by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 17, 2018
H. Scott Phelps, president of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, will retire Dec. 31, 2018. The CTCSB will conduct a national search for someone to fill the leadership role for the state's meeting and sports-event sales and marketing organization, according to Thomas Madden, director of economic development for the city of Stamford and chair of the CTCSB. Phelps retired from the former Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2010 but came back to work in 2014 to helm the CTCSB, which had been established in 2012.
Taking the the reins of the CTCSB in the interim will be Robert Murdock, the organization's director of sports marketing and director of national accounts for social, military, education, religious, fraternal and affinity groups. Murdock also will serve as the 2019 president of the New England Society of Convention & Visitor Bureaus

"Scott Phelps has been an active proponent of Connecticut's convention and hospitality industries for more than 40 years, building close partnerships and relationships with local businesses, communities and organizations while marketing the appeal of our state to meeting planners and sports promoters nationwide," said Madden. "He tried to retire once before almost a decade ago, and we were fortunate to bring him back a few years later to help us grow the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau. This time, we will say goodbye again and wish him a wonderful, long retirement."
"I am going to miss the many friendships and professional relationships that I have cultivated over my career, but am confident that the experienced staff at the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau will continue to move the state forward as a tremendous destination for meetings, conventions and major sports events," Phelps said. "The economic impact of this industry on our state's economy is enormous. Events booked through the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau during the last fiscal year alone are projected to result in more than $54 million in spending by attendees during their visits here, will generate over $3,650,000 in Connecticut taxes and support more than 17,000 Connecticut hospitality industry jobs. In fact, for every dollar that Connecticut invests in the CTCSB, more than $8 is returned to the state in taxes alone."