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Singer Eric Benet, National Leaders And More Gather In Philadelphia For 2013 National Coalition Of Black Meeting Planners Conference
From December 4-December 7, 2013, African-American meeting planners, travel and tourism professionals, and city government officers from across the U.S. convened in Philadelphia for the 2013 National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP) Fall Educational Conference.

The 4-day Conference culminated with an Awards and Scholarship Gala, featuring a live performance by Grammy-nominated singer Eric Benet. Serving as master of ceremonies was Johnnie White, executive director of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and PCMA chairman, who joined Ana Appointe Curtis, NCBMP chairman and director of Meetings & Events for the NAACP, and 100+ guests in honoring event planners across the U.S. for being leaders in their industry.

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. The Fall Educational Conference is held annually, and will be held in Cincinnati, OH in the Fall of 2014.

From L-R: Johnnie White; Julie Coker, senior vice president, Convention Division, for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB); singer Eric Benet; and Stephanie Mays Boyd, director of Sales Marketing and Convention Services for the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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