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Meetings Mean Business announces 2019 Ambassadors

The 2019 cohort includes forty-one industry professionals from 15 states, Canada and Poland. Many are returning members of the 2018 cohort or have been recognized as next-generation leaders by PCMA or Destinations International.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) announced its 2019 Ambassadors, an elite group of meeting and event professionals who will serve as advocates for MMBC and the broader meetings industry.

Together with our board members, partners and network of supporters, MMBC Ambassadors will help spread the industry’s value story in priority markets, with a focus on policymakers, business leaders and the media,” said Trina Camacho-London, MMBC co-chair and Vice President of Global Group Sales at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Ambassadors’ activities in 2019 will include: sharing statistics, case studies and personal stories about the industry’s value; promoting and participating in industry-wide advocacy efforts, including Global Meetings Industry Day and the Worth Meeting About campaign; raising awareness of MMBC at relevant conferences and networking events; developing blog posts, videos and op-eds on the ROI of meetings; and recruiting new industry supporters and third-party validators.

We are delighted to have a strong, driven group of individuals joining our 2019 cohort,” said Julie Coker Graham, MMBC co-chair and president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB). “The Ambassadors have been critical to our success as a coalition, including our ability to reach key decisionmakers effectively. They bring a front-line perspective and remarkable passion for advocating the industry’s value to people, businesses and the economy.”

The 2019 cohort includes forty-one industry professionals from 15 states, Canada and Poland. Many are returning members of the 2018 cohort or have been recognized as next-generation leaders by PCMA or Destinations International.

Sam Bhandarkar, LRP Publications
Natasha Botbijl, GET Event Management
Raul Cavazos-Binder, Development Counsellors International
Krzysztof Celuch, Celuch Consulting
Windy Christner, American Pharmacists Association
Jeremiah Cook, Visit Athens
Emily Dietrich, Niagara Parks Commission
Terence Donnelly, Experient
Dahlia El Gazzar, DAHLIA+ Agency
Deborah Gardner, DG International and LLDG International, LLCC
Ann Garvey, Visit Norfolk
Robert Hampton, Visit Seattle
Judi Holler, Holla Productions
Molly Holt, Heart Rhythm Society
Ellie Hurley, SmithBucklin
Molly Johnson, Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau
Missy Johnson, MJ Meetings
Joanne Joham, International Congress & Convention Association
Grace Jones, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
Alexis Kereluk, ConnectSeven Group
Amy Ledoux, American Society of Association Executives
Megan Martin, National Conference of State Legislatures
Catherine McKenna, CMK Solutions
Rosa Mendoza-Friedheim, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Mia Monroe, Sustainable Brands
Zoe Moore, LB Alliance
Sue Neill, George P. Johnson
Alex Plaxen, Little Bird Told Media
Carol Porter, Sustainable Meetings
Diane Ramos, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
Angie Ranalli, San Diego Tourism Authority
Claire Repass-McManus, Inspirato
Erin Scholes, SD Meetings & Events
Neha Shah, Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Carly Silberstein, Redstone Agency
Sarah Soliman Daudin, Soliman Productions
Sharon Sullivan, Leading Age
Larissa Tishevskaya, Tourism Toronto
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Melissa Walling, Association Forum
Lindsay Williams, Global Experience Specialists

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