NORFOLK, Va. (May, 2007) –Maria Herring, Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (NCVB) government sales manager, has been honored with the Sam Gilmer Supplier of the Year Award by the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP). SGMP is the professional organization for persons involved in planning government meetings and those individuals who supply services to government planners.

Named after the organization's founder, this coveted award is the highest designation SGMP offers. Each year the society selects a supplier whose service over a period of time has significantly contributed to SGMP's growth and development, especially at the national level.

Due in large part to Herring's efforts, Norfolk is the host city for the organization's 2011 conference for an estimated 1,000 delegates.

A Norfolk native, Herring “proudly promotes [her] hometown as a meeting destination in Virginia”. She has served in the hospitality industry for 10 years, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 1997. Herring worked for Marriott International in Northern Virginia for five years before returning to Norfolk. She joined NCVB four years ago. 

Herring currently serves as 2nd Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Old Dominion Chapter of SGMP and is an active committee member in the National Capital Chapter. She is also a member of the Training Officers Conference and the Society of Government Travel Professionals.

Norfolk: From the Sea to Shining Scene of Culture & Leisure

Welcoming visitors for the past 400 years, the city of Norfolk enjoys a storied past attracting travelers seeking an exciting vacation blending history and heritage with contemporary activities and attractions. Home to the largest naval base in the world, Norfolk pays homage to its affinity and affection for its waterfront location by showcasing an easily walkable downtown district that offers eclectic dining options, burgeoning arts scene, high-end shopping, and year round special events attracting thousands of travelers.

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