Phillip S. Smith

Phillip S. Smith

President and Chief Executive Officer


Phillip S. Smith is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau. He served on the WCCVB board as its Treasurer prior to becoming President & CEO in 2010.

Before joining the WCCVB, Phillip spent 15 years in professional tennis as the chief marketing officer for Cincinnati’s Western & Southern Open, one of the oldest, largest and most-prestigious professional tennis tournaments in the world.

His responsibilities with the tournament included advertising, national and international television, branding, hotel operations, sponsor sales and support, media relations, public relations, and strategic planning.

He's also the author of a book on the tournament entitled From Club Court to Center Court, the Evolution of Professional Tennis in Cincinnati. The book reached the No. 7 position on the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Best Seller List for Nonfiction and has sold nationally and internationally.

Phillip actually started working with the tournament in 1988 as a year-round consultant with one of the Midwest’s largest marketing firms. At the firm, he served other clients as well including Hillshire Farm & Kahn’s, Cincinnati Bell Long Distance, the International Self Storage Association, Hart Productions, PNC Bank, Skyline Chili and others including former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose.

Phillip also owned his own marketing firm, with clients primarily in the fields of health care and education.

Phillip is a Past President of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association, has been a member of the advisory board for Xavier University’s WVXU-FM, and has chaired the Marketing & Communications Committee for the Midwest Section of the United States Tennis Association.

Among other accolades, Phil was enshrined into the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012, received the 2006 Queen City Advocate Award from the Cincinnati CVB for promotion of the city of Cincinnati, and received the 2004 Fred Burns Award from the Midwest Section of the United States Tennis Association for promotion of tennis in the Midwest.

Phillip is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and earned his CDME (Certified Destination Management Executive) in 2014 from a thesis in destination leadership. He resides in Mason, Ohio.

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