Visit Phoenix Partners with RCMA on Community Service Project
  • February 3, 2019

    PHOENIX, AZ — Visit Phoenix partnered with the Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA) to collect nearly 400 children’s books during EMERGE 2019, held Jan. 29-31 in Greensboro, NC. The books were donated to a local domestic violence shelter that houses women and their children.

    Two Visit Phoenix team members, Director of National Accounts AJ Altaras and Director of Midwest Sales Donn Oswald, were in Greensboro to kick off the collection. “The Greater Phoenix area is known for warm, Southwest hospitality, and it’s important to us that we give back to the communities that we visit ourselves throughout the year and continue that tradition,” said Oswald.

    Participating in efforts to give back to the community is part of a greater collective effort among Phoenix’s downtown partners called “Faith in Phoenix,” which began a decade ago. The initiative’s mission is to establish Phoenix as the premier religious conference and meetings destination in the West.


    (L-r): Harry Schmidt, RCMA President and CEO; AJ Altaras, Visit Phoenix Director of National Accounts; James and Portia Shipman, Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation; and Donn Oswald, Visit Phoenix Director of Midwest Accounts pose in front of the children’s book collection “library” at RCMA’s EMERGE 2019.