Christopher Spyridon

Butch Spyridon has served as president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB) since 1991. Under his leadership, Nashville’s hospitality industry has evolved from an industry largely based on theme park and summer leisure travel, to a year-round destination for convention, business and leisure visitors. Hospitality’s evolution has made it the city’s second largest industry and elevated annual revenues to $4 billion.

Throughout his career Spyridon has served on the boards of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). He’s also been active in the local community, serving on the boards of the Adventure Science Center, Nashville Hotel and Lodging Association, the Downtown Partnership, the Music City Bowl, the Museum of African American Music Art and Culture, and Conservancy of the Parthenon and Centennial Park.

A native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Spyridon graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Business Administration. After serving as manager of Travel and Conventions Department at the Mobile Chamber of Commerce, and as Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Spyridon returned to Nashville where h e has served as CEO for the last 20 years.

Spyridon is a graduate of the Institute of Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University.



Jo Seay

As a military brat (Navy) and spouse (Army), I feel I have the “inside” information on the workings of the government.  I am a board member of the Association of the United States Army and have been a member of the Army Aviation Association of America for many years.  I have a bond with the government market.  I have been a member of SGMP for 12 years.  I have attended the SGMP National Educational Conference for the past 11 years and recognize what a value the organization is for suppliers and meeting planners alike.  I know what the government meeting planners need to accomplish and I can make that happen.

Congressman Jo Bonner

In November 2010, the people of Alabama’s First District voted to return Congressman Jo Bonner to the House of Representatives for a fifth term.

In 2007, the Republican leadership entrusted Congressman Bonner with a seat on the House Appropriations Committee where he has served as a vigilant guardian of the taxpayers’ money, helping to eliminate wasteful and questionable spending. At the beginning of the 111th Congress, Congressman Bonner was named Ranking Republican member of the House Ethics Committee, and he was named Chairman of the full committee for the 112th Congress effective January 5, 2011.

He continues to serve as an assistant on the Republican Whip Team, a position to which he was named as an incoming freshman.

A hallmark of Congressman Bonner’s term in office has been a constituent-first approach. In fact, Mobile’s Press-Register pointed out, “the Mobile Republican has earned a reputation as a tireless and effective advocate for his constituents in southwest Alabama.”

Congressman Bonner came to office at a time when south Alabama’s economy was struggling. During the past eight years, he has worked aggressively alongside local and state leaders recruiting several significant economic projects to the state – projects that will continue to fuel the economic engine of Alabama for generations to come.

A congressional staffer for 18 years, he served as both press secretary and chief of staff to his predecessor, former Congressman Sonny Callahan. Public service has always been at the center of Jo Bonner’s professional life, and he remains an active member in the community serving on numerous boards and civic clubs. Congressman Bonner is married to the former Janée Lambert of Mobile where they reside with their daughter, Lee, age 16, and son, Robins, age 14.

Dhana Moore

Dhana Moore is a Customer Service Director (CSD) for the General Service Administration (GSA), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), Customer Accounts and Research Division (CAR).   Dhana was formerly with the Department of Defense (DOD), Navy branch, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).  She has 20+ years of experience in a variety of public and private organizations, including serving as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for a small woman-owned business. Her experience has included leading high-profile projects for a variety of multi-billion dollar program management areas, including but not limited to, enterprise information technology (IT) project management, grants research, writing and administration, cradle-to-grave contracting, corrective action auditing and environmental and other community development initiatives. Dhana is a graduate of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama (1991). She earned her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2001).  Dhana is also a credentialed Project Management Professional (PMP), in good standing. [Dhana's first name is pronounced as "Dayna"].

George Robinson

Before he was a hotel sales professional, George Robinson, CMP, began his career in 1987 in hotel security.  As the Assistant Director of Security and Safety at the Hilton Atlanta, George commanded a force of 30 officers and support staff for this 1,250-room hotel in downtown Atlanta.  During this time, he was the hotel’s chief incident investigator, OSHA HazCom officer and American Red Cross-certified CPR instructor.  In 1997, George shifted his focus, working for 10 years as a meeting planner for the non-profit, association and academic sectors, before returning to sales and event management with Starwood and, currently, Marriott.

Jonathan McKinney

Jonathan C. McKinney is not a nutritionist or a personal trainer.  He’s an average guy that married an amazing girl, (who happens to have 6 fitness certifications and could kick his butt)!  Together, along with their 3 kids, they desire to pass on a passion for overall health and wellness.  Believing that “Fit has a Feeling!” they inspire others to improve their fitness and improve their life!  Jonathan serves as the Director of Group Sales at the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa, one of eight award winning hotels in Alabama’s Resort Collection along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.  He won the SGMP Alabama Chapter’s Supplier of the Year award in 2011.  He was recognized as one of the “Top 40 under 40” young leaders “changing the landscape of corporate meetings” by Collaborate Magazine in April/May 2012.  In November he and Kristy will celebrate 10 years of marriage along with their 3 awesome kids and a dog.  They are currently training to run a Half Marathon pushing their special needs son Jon Andrew in a jogging stroller with a team of dedicated, inspiring, FIT people!

Maggie McGowan

Maggie McGowan, CGMP, CMP, has been planning government events for seven years. She has been an active member of SGMP since 2005 and served as the Wild West Oklahoma Chapter President for 4 years, prior to running for the National Board of Directors in 2011. She was elected as a National Planner Director for the 2011-2013 term and appointed as the Region 2 liaison.  An employee of the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management, she currently plans meeting and conferences for government agencies in the State of Oklahoma. She has previously done contract work for various federal agencies coordinating large conferences. In addition to her work for CPM, she is also a volunteer for the American Red Cross teaching, First Aid, CPR, AED, and Community Disaster Preparedness Education courses. In her free time she enjoys travelling and spending time with her ever growing family.

Marie Arighi

Marie Arighi has been in the hospitality industry for over 23 years.  Thirteen years has been at the Von Braun Center where she is currently the Director of Sales & Marketing.  Marie has been a member of SGMP since 2000.  She is a Certified Hospitality Sales Professional and a Certified Meeting Professional.

Marie carries membership in Army Aviation Association of America (Quad A); Association of the US Army (AUSA); Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE); Alabama Council of Association Executives (ACAE) and American Society of Association Executives and many more.

Marie has just recently completed the 1st year of Venue Management School at Oglebay in Wheeling, WV through IAVM (international Association of Venue Managers).

Marie has 2 daughters – Jessica, a Jr at Jacksonville State University and Frankie, a Sr at Lee High School.

Markeeva Morgan

A United States Navy veteran and former Program Manager within Naval Sea System Command’s Nuclear Propulsion Program, Markeeva Morgan no serves as the Avionics Hardware Manager for the NASA Space Launch System Program, America’s next and largest ever launch vehicle being developed to facilitate human exploration beyond the Moon.  Holding degrees from The University of Mississippi (BS Electrical Engineering) and The Catholic University of America (MS Engineering Management), Mr. Morgan also teaches Managing Organizations at the University of Alabama – Huntsville and regularly lectures in other leadership courses/seminars.

Markeeva lives in Huntsville, Alabama, with his wife and two young daughters.

Mayor Samuel L. Jones


Mayor Samuel L. Jones is serving his second term as Mayor of the great City of Mobile. Mayor Jones is a native of Mobile.  Before being elected as Mayor, He was a four-term commissioner from the state’s second largest county. He helped pioneer the city/county partnerships evident in the construction of Metro Jail and Mobile Government Plaza.

He is a graduate of Central High School and attended Florida Junior College and Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended Alabama Interdenominational Seminary and was awarded an honorary doctorate. He spent nine years in the United States Navy during which He served as a Flight Deck Troubleshooter for A-7 aircraft aboard the USS Forrestal and as an Equal Opportunity Officer, Race Relations Education Specialist, and Community Services Coordinator. He served as executive director of Mobile Community Action, Inc., (MCA) from 1980 – 1987. As head of MCA, He supervised 240 employees and a $5 million annual budget.

He is a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Prichard, Alabama.

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