Gary Murakami, GTP, GLP, CMP, CMM, DES is the Vice President of Sales and Industry Relations for Teneo Hospitality Group. A seasoned hospitality sales executive and innovative strategic leader with expertise in the hotel and convention management industries, Gary is responsible for raising awareness for Teneo Hospitality Group, as well as developing and maintaining key client partnerships in his strategic territories with the corporate, association, and intermediary/third party segments. Gary’s sales background includes previous sales and leadership positions with MGM Resorts International, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in the group, leisure and business travel segments.
Gary maintains several industry-recognized certifications and designations including his Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification from the Events Industry Council (EIC), in addition to the Global Travel Professional (GTP) certification and Global Leadership Professional (GLP) designation and certification from Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). He also received his Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) offered through Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and his Digital Event Strategist (DES) certification from PCMA.
An active member in the global meetings, events and travel industry community, Gary has held a variety of leadership director and committee roles with several industry associations both locally and nationally. He is currently serving on the PCMA Foundation Board of Trustees after serving on the PCMA Board of Directors and has been a past chapter president of the PCMA Northern CA Chapter.
On a local and regional level, Gary served as President on the Board of Directors for MPI Northern California Chapter and has served on this board for several years in other Director and Vice President roles. Gary was also recognized by MPI in 2019 with the distinguished RISE “Meeting Industry Leadership” Award for his contributions to advance the global meetings and events industry community through his sustained commitment and substantial contributions. His involvement with MPI committees continues with his participation on the Diversity & Equity & Inclusion committee after serving on the Chapter Membership Advisory Council (CMAC) for a few years.
Within the area of business and corporate travel, Gary has been an active member of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and has been involved with its GBTA Meetings & Events Committee for the past several years. He has also served on the board for the Bay Area Business Travel Association (BABTA), a chapter of GBTA for almost twenty years, including two terms as President.
Other industry involvement includes his service on the Events Industry Council APEX Commission where he served as a Chair. Gary also serves on the EIC Equity Task Force. With his passion to continue advancing the industry, Gary continues to provide his leadership within other industry organizations and is currently on the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) Foundation Board of Directors having served as its Chair for a two year term. He is actively involved as an executive board member for the inaugural association, LGBT Meeting Professionals Association and continues to articulate and bring visibility for the professional development of the LGBT community within meetings and events.
Favorite Hobbies: Traveling, dining out, and spending time with family & friends
Cool Trivia: Gary is an avid fan of all things Winnie-the-Pooh