Vice President of Sales and Industry Relations
Teneo Hospitality Group
Gary Murakami, GTP, GLP, CMP, CMM, DES is the Vice President of Sales and Industry Relations for Teneo Hospitality Group representing a distinct collection of luxury hotels and resorts and DMCs worldwide. 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.