Board Members: 2008

Anita Nuñez


Chairman
Hilton Hotels Corporation, http://hiltonworldwide.hilton.com
National Director of Multicultural Sales
Anita Nuñez started her career in the hospitality industry at the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau where she strategically planned nation-wide events promoting Puerto Rico for meetings and conventions. She was quickly promoted to Regional Sales Manager where she spearheaded sales initiatives focusing on the growing US Hispanic Market. In her extensive work with National Hispanic organizations, she succeeded in securing annual conventions for the first time in Puerto Rico such as the NALEO 2005 Annual Conference, 2005 Labor Council for Latin American Advancement Annual Conference and the 2007 US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Annual Convention. After 6 years at the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, Anita’s career led her to work under the guidance of one of the most influential Hispanics in Washington DC’s hotel community, Hector Torres. Anita became part of Mr. Torres’ sales force as the Associate Director of Sales at the Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters in Washington DC. Anita’s zest for the hospitality industry and the US Hispanic Market caught the attention of Hilton Hotels Corporation which recently appointed her to the position of National Director of Multicultural Sales as part of Hilton’s outreach to minority-owned businesses and organizations. Anita’s work will consist of fostering strong relationships with Hispanic organizations focusing on the needs of this growing market while positioning Hilton Hotels as The First Choice of the World’s Travelers. Anita is an active member of the hospitality community and dedicates much of her time to and is a proud member of Meeting Professionals International’s Potomac Chapter (www.pmpi.org) as part of the Board of Directors and Multicultural Initiative Committee.

Laurie Nelson-Choice


Vice Chairman
VISIT Milwaukee, www.visitmilwaukee.org
Director, Eastern Regional Sales
Laurie has been with VISIT Milwaukee (formerly the Greater Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau) since January 2000. As Director of Eastern Regional Sales, Laurie manages the satellite office operations in Washington, DC and generates leads for associations, corporations and government organizations in the Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland territories. In addition, Laurie also generates leads for the multicultural market all around the country. Prior to VISIT Milwaukee, Laurie worked with the Greater Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, both in Columbus, OH and Washington, DC. Laurie has a BS in Communications from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She is a member of several industry associations, including the International Association of Hispanic Meeting Professionals (IAHMP), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP), Professional Convention Managers Association (PCMA), Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA), and Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP).

Trudy Singh, CMP


NYC & Company, www.nycgo.com
Regional Director of Sales
Trudy Singh, CMP is Regional Director of Sales for NYC & Company, New York City’s official tourism marketing organization. A transplanted New Yorker and graduate of Drexel University, Trudy is a seasoned professional in the hospitality industry. She has held several positions in the industry ranging from Banquet Manager to Regional Sales Manager before joining the Washington, DC office of NYC & Company. This background makes her particularly effective in offering solutions to the meeting and convention planner. In her current position with NYC & Company, Trudy manages the satellite office operations in addition to soliciting key Mid Atlantic accounts to bring their meetings to New York City. She serves as a primary resource for meeting planners, tour operators, travel agents, and individual visitors interested in New York City. She also acts as a liaison for the convention industry customers to member hotels, restaurants, attractions, venues, and service providers-offering such services as familiarization tours, site inspections, promotional materials, and housing services. Trudy serves on the Board of Directors for the Network of Latino Meeting Professionals () and as an advisor for the Northern Virginia Community College Travel and Tourism Program. She is a member of the Emerging Leaders Program for the Capital Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). She is a former Board Member and active participant in the National Capital Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP). Trudy is also a member of several other industry associations, including Meeting Planners International (MPI), the Association of Meeting Professionals (AMPs), International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA) and the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP).

Josefa Martinez, CMP


NeighborWorks® America, www.nw.org
Senior Meeting Planning Specialist
Since 2005, Josefa Martinez has served as Senior Meeting Planning Specialist for NeighborWorks® America, organizing NeighborWorks® Training Institutes, Community Leadership Institutes and various other training events. NeighborWorks® America is a national nonprofit organization created by Congress to provide financial support, technical assistance, and training for community-based revitalization efforts. As part of her duties at NeighborWorks®, Josefa conducts venue research for site location, manages vendors, and organizes the logistics for events ranging from 100 to 2,000 attendees. In addition, Josefa is the business owner of Prestigious Events, an event management company which focuses on assisting nonprofits and small companies with their event needs. Josefa holds a Certified Meeting Planner designation from the Convention Industry Council. She is also a graduate of American University in Washington, DC earning a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in the Humanities and a minor in Justice. She also holds a business certificate in Event Management from George Washington University Business School. The George Washington University Event Management Program is internationally recognized in Europe, South America and Asia. Josefa’s professional memberships include Meeting Professional International (MPI) and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)