Cleo Battle, CTA*
Chief Operating Officer
Biography: Cleo has worked in the hospitality industry for 32 years. Prior to coming to Louisville, he spent 12 years as Vice President of Sales & Services of the Richmond Convention & Visitors Bureau in Richmond, VA. He held the positions of Director of Sales and Sales Manager at the Richmond CVB.
Battle began his hospitality career in the hotel industry working for Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn and Sheraton Hotels. Battle is a native of Denver and a graduate of Metropolitan State University in Denver with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management. He earned his Masters of Business Administration in 1997 from Averett University in Virginia. He is both a Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) and Certified Association Sales Executive (CASE).
Battle currently serves as Chair of the Destination International (DI) Sales & Marketing Committee, Past Chairman of the Destination & Travel Foundation, the Virginia State University Hospitality Department Advisory Board, and current board member of the Louisville Sports Commission, the Louisville Zoo and the Northeast YMCA of Louisville.
*CTA - Certified Tourism Ambassador