Stockton Graduate and Meet AC Employee Awarded Scholarship to Attend MPI’s WEC in Las Vegas, Nevada


ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Wednesday, May 17, 2017) Meet AC is thrilled to announce Joseph Huntenburg, Stockton University Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies graduate and part-time Marketing Services Coordinator with Meet AC has been awarded a scholarship from the MPI Foundation to attend Meeting Professionals International (MPI) World Education Congress (WEC) in Las Vegas, NV June 19-22, 2017.

MPI is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. More than 2,000 global meeting and event professionals attend MPI's annual WEC event for relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges. This year’s conference theme is, Stop planning meetings and start designing experiences.

The MPI Foundation WEC Scholarship sponsored by Wyndham Worldwide includes a full conference scholarship that is applied toward registration, airfare, hotel accommodations and a per diem. Wyndham Worldwide awards WEC scholarships to five students and five faculty annually.  

“The Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies faculty are proud of Joseph Huntenburg for being awarded this scholarship and all of his accomplishments while attending Stockton University. Joseph is a leader among his peers and proudly represents the program and University as a graduate, employee and scholarship recipient,” stated Donna Albano, Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Stockton University.

Joseph Huntenburg has recently graduated from Stockton University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, while earning the highest honors of Summa Cum Laude. While a student at Stockton University, Huntenburg was able to excel not only in his academics, but in his professional experiences as well. During the summer of 2016, he interned at The Water Club at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa as a Supervisor of the Food and Beverage Department. Following Huntenburg’s summer internship, he began an additional internship with Meet AC. Through positive performance, Huntenburg was asked to continue with the company as a part-time employee. In addition, before being employed with Meet AC, Huntenburg received the honor of being sponsored to attend MPI’s 2016 WEC in Atlantic City as Stockton University’s student representative where he was introduced to the world of meeting professionals. Huntenburg states, “I couldn’t be more honored to be chosen to receive the MPI Foundation WEC Scholarship that will allow me to attend MPI’s 2017 WEC in Las Vegas this June. The opportunities and experiences during WEC are endless.”

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About MPI
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. The organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals including more than 17,000 engaged members and its Plan Your Meetings audience. It has more than 90 chapters and clubs in 19 countries. “When we meet, we change the word.”

About MPI Foundation
The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation fuels the growth and advancement of MPI members by providing professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. The not-for-profit organization also propels the meeting and event industry forward by funding important and quality research initiatives. For more information, visit


About Meet AC

Meet AC, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) organization formed and funded as a public-private partnership by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to create economic development through conventions, sporting events, film production and group tourism. Meet AC focuses on three primary objectives: sales, marketing and services.

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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Announces Shepherd’s Rock Celebrity Pro-Am


Opportunity to Play Alongside Famed Athletes, PGA TOUR Players, Noted TV Personalities

(FARMINGTON, Pa.)Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – the acclaimed luxury resort in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania – will host the star-studded Shepherd’s Rock Celebrity Pro-Am on July 11.

Kicking off at 10 a.m., the event is part of Nemacolin’s grand opening celebration for its much-anticipated new Pete Dye and Tim Liddy-designed Shepherd’s Rock golf course. An exclusive pro-am draw and VIP gala event featuring Huey Lewis and The News occurs July 10 at 6 p.m.

Celebrities scheduled to participate include Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger; San Francisco 49ers placekicker Robbie Gould; PGA TOUR golfers Ben Curtis and Jason Gore; Golf Channel personalities Matt Ginella and Chris DiMarco; and local sports luminaries Brett Keisel, Heath Miller and Phil Bourque.

Packages to play in the pro-am are available for $2,950 (individual) and $10,400 (foursome). The offer includes overnight accommodations, welcome amenity package (valued at over $500), two tickets to the pro-am draw event and VIP gala, exclusive play on Shepherd’s Rock and more.

“This exciting celebrity pro-am will launch the opening of Shepherd’s Rock in grand fashion,” says Mike Jones, director of golf and recreation. “We want participants to enjoy the world-class experience offered here at Nemacolin and be among the first to play the course many feel is destined to become one of the most acclaimed layouts in the U.S.”

For additional information or to register for the event, contact head golf professional Justin Collins at 724.329.6112 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Perched high atop the Allegheny Mountains, the 7,151-yard Shepherd’s Rock course will offer extraordinary golf in a spectacular setting. The rolling bucolic terrain is ideal to fully utilize Dye’s brilliant imagination in fashioning a routing sure to draw raves from both media and guests. The dramatic par-5 18th, under the gaze of Nemacolin’s posh Falling Rock boutique hotel, features a green sitting atop the property’s high ground and a single, magnificent oak tree standing sentinel on the right.

Shepherd’s Rock is the only Mid-Atlantic layout and Pete Dye-designed golf course opening in 2017. The course will open to resort guests and members on July 1. Play for general public begins July 12.

For more information:, 866.399.6957.

About Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Nemacolin is one of North America's premier luxury resort destinations. Situated on nearly 2,000 acres in Farmington, Pennsylvania, Nemacolin features 320 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private upscale homes. The resort offers championship golf, including the Pete Dye-designed Mystic Rock golf course. In July, the property will open Shepherd’s Rock, its second Dye-designed signature course. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Shooting Academy; Wildlife Academy that features everything from safari tours to dog sledding; Adventure Center, complete with zip lines and climbing wall; and Jeep Off-Road Driving Academy.

Guests can test their luck at our Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, featuring approximately 600 slots and 28 table games. Nemacolin also boasts an internationally acclaimed spa collection and 15 restaurants and lounges, including Lautrec, a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant experience. For meetings and events, Nemacolin's 32,000 square feet of conference space includes three ballrooms, a lecture hall and 25 meeting rooms. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.

30th Anniversary of Dunes Manor Hotel is Testament to Late Founder’s Innovative Vision and Legacy

The Dunes Manor Hotel & Suites in Ocean City, MD - founded by the pioneering 74 year-old entrepreneur Thelma Conner in 1987 - is celebrating its 30th anniversary.


Ocean City, MD (PRUnderground) April 24th, 2017
The Dunes Manor Hotel & Suites, which is rated #2 out of 103 hotels in Ocean City, MD, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The hotel was founded in 1987 by the late Thelma Conner, who sought to deliver a hospitality experience that combined modern conveniences with old world charm.

“Lots of folks in Ocean City told Thelma that a 74 year-old woman couldn’t possibly launch and run a 170-room hotel, but she believed that she could, and the Dunes’ enduring success has proved all of her doubters wrong,” says James Garcia, General Manager of the Dunes Manor Hotel. “With so many naysayers calling her decision foolish, her sly sense of humor was on display when she decided to officially open the hotel on April Fool’s Day.”

Thelma Conner moved to Ocean City in 1940 to work with her husband Milton at his family’s Hasting’s Miramar Hotel. The couple eventually bought the Dunes Motel on 27th Street, and they shared a dream of opening a full service hotel on an inherited vacant block of land nearby. Milton passed away in 1979, but eight years later, Thelma brought their idea to life when she built the Dunes Manor Hotel, an 11-story, Victorian-style hotel on 28th Street.

Notable details about Thelma and The Dunes Manor Hotel include:

  • More than 1,000,000 guests have stayed at the property over its 30 year history, and over 2,000 people have been hired to fill full time and seasonal jobs at the hotel.
  • Afternoon Tea and Crumpets, a daily 3:00PM tradition that Thelma introduced as a way for guests and staff to mix, mingle, and have conversations that could potentially lead to new friendships, continues to this day.
  • The Dunesberry Cocktail, a signature Thelma-created libation which is a combination of raspberry and blackberry liqueur, is still on the menu at the hotel’s Zippy Lewis Lounge, Victorian Room, and Barefoot Beach Bar.
  • The Smothers Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Bob Newhart, Red Skelton, and Flavor Flav have been guests at the hotel.
  • Thelma’s contributions to the community and the Eastern Shore have been recognized in official citations from the Governor of Maryland and the County Commissioner.
  • Thelma, who was also Ocean City’s first woman councilperson, earned the nickname of Ocean City’s “First Lady” from citizens and politicians in the community.
  • The hotel is currently owned by Thelma and Milton’s family.

“Thelma’s achievements at the Dunes Manor were remarkable,” says Garcia. “Not only was she a savvy businesswoman who understood the needs of her customers and detected a profitable opportunity in the marketplace, she also launched a successful ‘startup’ when her peers were well into retirement. The fact that the Dunes Manor has survived and thrived for 30 years is proof that she had a great idea, and that she was a visionary entrepreneur who was way ahead of her time.”

About Dunes Manor Hotel & Suites

Located right on the boardwalk and built in the grand style of Ocean City’s Victorian era, the Dunes Manor Hotel & Suites – which is ranked #2 in TripAdvisor’s customer reviews of 103 hotels in the market – offers a one of a kind experience in Ocean City, MD. Our magnificent beachfront views make the Dunes Manor the ideal getaway where you can relax and unwind after exploring everything that Ocean City has to offer.