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Celebrating 22 Years of Staying the Course

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NCBMP Welcomes its New Board of Directors

New Board Roster (left to right): A. Brian Parker, Patricia Norman, Donna DeBerry, Sharon Seay, Michael Gunn, Carolyn Crawford, Richard Snow, Beverly Bryant, Rosana Wright, Sandi Lynn, Sharmagne Taylor, Shirley Rivers, Frank Seales

Educational Assistance Fact Sheet Supplier of the Year Stacey Johnson Working with Chambers of Commerce Founder’s Award Suzette Eaddy Meet New Board Members Wyndham International, Inc. Corporate Award

“We Do Business With Our Friends”
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2005 Board of Directors Chairman Richard Lee Snow Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. President Beverly A. Bryant, Ed.D. North Carolina Central University Vice President Rosana Wright National Black McDonald’s Operators Association Treasurer Carolyn Crawford, CMP National Conference of Black Mayors, Inc. Secretary Sharmagne Taylor, CMP On-Site Partners J.D. Andrews, Ph.D. The Council for Professional Recognition Donna DeBerry DRDDRP International Michael D. Gunn, CMP Greater Birmingham CVB Clayton N. Hicks, O.D. National Optometric Association Roy Jay The Idea Works, LLC Charles Jones, Jr. American Airlines Sandi Lynn, CMP Sandi Lynn & Associates, Inc A. Brian Parker A. B. Parker & Associates, Inc. Patricia Norman, CMP National Medical Associaiton Sharon Seay, CMP National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association Shirley A. Rivers Walt Disney World Immediate Past Chairman John Crump, JD, CMP, CAE National Bar Association Chairman Emeritus Howard F. Mills, Sr., CMP L’Berta Enterprises, Inc. General Counsel Frank Seales, Jr., Esq. National Office NCBMP 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 126 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Phone (202) 628-3952 Web Site Graphic Design & Layout Celeste Bean Columbus, Ohio Photos Paul J. Thompson, III Rodney Choice


Chairman’s Message
Richard Lee Snow

bring greetings on behalf of your Board of Directors and wish all of you a most productive 2005. I am extremely humbled to serve you in this capacity and promise to do all I can to make you proud of my service. Through Servant Leadership, my philosophy is that I am here to serve you and never the other way around. Those of you who know me personally know that I am committed to the advancement of our organization. I believe we have the unique opportunity to firmly position ourselves as the leading organization of its kind in the industry. Obviously, we have some work to do, but I am convinced we have the necessary talent within to make this vision a reality. My wholehearted thanks and admiration go to our immediate Past Chairman, John Crump. His leadership over the past eleven (11) years as chair has taken our organization through some very challenging times. But we are here today, bigger and stronger, and much of that success is directly attributed to his contributions. I have learned much from “Crump” and those lessons will be used, as appropriate, for the betterment of Coalition. I would also like to thank Ana Aponte-Curtis, our immediate Past President, for her contributions over the years. Ana has given us her talent, time and treasure and remains committed to our cause. I ask each of you to please take the opportunity to personally thank them for their leadership service over the years as well. Hopefully, by now you have received a previous correspondence from me highlighting some very important dates. Included were the dates of our upcoming Board Meeting (February 10-13 at the Doral Resort in Miami, FL) and our first Strategic Planning Summit (March 19th in Washington, DC, place to be determined). All Board Meetings are open to our membership, so do not hesitate to attend if you so desire. It is also important that we dialogue regarding the future of Coalition and the Summit will provide a forum for you to offer direct input. Based on the results, recommendations will be presented to the membership at our Spring Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. Please join us for this important event. One of immediate changes this administration has implemented that I would like to share is with our committees. Committees will no longer be chaired by Board Members. This will expand our Leadership Team and allow others to have more direct input into our deliberations. Most of the chairpersons have been appointed, however, I will announce all chairs once all have been confirmed. I personally invite you to join a committee, if you are not currently on one. We value your ideas and your participation is openly welcomed. Finally, I hope you have begun preparing for the Spring Conference. While some have chosen not to attend in the past, this is perhaps our most critical conference to date. Revisions to our Bylaws will be presented, a report on the future of our Spring Conference will be discussed, and the initial plan chartering our future over the next several years will be highlighted. There is much to do and little time in which to do it. I wish you the very best for a most successful 2005 and trust you will continue to “do business with friends.”


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President’s Message
Beverly Bryant, EdD, CHE here is something remarkable and unique about the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP). For one thing, it is really an organization whose membership benefits amount to more than having your name on a mailing list and receiving a quarterly newsletter. As a member of NCBMP, you don’t belong to it, it belongs to you. Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to serve as president of NCBMP. I am committed to continuing the growth and development of the organization with special emphasis on enhancing educational opportunities for our members. Over the past several months, NCBMP has collected data that will be used in our Strategic Planning Process. Over the next several months, the organization will put in place some of the great suggestions and recommendations received in this data which will enhance the overall operations of NCBMP. Firstly, the organization’s educational conferences will be restructured to include educational tracks for both meeting executives and suppliers that will provide optimum educational benefits. Secondly, through the work of NCBMP committees, NCBMP’s marketing and fundraising efforts will be greatly enhanced. Of course, this is not an overnight process and we depend on NCBMP members to assist in these endeavors. Those of you who will be attending the Strategic Planning Meeting in Washington, DC on March 19th will play an important role in moving the enterprise forward. I encourage those of you who can not attend the Strategic Planning Meeting to respond quickly to surveys and other requests that may be a part of the Strategic Planning Committee’s planning process. Plans for the NCBMP Spring Educational Conference are being finalized. Registration material will be available through the web site during the third week of February and through the mail during the fourth week of February. Conference Sponsorship Opportunities are also available on the website. If you have questions regarding the Spring Conference and Sponsorship Opportunities, you may also call the National Office at (202) 628-3952. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your president. I am excited about the work of this great organization and I look forward to working with each of you to ensure the future of NCBMP.


Save the Date
Spring 2005 -May 11-15,2005 - Birmingham, Alabama Fall 2005 - October 26-30, 2005 - Paradise Island, Bahamas

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Three of our New Board Members
Roy Jay
Recognized by Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine for the 9th consecutive year as one of the most influential African Americans in the convention and tourism industry, Roy Jay becomes one of the newest members of the NCBMP board of directors. Jay has been a NCBMP supporter, mentor, presenter and member since 1994. His company “The Idea Works”, is directly involved in not only meeting and event planning but also serves as a consultant to hotels,organizations and others in the hospitality industry.

A. Brian Parker
A. Brian Parker, a New Jersey resident, earned a B.A. from Seton Hall University. Upon moving to Central Florida, he secured a sales position with a local hotel and subsequently gained 15 years of experience in the hospitality and management industry. Brian has parlayed his industry experience into the formation of A. B. Parker & Associates, Inc. His skills in negotiating, planning and executing events for numerous organizations, has consistently exceed their expectations.

Sharmagne Taylor

Sharmagne Taylor, CMP, is president of On-Site Partners. Established in 1998, OnSite Partners is a full-service meeting planning firm providing site and vendor selection, housing assistance, registration processing, event coordination, and on-site management for meetings of 10-5000 attendees hosted by professional and trade associations, corporations and community organizations. The company is a certified minority and woman owned enterprise. Mrs. Taylor has 15+ years of experience in the hospitality industry including Meeting Planning, Trade Show Management, Hotel Sales, Catering, Convention Services and Hotel Operations. She currently serves as Secretary for the NCBMP Board of Directors.

Communications Committee
Clayton N. Hicks Dawn Adams Daryka Anderson Robert Countryman Mark B. Ford Opal Gibson Theda “T.J.” Jackson Crystal McKenzie Debra Kerr, CMP Bill O’Laughlin Mya Lake Reyes Peggy Riley Dennis W. Ritz Gerrie Sturman Ed Swailes


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Hawaii Highlights
Corporate Sponsors

2004 Pioneer Award


he 2004 NCBMP Pioneer Awardee has a minimum of 10 years experiences in the hospitality industry, has demonstrated exemplary service in the promotion and advancement of minority participation, and has exhibited the positive impact of networking serving as a mentor to influence the advancement of young aspiring professionals. Suzette Eaddy, CMP is the Director of Conferences for the National Minority Supplier Development Council, a not for profit business organization headquartered in New York City. She is a member of the Convention Industry Council’s CMP board of directors and a member of the Hilton Hotels Corporation Meetings & Conventions Advisory Board and a member of NCBMP and MPI. In July 2001, she was honored by Meeting News as one of The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry.

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“Corporate Award” Wyndham International, Inc.
accepted by Donna DeBerry

“Supplier of the Year” Stacey Johnson

Marriott International, Inc.

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Member News
Member Updates!
Janet A. Manuel, Senior Sales Manager for Disneyland Resort is now a Certified Meeting Planner after recently passing the exam. Patricia L. Brown, CEO of Meetings One, LLC, has earned her CMP. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is very excited to announce the hiring of student member Keri Obelton to their property in Irving, TX who joins our industry from Alabama A&M where she graduated in May 2004. Joining NCBMP as a student member at the spring conference in Milwaukee, WI, Keri was then hired by Wyndham Hotels as an intern in 2003 . KerI is now working at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Las Colinas as a Corporate Sales Manager and can be reached at

Monica Smith: Newport Beach CVB Corporate Sales Manager
onica R. Smith, CMP, CASE, has been named corporate sales manager for the Newport Beach Conference and Visitor’s Bureau. A graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Smith’s most recent position was senior sales manager with InterContinental Hotels of Cleveland. In her new position, she will focus on attracting national corporate meetings to Newport Beach. “Monica’s skills will help further promote Newport Beach as a unique, world-class travel destination,” says Marta Hayden, NBCVB executive director.


Alton Garrett Named Southern California Director
Senator Boxer names San Bernardino, field representative to oversee Senator’s operations in Southland


os Angeles, CA - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today announced that she has selected Alton Garrett, Jr. as her Southern California Director. Garrett has been on Boxer’s staff for the past two and a half years, serving as the field representative in her San Bernardino office. As Southern California Director, Garrett will supervise Boxer’s Southern California operations and three of her six state offices, located in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Diego.

A 27-year veteran of the Air Force, Garrett has worked for Senator Boxer since March 2002. ‘ During his military career he received numerous decorations and awards including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crass. After retiring from the military in 1989, he served as development director at California State University, San Bernardino; as

outreach director for the San Bernardino Job Corps Center; and as director of special projects for Habitat for Humanity International. A long-time resident of San Bernardino, Garrett earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration at California State University, San Bernardino. He previously graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education.

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New Members 2004
Farrah Abary Guy Bagg Katie Bellas Elizabeth Bowman B. Josette Bowman Paul Brawley Leon Burnette Mounaldai Burnette Thomas Cartwright Daryl Cason Lorie Chapman-Powell Tonya Clemmons Stephanie Collier Eric Commodore Talmage Crossley Carla D’Annibale Evie Davidson Pamela Davis Edna Davis-Brown Allison DeVille Velenda Dewberry Leah Dortch-Nesbit Naima Duckworth Jason Dunn Lisa Eastlund Denise Ellis Laura Elsner-Collins Deanne Esty Richard Evans Victor Fernandez Pam Gabriel Dennis Galloway Shenna Glover Christine Hamblin Teri Henderson Suzette Hewitt Shawne Hightower Mitch Holloway Joyce Hopkins Suzanne Huggins Susan Humbach Cicely Ingram Laura Jackson Theda Jackson Evangeline Johnson Michael Johnson Neil Johnson Natalie Johnson-Lee Dafrine Jones Michele Jordan Corey Lash Renee Latimer Diane Lee Hal Leonard Gwendolyn Lewis Rafael Llorente Melody Maki Christi Maxie Angela Miles Kareem Miller E. Renea Mims Deloria Nelson Robin Nichols Kristina Noell Robin Paloma Brian Parker J. Ervin Payne Monica Pendergrass Dawn Randolph Schuyler Richmond Mary Ridderman Tara Roberts Lillian Russell Sonya Scott Cynthia Simms Shayla Smedley Patricia Smith Tamiko Smith Michael Steele Karli Tanner Kim Thomas Weller Thomas Martinis Thomkins Heather Turner Elizabeth Wagner Barbara Waters Chareice White Terri White Anne Williams Janet Williams Dionne Williamson Renauda Willis L’Tanya Wright Miki Young

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Membership in the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners benefit association executives, meeting planners, hoteliers, convention centers and bureau personnel, airline representatives, and other meeting and hospitality professionals in the following ways:

Certified Meeting Professional

NCBMP is a member of the prestigious Convention Industry Council. NCBMP members can earn points toward qualifying for Certified Meeting Professional designation by attending NCBMP Conferences.


Networking Opportunities

NCBMP conferences are for members only. Conferences focus on training essential to the profession, open forums on critical issues of common concern to association executives, meeting planners and suppliers, and provides opportunities to exchange ideas and discuss challenges, trends and issues with peers.

Membership Dues

Regular Membership $150 Association presidents, executive directors and meeting planners with one year of experience who plan meetings on a regional or national level.

NCBMP’s diversified membership allows for unlimited networking, resulting in business opportunities and personal and professional growth.


Associate Membership $300

Job Bank

NCBMP members receive a quarterly newsletter which contains tips on meeting planning, articles on trends and new technologies in the industry, and profiles of “People On The Move.”

Persons engaged in supplying services for meetings and conventions; i.e., hoteliers, travel agents, airlines, convention bureau and convention center representatives city government officials, decorators and printers.

NCBMP operates a telephone job-line that provides announcements on jobs available in the industry.

To obtain a membership application, contact: NCBMP National Office 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 120 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Phone: (202) 628-3952 Fax: (301) 588-0011 e-mail: web site:

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A ll ma t e rials due 2nd Fr id ay o f m o nt h listed. Wi n te r Sp ring Summe r F all Education Spring Conference Education Fa ll Conference J an u a ry A p ri l J u ne September

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Why Advertise in Perspectives?
“NCBMP has made a significant impact in the hospitality community by identifying the sizable purchasing power and impact of the African

Reach over 1200 leading decisionmakers in the meetings and convention planning industry,

he National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP), founded in 1983, is a nonprofit organization dedicated primarily to the training needs of African American association executives and meeting planners. The organization is committed to the improvement of the meetings, conventions, exhibitions, and events they manage. Members of NCBMP include association executives and meeting planners from numerous corporations, associations, religious and fraternal organizations, and city and federal government. Associate membership is available to individuals who represent hotels, convention bureaus and centers, city governments, airlines and other suppliers who provide services to the meetings and convention industry. Since its founding, NCBMP has made a significant impact in the hospitality community by identifying the sizable purchasing power and economic impact of African American meetings and conventions.



in “Perspectives” the official publication of the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners! This widely read and well-respected newsletter offers you a targeted audience at a reasonable cost. “Perspectives” is a quarterly publication that keeps meeting planners and association executives aware of what’s going on in the industry, current career opportunities and all the insider news that makes for the competitive edge. Make sure they know about you and your company by advertising in the “Perspectives”.



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Meeting Best Kept Secret
Working With Chambers of Commerce Chambers of commerce act as bridges between businesses and local communities.
by Dvorah Evans


eople often ask me, “What does a chamber of commerce do?” “Do you have to own a business to be a member?” Or my personal favorite, “Do you have to be African-American to join?”
I am always happy to answer these questions and even happier to assist those who may need my help. Nevertheless, I am always amazed at how little meetings industry professionals know about chambers of commerce and how working with them can benefit their businesses. For years, meeting professionals have conducted their business in a bubble, knowing little about the communities surrounding them. Well, times have changed, and it has not only opened our eyes, it has drawn the curtains and poured the coffee! Working for the oldest and largest African-American chamber in the United States has provided me the opportunity to see firsthand the positive impact community alliances have had on our industry. To

better connect with the business world, companies are aligning with local chambers of commerce. Chambers serve as advocates for the growth and general welfare of communities and provide comprehensive services to create an environment in which all industries can broaden the avenues for opportunity. Chambers of commerce act as bridges between businesses and local communities and can provide significant advantages to meet your needs in a variety of areas. Chambers - unlike other entities - are not limited in scope, so they enable your company to take advantage of a “one-stop shop” of information. Chambers offer a wealth of knowledge on everything from business and economic development issues, church or school programs, procurement opportunities, international trade, technology and more. They can be your link to everything from the local city council to the local media, from the mom-and-pop shop around the corner, to the Fortune 500 corporation downtown.

While many chambers offer similar benefits, it is important to realize that no two chambers are alike. Different chambers offer different services strategically aligned with the wants and needs of the particular community, and with a variety of members, there is no specific demographic of a chamber member. While there may be chambers for a single geographical location or for a particular ethnic market, the members they serve and the services they provide are virtually limitless. In the end, the chamber’s main goal is to add value to businesses where it counts most—the bottom line. A chamber allows an organization to reach beyond its limits and helps it to harness the power of a variety of resources to help guide your organization along its pathways to success. Remember, success is what happens when opportunity and preparation cross paths. Our success in this industry depends on whom we don’t know and how effectively we are working to reach them.

Did you know... The Educational Assistance Program

NCBMP HAS AWARDED over 100 scholarships to minority college students across the country? NCBMP HAS SPONSORED all-expense paid travel awards for over 500 minority college students to attend the fall and spring NCBMP conferences? NCBMP MEMBERS SERVE as mentors for participating college students at fall and spring conferences? (suppliers and meeting planners)
NCBMP ANNUALLY HOSTS local high school students for an educational forum and luncheon at each destination its fall and spring conferences are held? NCBMP WILL SPONSOR its first student internship beginning summer 2005? NCBMP APPRECIATES its members for identifying scholarship donors to support and continue its Educational Assistance program?


NCBMP ENCOURAGES its members to serve on the Educational Assistance Committee, serve as panelists for the high school and college student forums and become mentors to our scholarship and travel award recipients?

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Birmingham Is Ready…
To roll out the Red Carpet for the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners
It’s been 10 years since the Coalition last met here and there are a lot of exciting things to see and do: DON’T MISS:

Educational & Historical
�� The Civic Rights Institute �� Kelly Ingram Park �� Sixteenth Street Baptist Church �� Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

Shop ‘Til You Drop
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The Riverchase Galleria The Summit Colonial Brookwood Mall Watermark Outlet Mall

Dance the night away at Club Platinum or sit and listen to Jazz at Ona’s, rated one of the country’s best Jazz Houses, where International Jazz Greats such as Eric Essix are an every night affair. Our great Restaurants are known throughout the Country – try Highland’s Bar & Grill, “G’s”or any of the 42+ restaurants in the eclectic 5 Points South District. Golfers will be blissfully happy with the Oxmoor Valley Golf Course, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, offering both the novice and the professional golfer an experience like none other.

Birmingham Is Ready…
See you there!

NCBMP 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 126 Silver Spring, MD 20910

Save the Date
Spring 2005 -May 11-15,2005 - Birmingham, Alabama Fall 2005 - October 26-30, 2005 - Paradise Island, Bahamas

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