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Meetings And Hospitality Leader Retires After Years Of Exemplary Service

One of the most recognized leaders in Meeting and Hospitality Management will retire after over 30 years of exemplary service.  Ozzie Jenkins-Gibson, founder of OJA, a meetings and management consulting firm, has advised the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners, Inc. (NCBMP) Board of Directors that she will retire effective December 31, 2013.   Ms. Jenkins-Gibson has long been considered one of the true leaders and pioneers in the Hospitality Industry, especially among African-Americans.

Through OJA, she has managed the day-to-day operations of NCBMP for 26 years, including the production and operation of its biannual conferences.   Said NCBMP Chairwoman, Ana Aponte Curtis, "Ozzie has been a true inspiration to many young meeting professionals.  She has also been a tremendous asset to our organization.   Her expertise will be missed, but we trust she will enjoy retirement and all the amenities it offers."

Ms. Jenkins-Gibson has been honored by several industry groups and has managed the operations and meeting planning for other organizations including the Organization of Black Airline Pilots.  Ozzie has participated in some form or fashion with all of the major industry associations, including the Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA) , the Meetings Professionals International (MPI), the Conventions Industry Council (CIC), and others.

She continues service to NCBMP by staying on to manage its upcoming conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 4-8.   Continued Aponte-Curtis, "We will celebrate Ozzie's departure from managing the organization at our December Conference with a recognition that is appropriate for her years of service, but we are hopeful she will remain a key member of NCBMP for many years to come.  We encourage those in our industry who know her to reach out and give her a fond farewell."

The National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP), founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization dedicated primarily to the training needs of African-American meeting planners.  The organization is committed to the improvement of the meetings, conferences, exhibitions, and convocations they manage. Members of NCBMP include meeting planners from numerous business, civil rights, church and fraternal organizations. Associate membership is available to individuals who represent hotels, convention bureaus, city government officers, airlines and other suppliers who offer services to the meeting and convention community. Since its founding, NCBMP has made a significant impact in the hospitality community by identifying the sizable purchasing power and impact of the African American convention.