Greg Ortale, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, is leaving the organization, including his position on the organization’s board of directors. He submitted his resignation on May 1, but will stay on until an acting CEO is named, and he will be an employee of the CVB until July 31. The GHCVB currently is in discussions to form a strategic alignment with Houston First, the corporation that manages the George R. Brown Convention Center and the 1,200-room Hilton Americas-Houston, and has just broken ground on a 1,000-room Marriott Marquis. A statement from the GHCVB said Ortale believes that, given the potential alignment between the entities, along with a desire to spend more time with his family, this is the right time to retire. Ortale has been in the hospitality industry for more than 40 years. A special meeting of the GHCVB board will be convened to elect an acting president and CEO.