From humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York, Inzerillo's passion for the hospitality industry began as a busboy at 13.
Today, as the CEO of the Diriyah Company, a globally recognised flagship lifestyle and hospitality destination, this journey is a testament to his unwavering dedication and relentless work ethic. Recognised by President Joe Biden and organisations such as the Nelson Mandela Foundation, he is celebrated as a global hospitality titan and a transformative, visionary, and inclusive leader.
His noteworthy accolades include the HOTELS Magazine "Corporate Hotelier of the World Award" and the "Tourism for Peace Award" by the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations.
Following a chapter as Vice Chairman and CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, in 2018, Jerry was appointed by HRH The Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to be the founding CEO of the newly created Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) and now the Group CEO of Diriyah Company – a $63.2 billion giga-project to transform Diriyah and its UNESCO World Heritage site into a global hub for culture, heritage, and tourism. Diriyah will contribute SAR70 billion to the Kingdom’s GDP, generate 170,000 job opportunities and aims to attract 50 million visitors annually by 2030.
Beyond a storied career in hospitality, Jerry harnesses tourism as a powerful vehicle for positive change. His endeavours have been recognised by organisations like WANGO for his contributions to world peace through travel and tourism.
Jerry Inzerillo's career is a true, truly remarkable testament to his passionate commitment to transforming the hospitality and tourism industry on a global scale and set new standards.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2023.