January Monthly Education Program: Industry Outlook: Philadelphia!
    Join MPI PHL for our Boss's Night and January monthly program, a meetings industry update with Julie Coker Graham, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB).

    January 17, 2018
    5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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    Independence Visitor Center
    One North Independence Mall West, 6th and Market Streets
    Philadelphia, PA 19107


    2018 Industry Outlook: Philadelphia!

    Join MPI PHL for our Boss's Night and January monthly program, a meetings industry update with Julie Coker Graham, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) where she oversees all of the organization’s departments and operational duties.

    You won't want to miss this "State of the Industry" update!

    Julie Coker Graham, President & CEO
    Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Julie Coker Graham is the President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) where she oversees the organization’s efforts to promote and sell Philadelphia as a top destination for meetings, conventions, overseas travelers and group tour visitors.

    As President & CEO, Coker Graham oversaw the PHLCVB’s role in the 2017 NFL Draft and the 2016 Democratic National Convention, which together had a combined economic impact of $325 million for Philadelphia.  

    Previously, Coker Graham served as the PHLCVB’s Executive Vice President of Convention Sales and managed a staff of 25 sales and services professionals responsible for selling the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center and Philadelphia’s hotel package to customers across the country. Coker Graham joined the PHLCVB after serving as General Manager for the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, where she oversaw all operational aspects of the 350-room hotel. A 21-year Hyatt veteran, she began her career there in 1989 as a corporate management trainee at Hyatt Regency Columbus. Throughout her more than two decades with Hyatt, she rose through the ranks in a variety of positions, including assistant front office manager, front office manager, hotel assistant manager, assistant executive housekeeper and general manager.

    Coker Graham serves on a number of boards, including the Executive Committees for U.S. Travel Association and Destinations International. In January of 2018, she will begin her tenure as co-chair for U.S. Travel’s Meetings Mean Business Coalition and will begin serving as the Secretary-Treasurer for International Association of Exhibitions and Events Executive Committee (IAEE). In Philadelphia, she is a board member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Independence Visitor Center Corporation, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, Center City District (and the CCD Foundation) and the Global Philadelphia Association. She is also on the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Committee and the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Committee, and she co-chairs the Mayor’s Shared Spaces Initiative to combat homelessness. In 2016, Coker Graham served as the chair of Mayor Jim Kenney’s transition team for the Democratic National Convention.

    In addition, Coker Graham is a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Links, Incorporated. She was the 2017 United Negro College Fund Mayor’s Ball Honoree for Civic Leadership, and was named one of the Network Journal’s 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business. She also received the Cradle of Liberty Good Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America Cradle of Liberty Council and was the recipient of the 2011 John Wanamaker Award (Individual Award) given by the YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity.

    Coker Graham is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, where she received a bachelor of science in Hospitality Management and graduated Magna Cum Laude.


    Time Event
    5:30pm - 6:30pm Reception
    6:30pm - 7:30pm Program
    7:30pm - 8:30pm Desserts


    This program is approved for one (1) CE credit by the 
    Events Industry Council.

    Early Bird
    Before 5pm
    Jan 3,2018
    After 5pm
    Jan 3-16,2018
    After 5pm
    Jan 16,2018
    MPI Member
    Preferred and Premier
    $40   $50   $60
    Non-Member & Essential $65   $75   $85
    Boss's Ticket
    (purchased as guest ticket) ) 
    $0   $0   $0
    MPI Student / Faculty $15   $15   $15
    Non-Member Student/Faculty $15   $15   $15


    Bring your boss for free! To show our gratitude for supporting MPI Memberships, we are inviting bosses of Current MPI Members to attend this meeting FREE! Bosses, please join us for this wonderful program.

     Venue Information:

    One North Independence Mall West
    6th and Market Streets  
    Philadelphia, PA 19106


    The Philadelphia Parking Authority manages a secure, 24-hour fully enclosed parking garage, the AutoPark at Independence Mall, which is conveniently located below the Independence Visitor Center.

    Look Who's Coming!  

    # Name Company
    1 Rose Alemi Philadelphia Museum of Art
    2 Lindsay Ancarrow Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
    3 Scott Higgins Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
    4 Maya A Augelli, CTA Chimera Travel
    5 Courtney Babcock Chester County Convention & Visitors Bureau
    6 Brittany Ballester Starr Catering Group
    7 Annah Winfield  Starr Catering Group
    8 Nicole R Benner, CMP Blank Rome LLP
    9 Kate Blunt, CMP The Logan Hotel
    10 Jessica Bauer The Logan Hotel
    11 Ashley Knight The Logan Hotel
    12 Stephanie Boyd Pennsylvania Convention Center
    13 Meredith Brusca Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
    14 Kimberly Capaldi
    15 Nicole A Carney, CMP Event Strategy Group
    16 Jim Cohn Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine
    17 Julene Craley, CMP Boggs Chung Inc.
    18 Marney Cronin Holiday Inn Express Midtown
    19 Amanda Ryan David's Bridal
    20 Lisa Cunningham David's Bridal
    21 Maureen Dee
    22 Nicole Di Mattia, CMP DCAT
    23 Katelyn Weeks DCAT
    24 Catherine L Diem Hilton Worldwide
    25 Laila Ea, CMP HMCC The SOSI  Events
    26 Sarah Farrell Mount Airy Casino Resort
    27 Andrew Feuerstein PHLCVB
    28 Patrick Gallagher DJB Specialties, Inc.
    29 David Blank DJB Specialties, Inc.
    30 Alayna Gardner Richard Sandoval Restaurants
    31 Christina Ghani Visit Baltimore
    32 Jodie Gilbert TalentPlus Entertainment
    33 Kristine G.P. Golden, CMP Bryn Mawr Communications Group
    34 Camela Pastorius, CMP Bryn Mawr Communications Group
    35 Maureen Hennessey New Jersey meetings + events & Pennsylvania meetings + events
    36 Christina Hentrich All About Events, LLC
    37 Bridgid Stackhouse All About Events, LLC
    38 Michael Hochman Caesars Entertainment
    39 Deirdre  Hopkins  Pa Convention 
    40 Elisa L. Jaworski The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
    41 Linda M. Jones, CMP HMCC Pennsylvania Convention Center
    42 Greg Kamprath, CMP IMS Technology Services, Inc
    43 Debbie Kang AKA University City
    44 Nicholas Warren Kargel You Want What? Productions INC
    45 Lauren Kautz Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Co.
    46 Steve Kearney PSAV
    47 Rick Agudelo PSAV
    48 Tracy Kowall The Logan, Philadelphia's Hotel
    49 Danielle Nicole Laws, CMP HMCC American Board of Internal Medicine
    50 Randi LoPreto Milner Marketing Corporation
    51 Daniel Love In Your Service Events
    52 Anne M Madden, CMP HMCC Maritz Travel Company
    53 Tina Covey, CMP HMCC Maritz Travel
    54 Leah Marino The Reeds at Shelter Haven
    55 Lou P. Marrocco, CMP SEPC Chemical Heritage Foundation
    56 Franca Mascia Fogo de Chao
    57 Erica Mason The Westin Philadelphia
    58 Alyssa McDermott DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
    59 Shireen Kline DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
    60 Jenny Mejia University of Delaware
    61 Lori Tomovich University of Delaware
    62 Julie Mioli Philadelphia Convention & Visitors
    63 Tim Haggerty Philadelphia Convention & Visitors
    64 Nikolas Mondo Synergetic Sound and Lighting
    65 Judy Moore Garces
    66 Uyen Neri The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
    67 Bradley Pacana The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia 
    68 Linsey Poletti, CMP SEI
    69 Brian Reaver Colonial Williamsburg Hotels
    70 Julie Rice, CMP HMCC CTA Visit Anaheim
    71 Jazmin Rivera Interstate Hotels & Resorts
    72 Casey Rodger Kimmel Center
    73 Ira Rosen Temple University STHM
    74 Miriam  Rosenbaum Lincoln Financial Group
    75 Jordan Sanders Hollowsands Luxury Limousines
    76 Alyssa Schaffer
    77 Christine Patterson The Siegfried Group
    78 Katie T Schultz Chubb Hotel & Conference Center
    79 Susan Schwedock Cozen O'Connor
    80 Sophia Talbot Cozen O'Connor
    81 Jack Haggerty Holiday Inn Stadium
    82 Kerri Sitrin Starr Restaurants
    83 Nicole Smith AHM
    84 Gail M. Sullivan, CMP HMCC, CIS Maritz Travel
    85 Kristin  Szsaro The Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel
    86 Nancy Barag The Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel
    87 Kelley S Thwaite, CMP Experient/KM Event Productions, LLC
    88 Kate Van Graafeiland, CMP CMM National Board of Medical Examiners
    89 Ellen  Weiss National Museum of American Jewish History
    90 Greg  Werner Split Rock Resort
    91 Beverly R Wise GW Event Management Certificate Program
    92 John Wright The Study Hotel at University City
    93 Brendan Morrissey
    94 Tim Yabor Sofitel Philadelphia