George Neary has been Associate Vice President of Cultural Tourism for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau since 1998. He is in charge of the creation and implementation of a new arts and cultural program for Miami-Dade County. He directs promotional programs which encourage and increase visitor attendance at local cultural events and attractions. His job also includes creating linkages and partnership between Greater Miami businesses and the arts community. His targets are cultural tourism, heritage tourism and gay & lesbian tourism.
Prior his current position, George was the Executive Director of the Miami Design Preservation League of Miami Beach, Florida, where he was responsible for creating marketing and public outreach programs to preserve the historic Art Deco District, better known as South Beach for seven years. He is currently serving as a Trustee for Dade Heritage Trust, a past Trustee of Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, a board member of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Chair of The Miami Beach Sister Cities International Miami Beach Committee, and a member of The Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council. Additionally, he serves on the Miami Beach Gay Pride Committee, is a member of the OutGames 2017 committee, the largest LGBT sporting event in the world; consultant to Mayor’s LGBT Business Enhancement Committee, holds membership in the Black Archives is a founding board member of the Greater Miami Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and is an Advisor from Florida to The National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. He is an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College and the Chair of the Board of Advisors at Design and Architecture Senior High School.
He was President of Neary Enterprise in Brooklyn, New York, which created, directed and administrated marketing, advertising and promotional plans. He was Director of U.S. Marketing for AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc. the International student and teacher exchange program in New York. George was with the Peace Corps for seven years as training and orientation coordinator, recruiter/publicist and a volunteer in St. Vincent & The Grenadines, West Indies.
He received his B.A. from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and has been involved in many community organizations over the years.