March Monthly Meeting

RSVP for Tuesday March 26, 2019

“Current Trends in Event/Meeting Planning in 2019”

 A Panel Discussion of Industry Leaders


  Kim Bumpas, CMP      President of  Visit Knoxville                    

 Stephen P. Burke, CMP    Regional Vice President of HelmsBriscoe

 Register ASAP but no later than Friday March 22, 2019 by responding to

Hosted by Kat Hoskins

 And Sponsored by the

Courtyard by Marriott Knoxville West | Bearden

250 Brookview Centre Way, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919


10:30 a.m.           Board Meeting (All Members Welcome)

11:30 a.m.           Registration/Networking

12:00 p.m.           Lunch

12:30 –1:30 p.m. “Current Trends in Event/Meeting Planning in 2019”

Cost to Attend:

Planner Members                                              $ 15.00

First Time Planner Non-Members           No Charge

Supplier Members                                            $ 30.00

Supplier Non-Members                                $ 35.00


Kim Bumpas is a national and regional leader with strong hospitality experience and nearly two decades of experience in senior management, sales and marketing. A community leader and volunteer, Bumpas serves as a tourism leader for East Tennessee and the Knoxville community.

Within Visit Knoxville, Bumpas is focused on promoting Knoxville as a travel destination for leisure travelers and conventions. Bumpas serves as a liaison for Visit Knoxville with the Knoxville Convention Center (KCC), City of Knoxville (COK), Knox County and Knoxville venues/properties. Her teams within Visit Knoxville solicit conventions for Knoxville, secure all marketing placement for the City/County of Knoxville and then service the conventions upon entering Knoxville to make sure the experience lives up to what is sold.

Bumpas is a 1994 graduate from the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a degree in Marketing. Her hospitality career began in college at the Holiday Inn Cedar Bluff. Upon graduation, she transitioned into operations and sales with the Holiday Inn Select Downtown and the Hyatt Knoxville (now the Knoxville Marriott) before moving to the next level of destination sales. Employed by the Knoxville Convention & Visitors Bureau (now Visit Knoxville) since 2001, she has advanced from Sales Manager to Director of Sales to Vice President of Sales to Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing and is currently President.

With over 20 years’ experience in hotels, venues and destination marketing, Bumpas earned the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Classification in 2003. In 2008, Bumpas spearheaded Visit Knoxville’s accreditation with the Destination Marketing Association International’s (DMAI) – Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). In 2011, Bumpas completed DMAI’s elite certification of Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME). This distinction is awarded based on coursework completed at the national level over a period of three years. Bumpas is one of only two candidates in the state of Tennessee to achieve this honor.

Bumpas’ appointments and awards include: East Tennessee Meeting Professional (ETMP) – Supplier of the Year; Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Classification – 2003; 40 under Forty – Class of 2008; facilitated accreditation with the Destination Marketing Association International’s (DMAI) Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) – 2008; Tennessee Society of Association Executives (TSAE) – Board Member; East Tennessee Meeting Professionals (ETMP) – Secretary; Tennessee Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (TACVB) – Board Member and 2014 Chair; Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Speaker and Education Committee Member (2014-current); EWA (Executive Women’s Association); Rotary Club of Knoxville; University of Tennessee Chancellors Associates Program; Introduction Knoxville – Class of 2010; Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) – 2011; Leadership Knoxville – Class of 2012; formed the Visit Knoxville Film Office – 2013/2014; East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association – Class of 2015; Tennessee Tourism Committee (appointed by the Governor); Destination Marketing Association of the Year – 2016; formed the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission – 2016; Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association’s (GKHA) Women in Hospitality & Tourism of the Year award – 2017; Ijams Nature Center – Board Member and FYE16 & FYE17 Chair; University of Tennessee Chancellors Associates – Class of 2018; Tennessee Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau (TACVB) – Board Member (2011-2014) and FYE14 Chair; Tennessee Tourism Committee (2012-current); Tennessee Theater Board Member (2017-current); Tennessee Tourism Committee (2012-current) – Chair of the Knowledge Driven Sub-Committee (2017-current); and other various committees.



(March 2019)

 As a graduate of the University of Kentucky, Steve worked early in his sales career with Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, in Nashville, Orlando, St. Petersburg and the US Virgin Islands.

Steve joined HelmsBriscoe in 1997 as Regional Vice President, and he maintains leadership responsibilities for Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.

Steve has given back to his industry by serving as President of the Ohio Chapter of MPI, and as President for the Kentucky-Bluegrass Chapter of MPI and has also served on numerous Board and Committee positions.

In his spare time, you can find Steve engaged in his favorite hobbies of golfing, or a cappella singing in the barbershop musical style!