ALEXANDRIA, VA November 29, 2018 —The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) announced the honorees of the Top Young Professionals Under 37. The campaign recognizes emerging talent among government meeting professionals. Sixteen professionals from across the United States were selected for the honor and were nominated by their peers. The recognition comes during the Society’s inaugural Government Meeting Professionals Month, which is celebrated in October.
“A new generation of professionals is joining the government meetings workforce, but many of them are not as connected to professional organizations as previous generations. We want to identify and cultivate talent early in a professional’s career,” said SGMP National President Michelle Milligan, CGMP. “The government meetings landscape is very different today from even just a decade ago. It’s critical now more than ever that professionals working in the field are up to speed on rules and regulations, budgetary constraints, ethical practice, and the critical personal connections they need in the industry to make impactful government meetings standard best practice.”
The professionals recognized include the following:
LaTwanda Broughton, CGMP
Project Manager, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sales Manager, Avatar Hotel
Santa Clara, Calif.
Kayla Counts, CGMP, CMP
Event Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority
Terra Crane, CTA
Convention Sales Manager, Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau
La’Zendra B. Danforth
Director of Events, College of Pharmacy, University of Florida
Sales Manager, Embassy Suites by Hilton – Denver Downtown Convention Center
Robert Lewis, II
Sales and Catering Manager, Doubletree Suites by Hilton – Huntsville South
Tourism Sales Coordinator, Office of Economic Development & Tourism, City of Lynchburg
Holly Miller, CGMP
Consumer Fraud Outreach Coordinator, Colorado Attorney General’s Office
Group & International Sales, Visit Fort Collins
Fort Collins, Colo.
Executive Meeting Manager, Embassy Suites Loveland – Hotel, Spa & Conference Center
Brittany Tebben, CGMP
Convention Sales Manager – West Region, Visit Denver
LeAnna Toups-Bennett, CGMP
Administrative Coordinator, Louisiana Department of Education
Baton Rouge, La.
Senior Sales Account Manager, Birmingham Marriott Hotel
Anita Yearwood, CGMP, CMP
Special Events Manager, Virginia Commonwealth University
Michigan Meetings Manager, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Each of the honorees will receive special recognition online and in SGMP’s biannual magazine Government Connections. Nominations were received from 10 of the 21 chapters across the country, including Central Florida, Georgia Peach, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri Capital, Old Dominion, Rocket City Alabama, Rocky Mountain, Sacramento, and Tennessee.
SGMP is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the expertise of government meeting professionals through education, resources and networking.
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