Brian Stevens


Brian D. Stevens is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of ConferenceDirect. Although he grew up in the east coast, Stevens went west to attend Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, from which he graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1977. He then was briefly enrolled at Saint Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California, before joining the Oakland Hilton in 1978 as a sales trainee. Over the following 20 years, Stevens ascended the ranks of Hilton Hotels Corporation. He was Director of Sales at the San Francisco Hilton in 1980. Two years later, he became the company’s Regional Director of Sales. In 1985, he was promoted to Director of Industry Relations, and in 1987 he climbed to Vice President of Sales, which, at 32, made him the youngest officer at HHC at the time. Stevens arrived at his final position at Hilton in 1994, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, which he would hold until his departure from the company in 1998. Stevens co-founded ConferenceDirect with Brian Richey in 1998 as a site selection and contract negotiation firm for meetings and events. Since then, it has grown into a full-service meetings solutions company with hundreds of associates and thousands of events worldwide. ConferenceDirect has not been Stevens’s only venture. He helped establish Searchwide, an executive search company, as well as the Catholic Disability Foundation and the NBTA Foundation, now the GBTA Foundation. An active volunteer and fundraiser, Stevens has been a member of many industry boards: the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and the PCMA Southwestern Chapter. Stevens was Chair of MPI Global in 2017. He also served as the chairman of the ASAE Foundation and the PCMA Foundation. He was on the board for the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD), and, a longtime supporter of his alma mater, Stevens has served on the Saint Mary’s College of California Board of Trustees since 2011. Stevens is currently on the Board of Directors of the Van Ness House in Los Angeles. Stevens is proudly a member of Burning Tree Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, the Los Angeles Country Club, the California Club, and O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs. He is also a member of the Knights of Malta, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, and in 2010, he was inducted as a Knight Commander into the Order of Saint Gregory. Over the course of his career, Stevens has received many honors, notably the ASAE Academy of Leaders Award, the Saint Mary’s College of California Alumni Award, the PCMA Distinguished Leader Award, the PCMA Wizard Award, and St. Anne’s Angel Award. For his service to a Los Angeles AIDS hospice center, Stevens received the Serra Project’s Compassion Award. In 2000, he was inducted into the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders.

Presenting on the following days:

Tuesday, June 5 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
MPI Town Hall