ATA Mid Atlantic Chapter
The founder and president of both Pyramid Event Management, Inc. and Age of Awareness, Inc., Ms. Johnson's professional background and experience is in the sales and marketing area. She has worked for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company as a Sales Representative. At PolyGram Records, she was an Artist Development Representative marketing musical artists and selling music product.
In 1996 she developed Pyramid Event
Management, Inc., a special event planning company. In 1997
she formed Age of Awareness, Inc., a non-profit organization
that provides educational and cultural assistance to African
and African American children. She has secured sponsor
donations and provided assistance to schools and orphanages
in Ghana and Ethiopia. In March 2001, Ms. Johnson will be
taking a tour group to Ghana. Ms. Johnson is a graduate of
University of Maryland, College Park (Journalism). She is
currenty a meeting, conference and event planner. She also
handles public relations for People To People, a non profit
organization dealing with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Sahara Africa,
especially Ethiopia. She was elected the President of the
Mid Atlantic Africa Travel Association Chapter in December,
Mid Atlantic Chapter
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter meets as least once a month and conducts several special interest activities and events throughout the year. In fact, on an annual basis, the members of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter are invited and/or participate in African National Independence Days, Embassy Receptions and Press Conferences, African Travel and Tourism Marketing and Sales Blitz
Campaigns, International Travel, Tourism and Trade Conferences, Symposium and Forums, Museum and University Study Missions, African Cultural Heritage Festivals, and Visits of African Dignitaries. In addition, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter also cosponsors various annual African Awareness Programs such as: the International Tourism and Leisure Exhibition of Abidjan (SITLA 98), Best of Africa Trade Show, African Fashion Show and Fund-raiser, and Tours to North, East and West Africa including Black History Tours to West Africa.
Recent accomplishments include: Coordinating the First Annual Pilgrimage to Benin, West Africa; Hosting the Kick-Off Reception and Press Conference for the African Travel Association's 23rd Annual International Congress, which was held in Arusha, Tanzania; and conducting the 1998 African Town Meeting at the 20th Annual National Training Conference (NTC) of Blacks in Government (BIG). In addition, the members of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter participate in various travel and tourism conferences such as the American Travel Market (AMTM), the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Annual Conference and the Annual Washington Post Travel Show.
To learn more about the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, contact us and ask for a copy of our quarterly newsletter entitled the Africa Traveler's Journal. This award-winning publication was created to provide news and information for members of the Africa Travel Association who are interested in and/or engaged in the promotion of the travel and tourism industry on the Continent of Africa. Many more reports to come. They should be sent via ATA Head Office in New York.
(New York Chapter of ATA)
sponsors pavilion in African Marketplace
The displays were
for the most part set-up and manned by ATA SoCal Board
members. Representatives for Kenya, Ghana and Air Afrique
were also present.