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Leonard Hoops, President & CEO, Visit Indy

Updated: Nov 13, 2020


"Stay focused on excelling in the present to get where you want to be in the future. Too many talented people spend more time pursuing their next job than being really good at the one they actually have. My experience is that decision-makers almost always recognize and reward exceptionalism over ambition.”


Leonard Hoops has served as president & CEO of Visit Indy since 2011. He leads a team of 63 industry professionals charged with growing Central Indiana’s economy by driving the region’s $5.4 billion convention, tourism and event industry. Under Hoops’ leadership, Visit Indy has shattered all-time records for convention and tourism sales, delivering $1+ billion annually in incremental economic impact and a 90-to-1 return on investment from public funding while also being a four-time “Best Place to Work in Indiana.” During his tenure, Indianapolis has been named the #1 convention city in America by USA Today and a top visitor destination by The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and Travel + Leisure.