Meeting Planner Testimonials

The Nashville CVC has a history of servicing meeting planners with exceptional success, as evidenced by their testimonials.


“Last fall our organization quickly learned that the prospect of hosting a large event anywhere in February was not going to be an option. We approached the team at Visit Music City and Gaylord about shifting dates. We found dates that worked in August 2021. The team at Visit Music City was so supportive in the months leading up and as many of the Covid restrictions were being lifted in the city. They kept us informed as changes occurred within the city. They also worked together to serve as liaisons to the health department to showcase how we were working to keep our attendees safe. It has been great knowing we have the support of our local partners as we pull this event together. We could not do it without the support of the Visit Music City and Gaylord teams!”

Kristin Torres, Executive Director, Meetings & Events
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
August 2021 - Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center


"Planning our annual company retreat for 100+ employees with the support of Nashville Music City made our efforts so much easier and seamless. Between getting us in contact with hotels in the area and sending us lists of places where we can take our staff for team building and dinners, to welcoming our team at the airport and hotel with signage and flyers, we truly felt welcome in Nashville. We hope to come back for future company events and continue building our relationship with Nashville Music City. Working with them is a highly rewarding experience."

Ryan Heafy, Co-Founder + COO
6AM City
March 2022 - 21c Hotel

“We have had the pleasure of working with the Nashville CVC team since 2018 in planning for our user conference. We had to postpone our events due to COVID, and the CVC were an invaluable resource to us in working with the MCC and the hotels in changing our dates. They are incredibly responsive, helpful, and an absolute pleasure to work with. We can’t wait to welcome our 4,000 attendees in Nashville and know our event is going to be a huge success in no small part to this team!”

Joanna Zygmont, Experience & Events Coordinator
June 2022 and May 2023 - Music City Center


“I worked with the Nashville CVC sales team for many, many years to bring the PLA conference to Nashville, and the PLA 2020 Conference was an incredible success! More than 8,700 attendees, exhibitors, speakers & guests enjoyed the amazing hospitality of the city and the Nashville Public Library. The convention services team at the CVC was extremely helpful, and the staff at the Music City Center was one of the best I’ve seen in almost 20 years in the industry. It was a true team effort every step of the way, and I look forward to the opportunity to come back to Nashville in the future!”

Melissa Faubel Johnson, CMP, Meeting and Special Events Planner
Public Library Association
February 2020 - Music City Center


“Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc. (FCCLA), like many other organizations, had very difficult decisions in preparing for a conference in the middle of an ever-changing pandemic environment. The Nashville CVC was absolutely the best at helping us walk through these decisions and prepare for a successful return to an in-person event. The staff at Nashville CVC helped us in ways beyond what we expected. From introducing us to key partners in the city, helping us negotiate space needs, connecting us to local speakers, to the phone calls to see how things were going – Nashville CVC went way above our expectations! By far the Nashville CVC is the best of any city for responsiveness and making us feel that we are their most important meeting in the city – even when we were no longer a “city-wide” event. The team at Nashville CVC is absolutely the best!”

Sandy Spavone, FCCLA, Inc. Executive Director
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
June 2021 - Omni Nashville Hotel

Financial & Insurance

“Nashville was a fantastic destination for our 2019 ICBA LIVE national convention. The city hit all the right notes … from fabulous food and music to all there is to see and do near the Music City Center, it was the perfect package of entertainment and activities, hotels, and meeting space for our annual convention. And especially noteworthy was the incredible service provided by everyone in the city, especially our contacts at the Nashville CVC. They were true partners, helping us prepare with marketing resources and expert advice, and were there every step of the way to ensure we could provide the best experience possible for our attendees. We appreciate all they did and look forward to coming back to Nashville!”

Jan Meyer, Executive Vice President, MN Operations, Conventions & Meetings
Independent Community Bankers of America®
March 2019 - Music City Center


“If you’re thinking about hosting your event in Nashville, the NCVC is an outstanding resource from A to Z! They truly define Southern hospitality and were very supportive to help make our annual conference, GSMCON, a stellar success from the planning stages up to the live event. We were especially thrilled with the level of professionalism and customer service provided by their temporary staffing service while working our registration booth. What an awesome team! There’s definitely no shortage of entertainment and dining options (Nashville hot chicken is a must!) for everyone to enjoy and soak in all of Nashville’s amazing music history and downtown nightlife!”

Mai Linh Johnson, Director of Events
Government Social Media LLC
April 2019 - Gaylord Opryland®Resort & Convention Center


"Run, do not walk to Nashville for your next open date! APhA2018 was a resounding success, and broke previous attendance records. The feedback from staff working with the on-site teams, and our attendees utilizing the facilities and city amenities, have been overwhelmingly positive."

Windy K. Christner, CMP, Senior Director, Meetings & Expositions
American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
March 2018 - Music City Center


“Working with the talented, flexible, and responsive Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp staff was one of the many highlights of coming to this fast-growing metropolis in Tennessee. Our staff, leadership, and membership were excited and pleased to have one of our largest training events in Nashville and specifically the Gaylord Opryland. The Gaylord Opryland staff ensured a smooth massive check in process, provided creative solutions to some of our unique program aspects and worked with us create a wonderful overall attendee experience.”

Jatare Barrett, Director of Corporate Events & Conferences
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
June 2019 - Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Nashville proved to be the highest attended Southern Regional Conference in the history of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A big thank you to the entire Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. team who assisted Delta from our initial site visit and throughout the entire planning process. You have a top-notch operation. It really makes a difference to work with people who know what they are doing and are willing to do what it takes to make it happen. We are exploring future years in Music City!

Patrea’ Logan, Director of Events
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
June 2018 - Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center


“The team at Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp served as an extension of our team. Not only did NCVC answer all our questions, they offered ideas and creativity as we worked together to bring a great experience to attendees. The team at NCVC is a special group and their approach helped make our planning a Team Sport.” “We can’t thank them enough for their engagement and their enthusiasm along the way!”

John Kirk, President & CEO
Retail Solutions Providers Association
July 2021 - Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center


“Thank you to the city of Nashville and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp for rolling out the welcome carpet for NRECA. I’m happy to report that our event came back to life at pre-pandemic numbers, over 8100 in attendance. We had one of the smoothest conventions ever. The warm weather and the excitement of returning to meetings invigorated my attendees. I’m so glad it happened in Nashville.”

Eric Commodore, CMP, DES, Director, Meeting & Event Planning
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
March 2022 - Music City Center

“Wow! Working with Visit Music City was such a warm and wonderful experience. We alternate cities from West to Central to East every three years, Nashville made us want to stay in one place! The experience was top notch from planning to execution . . . can’t wait until next time!”

Debi Kensell, Executive Director & CEO
Restaurant Facility Management Association
March 2022 - Music City Center

“Our record-setting 2021 Convention and Trade Show would not have been possible without the talented and dedicated team at the Nashville CVC. Our members were in awe of the city and its many offerings. The restaurant scene, the shows, museums, and the choice of incredible venues all contributed to the success of our annual meeting. The collaboration and chemistry between our NECA staff and the Nashville CVC was a game-changer. We cannot thank the team enough for everything they did to help create a successful event! We are proud to continue our valued relationship with our friends at the Nashville CVC. NECA would be thrilled to return to Nashville!”

Pete Mastrorocco, Vice President of Education, Events and Partnerships
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
October 2021 - Music City Center

“Our recent meeting in Nashville was so successful! The Hilton Nashville Downtown is situated in a prime area close to all the music and fun Broadway has to offer. More importantly, the hotel staff, food and beverage, and sleeping rooms were all top-notch. I can’t wait to come back!”

Stephanie Gunn, Director, Meeting Services
National Pork Board
April 2022 - Hilton Nashville Downtown

“The Building Performance Association had an excellent time meeting in Nashville. Visit Music City was instrumental in assisting us with finding overflow hotels near the Omni and provided an invaluable service to us in the planning process by assisting us with finding temporary staffing, security, and transportation. We look forward to returning for a third time to Nashville in the near future.”

Lois D. Miller, CAE, President
Building Performance Association
April 2022 - Omni Nashville Hotel

“Our working relationship with Nashville is one of the best. In the era of COVID, the cooperation from the city and its partners was above and beyond our expectations. The entire community came together to make sure our event not only happened but was a huge success for our first meeting since the pandemic. We had great attendance and our attendees were very excited to make Nashville their first work trip. The city really rolled out the red carpet for our group. The CVC team is one of the best and kept us up to date on the latest government restrictions. Everyone at Music City Center is wonderful to work with and their staff is so hospitable. We will be coming back to Nashville at our next chance!!!”

Shannon Kiley, Manager - Events
Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST)
June 2021 - Music City Center

“Nashville proved to be one of the best years for the annual NACE CORROSION conference. Our attendees loved all that the city had to offer and the Music City Center. Working with on-site NCVC’s temp staff made our onsite execution seamless. We could not be happier with our experience in Nashville and look forward to returning.”

Lesley Martinez, Manager, Conferences
NACE International | The Worldwide Corrosion Authority
March 2019 & April 2025 - Music City Center


"The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. is fantastic. They provide that special attention to detail in the planning stages of our conferences along with assistance during the conference and is always ready to assist in research and RFP distribution. Whether it’s a small board meeting for 30 or a large delegation over 1,000, Nashville and the Nashville CVC will not disappoint. It’s hard to beat the charm and welcoming atmosphere of this world-class city!"

Lois Rostine, CMP, CMM, Director - Corporate Events
LKQ Corporation
March 2020 - Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center