Executive Vice President & Chief Talent Officer
Brian Richey is the co-founder, Executive Vice President, and Chief Talent Officer of ConferenceDirect.
After graduating from Saint Mary’s College of California with a B.S. in Business Administration, Richey began his hospitality career in June of 1989 with the Hilton Professional Development Program at the San Francisco Airport Hilton. In October of that year, he went to the Los Angeles Airport Hilton as a conference center salesperson, and was later promoted to sales manager for the property. Two years later, in 1991, Richey moved to Dallas, Texas, to be the Assistant Director of Sales for Hilton Direct, the company’s group sales office. He became Hilton Direct’s Managing Director of Sales in 1993. In 1996, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, as Hilton’s Director of Sales Recruiting, while simultaneously working as the Managing Director for the company’s Southeast National Sales operation.
In 1998, Richey left Hilton to co-found ConferenceDirect with Brian Stevens. It began as a site selection firm, and has since expanded into a full-service meetings solutions company.
An active member of the hospitality industry, Richey has served on the GBTA Groups and Meetings Committee, the board of directors for HSMAI’s Georgia chapter, and various MPI committees. He has also spoken at many different MPI and PCMA conventions and events.
His activism is not limited to hospitality—Richey is also deeply committed to his community and children. He has served on the board of directors for LifeTeen, a Catholic youth ministry, and on the board for the Catholic Metropolitan Basketball League of Atlanta. Passionate about athletics, Richey also coaches basketball and can be frequently found at one of his own children’s games.
Richey lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, with his wife of 21 years, Molly, and their three children, Connor, Quinn, and Grace.