MPI Philadelphia Announced Jack Ferguson Scholarship Winner

  • MPI Philadelphia Announced Jack Ferguson Scholarship Winner

    POSTED June 15, 2016

The MPl Philadelphia Area Chapter recently announced the 2016 Jack Ferguson Scholarship winner. Congratulations, Maya Northen, President of Chimera Travel!

The Jack Ferguson Scholarship sends a multicultural MPI PHL member to the Annual MPI World Education Conference (WEC), allowing them to keep up with the latest industry trends and receive continuing education credits.  MPI Philadelphia Area Chapter is pleased to partner with PHL Diversity to create this scholarship to honor PHLCVB President and CEO, Jack Ferguson, for his many years of dedicated service cultivating Philadelphia's diverse meetings and conventions industry, and championing the inclusion of the city’s minority business communities within the industry.

Ms. Northen has been a member of MPI for nearly 10 years, and is currently the co-chair of the Membership Retention Committee.  She had previously served in several other volunteer roles including six years on the Board of Directors.

Guillermo Veloso has joined the team at Ocean Place Resort and Spa as their new executive chef. Veloso is no stranger to the region, being a New York City and northern Jersey native. 

Veloso has an extensive culinary career extending more than 35 years, but he has also spent time as an archaeologist and naturalist. He was the executive chef at Miami’s Yuca Restaurant and has also served as executive chef at Philadelphia’s Cuba Libre and the Please Touch Museum. 


Get to know and love your concierge. After all, they are your best resource to what is beyond the hotel walls. No matter the question or request, stop by the desk and it might just make the di erence between a mediocre and a memorable trip.


If you haven’t already read our insightful article interviewing a handful of concierges around the state, check out our latest issue here.

This interview didn’t make it into that article because of timing, but we have so many ways to spread the word! Enjoy!