About Us

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. 


The Society of Government meeting professionals was established in October 1981 in Washington, DC. Organizers of government meetings saw a need for a forum in which to discuss mutual objectives and techniques for conducting business meetings of the government. They sought to create an opportunity to meet on common ground with the providers of meeting services and facilities to review the latest trends in planning and implementing these events. 

The motivating force behind the new organization was Sam Gilmer. His insight into the need for such a group proved prophetic. Today, the Society spans the nation with 28 chapters and more than 3,500 members. 

Represented in SGMP's membership are employees of federal, state, county and city government, as well as associations of governmental employees and government agencies. The Society of Government Meeting Professionals is the only national organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to improving the knowledge and expertise of individuals in the planning and execution of government meetings through education, training, and industry relationships. 

SGMP is managed by a national board of directors and officers elected by the membership. Affiliate chapters elect local leadership and conduct monthly meetings in their respective areas. 

Email: info@sgmpla.org

Committees
Programs Committee Chairman

Valerie Waeltz
Northshore Harbor Center
100 Harbor Center Blvd.
Slidell , LA 70461
9857813650

e-mail: vwaeltz@harborcenter.org
Programs Committee

Karen Primeaux, CGMP
Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau
PO Box 52066
Lafayette , LA 70505
(337) 232-3737

e-mail: karen@lafayettetravel.com
Programs Committee
LeAnna West
Louisiana Department of Education
1201 N Third Street 4-150
Baton Rouge , LA 70802
225-342-3404

e-mail: leanna.west@la.gov
Meeting Sites & Catering Committee Chairman

Susan Shaffette, CGMP
Team Dynamics LLC
2444 Rue Weller
Mandeville , LA 70448
(985) 624-3514
985-778-0058
e-mail: susan@teamdynamicsweb.com
Meeting Sites & Catering Committee
Sharon Delvisco
Team Dynamics, LLC
3240 Duncan St
Slidell , LA 70458
985-624-3514
9857780058
e-mail: sharon@teamdynamicsweb.com
Meeting Sites & Catering Committee

Karen Primeaux, CGMP
Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau
PO Box 52066
Lafayette , LA 70505
(337) 232-3737

e-mail: karen@lafayettetravel.com
Membership Committee Chairman

Zondra Jones
St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission/Louisiana Northshore
68099 Highway 59
Mandeville , LA 70471
(985) 892-0520

e-mail: Zondra@louisiananorthshore.com
Membership Committee
Allison Landry, CGMP
LA DOTD/LTRC
4099 Gourrier Avenue
Baton Rouge , LA 70808
(225) 767-9134

e-mail: allison.landry@la.gov
Hospitality & Registration Desk Committee Chairman
Allison Landry, CGMP
LA DOTD/LTRC
4099 Gourrier Avenue
Baton Rouge , LA 70808
(225) 767-9134

e-mail: allison.landry@la.gov
Hospitality & Registration Desk Committee
Shawn Braud
--
702 North River Road
Baton Rouge , LA 70802
2252191203

e-mail: sbraud@crt.la.gov
Hospitality & Registration Desk Committee

Susan Mack
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
717 Orleans Street
New Orleans , LA 70116
(504) 523-2222

e-mail: Susan.mack@interstatehotels.com
Communications-Website/Social Media Committee Chairman
Shawn Braud
--
702 North River Road
Baton Rouge , LA 70802
2252191203

e-mail: sbraud@crt.la.gov
Communications-Website/Social Media Committee

Jason Miller
Louisiana Office of Tourism
Capitol Park Welcome Center
702 North River Road
Baton Rouge , LA 70802
(225) 219-1200

e-mail: jmiller@crt.la.gov
Communications-Website/Social Media Committee
LeAnna West
Louisiana Department of Education
1201 N Third Street 4-150
Baton Rouge , LA 70802
225-342-3404

e-mail: leanna.west@la.gov
Communications-Newsletter Committee Chairman

Crystal Carter, MPA, GMS
Association Management Strategies
620 Florida St.
Suite 210
Baton Rouge , LA 70801
(225) 343-2776

e-mail: crystal.carter@amstrategies.co
Communications-Photography Committee Chairman

Melissa Lee
LADOTD/LTRC
4099 Gourrier Avenue
Baton Rouge , LA 70808
(225) 767-9155

e-mail: melissa.lee@la.gov
Communications-Photography Committee
Tunney Barrett
Staybridge Suites New Orleans Downtown
501 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans , LA 70130
504-324-3006

e-mail: tbarrett@staybridgeneworleans.com
Fundraising Committee Chairman
Elizabeth Hidalgo, CGMP
Ace Hotel New Orleans
600 Carondelet Street
Sales Dept
New Orleans , LA 70130
504-930-3064

e-mail: liz.hidalgo@acehotel.com
Fundraising Committee
Shawn Braud
--
702 North River Road
Baton Rouge , LA 70802
2252191203

e-mail: sbraud@crt.la.gov
Fundraising Committee

Carolyn Wooten, CGMP
Louisiana School Boards Association
7912 Summa Avenue
Baton Rouge , LA 70809
(225) 964-4825

e-mail: cmpwooten@att.net
GMS-CGMP Committee Chairman

Susan Mack
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
717 Orleans Street
New Orleans , LA 70116
(504) 523-2222

e-mail: Susan.mack@interstatehotels.com
GMS-CGMP Committee
Candace Triggs
Holiday Inn Express Baton Rouge Downtown
400 North Blvd
Baton Rouge , LA 70802


e-mail: candace.triggs@gmail.com

Thanks to the New Orleans CVB for the gumbo, pelican, and azalea images in the header.