizbash and one of only seven individuals named in the Sports & Arenas category Revetria lives in San Francisco with his wife, Elizabeth and their two children.