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Tyra W. Hilliard, Esq., J.D, CMP

Associate Professor of restaurant, hotel and meetings management, University of Alabama

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Tyra teaches courses in meeting and event management at the University of Alabama and has also taught and facilitated presentations for international audiences worldwide, including Turkey, Greece, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Qatar, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Mexico, and Canada.She chaired the Convention Industry Council’s APEX Contracts Panel and has been named one of the “25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry.” She was recognized as the Educator honoree at the PCMA Foundation Achievement Awards Dinner in 2009 and was presented with the 2010 MPI Chairwoman’s Award for her work on the Meeting & Business Events Competencies & Standards. During her career, Tyra has worked in the meetings industry as an attorney, a meeting planner, a catering manager, and an association executive.  Her industry experience gives her a unique perspective on the legal and business aspects of meeting and event management. 

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