Last week, on Tuesday, May 12, the Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress, a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, celebrated Philadelphia’s life science and hospitality industries.

They did so by honoring Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, with PHLLife’s The Ultimate Solution Award, which is given annually to an individual or organization who has raised Philadelphia’s profile in the life sciences convention and meetings destination. Mayor Nutter received the award for his advocacy of the meetings and convention industry and STEM education. The award is sponsored by Comcast and is presented during a reception in which David Cohen, senior executive vice president, and Marc Siry, vice president strategic development, spoke about Comcast’s digital health initiatives.

Philadelphia has made a name for itself in the medical, pharmaceutical and biotech meetings, conventions and business industry, hosting such events as the American Association for Cancer Research 2015 Annual Meeting and the upcoming 2015 BIO International Conference and Exhibition.

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has announced that Karen Dougherty Buchholz is the new chair of its board of directors. Currently serving as the executive vice president of administration for Comcast Corporation, which is headquartered in Philadelphia, Buchholz succeeds longtime PHLCVB chair Nicholas DeBenedictis, chairman emeritus of Aqua America.


Atlantic City

Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 


Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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