Executives Commit to Providing Solid Base for New Association
The LGBT Meeting Professionals Association (LGBTMPA) has announced the creation of its advisory board. The board of experienced professionals met in Las Vegas and committed to the organization’s goals including the first annual conference; developing the organization’s education and certificate programs and launching the first bi-directional mentoring initiative in the meeting planners profession.
The Bi-directional Mentoring Initiative is the direct result of the organization’s early meetings. New Millennial and GenX meeting planners requested mentoring from experienced professionals and the experienced meeting planners (boomers) are looking for their expertise in social media and mobile marketing techniques.
“The association’s major goal is professional development for all of its members,” said David Jefferys, Executive Director of LGBTMPA. “Top executives in this industry control large budgets and staffs and plan meetings and conferences worldwide. Like any industry these top professionals have a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge and networks to share.”
“This group of professionals is ready to participate,” added Jefferys. “The Advisory Board has agreed to an on-demand mentoring program and the members of this new organization have already started to sponsor networking events at upcoming conferences.”
First Networking Event:
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Learn more about LGBTMPA during the LGBT Reception at the Professional Convention Management Association sponsored by Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau. The meeting is being held at the Austin House (310 E. Third St., Austin, TX) from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
The LGBTAMPA Advisory Board:
• David Jefferys, Executive Director, LGBTMPA
• Seth Eaker, Development and Outreach, LGBTMPA
• Jeff Canham, Partner, Prestige Global Meeting Source
• Jim Clapes, Conference & Events Manager, Drug Policy Alliance
• James Delmar, National Accounts Manager, PHLCVB
• Greg Deshields, Executive Director, PHL Diversity
• Cory Fransway, Director Strategic Accounts, Experient
• Jim McMichael, Diversity and Cultural Manager, Las Vegas CVA
• Gary Murakami, Director Global Sales, MGM Resorts International
• Tom Roth, President, Community Marketing Inc.
• Matt Skallerud, President, Pink Banana Media
Membership for LGBT professionals is free. To join the organization visit our site www.lgbtmpa.com
More about LGBTMPA
The LGBTA Meeting Professionals (LGBTMPA) is the first association for this industry group. Statistically, there are an estimated 100,000 meeting professionals currently practicing in the United States. LGTPMPA predicts 8,000 to 12,000 of this LGBT professionals working in the field.
The LBGMPA was founded in August 2016 by Dave Jefferys, president and CEO of the Altus Agency, a Philadelphia-based marketing enterprise firm specializing in LGBT travel and other members of the current advisory board.
David Jefferys, Executive Director
LGBT Meeting Professionals Association