July 2019 Print

Welcome New Board

A new NCSGMP Board of Directors was installed

During the Annual NCSGMP Chapter Conference in May the newly elected Board of Directors was installed. The new term will begin on July 1, 2019 and run through June 30, 2021. The following Chapter Members took the Oath of Office and will begin planning for the upcoming year in July.

  • President – Erica Quillet
  • 1VP – Canden Byrd, CGMP
  • 2VP – Joel Smith
  • Treasurer – Garrett Wood
  • Director – Lori Schwarze (CP)
  • Director – Myron Jones (S)
  • Immediate Past President – Danielle Rivenbark

There are still two open positions to be appointed by the Board in July. This includes Secretary (planner member) and Director (government planner member). If you would like to be considered, please email Danielle Rivenbark at [email protected].

In addition, the NCSGMP Board of Directors are looking for Committee Members! Contributing to the chapter is so important to its success. We wouldn’t be successful without the valuable work of the committee members alongside the board. If you’re interested in joining a committee please email Chapter President, Erica Quillet at [email protected].

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Introducing New Board Members for 2019-21

In 2019-21 we welcome two new NC SGMP members to the Board:  Canden Byrd and Joel Smith.  

Canden Byrd, CGMP 

Senior Event Planner


Canden has assisted in managing, planning, and onsite support for over 30 government events in her four years at ICF, including workshops, peer-review meetings, international symposiums, conferences, board meetings, trainings, and webinars. These events, for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Toxicology Program, have ranged from 10 to 300 attendees. Her skills include registration management, group housing arrangement, attendee correspondence, subcontract paperwork, agenda development, audiovisual coordination, Adobe Connect, WebEx, managing onsite logistics, and event summary/minutes preparation. Ms. Byrd holds a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University.


Joel Smith, MPRTSM
Sales Manager
[email protected]

Joel has held various management roles within the recreation and leisure industry, and completed his Master’s degree in Parks, Recreation, Sports and Tourism Management, at North Carolina State University. He joined Wilmington and Beaches CVB in 2017. He and his wife Hilary have two children, and thoroughly enjoy the local eateries and attractions in Wilmington. Joel spends his free time fishing, sunset chasing with his family and supporting his community.

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Chapter Spring Conference

A parade of haulers kicked off a parade of speakers!

NC SGMP held its annual chapter conference in Concord at the Great Wolf Lodge on May 16-17. Kimberly Overton Spahos kicked off our meeting on Thursday with a two-hour session on leadership. We were introduced to The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership as part of “The Leadership Challenge” written and developed by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. You can find their book on Amazon if you’re interested in learning more.

After our kickoff session on Thursday afternoon, Garrett Wood, with Visit Cabarrus, proved to be an amazing host, as we boarded a bus to downtown Concord for the NASCAR Haulers Parade for the evening. People lined the streets to view the pristine NASCAR hauler trucks in town for the Coca-Cola 600 as they rolled down Union Street. There was music, shops, and games for the kids, as well as food and drinks for everyone to enjoy!

Friday’s education began with Adam Brueggemann, Assistant State Budget Officer, to talk about NC State Per Diem. You might think the topic would be boring, but there was a lot to learn about what goes into creating per diems and how the state budget is created. Adam was knowledgeable about the topic and gave us plenty to think about in terms of state budgeting.

We continued with a mock trial where our fellow NCSGMP members acted out a courtroom scene between a hotel and a planner. The audience ultimately decided the verdict on the contract dispute between the parties and let’s just say, consensus was difficult to come by!

We wrapped up the education with Tim Miron from the Ritz Carlton in downtown Charlotte. He gave us fantastic examples and words of wisdom on how to effectively work between clients, sales staff, and kitchen staff on building menus. His experience showed us that bringing the right people in the room together really can improve relationships and shape the outside the box thinking for positive future outcomes.

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Community Service

During our Annual Conferences, the NC SGMP Chapter typically participates in a community service project. This May, the chapter once again decided to collect needed items for a local charity that was suggested by the host location.  This year the charity was CVAN in Concord.  CVAN provides safety, shelter and support for battered women and their children in Cabarrus County. In addition to the women’s shelter, they have a 24-hour hotline, support groups, a teen program, a women’s jail program and a thrift store. When we reached out to CVAN to see what items they needed most, the response was for sheet sets. The sheets are used in the shelter for the women and children and are also given to women as they move out of the shelter and out on their own.

As in the past, NC SGMP did not hold back on our giving. Members donated money to purchase sheets and brought sheets to the annual meeting. Approximately 25 sets of sheets were donated to CVAN. The box they were in was so big that it wouldn’t fit into the Assistant Director Rebecca Moffett’s car easily. Ms. Moffett was very grateful for our donation, for thinking about their organization and the families in Concord. Let’s hope we can do even more next year for our community service project.

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SGMP National Education Conference

The 2019 SGMP NEC held in Detroit June 24 thru 28, 2019 was a huge success! There were more than 400 suppliers and planners in attendance.

Detroit really knows how to put on an outstanding party. Monday night the city put on a fantastic fireworks display from the Detroit River which is the divider between the United States and Canada. The rains came around 7:00pm but that did not deter the locals nor the NEC attendees from staying to see the fireworks. The fireworks lasted about 45 minutes and I believe I had the best seat in the house from the 20th floor of the GM Renaissance Center’s Marriott Hotel. The fireworks exploded at the height of my window. Following the fireworks display, most attendees gathered in the bar area for networking and catching up with old friends. The bar foods were great and one could get a full meal from snacks alone. Tuesday, we began the sessions and the Opening Reception was held at the Fillmore Theater, a legendary landmark in the city. Conference attendees were treated to local flavors of foods and drinks specific to Detroit. Music, beverages and tasty bites were had by all in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere while all attendees were greeted upon arrival via new tour buses. Wednesday offered our president and me the opportunity to attend an outdoor concert at the newly named Aretha Franklin Park. Guest artist for the night was none other than Black Violin, Black Violin is an American hip hop duo from Florida comprising two classically trained string instrumentalists, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Wil B. Thursday everyone attended the Awards Banquet and we celebrated the outgoing and incoming officers.

This was one of the Best NECs I’ve had the pleasure of attending during my 17 years of attending this event. I recommend everyone that can should attend the next NEC in St. Louis, Missouri on May 19-21, 2020.

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Johnston County

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Fayetteville CVB

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Great Wolf Lodge

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