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June Chapter Meeting

June 15, 2017
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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The Parking Spot 2
7601 Essington Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153

Join us for two great speakers!

Jeff Guaracino, President and CEO - Welcome America, Inc.

Jeff will provide insight into the business strategy behind Philadelphia's celebration of July 4th. Wawa Welcome America is both America’s and Philadelphia's signature, annual, citywide event. He will explain the strategy behind the festival, the business opportunities, and the long-term vision.

The 2017 Wawa Welcome America six-day festival will take place Thursday, June 29th through Tuesday, July 4th. The Wawa Welcome America festival celebrates American history, education and Philadelphia. The 2017 festival will encompass free, patriotic events throughout the City and concludes with 12 hours of non-stop commemorations and celebrations on July 4th. The theme of this year’s 25th Anniversary Wawa Welcome America is “Everyone is a History Maker.”

Guaracino will also briefly speak about his new book on LGBT Tourism and Hospitality and how you can tap into the appealing travel market.

About Welcome America, Inc.

Welcome America, Inc. is a 501c3, non-profit organization in public-private partnership with the City of Philadelphia. Welcome America, Inc.’s mission is to promote American history, education and Philadelphia. The organization seeks to enhance the resident and visitor experience through citywide events that provide an economic boost to the local economy. Moving forward, Welcome America, Inc. will produce and assist in the growth of select city events year-round that can increase awareness of Philadelphia as an event destination.

Join us for Wawa Welcome America 2017! Click here for video highlights of the upcoming event

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Joe Barton, Senior Professional – Cornerstone Government Affairs

Joe will discuss how policies implemented in Washington, D.C. have a direct impact on GBTA and our membership and the importance of being an advocate on behalf of the business travel industry.

Joe came to Cornerstone Government Affairs after several years of service as a Legislative Assistant for former Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH). His focused areas of concentration were in defense, homeland security, foreign affairs, the judiciary and veteran's affairs.

Joe is a member of the Defense and Homeland Security Practice Groups at Cornerstone. He guides a range of law enforcement, criminal justice and association clients on the development and implementation of legislative, funding and political strategies.


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