Von Braun Center's Marie Arighi recognized at annual SGMP conference


Congratulations to Marie for being named Supplier of the Year at the 2017 Society of Government Meeting Professionals conference! 


Press Release - June 29, 2015

SGMP Appoints New Education Trustees

The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) has named Patty Barron, CGMP, and Mark Richardson, CGMP, as trustees for its Gilmer Institute of Learning (GIL). Both new trustees are completing existing two-year terms of office through June 30, 2016.

Barron works for the VT Group supporting Cargo Helicopters Management Office in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and is a past Rocket City Alabama chapter president. Richardson is a sales manager at the Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs and served as Rocky Mountain chapter treasurer.

“We are thrilled to add these exceptional volunteers to the national leadership team,” said Rob Coffman, CGMP, SGMP’s national president and GIL’s advisory chair. “SGMP again congratulates outgoing trustees Kimberly Forte, CGMP, and Ann Koralewski, CGMP, CMP, for their election this year to serve on our nationalboard of directors.”

The mission of SGMP is to enhance and promote the expertise of government meeting professionals by improving the quality of and promoting the cost-effectiveness of government meetings. GIL enhances the purpose and goals of SGMP by providing support to members and chapters through educational opportunities, certifications, training, resources, scholarships and funding. SGMP bylaws allow for trustee vacancies occurring outside of general elections to be filled by national board appointment of the national president’s nomination.


Convention South Magzine - April 2012  Planner Member, Sherry Hilley, had an article published.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!



Recognition Awarded to Rocket City Chapter Members


Huntsville Times recently recognized two of our own Rocket City Alabama Chapter members:

Natalie Hasley
from Bama Jamma won the "2011 Young Professional of the Year."

Yvonne Boyington was awarded the "Tourism Professional of the Year."




Westin Awarded AAA Four-Diamond Rating

On Tuesday November 24th, 2009, The Westin Huntsville at Bridge Street Town Centre became Huntsville’s first AAA Four Diamond Award hotel.

Once again, Al Gibbs, vice president and general manager of AAA Alabama returned to The Westin Huntsville and presented an extension of the industry prized AAA Four Diamond Award. The Westin Huntsville’s rating of the prestigious Four Diamond Award will be honored through 2012, an award given to only 7 hotels in the state of Alabama and account for less than 3.8 percent of the total 59,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated lodgings.

Westin General Manager and “Hotelier of the Year” (2010) Danny Hiatt says “This award is a true testimonial for all the associates here at the Westin Huntsville that embraces our commitment to excellence in providing a Four Diamond culture day in and day out. We are in elite company and I am very proud to be a part of such a tremendous organization.” The Westin Huntsville is consistently rated in the top 10 for outstanding Guest Satisfaction Index scores out of the 116 Westin Hotels in North America.

Since opening in April, 2008, the industry award comes with other recognitions for The Westin Huntsville including Best of the South awarded by Meeting South Magazine, an honor given by the readers of Meeting South Magazine. Also in 2010, the hotel received the Reader's Choice Award by ConventionSouth Magazine – a highly coveted award as it is nominated by meeting planners for top meeting sites. The Westin Huntsville’s Sage Grille Restaurant won best overall at the 2010 Taste of Huntsville. The restaurant was victorious over a favorite local restaurant that had won for the previous 3 years. In addition to eight beautifully appointed meeting rooms and over 13,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, the Westin Huntsville hosts many of the areas brides for their dream weddings in the hotel’s perfectly manicured Bridal Courtyard overlooking Bridge Street’s lake. The hotel is able to blend sophistication, elegance, and classic southern hospitality within the unique surroundings of Bridge Street Town Centre. The hotel boasts 210 beautifully appointed luxury guest rooms and suites with all rooms featuring 32” flat screen LCD televisions. The signature Westin Heavenly Bed® provides the ultimate comfort in every guest room. To complement the bed, guest rooms also feature the highly acclaimed Westin Heavenly Bath®. The hotel also features an indoor/outdoor pool and a 24 hour accessible WestinWORKOUT® Gym. The Westin Huntsville remains Huntsville and Madison’s only Four Diamond Hotel and continues as the favorite for its’ business travelers and local clientele. For more information, contact the Westin Huntsville by phone (256.428.2000) or by e-mail ([email protected]).


Elizabeth Blackmon, Protocol Specialist, in the Protocol Office of the Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command was awarded the DA Civilian of the Year in Support/Staff Category.  Read More


Support your Children First RCAC Chapter Charity!!!  RCAC will pack food back packs for the Morris Elementary children on February 10th at Huntsville First United Methodist Church (Wesley Center).


La Quinta Inn & Suites, Madison, has several specials through the end of the year

including "Dream and Drive", "Sports Entertainment Package", and "Weekend Romance Package".


Children First Book Drive  -  Bring your new and gently used children's books to our August 24th Chapter meeting.  All donations will be forwarded to our Chapter Charity, Children First.


Promotion  -  Ms. Convonta Stone, Sales Director of Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, and Fairfield Inn, is promoted to Area/Regional Director of Sales for the Huntsville, Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee for the LBA Hospitality Hotels in those markets.  Congratulations Convonta!


Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa Stands Out Among Hotels in Birmingham, Alabama With Best of the South Award Resort Recognized Among 'Best in the South' HOOVER, AL, Aug 03, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Warm, southern hospitality and services that exceed the expectations of guests is the standard at one of the finest luxury hotels in Birmingham, AL recently named "Best of the South" by Meetings Media for its exceptional services and facilities. The Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa topped the "Best of the South" list after the magazine polled its readers for their opinions on meeting facilities and services provided by hotels across the United States.


Meeting South Magazine, a national hospitality, meeting planner, and tourism publication, has chosen The Westin Huntsville as one of the best destinations for business travel in the Southeast in its 2010 "Best of the South" awards.  The magazine polls its readers for input on which hotels and resorts deliver the best meeting experience in their region.  Nominated hotels were judged on the quality of meeting space; guest rooms; guest services and amenities; food and beverage service; high-tech services and equipment; recreational facilities and activities; the efficiency and helpfulness of staff; and overall value and experience. Source: The Huntsville Times


RCAC SGMP Member, Ms. Patricia Barron, wins the Rance R. Willis Planner Development Scholarship to attend the May 2010 National Education Conference.


RCAC SGMP Member, Ms. Leslie Walker, Supplier Planner, from Holiday Inn Research Park, received the Pineapple Award from the Hospitality Association of Huntsville and Madison County at the annual banquet held January 26, 2010. Download Article - Leslie Walker Pineapple.pdf