The Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) applauds outgoing president & CEO of Meet AC, Jim Wood, for his outstanding commitment to Atlantic City and its revitalization. Wood announced he will step down from his post at the end of this year. CANJ looks forward to the launch of a national search to find a world-class candidate to lead Meet AC into the future. CANJ is offering the Casino Redevelopment Authority (CRDA) its human resources and recruitment expertise to assist in that effort.
“On behalf of the Casino Association of New Jersey, I want to thank Jim Wood for his tireless commitment to Atlantic City. Jim has successfully served our city over the last five years, delivering substantial growth to our meetings and convention market,” said Steve Callender, president of the Casino Association of New Jersey. “Thanks to Jim’s vision and leadership, he has built a strong foundation that will allow us to continue to establish Atlantic City as a world-class beachfront resort and business conference destination.”
Wood took the helm of Meet AC in 2014 as the organization’s first CEO. Meet AC’s primary focus is growing the meetings and convention market for Atlantic City and is critical to the city’s long-term success.
During Wood’s tenure, the organization has seen year-over-year growth in the meetings and conventions industry, booking over 1.8 million hotel room nights which has brought in nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact. Wood’s efforts significantly strengthened Atlantic City’s position as a first-class business conference destination. Further, Wood formed the Atlantic City Sports Commission as a department within Meet AC, attracting major sports industry events to the city.
“We look forward to a national search being undertaken immediately to find a world-class replacement to take the helm at Meet AC, ensuring the great work can continue uninterrupted for the benefit of the entire region,” added Callender.