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DESA’s Director Earns Certification in Meeting Management

  • COLUMBIA, SC DESA, Inc. is pleased to announce that Camille Williams Shaw, Director of Conference and Event Management Services, has recently earned the Certification in Meeting Management (CMM) designation. Shaw is one of fifty-one professionals from around the world to be awarded the prestigious designation in the latest CMM class. The CMM designation recognizes the strategic decision-making ability of industry leaders, as well as their ability to manage and deliver exceptional meetings and events that drive organizational success. It is awarded by Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the premier global association community for meeting and event professionals.

      Shaw, who has directed DESA’s conference management team for more than 15 years, serves as program manager for many of DESA’s projects. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of conferences, including planning, managing schedules, designating job tasks, executive reporting, finance and budgeting.

      Diane Sumpter, President and CEO of DESA, says, “Camille has proven to be a vital part of the DESA team for more than 20 years. Her continued commitment to professional growth ensures that DESA will continue to offer incomparable service to our clients and partners.”

      To receive the CMM designation, meeting professionals must serve in a management-level position and have at least 10 years of industry experience. MPI’s CMM program is a rigorous professional development initiative focusing on the strategy and business of meetings and events.

      To congratulate Shaw, contact her by email at or call (803) 743-1131. For more information on DESA’s conference and event management services, visit