Board Members: 2009

Anita Nuñez


Chairman
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, http://www.alpfa.org
VP of Corporate Development
Anita Nuñez started her career in the hospitality industry at the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau as Regional Sales Manager spearheading strategic sales initiatives towards the growing US Hispanic Market working with such organizations as the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, NALEO & ALPFA. After 5 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 Torres’ sales force as the Associate Director of Sales at the Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters in Washington DC. Her zest for the hospitality industry and the US Hispanic Market caught the attention of Hilton Hotels Corporation which appointed her the National Director of Multicultural Sales as part of Hilton’s outreach to minority-owned businesses and organizations. After years of handling the Hispanic market, Anita made the move to join one of her top clients, ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting), the largest professional Hispanic organization in the US, as the VP of Corporate Development. Anita’s passion for the Hispanic community has come full circle as she focuses on relationships with corporate partners, aids ALPFA chapters in sponsorship outreach and works closely with the ALPFA CEO, Manny Espinoza, on developing fundraising strategies. Anita is active in DC’s 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 a former Board Member.

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).

Karen Gonzales, CMP


Destination Marketing Association International, www.destinationmarketing.org
Vice President of Membership
Karen M. Gonzales, CMP joined Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) in July 2007. As vice president of membership, Ms. Gonzales will be responsible for recruitment and retention of membership, creation and delivery of member benefits, strategic development and serving as membership liaison with the managing director of DMAI’s European office. Prior to joining DMAI, Ms. Gonzales was with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) for five years as the managing director of the Multicultural Initiative; an Initiative funded by the MPI Foundation and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. As the managing director, Karen worked closely with MPI’s Multicultural Committee and chapters on conducting business in an evolving global economy. Prior to her tenure at MPI, Ms. Gonzales worked for the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau for nine years as a senior city-wide sales manager where she handled citywide conventions/meetings. Ms. Gonzales is past-chair of the Diversity Committee for American Society of Association of Executives; past-chair of the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado and past chapter president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association. Karen has served as a director for the Colorado Society of Association Executives, the Latin American Research and Service Agency, Bonfils Blood Foundation, and Denver’s Scientific & Cultural Facilities District Council. Ms. Gonzales remains active in several industry related organizations.

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).

Jennifer Lisette Lucio


305 Communications and Events
President, CEO, and Founder
A minority public relations and events management executive for more than 10 years, Jennifer established 305 Communications and Events in January of 2006. Jennifer has assisted clients on all aspects of their event including budgeting, vendor and site selection, logistical matters, marketing materials, government advance and security, protocol, production and audio visual, script and speech writing, speaker invitations, and onsite management. Events include dozens of multi-day conventions with thousands of attendees, galas, receptions, workshops and briefings in cities all over the world, with VIP guests including President Barack Obama, Former President George W. Bush, Members of Congress, Ambassadors, and Foreign Heads of State. She is an active member of several trade organizations including, Meeting Planners International (MPI), the International Special Events Society (ISES), Young Hospitality Industry Professionals (YHIP), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Capital Communicators Group (CCG), and the Hispanic Public Relations Association.