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 Allen Anderson Anderson Hospitality Services
    5 Kate Anthony Preferred Hotels & Resorts
    6 Maya A Augelli, CTA Chimera Travel
    7 Courtney Babcock Chester County Convention & Visitors Bureau
    8 Brittany Ballester Starr Catering Group
    9 Annah Winfield  Starr Catering Group
    10 Ariella Barshay Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport Hotel
    11 Nicole R Benner, CMP Blank Rome LLP
    12 Kate Blunt, CMP The Logan Hotel
    13 Jessica Bauer The Logan Hotel
    14 Ashley Knight The Logan Hotel
    15 Stephanie Boyd Pennsylvania Convention Center
    16 Meredith Brusca Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
    17 Chelsea Butler Temple University
    18 Katie Campbell Kimpton Hotel Palomar
    19 Kimberly Capaldi Bryn Mawr Communications Group
    20 Nicole A Carney, CMP Event Strategy Group
    21 Jim Cohn Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine
    22 Julene Craley, CMP Boggs Chung Inc.
    23 Marney Cronin Holiday Inn Express Midtown
    24 Amanda Ryan David's Bridal
    25 Lisa Cunningham David's Bridal
    26 Maureen Dee  
    27 Nick P. Desiderio AFR Event Furnishings
    28 Nicole Di Mattia, CMP DCAT
    29 Katelyn Weeks DCAT
    30 Catherine L Diem Hilton Worldwide
    31 Laila Ea, CMP HMCC The SOSI  Events
    32 Sarah Farrell Mount Airy Casino Resort
    33 Andrew Feuerstein PHLCVB
    34 Brian Follett DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia - Valley Forge
    35 Patrick Gallagher DJB Specialties, Inc.
    36 David Blank DJB Specialties, Inc.
    37 Alayna Gardner Richard Sandoval Restaurants
    38 Christina Ghani Visit Baltimore
    39 Jodie Gilbert TalentPlus Entertainment
    40 Kristine G.P. Golden, CMP Bryn Mawr Communications Group
    41 Camela Pastorius, CMP Bryn Mawr Communications Group
    42 Bonnie Grant, HMCC Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
    43 Cindy S. Hamilton Marriott Hotels International
    44 Maureen Hennessey New Jersey meetings + events & Pennsylvania meetings + events
    45 Christina Hentrich All About Events, LLC
    46 Bridgid Stackhouse All About Events, LLC
    47 Michael Hochman Caesars Entertainment
    48 Deirdre  Hopkins  Pa Convention 
    49 Mike Boris Frog Commissary
    50 Suzanne Driscoll Frog Commissary
    51 Elisa L. Jaworski The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
    52 Linda M. Jones, CMP HMCC Pennsylvania Convention Center
    53 Greg Kamprath, CMP IMS Technology Services, Inc
    54 Debbie Kang AKA University City
    55 Ed Kaoma  Laclassride airport ground transportation 
    56 Nicholas Warren Kargel You Want What? Productions INC
    57 Lauren Kautz Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Co.
    58 Christopher Keane, CMP Omni Hotels & Resorts
    59 Steve Kearney PSAV
    60 Rick Agudelo PSAV
    61 Ishmael  Kolthoff, CMP Global Hospitality Services
    62 Tracy Kowall The Logan, Philadelphia's Hotel
    63 Danielle Nicole Laws, CMP HMCC American Board of Internal Medicine
    64 Randi LoPreto Milner Marketing Corporation
    65 Daniel Love In Your Service Events
    66 Anne M Madden, CMP HMCC Maritz Travel Company
    67 Tina Covey, CMP HMCC Maritz Travel
    68 Tessa Mansell University of Pennsylvania Hospitality Services
    69 Leah Marino The Reeds at Shelter Haven
    70 Lou P. Marrocco, CMP SEPC Chemical Heritage Foundation
    71 Franca Mascia Fogo de Chao
    72 Erica Mason The Westin Philadelphia
    73 Richard J. McCadden Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
    74 Alyssa McDermott DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
    75 Shireen Kline DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
    76 Jenny Mejia University of Delaware
    77 Lori Tomovich University of Delaware
    78 Julie Mioli Philadelphia Convention & Visitors
    79 Tim Haggerty Philadelphia Convention & Visitors
    80 Nikolas Mondo Synergetic Sound and Lighting
    81 Judy Moore Garces
    82 Megan Mulray BCD Meetings & Events 
    83 Debbie  Murray Dave & Buster's
    84 Jade Soto Dave & Buster's
    85 Uyen Neri The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
    86 Bradley Pacana The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia 
    87 Joy Dickerson Widener University
    88 Linsey Poletti, CMP SEI
    89 Susan Powell HelmsBriscoe
    90 Judi McLaughlin HelmsBriscoe
    91 Brian Reaver Colonial Williamsburg Hotels
    92 Julie Rice, CMP HMCC CTA Visit Anaheim
    93 Jazmin Rivera Interstate Hotels & Resorts
    94 Casey Rodger Kimmel Center
    95 Ira Rosen Temple University STHM
    96 Steven Rosen Aloysius Butler & Clarke
    97 Miriam Rosenbaum Lincoln Financial Group
    98 Jordan Sanders Hollowsands Luxury Limousines
    99 Elizabeth A Savitz The College of Physicians of Philadelphia/Catering By Design
    100 Kristen Medici Catering By Design
    101 Alyssa Schaffer  
    102 Christine Patterson The Siegfried Group
    103 Katie T Schultz Chubb Hotel & Conference Center
    104 Susan Schwedock Cozen O'Connor
    105 Sophia Talbot Cozen O'Connor
    106 Jack Haggerty Holiday Inn Stadium
    107 Kerri Sitrin Starr Restaurants
    108 Nicole Smith AHM
    109 Natalie Spacco, HMCC Meetings & Incentives Worldwide, Inc.
    110 Scott H. Spitzer Scott Spitzer Photography
    111 Gail M. Sullivan, CMP HMCC, CIS Maritz Travel
    112 Ignatius Swart Eventions Productions
    113 Tim Mrosko Eventions Productions
    114 Kristin  Szsaro The Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel
    115 Nancy Barag The Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel
    116 Kelley S Thwaite, CMP Experient/KM Event Productions, LLC
    117 Kate Van Graafeiland, CMP CMM National Board of Medical Examiners
    118 Ellen  Weiss National Museum of American Jewish History
    119 Greg  Werner Split Rock Resort
    120 Beverly R Wise GW Event Management Certificate Program
    121 John Wright The Study Hotel at University City
    122 Brendan Morrissey  
    123 Tim Yabor Sofitel Philadelphia




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