Planner Testimonials

"The support that NCaeyc receives from the incredible staff of the [GRCVB] has proven to be essential to our success!... We are deeply appreciative of our relationship with the GRCVB staff who know we have a lot riding on our annual conference! [Director of sales] Malinda Harrell[, CMP, CASE,] and [director of services] Julie Brakenbury[, CGSP®,] encourage us, celebrate with us and share their insights and expertise to help us plan innovatively and act strategically for success and impact. And although we are a small nonprofit, we receive the greatest care and attention from GRCVB staff. They understand and are responsive to our needs. They connect us to people, resources and ideas that help make our annual conference a tremendous success..." -LORIE BARNES, Executive Director, N.C. Association for the Education of Young Children (NCaeyc)

"We would like to thank GRCVB and especially [senior national sales manager] Stephen Jackson[,CMP] and [assistant director of convention services] Tammy Jeffries for their warm Southern hospitality in showing us around on our recent site visit to the area. The city has so many wonderful venues it will be easy to find the best places to host our upcoming meetings. With their expertise we have been able to put together a plan that we know is sure to please all of our guests. We would be happy to recommend their services to any of our colleagues doing business in the [area]." -CINDY S. COLLINS, Director, Board Events, Fidelity Management and Research Co. 

"I want to express appreciation for one individual at the GRCVB who was a great help with finding an excellent location and facility for our family reunion. That person is [sales coordinator] Nicole Robinson. She personally arranged for on-site tours to three hotels and added personal touches to my wife's initial planning. She was outstanding in providing valuable information for the reunion's planning." -WILLIAM VIEL 

"Stephen Jackson, CMP, is one of the best CVB sales managers that I have had the pleasure to work with! His follow-through is consistently awesome." -DORALEN McCLINCON, Global Account Executive, ConferenceDirect 

"In 2006 I stumbled upon the website for the proposed Raleigh Convention Center and the GRCVB. After meeting the staff, a discussion began between their leaders and my stakeholders. What came out of those initial meetings was a new vision for our event focused on growth and convenience to our guests. GRCVB did that! Their leadership, vision and networking has allowed us to more than double our attendance during our five years downtown. The degree of professionalism, courtesy and innovative strategies insures that our event's home is in Raleigh." -JASON DAVIS, State FFA Coordinator, N.C. FFA Association 

"I can't thank you enough for your work in putting together the proposals and tour; the number of hours and headaches you saved me (and Angela) is remarkable, and we are excited to continue working with the Bureau as we move forward with contracts and planning." -DR. J. REASER, North Carolina State University Department of English 

"The moment I contacted GRCVB, I knew I was in good hands with planning our conference. Their enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication are phenomenal. Our conference was a great success, and I give a lot of the credit to the wonderful staff at GRCVB. I will definitely be back and can recommend their services wholeheartedly." -HEIDI IHRIG, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 

From a meeting planner commenting on RDU International Airport: "[Terminal 2 is] a beautiful terminal. I didn't realize there were so many direct flights to Raleigh. I'm really impressed with your airport and will be going there more often than not from now on." 

"It was a pleasure to work together over the last several months to host such a fantastic global event in Raleigh last week. The help [GRCVB] provided was indispensable to the success of the program. From the outset of the discussion through the final delivery, the support the U.S. Department of Commerce received from the [GRCVB] team was nothing less than phenomenal. Every conversation I had with colleagues and clients from out of state was colored with envy over the habitation where we are fortunate to work and blessed to call home—even colleagues in Charlotte!"-SHIRREEF LOZA, SR., Planner, U.S. Commercial Service Global Business Forum DISCOVER 2013

"I just finished a meeting in Raleigh. They get it! They do everything right! ...In Raleigh, convention attendees are more than just convention attendees. They're made to feel an important part of the city while they're there. The people and businesses in Raleigh should be proud of the integrated effort put forth by the CVB to make this happen.... All CVBs are in the business of helping to bring business to their city. But Raleigh has raised the bar." -JIM MORGAN, President, Let's Meet, Inc.

"Your service and commitment to provide quality to patrons of Raleigh is second to none! Thank you for the hospitality." -SHLONDRA AMACKER, Meeting Planner, Mid-Atlantic Alpha Kappa Alpha 

"My wife and I are members of the American Cheese Society (ACS) and have attended conferences in many major cities across the U.S.A. in the past decade. When we recently attended the ACS conference in Raleigh, N.C., we both agreed that the food served at the lunches and the breakfast service was the best we have encountered. The salads were not only eye-pleasing but delicious. The hot foods were equally well prepared and presented. Kudos to you, your chefs, cooks and servers.... A very fine job indeed." -RONALD CARDOOS, President, Green Harbor Associates

"We exhibited and made two presentations at the convention center. The convention center facilities were fantastic, and the food at the noon buffets was outstanding. This was the best conference for meeting potential customers that we ever experienced since the company was formed six years ago. I want to thank you for your assistance.... You have a good thing going in Raleigh, and I wish you much success." -NICK MILASNOVICH, National Sales Manager, PassAssured

"On behalf of the Executive Council, staff and members of ASALH, thank you for everything you did to attract ASALH to your city and then to help open the city of Raleigh to us for our 95th Annual Convention. We have received nothing but high marks about not only the convention, but our being back in Raleigh.... Again, thank you for helping us pull off a smashing success in Raleigh." -SYLVIA Y. CYRUS, Executive Director, and MARVIN PITTMAN, Local Arrangement Chair, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc.

"The North American Association for Environmental Education chose Raleigh for its 2011 conference location because of the response put forth by EENC.... Add to that the [Greater] Raleigh CVB handing in their RFP also in quick time and meeting our budget and being so easy to work with during the negotiations, Raleigh was the shining star and we are very much looking forward to being there for our 40th Annual Convention." -BRIDGET CHISHOLM, Conference Manager, NAAEE

"I had no idea of all the wonderful services that visit Raleigh offered until [GRCVB staff] not only educated but helped me leverage and maximize these services to make my event an outstanding and memorable one.... Raleigh's growth in diversity as well as other areas have made it tremendously attractive as a destination spot.... You haven't really known the pleasure of a having a great event until you have done it with Greater Raleigh." -KELLY SPAULDING, Planner, Spaulding Family Reunion 2010

"Our Conference attendees loved your city, the Convention Center, and the Marriott. They were also impressed with the number of Raleigh dignitaries ... who took time to welcome us on Wednesday. The people appreciated the friendliness and hospitality of all employees at the Convention Center and those in catering. Overall, we had a wonderful conference." -SR. KATERI MITCHELL, SSA, Executive Director, Tekakwitha Conference

"I wanted to take the time to personally thank you for all your support last week and the past year.... You came through with everything you promised and helped make our event a successful one.... Thank you so much and I look forward to working with you in the future." -PAUL J. GORNIE, Executive & Professions Event Support, IBM CHQ, Human Resources

"Thanks so much for your help as we planned and implemented our recent conference in Raleigh. The Bureau's support was most welcome. I really enjoyed working with you.... The conference was productive and enjoyable. I really liked working in the Raleigh Convention Center on Thursday. The facility is so bright and airy and was a nice change...." -BETTE WORLEY, President, National Student Exchange

"I wish I was a talented enough writer to express what a great job [GRCVB] and your team did with the [NHL] All-Star Weekend. Fantastic in every sense of the word. Thanks for all you guys did. Wow!" -JEFF MERRITT, Director of Business Development, Clancy & Theys Construction Company

"I just want to say thank you for all you guys did to make our meeting such a success. We have had great comments. It helps so much with [GRCVB] providing the information desks... I think the team in Raleigh is just outstanding. I will certainly recommend Raleigh and the convention center to anyone I come across planning a meeting..."-MEG MURPHY, Director of Facilities & Meetings, Sigma Xi

"I wanted to let everyone know just how much I appreciate all you did to make [2011's] Big Rock East Show a great success. It takes a strong team of professionals to put on a show like this. The hours are long and there are always things that we can't anticipate, but you rise to the occasion again and again. Your positive approach, knowledge and willingness to help others ensures that our customers receive a level service that is unsurpassed in this industry. That's in addition to the great comfort it brings me knowing that I have such a wonderful group of people to count on." -TERESA HOLCOMBE, Director of Corporate Events, Big Rock Sports

"In speaking with many attendees and a lot of regulars of WordCamps the overall feeling was that this was a very successful and enjoyable event. Newcomers to WordCamps said they would attend more, and regulars said it was one of the best they had been to. In fact many people tweeted that WordCamp Raleigh was better than WordCamp San Francisco which is the signature event of the year.... Everyone loved Raleigh and the location downtown could not have worked better for us." -STEVE MORTIBOY, Organizer, WordCamp Raleigh

"On behalf of the SNCC 50th Anniversary Planning Committee, we want to thank you for the warm welcome that the Conference received during our stay at Shaw University in Raleigh.... Your cooperation... and overall general assistance made our event a tremendous success. Many of our delegates commented on the notable hospitality that they received from the citizens of Raleigh. They loved the space at Fletcher Hall as a venue...." -CHUCK McDEW, Chairman, Planning Committee, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

"Downtown Raleigh was a hit with attendees, the R-LINE (downtown circulator) was used extensively, and the rickshaws and Segways also got compliments. We heard lots of positive comments about our clean city, the restaurants, and the Marbles Kids Museum where we held the conference party. I also want to compliment the GRCVB and their sales and support staff....they worked with us from start to finish and made our job as hosts easy." -HARVEY SCHMITT, Host Committee, American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association

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