James O’Callaghan Named Head of Sunset Strip and WeHo Design District BIDs

The West Hollywood Travel + Tourism Board (WHTTB) today announced the appointment of James O’Callaghan as executive director of the Sunset Strip and West Hollywood Design District business improvement districts.

O’Callaghan will be responsible for leading (BIDs) in their efforts to market their respective commercial districts.

James O’Callaghan

“James possesses the skill, expertise and enthusiasm to effectively grow these organizations,” said Tom Kiely, president & CEO of WHTTB. “The leadership James will bring to these BIDs will continue to elevate our city’s brand and reputation as a global destination.”

O’Callaghan was most recently the president/CEO of the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, where he created and executed strategic planning for the organization, advocating for more than 12,000 local businesses. Previously, he served as president/CEO of the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce and as director of visitor services at LA Inc. (now the Los Angeles Travel and Convention Board). In that role he was the liaison with political and civic organizations.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to promote such dynamic and esteemed districts within West Hollywood, and I look forward to working with the community stakeholders and contributing to their ongoing success,” O’Callaghan said.

O’Callaghan’s appointment comes shortly after the West Hollywood Travel + Tourism Board’s latest board of directors installation. Newly elected board members for 2019 include David Combes, co-founder/principal of Botanical Hospitality Group; Nate Hardesty, general manager of Andaz West Hollywood, and Bert Seneca, general manager of Le Parc Suites Hotel.

O’Callaghan assumed his position on Jan.2. He can be reached at (310) 289-2534 or jim@visitwesthollywood.com.