The National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals has appointed Jason Dunn as its new executive director. Dunn will leave his post as group vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at Visit Cincinnati for the new position, where he has been tasked with taking NCBMP to new heights in its mission to educate and empower Black hospitality professionals. He previously served as chairman of NCBMP's board of directors in 2020.
Dunn has long been a trailblazer and outspoken diversity advocate within the industry. While at Visit Cincinnati, he became the CVB's first Black vice president in its 77-year history and played a pivotal role in bringing diverse conventions to the destination.
"Knowing the authenticity of Jason's leadership, the passion with which he builds his relationships, and his ability to move the moral consciousness of all around him, aligns with our founders' vision and truly makes him the best person for the job," said Kevin Richardson, founding executive of Convention Resources and NCBMP's board chairman.
Dunn's achievements also include leading the development of the Dan Lincoln Institute for Hospitality Leadership, which works with Cincinnati public schools, colleges and local hospitality businesses to build a pipeline of diverse talent within the industry. In addition, he has fostered partnerships with organizations such as MMGY Global and the Events Industry Council to conduct research on the economic impact of Black travelers and the state of diversity within the meetings industry.
Dunn noted that NCBMP has been at the forefront of the industry's diversity dialogue and he plans to continue to lean on strategic partnerships to drive progress. He credited his time at Visit Cincinnati with "showing him the power of this industry," while NCBMP paved the way for him to live up to its creed and create a more equitable industry for the next generation.