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National Coalition Of Black Meeting Planners Elect Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau's Jason Dunn To Board Of Directors

The National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP) has elected the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau's (CVB) director of Multicultural Affairs, Jason Dunn, to its Board of Directors for 2015-2018.

The National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners is a non-profit organization dedicated primarily to the training needs of African-American meeting planners. Members of NCBMP include national and international meeting planners from numerous professional, civil rights, religious, social and fraternal organizations.

As a member of the Board, Dunn will play an instrumental role in making key decisions regarding the Coalition's future events and initiatives. Dunn represents one of only two Convention & Visitors Bureau executives serving on the current NCBMP Board of Directors.

"The Coalition is a highly influential organization in the meetings and convention industry that represents the rich diversity of its members," said Dunn. "I am honored to have been chosen to serve on the 2015-2018 Board of Directors, and look forward to the opportunity to help influence and shape the future of the Coalition."   Dunn will join an esteemed list of hospitality and organizational executives on the Board of Directors, including: Ana Aponte-Curtis, NAACP; Delores Brinkley, Association of Junior Leagues; Erica Qualls, Atlanta Marriott Marquis; Stephie Young, National Black MBA Association; and Charles Jeffers, Destination Marketing Association International, among others.

"Over the past five years, the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau has worked closely with civic partners to establish our region as one of the country's top destinations for multicultural meetings and events," said Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA CVB. "This focus is paying off, and Jason's appointment to the Board of Directors both strengthens the CVB's reputation as a strong industry partner and elevates our region's potential for future multicultural meetings."

In December, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced that Cincinnati has been selected as the host city of the organization's 2016 Annual Convention. The NAACP last held its Annual Convention in Cincinnati in 2008.

The NCBMP also recently held its 2014 Annual Conference in Cincinnati for the first time in the organization's history. The 150 attendees represented numerous business, civil rights, church and fraternal organizations across the country with the potential to bring future meetings totaling more than 110,000 room nights and approximately $31.8 million in economic impact to the region.

Dunn started his career with the Cincinnati USA CVB in 2004. In his current position, he develops and manages the Bureau's comprehensive multicultural strategy, working to more deeply engage the local community, region-wide partners, and the CVB sales team to pursue new business opportunities and forge inroads with the national multicultural meetings market. According to Black Meetings & Tourism, the Cincinnati USA CVB has now hosted or booked 15 of the top 25 multicultural conventions in the country.

In 2011, Dunn was named a "40 Under 40" convention-industry leader by Connect and Rejuvenate magazines, and he was awarded the distinguished honorary 33° Masonic Degree. Also in 2013, Dunn was awarded '40 under 40" by Cincinnati Business Courier. He currently serves as the Chairman of the board for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), and was recently named to Mass Transit Magazine's 2014 "Top 40 Under 40" list, honoring professionals making significant contributions to the public transit industry.

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