PHL Diversity Convenes Diverse National Associations to Discuss Contract Opportunities for Philadelphia Business
  • March 1, 2017
  • PHILADELPHIA, PA Over 300 business leaders from the Greater Philadelphia region gathered at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing for the 11th Annual PHL Diversity Business Opportunity Luncheon. For another year, PHL Diversity, a business development division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), hosted this program to share information with local businesses about upcoming diverse meetings and conventions.

    Following a keynote from Maxwell Brown of It Works for Me, LLC, moderator Kim Reed, CEO of Reed Development Group, led discussions with the following organization leaders regarding their upcoming conventions in Philadelphia, contract needs and ways in which area businesses can engage in the procurement process:

    Troy Evans, National Black MBA Association

    Martin Hamlette, National Medical Association

    Gregory Lewis, True Colors Fund

    Hector Vargas, Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality

    Proceeds from the Business Opportunity Luncheon support the Jack P. Ferguson Scholarship Fund. Inspired by former PHLCVB President & CEO Jack Ferguson, the Fund works to ensure that a minority meeting professional is able to attend the Annual MPI World Education Conference. The Fund also provides monetary support to Philadelphia college students studying hospitality, tourism and/or culinary arts to attend the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) Annual Conference. For more information, visit

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    (L-R) Greg DeShields, Executive Director, PHL Diversity; Sybil Davis, National Accounts Manager, Diversity & International Markets, PHLCVB; James Delmar, National Accounts Manager, PHLCVB; Kim Reed, CEO, Reed Development Group; Julie Coker-Graham, President & CEO, PHLCVB; Troy Evans, Vice President of Strategic Programming Initiatives, National Black MBA Association; Hector Vargas, Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality; Martin Hamlette, Executive Director, National Medical Association; Gregory Lewis, Executive Director, True Colors Fund; Jack P. Ferguson, former president & CEO, PHLCVB