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Region 2 serves collegiate conference and events professionals in the US states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and the country of Qatar. 


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Geneen Jackson Joins Georgia Tech Conference Services Staff Full-time
On February 1, 2018, Geneen Jackson joined Conference Services at Georgia Tech as a full-time conference coordinator. 

Geneen has been with Georgia Tech’s Department of Housing as an Administrative Professional for Residence Life for 13 years. For the last five years, she has split her time between Residence Life and Conference Services. 

“Now Geneen is with our conference team full time, and we could not be happier” said John Nussear, Director of Conference Services at Georgia Tech. “If you see Geneen at the Annual Conference, please tell her “Congrats!” and give her a big ACCED-I welcome. 

Join us in Coral Gables, The City Beautiful, on February 16th as we welcome our friends to the University of Miami for a day of conversation and education.

8:00am-10:00am - Optional Breakfast & Campus Tour 
10:15pm-10:45am - Parking and On-site Registration
10:45am-12:00pm - Tour: Shalala Student Center 
12:00pm-1:00pm - Lunch & Connection at Faculty Club 
1:15pm-3:30pm - Presentations & Round Table 
1:15pm-1:30pm - Welcome and Introductions – Dr. Patricia A. Whitely (Vice President for Student Affairs, former NASPA President), James Smart (Executive Director for Housing & Residential Life), Richard J. Kenney (Associate Director of Housing Operations & Facilities) 
1:30pm-2:15pm - Jon Baldessari (New Student Housing Village Overview) 
2:15pm-2:30pm - Break & ACCED-I Membership Overview for non-members 
2:30pm-3:15pm - Mike Piacentino (Marketing Session) 
3:15pm-3:45pm - Richard J. Kenney (Emergency Procedures/Hurricane Irma) 
3:45pm-4:45pm - Round Table Discussions - Hot Topics 
4:45pm-6:30pm - Reception at The Rathskellar

Spencer Earns MS Degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management
Erica Spencer, CCEP, CMP, Director of the Conference Services Bureau at Florida Institute of Technology, has earned the degree of Master of Science in Hospitality & Tourism Management from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida.  Spencer finishes the degree program with a 4.0 GPA.


Andrew Wright joined Georgia Tech Conference Services as Conference & eBusiness Manager
Andrew has nine and a half years of experience in Georgia Tech’s Residence Life program. He is excited to be able to use his experience with Georgia Tech’s Residence Halls in a different way to support Conference clients. Andrew has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University and a Masters in College Student Personnel from The University of Southern Mississippi.

“Andrew is already making great progress in his new role with Conference Services,” said John Nussear, Director of Conference Services at Georgia Tech. “Andrew has become a full-fledged member of ACCED-I, and will be attending his first Annual Conference this March in Minneapolis.  Please make sure to give him a warm first-timer welcome!”


Georgia Institute of Technology Re-Certified as One-Stop Shop Operation
The Georgia Institute of Technology has successfully been re-certified as a One-Stop Shop operation from ACCED-I. Congratulations to Georgia Tech on this industry best practice!

Kelly O'Neal Featured in 2018 Meetings Today Trends Survey
Kelly O'Neal, CMP, MBA, Conference & Event Services Manager, University of Dallas was featured in the 2018 Meetings Today Trends Survey. Every year, Meetings Today polls its readers to get a definitive look into the state of the industry. 
Click here to read the interview with Kelly or click here to read entire article.

Congratulations to Nikki Lee, Senior Associate Director of Events Management & Conference Services at University of Texas - San Antonio, who was elected to serve as Regional Director-Elect for Region 2. She will being her term during the ACCED-I 38th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN March 18 - 21, 2018. 

We Need You! Volunteer Opportunities with Region 2

There are a variety of ways to get involved with Region 2. Each area will work closely with the regional leadership to accomplish a variety of tasks and better serve the membership. Please indicate what areas you would consider assisting with.


Region 2 Leadership

 Regional Director Regional Director-Elect    Immediate Past Regional Director
Robert Ostrow
Associate Director of Conference Services
University of Florida
(352) 392-2161
  Sravanthi Meka
Marketing Manager
Georgia Institute of Technology
(404) 894-2469

  Monique Savage, CMP
Director, Conference & Event Services
The University of Memphis
(901) 678-5000