The event which is in its third consecutive year highlighted the ongoing positive changes at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, major new developments in Philadelphia that will positively impact the meetings experience, and what it took to host the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) and its 20,000 attendees, immediately following the Democratic National Convention with its 35,000 delegates this past summer.

Moderated by Gregg Talley, President & CEO of Talley Management Group, the town hall featured Doreen Burse, Vice President, Global Sales Corporate Accounts at Marriott International; Steve Charamella, Director Sales and Marketing at Sheraton Society Hill Hotel; Julie Coker Graham, President & CEO Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB); John McNichol, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center; Sara Merriman, Senior Director of Business Attraction and Retention for the Philadelphia Department of Commerce; Gail Mutnik, Director of Meetings and Exhibits, American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC); and Rick Staub , Senior Vice President Convention Division, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau(PHLCVB).

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), a private non-profit membership corporation, is the official Tourism Promotion Agency for the City of Philadelphia globally, and the primary sales and marketing agency for the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center. The PHLCVB competes with its counterparts worldwide for convention and tourism business. The organization has departments dedicated to the multicultural, sports, and life sciences markets. For more info, visit