Green Meeting Industry Council Announces New Chairman and Board of Trustees

WASHINGTON, D.C. Mark S. Andrew, CMP, CHA, regional vice president and general manager, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown has been appointed chairman for the Green Meeting Industry Council Sustainable Meetings Foundation (GMIF) along with its 2013-2014 Board of Trustees for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. In his role as chairman, Andrew plans to move the Foundation's 2013-2014 capital campaign forward via new initiatives. One such initiative includes the assemblage of a cookbook entitled "Unspoiled" - a compilation of recipes produced by chefs and others on food waste solutions for kitchens and supply chains. Proceeds from the sale of Unspoiled will go directly to supporting food banks and the Green Meeting Industry Council Sustainable Meetings Foundation. "According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the U.S. manages to waste $165 billion in food each year," Andrew said. "GMIC Foundation's Capital Campaign expands the mission of the Green Meeting Industry Council in creating more sustainable tomorrows for the next generation."

The Foundation's Trustee roster of top hospitality professionals for 2013-2014 includes:

  • Chairman: Mark S. Andrew, CMP, CHA, regional vice president and general manager, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown
  • Vice chairman: Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, director of education, training & events, Practice Greenhealth & Health Care Without Harm
  • Treasurer: Chris Brophy, vice president-corporate sustainability, MGM Resorts International
  • Past chair: Richard Aaron, CMP, CSEP, president, BizBash Media

    The 2013 to 2015 GMIF Trustees include:

  • Scott Beck, president and CEO, Salt Lake City Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Diana K. Bulger, area director, public relations, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown
  • Harith Wickerma, president, Harith Productions, Ltd., adjunct professor, Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality

    The GMIF Trustees through 2014 include:

  • Cary Broussard, partner, Broussard Global, author of "From Cinderella to CEO" and adjunct professor, New York University
  • Joseph Cozza, catering sales leader, New York Marriot International Global Sales
  • Charles Massey, CMP, founder and CEO, SYNAXIS Meetings and Events

    The Foundation officially launched its first capital campaign for the year 2013 to raise funds to support several GMIC education initiatives and scholarships. The fundraising was directed to the entire hospitality, meeting, exposition and event industry. The foundation is also engaged in seeking grant opportunities and noteworthy research regarding areas of sustainable practices to enhance the scope of knowledge in the field of practice.

    The GMIC Sustainable Meetings Foundation will be supporting the annual meeting of the Green Meeting Industry Council, to be held April 15 to 17, 2014 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco.

    Visit GMIC for more information about upcoming events, how to get involved, or information about the Council.

    Read the originial article here.

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