Current Board Members

Trudy Singh, CMP
Co-Founder &
Chairman
NYC & Company, www.nycgo.com
Director of Sales

Trudy Singh, CMP is 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).

Tina S. Kenia
Vice Chairman
National Association of Clean Water Agencies, http://www.nacwa.org/
Manager, Meetings & Conferences

Tina S. Kenia is currently the Manager of Meetings & Conferences at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). NACWA represents the interests of America’s clean water utilities as the leading advocate for responsible national policies that advance clean water. In this role, Tina is responsible for managing speaker activities, contractual arrangements, and logistical programming for meetings. In addition, she is responsible for developing, designing and implementing marketing campaigns for all NACWA programs, conferences and conventions. Prior to her time at NACWA, Tina began working at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2008. As the Manager of Event Services, she executed the Annual Convention & Expo, the Annual Legislative Conference, the Latina Leaders Summit, Board of Director Meetings, USHCC Foundation BizFests and Chamber Trainings as well as various other events. She collaborated with the Controller, President and CEO to manage budgets for all events, reducing costs by over $150,000 through vetting budget conscious options without compromising quality. Tina also worked alongside the Corporate Relations Vice President, to provide corporate sponsors with exceptional customer service and ensure they receive their event-related deliverables.Tina has worked on meetings, from 50 to 4,000 people, showcasing VIP speakers ranging from President Barack Obama, to other elected government officials and celebrities. She is also a member of ASAE and is a Business of Meetings CertificateTM Graduate. Tina has a Bachelors in Finance and International Business with a Minor in Spanish from the George Washington University.

Jennifer Lisette Lucio
Secretary
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.

Maria Fischer Millet
Treasurer
305 Communications and Events,
Partner and Meeting Planner

Maria Fischer Millet was a Senior Event and Meeting Planner with the Strategic Communications Group (SCG) at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Maria has been with NCLR since spring of 2003, when she worked in NCLR’s Education department as the Marketing and Meeting Planner for all of education program trainings and institutes. In 2005, Maria joined SCG’s Events and Meeting team, which is responsible for the development, management, production, and execution of the NCLR Capital Awards and NCLR Annual Conference, and for the management of event logistics for the NCLR ALMA Awards®. In addition to her responsibilities as the workshop, housing, and catering coordinator for the NCLR Annual Conference-attended each year by more than 25,000 people-Maria also helps organize all local, regional, and national NCLR meetings and events throughout the year.Maria started her career as a Public Relations Junior Account Executive, managing the President and CEO’s calendar of events for Crawford Public Relations in Washington, DC. Through research she conducted on the venues and events that would facilitate proper attendance and visibility for Crawford’s clients, Maria nurtured her appreciation for the event and meeting planning industry. Washington, DC is where she pursued her event and meeting planning career, transitioning to a position as a project manager at a political communications firm, MSHC Partners, before joining NCLR.Maria earned her bachelor’s of science degree in Communication and Marketing from the University of Mobile in Alabama. Her descent is Nicaraguan American, and she is a proud wife and the mother of Valentina Marie! Maria is bilingual in Spanish and English. She has been an active member of the The Network since it was founded back in 2005, and she is proud to be a member of their team!

B. Murphy
Fern Exposition & Event Services www.fernexpo.com
National Sales Manager

B. Murphy is a member of the National Sales Group of the Fern Exposition & Event Services.  He is based in Alexandria, Virginia and is easily accessible for associations’ planning purposes.  He has been involved with conventions, exhibits, and the meetings industry for over 15 years.B. is very active with several DC based industry organizations including: PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association), PMPI (Meeting Professionals International), SGMP (Society of Government Meeting Professionals), NCBMP (National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners), NLMP (Network of Latino Meeting Professionals), ASAE (American Society of Association Executives), IAEE (International Association for Exhibition and Events), and AMPs (Association of Meeting Professionals).  He was also recently a member of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and co-chaired their Association Executives Focus Group.B. is very instrumental in maintaining relationships with Convention and Visitors Bureaus across the country thereby giving Fern Exposition & Event Services a nationwide presence.

Carlos Rudas
Just You! Concierge Services, www.justyouconcierge.com
Chief Executive Officer

Carlos Rudas, CEO of Just You! Concierge Services, brings his organizing expertise, managerial experience, and interpersonal communication skills in every encounter. His professional background includes over 30 years in Business Management, Communications, Event Planning, and Multicultural Business Relations. He is currently working for a renowned International Communications Service provider. Carlos is a graduate of Bernard M. Baruch College located in New York City. While attending Baruch College, he majored in Business Management with a minor in Marketing/Advertising. Carlos enjoys the process of tackling challenges, while providing organizational direction. Carlos is well known for his cultural competence and works well under pressure, while seamlessly handling social responsibility and relationship building. Carlos has a passion for public relations, networking, shopping, organizing events, and socializing. Carlos is very organized and a stickler for details. He brings to the table his strong “Multicultural Work Ethic” and will treat NLMP projects and activities as if they were his own. He is bilingual (Spanish) and volunteers his services within the international and local community. Carlos is a member and instrumental promoter of art and culture of a non-profit dance group in the District of Columbia and Maryland area. It is of utmost importance to Carlos that he deliver the highest level of service, and gain the complete satisfaction and trust of his associates and clients.