As reported by Viðskiptablað Morgunblaðsins on October 22, 2015, our Founder and CEO, Viktoría Sveinsdóttir, announced Jerry´s participation and said amongst other things that Jerry is a star in the tourism industry and that we are thrilled to have signed a speaker of such caliber to participate in the inaugural Iceland Tourism Investment Conference & Exhibition.
Jerry is a visionary known for his trademark innovation and his extensive network of contacts in tourism, hospitality, entertainment and business, cultivated during his four decades as a manager and executive in the hospitality and entertainment industries. During his storied career, Inzerillo has developed some of the world’s most famous and successful lifestyle brands in tourism and entertainment. His stewardship has been instrumental in the success of breakthrough hotel properties, such as Atlantis and One&Only Resorts, Ian Schrager Hotels, Four Seasons and Hilton Hotels.
From 2012 to 2014, Inzerillo served as the president and CEO of IMG Artists, the global leader in artist management, performing arts and lifestyle events planning. At IMG Artists, Inzerillo directed global strategies for the company’s music, events, festivals, government consulting and artist and facility management businesses. IMG Artists manages the careers of more than 500 artists and produces 25,000 musical and lifestyle events annually.
Before coming to IMG, Inzerillo was president of Kerzner Entertainment Group, where he served from 1991 to 2011. While there, he was responsible for raising the visibility of the company and the profile of its properties in the Bahamas, Dubai, the Indian Ocean, Mexico, Morocco, Africa, Mauritius and Maldives, as well as conceptualizing and positioning its One&Only Resorts brand. Inzerillo oversaw the production and launch of several legendary properties, including the opening of the billion-dollar Phase III of Atlantis in the Bahamas in May of 2007 and the $1.5 billion Atlantis-Dubai on Palm Island in 2008, which received worldwide media coverage and was featured on the cover of Newsweek.
From 1991 to 1996, Inzerillo served as chief operating officer of Sun City, the unique South African resort complex built by Sol Kerzner. Then in 1987, he joined the Morgans Hotel Group as founding president and chief executive officer, later rebranded Ian Schrager Hotels. While there, he conceptualized, opened and positioned such avant-garde properties as Morgans, Royalton and Paramount in New York; the historic Delano in Miami Beach; and Mondrian in Los Angeles.
In his personal life, Jerry has long been involved in philanthropy, especially with respect to children, education and HIV/AIDS. He was honored with a knighthood by the Knights of Malta in Rome, Italy, in 1996. Jerry is also a founding advisory board member of the Clinton AIDS initiative and sits on the board of the Andre Agassi Foundation and ANSA – Artists for a New South Africa. His position and many relationships in the entertainment industry, led Jerry to a cameo appearance as himself in the James Bond film, Casino Royale.
Inzerillo resides in New York City with his wife, former CNN news anchor Prudence Solomon, and their daughter, Helena Zakade, who was named by her godfather, Nelson Mandela.