BIO: Greg DeShields currently serves as the Executive Director at PHLDiversity a business development division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. Also host of PHL Diversity Podcasts brief insights, views and opinions from tourism and hospitality leaders, meeting/convention professionals and academics regarding specific hospitality, tourism and diversity topics.
Greg is a Graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, with an A.S. Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management; and B.S. Degree in Hospitality Management.
Professional Development Leadership Graduate: Urban League of Philadelphia, Leadership Forum, Leadership Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange.
His professional certifications include: American Hotel & Lodging Association, Educational Institute – Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) and Asian American Hotel Owners Association – Certified Hotel Owner CHO)
Previously, Greg served as Managing Director of Business Development and adjunct instructor for Temple University Fox School of Business & School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. Industry Expert for Ying Mei Jia Tong International Business Consulting Co., Ltd. (Liaocheng and Tai'an, China) and faculty for Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Hospitality Educators. Professionally, Greg has been a manager in the hospitality industry for such companies as Hyatt Hotel, Omni Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Korman Company, General Manager of Philadelphia OIC’s Opportunities Inn: Hospitality Training Institute.
Greg’s Board memberships include: African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ & DE, Asian-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, Boy Scouts of American Cradle of Liberty, Center City District, Center City Proprietors Association, COMHAR Inc., Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Independence Business Alliance (LGBT Chamber of Commerce) Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, Philadelphia OIC, Responsible Hospitality Institute, and SKAL Philadelphia.
Greg is an active member of The American Hotel & Lodging Association, National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers, Asian American Hotel Owners Association and Society of Human Resources Managers.
HONORS & AWARDS:
2018/17/16/15/14 - Philadelphia Tribune “Most Influential African American Leaders”
2016 - Delaware Valley Legacy Fund “Hero Award”
2016/15 - Black Meetings &Tourism Magazine “Most Influential African-American Leaders
Meetings/Tourism Industry”2015 - Anointed News Journal “Circle of Winners Award”
2015 - Meeting Focus “Meeting Trendsetters”
2013 - Philadelphia Business Journal “Minority Business Leader Award”
2013 - Temple University Fox School of Business “Administrative Service Award”
2012 - Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality Management “Administrative Service Award”
2009 - Black Meetings &Tourism Magazine “Apex Award”
Greg’s interests include cars, travel, and most importantly cooking.
- HRCI: Approved for 1 General Credit
- SHRM: Approved for 1 Professional Development Credit