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Kelly Johnson

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Sales Manager Kelly Buchler Johnson has been named to the board of directors of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, Louisiana Chapter for a two-year term.

SGMP is a national nonprofit professional organization of persons involved in planning government meetings, either on a full or part-time basis, and those individuals who supply services to government planners.

As sales manager, Johnson is responsible for generating new business from the mid-Atlantic market, with the main focus on Washington D.C. Recent bookings include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo and the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 National Weatherization Training Conference.

A graduate of Louisiana State University and Delgado Community College, Johnson is also a member of the Professional Convention Management Association.


With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, an award winning staff and first class amenities, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOMCC) is the sixth largest convention center in the nation and a consistent Top 10 host of the largest number of conventions and tradeshows annually. A leading rainmaker of the city’s hospitality industry, NOMCC event activity has produced $39.12 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $2.19 billion in new tax revenue.  

About Society of Government Meeting Professionals
SGMP is a nonprofit professional organization of persons involved in planning government meetings, either on a full or part-time basis, and those individuals who supply services to government planners. Our objectives are to improve the quality and promote the cost effectiveness of government meetings by improving the knowledge and expertise of individuals in the planning and management of government meetings through education, training, and industry relationships.

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