2021 Board Announcement

Philadelphia, PA, December 15, 2020 – Today the LGBT Meeting Professionals Association (LGBT MPA) announces their newly elected 2021 board.

Led by LGBT MPA Chair Derrick Johnson, II, CMP, DES, Director, Event Strategy and Chief Diversity Officer for Tally Management Group (TMG), the organization’s nominating committee met virtually in September to determine the slate of the 2021 board officers and directors for the open positions. The final board was elected in November of 2020 and will begin their positions January 1, 2020.


2021 Executive Officers





Derrick Johnson, II, CMP, DES
Director of Event Strategy & Chief Diversity Officer 
Talley Management Group


Vice Chair:

Tony Scurry, MBA, CMP
7 Point Planning




Gary Murakami, GTP, GLP, CMP, CMM
Global Sales Director
MGM Resorts International 


Immediate Past Chair:

Jim Clapes                                                Events Manager at Specialty Food Association


2021 Board of Directors




Scott Clay, DES, CTA, PCA
Meeting & Event Planner

Ron Renee Roley
Sr. Event Manager, Global Events


Ann Garvey, CMP, CEM
National Sales Manager


Kryss Shane, MS, MSW, LSW, LMSW
LGBT+ Educator and Author


Larry Hanson, CMP
Chief Marketing Officer


Tami Sortman                                          Marketing Director and VP, PGTC                Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus


Chemain Kellogg
Sales Director
Visit Knoxville

Thomas Whelan                                        Director of Banquets – Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Levy Convention Center

Anthony Molino
Director of Hotel Sales
Choose Chicago



Gustavo Rivas-Solis
PR Director
En Route Communications



About the LGBT MPA

The LGBT MPA (www.lgbtmpa.com) is the first and only organization solely committed to the professional advancement of LGBT meeting professionals. The LGBT MPA Board of Directors have years of experience and are devoted to networking, educating and mentoring to develop successful business leaders who continue the work of promoting the essential elements of inclusivity and diversity throughout the profession.


David Jefferys, President and CEO of the Altus Agency, a Philadelphia-based marketing enterprise firm specializing in LGBT travel, founded the LGBT MPA in August 2016. The LGBT MPA is a 501c3 organization based in Philadelphia, PA.

Membership for LGBT Meeting Professionals is free. To join the organization, visit our site www.lgbtmpa.com.


Contact Information:

David Jefferys, Executive Director

LGBT Meeting Professionals Association

Office: 215-977-9900 (ext.11)

[email protected]

Media Note:

Statistically, there are an estimated 100,000 meeting professionals currently practicing in the United States. LGBT MPA predicts in the US that 8,000 to 12,000 of these professionals working in the field are members of the LGBT community. Globally the current estimate is 18,000 to 23,000.