The SMG-managed Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center recently welcomed members of the disability community to an all-day program on Broward’s tourism industry as part of the Center for Independent Living of Broward’s Leadership CIL Broward program.
Attendees spent the day interacting with industry speakers and hearing presentations that covered the key engines driving Broward’s tourism industry, including an overview of the Convention Center, Broward County Convention and Visitors Bureau, destination and hotel management, and the port and cruise industry.
Speakers representing the Convention Center included General Manager Mark Gatley, Deputy Contract Administrator Carlos Puentes and Operations Manager Gerry Braud. Other speakers included Vice President of Strategic Client Services of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Kelly Tortoriello, General Manager of the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina and Board Member of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Carlos M. Molinet, and Cruise Market Specialist at Port Everglades Jean Elie.
“The Convention Center team is deeply rooted in Broward’s tourism industry,” said Convention Center Regional Manager Mark Gatley. “We were pleased to share our knowledge with the Center for Independent Living of Broward, and in return, we received valuable feedback and suggestions from Leadership CIL Broward participants.”
“The program presenters really connected with our group,” said Danny Murphy, marketing consultant for the Independent Living Center, “which lead to a constructive exchange of information. Their interaction was fantastic.”
The Center for Independent Living of Broward is a cross-disability advocacy organization, one of more than 700 throughout the nation, whose mission is to offer assistance to people with disabilities in fulfilling the goals of independence and self-sufficiency. The Center’s Leadership CIL Broward is the first leadership program of its kind nationwide with the objective to create future advocates within the disability community. The program is designed to build community leaders with disabilities while simultaneously developing their personal and professional abilities.