Appointment strengthens long-term leadership transition following implementation of Employee Stock Ownership Plan
Destinations by Design (DBD), a long-standing provider of high-quality destination management and event services to the incentive and corporate markets in Las Vegas is pleased to announce the appointment of Joshua Ford as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
Ford has been a key member of DBD’s executive and leadership team since 2016 and was instrumental in the planning and formation of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), which effectively sold 100% of the company to employees.
Ford will work closely with Destinations by Design’s executive leadership team and Board of Directors to lead company growth and overall operations and resources for the company. The executive team has been together for over a decade and under the team’s leadership facilitated more than 1,000 events and programs in 2018.
Ford, who previously served as Chief Operating Officer, has more than 17 years of experience in the industry, with a background in engineering, financial analysis and philanthropy. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Loyola Marymount University, with Advanced Technology Certificates and Management/Business Coursework from the University of Southern California.
Ford is also the Founder and Board President for the James Joseph Ford Foundation and the Co-Founder of the Every Generation Gives (EGG) Project, which grants money to local non-profits to support services and opportunities to underprivileged youth in our community. To date, EGG has granted $38,000 to local causes.
“This is an exciting time for DBD,” said Ford. “I’m honored to lead our company and to continue driving exceptional experiences for our clients and our people.”
About Destinations by Design
In operation since 1990, Destinations by Design provides high-quality destination management, event and design services to the incentive and corporate markets. Our recent clients include a large number of Fortune 500 companies, as well as, many of the major hotels and casinos in Las Vegas. The company was founded by Joyce Sherman and James Nelson and is now 100% employee owned. Our commitment to excellence is embraced by each member of our staff and implemented into everyday operations, enabling Destinations by Design to establish an impeccable reputation for providing the finest service and creativity in Las Vegas. As company leaders, we maintain a hands-on approach to all aspects of the business; uniting, empowering and mentoring our team.