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Connie Kinnard

Senior VP of Multicultural Sales & Development, Nashville CVB
DMAI Member Since:

Connie Kinnard is the Senior Vice President of Multicultural Sales & Development for the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Connie's career started in hotel & restaurant management and transitioned 14 years ago to a career with the Nashville CVB where she heads the organizations increased efforts in marketing and securing large multicultural conventions. 

Her responsibilities also include creating multicultural marketing programs involving special events, community development, product development, membership and general diversity marketing for the city.  Specifically regarding product development, she is involved with the forthcoming Museum of African American Music, Art & Culture and served administratively as the foundation’s chief operating officer respectively from 2003-2008. 
Current Board and Advisory Council designations & Achievements - National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners, Nashville City Club, African American History Foundation of Nashville Inc., R.H. Boyd Leadership Society(United Way). Connie is a graduate of Tennessee State University in Business Administration and 2007 graduate of the University Phoenix with a Masters in Management degree.

In addition she has taken courses at the Owens School of Business at Vanderbilt University.  Kinnard has been featured in Culture Magazine and also recognized in Black Meetings & Tourism in their story on “The Next Black CVB CEO/President”.  In 2008 Nashville Emerging Leader Award (NELA) in hospitality category which is sponsored annually by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the 20/20 Leadership Alliance. She has completed various leadership development programs to include Nashville Emerging Leaders and Leadership Middle Tennessee.
Kinnard’s additional professional affiliations include International Association of Hispanic Meeting Professionals, Religious Conference Management Association, Association of African American Museums and National Sales Network.