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Jubilee Profile Index

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David J. Saunders, is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Venue International Professionals, Inc. and brings to VIP an extensive background in business development and marketing expertise within the international trade and investment arena as a consultant and technical advisor. He was elected as an Associate Member of the ATA's International Board of Directors and is the Chairperson of the Membership Committee. He also is a member of Constitution Advisory Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Education and Training Committee.

He was credited with creating both the ATA Chapter Presidents' Forum and the New Members Orientation Forum. He has been a member of the ATA organization for five years and prior to his election to the ATA Board of Directors he was the President of the ATA's Mid-Atlantic Chapter from 1997-2000. He has organized, coordinated and hosted many trade and tourism shows, marketing and sales blitz campaigns, and press conferences as well as conducted various tours for groups to the Continent of Africa.

Web Site: www.venuetravel.com

His active professional and corporate affiliations include, but are not limited to: member of the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce (DCCC) Executive Board of Directors; Vice Chairperson of both the International Trade Committee and the International Travel and Tourism Committee of the DCCC; member of the Black Presidents' Roundtable Association (BPRA); and member of the National Board of Directors of Blacks In Government (BIG). He is also a Special Advisor to Howard University's Small Business Development Center (HUSBDC) as well as a member of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Washington Metropolitan Area Advisory Council. In addition, he was a Special Advisor to the District of Columbia's 1995 Delegation to the White House Conference on Small Business (WHCSB).

In 1999, he received the ATA's Outstanding Leadership Award for his exemplary contributions to the organization. In addition to the above, he is the Director of Management and Administrative Services for the Constituency for Africa (CFA) which is the premiere advocacy non-governmental organization (NGO) for Africa in the United States. He is a also a regular contributing writer and researcher for several trade publications to include the ATA Website, Africa Travel Magazine and Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine.

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With the Africa Travel Association's 30th Jubilee Congress in 2005, the excitement is mounting as our magazine's editors and New York office staff are going through the archives in our effort to present a landmark souvenir capsule of ATA's progress up to the present time. The above profile is one important step in that direction, as the association's great strength is the caliber of people in its chapters and on its Board of Directors.

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