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PHL Diversity Testimonials

Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s customer-focused changes have enhanced exhibitor rights and customer service and impacted the way our customers do business at the building. Your colleagues, the people who plan meetings and conventions around the country, are noticing. Take a look at what some of them are saying.

Kappa Alpha Psi 84th, Grand Chapter Meeting

“Thanks to Julie Coker and the PHLCVB team, Stephanie Boyd and the sales team at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and others who assisted local Polemarch, L. Douglas Harrell, Jr. to make the 84th Grand Chapter Meeting of Kappa Alpa Psi one of the best in Kappa history. With our International Headquarters just a short ride up Broad Street from the Convention Center and with such Philadelphia legends as Cecil B. Moore, Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, Mayors W. Wilson Goode, Jr. and John F. Street, Tribune CEO Robert W. Bogle and PHL Multicultural Affairs Congress co-founder, A. Bruce Crawley as members, the convention designated Philadelphia “Kappa City, USA.’”

Richard Lee Snow, Former Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity


“We chose Philadelphia because it is centrally located, making it accessible for attendees from across the U.S., and because of the city’s vibrantly diverse culture. We are happy to have selected Philadelphia as the destination for the 109th National Conference.”

Ana Aponte-Curtis, Vice President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Events Planning Department


“Philadelphia has been on our radar since we last held our conference there in 2003. The city’s prime location along the East Coast, its growing minority business community and its wealth of attractions, among other things, creates an ideal backdrop to host some of our nation’s top professionals. With more customer-friendly work rules now in place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, we are pleased to be bringing our Conference & Expo back to Philadelphia in 2017.”

Jesse Tyson, President & CEO, National Black MBA Association


Manny Gonzalez

“One of the things everyone was concerned about was how the changes at the (Pennsylvania Convention Center) were going to effect our experience and our consumers’ experience. But it has been just an incredible experience. Your team — the CVB and the Convention Center — have just been there for us, the service has been outstanding. They have gone above and beyond to make sure our experience is the best. And they have exceeded every one of my expectations.”

Manny Gonzalez, CEO for National Society of Hispanic MBAs


All my needs have been met and all of my expectations have been exceeded.

Ken Barnes, Executive Director, Omega Psi Phi Inc.


“[Philadelphia is] an epicenter for groundbreaking cancer research and related biomedical science. We look forward to welcoming more than 18,500 laboratory cancer researchers, oncologists in a variety of disciplines, representatives from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and patient advocates from around the world next April at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This is a huge, complex scientific meeting, and SMG and the PHLCVB have been very enthusiastic, professional and responsive to our needs throughout this entire process.”

Margaret Foti, PhD, MD, CEO, American Association for Cancer Research


Wheelchair Games

“It has been a long, sometimes challenging road, but the [PHLCVB] was always there to provide excellent guidance, help us gain great connections and encourage the community to get involved. We could not have been half as successful as we were without your support.”

Bethany Purdue, Local Coordinator for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games

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