Executive in Residence: Julie Coker Graham, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
The program will be moderated by John McNichol, President and CEO of Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.
Julie Coker Graham, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB)
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Location: MBA Commons, Alter Hall, 7th Floor
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Julie Coker Graham is the President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) where she oversees the organization’s efforts to promote and sell Philadelphia as a top destination for meetings, conventions, overseas travelers and group tour visitors. Within her first year as President & CEO, Coker Graham oversaw the PHLCVB’s role in the Democratic National Convention, which, along with eight citywide conventions, contributed to a blockbuster summer for the Philadelphia hospitality industry.
Previously, Coker Graham served as the PHLCVB’s Executive Vice President of Convention Sales and managed a staff of 25 sales and services professionals responsible for selling the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center and Philadelphia’s hotel package to customers across the country. Coker Graham joined the PHLCVB after serving as General Manager for the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, where she oversaw all operational aspects of the 350-room hotel.
A 21-year Hyatt veteran, she began her career there in 1989 as a corporate management trainee at Hyatt Regency Columbus. Throughout her more than two decades with Hyatt, she rose through the ranks in a variety of positions, including assistant front office manager, front office manager, hotel assistant manager, assistant executive housekeeper, director of sales and general manager. She was a nominee for General Manager of the Year for Hyatt Hotels Corporation 2004 and 2006.
Coker Graham serves on a number of boards, including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Independence Visitor Center Corporation, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, U.S. Travel Association, Destination Marketing Association International, International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Center City District (and the CCD Foundation) and the Global Philadelphia Association. She is also on the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Committee and the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Committee, as well as having served as the chair of Mayor Jim Kenney’s transition team for the Democratic National Convention.
In addition, Coker Graham is a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Links, Incorporated.
She was awarded Cradle of Liberty Good Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America Cradle of Liberty Council and was the recipient of the 2011 John Wanamaker Award (Individual Award) given by the YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity.
Coker Graham is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, where she received a bachelor of science in Hospitality Management and graduated Magna Cum Laude.