Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed Michael Heckman to the position of President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective August 12, 2021. Heckman is charged with overseeing full operations of the corporation and guiding Houston First through its next growth phase.
Heckman was Chief Operating Officer of Strategic Initiatives where he was responsible for establishing a new strategic direction for the corporation. Prior to that he served as the Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Event Development, most notably developing Comicpalooza, Texas’ Largest Entertainment and Pop Culture event. Heckman was President and CEO of the 23rd World Petroleum Congress and managed relationships with the Final Four Local Organizing Committee and the Super Bowl LI Host Committee. He has been part of the Houston First team for six years and prior to that, spent five years with the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
A self-described foodie, Heckman enjoys golf, exercise and traveling with his wife, RoseAnne.