Game Changer

September 1, 2011

Director of Retail Services, NAI Carolantic Realty

Hats off to Dennis Edwards, President  & CEO of the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with his staff for a very successful 24th Annual GRCVB Annual meeting yesterday at the Raleigh Convention Center.  Several of us from NAI Carolantic Realty joined with hundreds of other business leaders in attending the event and were very impressed with the various awards presented to include the John B. Ross Jr. Leadership Award to USA Baseball; the Thad Eure Jr. Memorial Award to the Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Club; and the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to John C. Brantley, airport director at RDU.  The balance of the program included a panel discussion moderated by Tim Schneider, publisher of Association News & SportsTravel magazines.  Panelists included two meeting planners and two sports event planners focusing on how the destination game is changing and how Greater Raleigh businesses can help to continue to attract groups and visitors to our area.  Also impressive was the GRCVB’s donation of five dollars from every luncheon seat purchased to support the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness.  

Everyone must have left this meeting with a sense of pride for Raleigh, and an appreciation for those working hard to ensure Raleigh continues to be a ‘Game Changer’…the theme of the GRCVB’s annual meeting.