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DESA’s Meeting Planner Earns Certified Government Meeting Professional Certification

  •   COLUMBIA, SC — Natoshia Drinkard, meeting planner at DESA, Inc., has recently earned the Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) certification from the Society of Government Meeting Planning Professionals. Her new certification demonstrates her expertise in planning meetings and conferences that are governed by the rules and regulations of the federal government.

      Director of Conference and Event Services, Camille Shaw, said, “This certification demonstrates DESA’s and Natoshia’s commitment to providing quality service to our government clients. Natoshia is an exceptional meeting planner and I am proud of her for continuing to enhance her professional skills in a way that allows her to serve our clients even more effectively.”

      Individuals who have earned the CGMP certification have obtained the highest designation available for government meeting professionals. To become a Certified Government Meeting Professional, an individual must have a passing score of 100 points of out a possible 120, covering 19 lesson plans on subjects like ethics, federal budget and appropriations, acquisition and contracting, federal travel regulations, RFPs, risk management and other meeting fundamentals.

      To congratulate Drinkard, contact her by email at or call (803) 743-1144. For more information on DESA’s conference and event management services, visit