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Wilmington and Beaches CVB's Molly Johnson Receives Corey D. Bizzell Award of Excellence from MPI – Carolinas Chapter
The Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau [CVB] is pleased to announce that Molly Johnson, CMP, Director of Convention Sales, is the 2019 recipient of the Corey D. Bizzell Award of Excellence from Meeting Professionals International—Carolinas Chapter [MPI-CC].
The Corey D. Bizzell Award of Excellence was created in memory of Corey D. Bizzell, a longtime member of the Carolinas Chapter of MPI. Bizzell exemplified excellence and dedication not only to the chapter, but in every aspect of his life. He was a constant advocate of elevating the meetings industry to the next level. In honor of his legacy, the chapter president recognizes a chapter member who has demonstrated a superior level of excellence, passion and leadership in his or her service to MPI-CC each year.
Established in 1984, MPI-CC is recognized as one of the largest MPI chapters globally with 400+ members representing over $500 million in annual economic spend. Johnson received the award at the association’s 2019 annual meeting which was held May 19-20 at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel in Asheville, N.C. The award was presented by Alison Harding, MPI-CC Chapter President.
“In addition to being a mentor and leader amongst our peers, Molly is also a true ambassador of the hospitality industry and represents all the things that make this industry great. She continues to push the meetings industry forward through education, mentoring and facilitation,” says Harding. “We are lucky to have her as an MPI-CC member, and Wilmington is just as lucky to have her representing the CVB. Molly was a friend of Corey’s, and I am confident he would have proud to know she won this award in his honor.”
With nearly three decades of experience in the hospitality industry ranging from operations to sales, Johnson joined the Wilmington and Beaches CVB in 2015. She has been a member of MPI-CC since 2002, serving as Chapter President in 2010-2011. She currently serves on the MPI Global Chapter & Membership Advisory Council. Johnson has won several awards from MPI-CC: In 2014, she was recognized as Supplier of the Year; in 2017, she was awarded the President’s Award; and in 2018, she was the recipient of the prestigious Hall of Fame Award. She also serves on the Global Advocacy Council for the Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA) and was recently appointed as a Global Ambassador for Meetings Mean Business. She spends her free time fundraising and volunteering as a victim advocate for A Safe Place, a local non-profit.
“We congratulate Molly on receiving yet another accolade from MPI-CC,” adds Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority d/b/a Wilmington and Beaches CVB. “She continues to elevate awareness of Wilmington and Beaches as a destination for meetings and events in North Carolina and at the coast and to make significant contributions to the hospitality industry as a whole. What better recognition of her accomplishments than to be recognized by her peers at MPI-CC!”
The New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority d/b/a Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for New Hanover County, North Carolina which stimulates economic development through the promotion of travel and tourism.
About Wilmington’s Convention District
Wilmington’s multiuse Convention District is located riverfront and within the city’s walkable River District – all connected by a nearly two-mile scenic Riverwalk that makes it easy for attendees to get around. The Convention District integrates the Wilmington Convention Center – the largest convention center on the N.C. coast – with the city and its businesses, experts and academic resources. It is currently home to multiple hotels, restaurants and retail, with more under development, plus an event pier, marina and riverfront park, all of which come together to create a campus-like environment for meeting and event attendees. www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com
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