Gary Byrd is a respected figure in the hospitality industry, having nearly 30 years of experience in Resort Operations, Guest Services, New Business Development, HOA management, and Planning & Design for new construction. He joined MasterCorp in 2015 and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Grindstaff Family and MasterCorp.
Gary is known for his ability to build strong executive teams and execute a vision. Prior to his current role, , he served as MasterCorp’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President, leading the organization through explosive growth, achieved in part through the acquisition of multiple companies and expansion into new industries and business lines. Before his time with MasterCorp, Gary served as the Executive Vice President of Hospitality Services for Wyndham Vacation Ownership, where he strategically directed 12,000 employees across six contact centers in delivering world-class experiences for more than 1 million owner families worldwide.
In addition to his vast leadership experience with MasterCorp and WVO, Gary also oversaw development, marketing, and operations for Hilton Hotels, and as Senior Vice President, was responsible for the management of company-wide resort operations. His previous hospitality management experience also includes senior leadership positions with Promus Hotel Corporation, and the Landmark Hotel in Metairie, Louisiana.