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| April G. Adams | Staff |

IES/CDSA Founder

April G. Adams April G. Adams founded Corporate Destination Services of Arizona on the basis of taking her experience in both the secondary and adult education and meeting planning fields to greater heights by instilling in her colleagues and vendors a sense of ownership of each event and program that she orchestrates. She has taken the notion of caring and trust and built a respect among her peers for her strength of character and dedication to professionalism.

The philosophy of building a small business through community involvement and giving back has been demonstrated numerous times in the past years by April's participation in fund-raising for such causes as AIDS-related Charities, Muscular Dystrophy, the Cancer Society and through her participation as a board member of The Head Start Program of Maricopa County, Phoenix Youth at Risk, and Native Nations Community Partners. April has acted as chairman of the Education Committee, Educational Retreat Committee, Sponsorship Committee and board liaison for the Sponsorship Committee and Membership Committee for Meeting Professionals International in Phoenix, instilling in young meeting professional an enthusiasm and devotion to ethical business practices in the meetings industry. Her meeting and programs presented on a monthly basis have lead to a significant increase in attendance.

April has been an active member on the board of the Phoenix Chapter of the National Association for Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Her function was to develop and encourage NAWBOARDS to thrive in their specific geographic locations. She was also chair of the Business Development Committee, a program enabling Corporate Sponsors to network with members at evening functions and was on their Board holding the position of Secretary. April's philosophy for NAWBO is to help it develop into an even more influential organization in the community, while it continues to encourage and support women-owned businesses.

As member of Meeting Professionals International, she has chaired many committees, receiving the "Greatest Committee Achievement" award and "Rising Star" award her first year. She has served on the Board of Directors. April has been a member of the Society for International Travel Executives (SITE) and the Society of Government Meeting Planners (SGMP).

The Phoenix Business Journal, Arizona Business Magazine, Ranking Arizona and Arizona Women have consistently over the last twelve years ranked Corporate Destination Services as one of the top companies in the Meetings Industry.

CDSA is a 100% Woman Owned business. It has been certified by the City of Phoenix since 1996, and nationally by WBENC-Women Business Enterprise National Council for the past many years. CDSA is contracted with the State of Arizona as a meeting planning company since April 2002. Other certificates are SBE and DBE


WBENC-Women's Business Enterprise National Council 2002-2011
WBE------Women Business Enterprise, by City of Phoenix, from 1994-2012
SBE-------Small Business Enterprise, by City of Phoenix, 2000-2012
DBE------Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, City of Phoenix, 2000-2012

State of Arizona Meeting Planning Services Contract # SCC070012-14 since 2002

NAWBO Woman Business Owner of the Year Award
NAWBO Woman Business Owner Advocate of the Year Award
Ernst and Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year
Athena Award

Awards, Recognition
Named, Meeting Professionals International "Rising Star" of the year
Named, Meeting Professionals International "Member of the Month"
Named, Today's Arizona Woman Top 10 Women in the Hospitality Industry,
Named, Arizona Business Magazine Top Meeting Planning Companies,
Named, Phoenix Business Journal Top Meeting Planning Companies in Phoenix
Named, Today's Arizona Woman Million Dollar Club,
Named, Meeting Professional International, Committee Achievement Award, Sponsorship

Invited Guest Speaker
Arizona Speakers Association Meet the Pros
World Affairs Council Overcoming Barriers: Women's Rights in the U.S.
NAWBO CEO Mentor, Camp for Entrepreneurial Girls
Coronado High School Career Day
Plan Your Meeting magazine Conference

Volunteer and Charity Work
NAWBO annual awards committee
New Life Shelter Fund Raiser
Waste Not Fund-raiser
Organized Clothing Drive for Head Start
Back to School Clothing Drive
Muscular Dystrophy Association Fund Raiser
Waste Not Fund-raiser
APS Back to School Clothing Drive
Herberger Headlines Fund-raiser
Impact Fund-raiser Management
Body Positive Fund-raiser
Organized American Society of Civil Engineers
Youth at Risk

Boards/Committee Chair
Phoenix Head Start Policy Board
Board of Directors NAWBO
Secretary Executive Board of Directors NAWBO
Chairman Education Committee for Meeting Professionals International
Chairman Educational Retreat for Meeting Professionals International
Chairman of NAWBOARDS for NAWBO
Chairman of Sponsorship Committee for Meeting Professionals International

Other Past and Present Memberships
Member, Scottsdale Chamber and CVB
Member, National Association of Women Business Owners
Member, Meeting Planners International
Member, City of Tempe Chamber of Commerce,
Sponsor, City of Tempe 125th Anniversary, Party in the Park
Member, Phoenix Convention and Visitor Bureau
Member, Arizona Multi-Housing Association
Member, Arizona Speakers Association
Member, Arizona Small Business Association
Member, Women's President Organization
Member, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Member, Women at the Top
Member, Society of Government Meeting Planners


For more information about having us on your team, please contact our offices: or 602-577-1588.

Our Strengths:
Destination Management • Event Planning • Incentive Travel • Meeting Planning
On-Line Registration • Site Selection • Special Events • Teambuilding

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