Black Meetings and Tourism

November/December 2021

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B M & T ••• November/December 2021 ••• 20 B L A C K ME E T I N G S & TO U R I S M was honored to once again recognize industry movers and shakers who have made outstanding contributions in their particular fields of endeavor to positively impact travel and tourism. This year's awardees include Darren Green, Dzidra Junior, Fred Dixon, Leslie Whitlow Graves, Leorne Edwards, Patricia Washington and Twila Jones. The Apex Awards ceremony was held during the 8th Annual International Multicultural & Heritage Tourism Summit & Trade Show, October 8-10, at the Marriott Biscayne Bay hotel in Miami, FL. PJ Douglas Sands served as moderator for the virtual Apex Awards presentations. "It is such a pleasure and honor to recognize those individuals in our industry that have raised the bar by exhibiting their high standards and excellence," said Solomon J. Herbert, Publisher/- Editor-in-Chief of Black Meetings & Tourism. "They've earned and deserve our respect and acknowledgement for the good work they have done. Presenting the Apex Awards is the high- light of our yearly agenda," adds Herbert, "and we are already looking forward to giving our Apex Awards in 2022." H ERE ARE BIOS OF THIS YEAR'S RECIPIENTS : DARREN K. GREEN Darren K. Green serves as Senior Vice President, Sales & Services for Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, the official, non-profit Destination Marketing & Sales Organization for the city of Los Angeles. He is responsible for leading the citywide convention sales, hotel sales and client & destination services teams, as well as sales mar- keting and operations. Green joined Los Angeles Tourism in February 2014. Green supports the achievement of the organization's mission to "leverage the economic power of tourism to improve the qual- ity of life for all Angelenos." In 2019, the travel & tourism indus- try was L.A. County's third largest employer, supporting over 544,000 jobs, driving $37.8 billion in economic output and gen- erating $3.0 billion in state and local tax revenues. Green brings more than 20 years of hospitality sales experi- ence to the role, having worked with top brands such as Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Nikko Hotels International, and KSL Resorts. Previously, Green was a Director of Sales for the Starwood Hotels of New York Metro Market Team, which drove the sales efforts for 8 hotels including the Westin, St. Regis, W and Sheraton brands. BLACK MEETINGS & TOURISM APEX AWARDS VIRTUAL AGAIN THIS YEAR

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