VERNITA HARRIS M.B.A., CMP
Professional Profile

This native Houstonian is a creative thinker with a long list of successful and innovative projects to her credit. She holds a BBA in Marketing and an MBA in Management from Prairie View A&M University. Her success in meeting and event planning comes from years of experience as a sales and marketing professional and community service. She obtained her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) in Janurary 2009.

Key Career Accomplishments
Sales Representative of the Year-1999 and President’s Award -2002 for outstanding sales accomplishments, project management and leadership.
Visionary talents and marketing skills doubled the membership of The Houston Chapter of the National Black MBAA in two years. Secured a national conference and won the first outright Chapter of the Year award.
As the National Conference Chair, Vernita was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by Councilman Ron Green for generating over 15 million dollars in revenue for the city of Houston in a five day period and assisting in coordinating the first Texas Alliance Consortium, manage over 200 volunteers.
Planned and negotiated an International Networking and Strategic Symposium while taking a group of 33 travelers to Italy in July 2006. The 12 days were filled with meetings, networking and tours throughout the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
Managed project and provided event planning services for The 2007 Community Health HIV Awareness Concert. Provided oversight and coordination of free HIV testing and educational awareness for 7,000+ teenagers and young adults in the Houston area. Negotiated contract for Reliant Arena as venue for free concert.
Recipient of Houston Minority Supplier Development Council’s Corporate MBE Executive Business Scholarship, July 2008 and July 2009.
Accepted to Tuck/Dartmouth College – Building a High Performing Minority Business – August 2009
Chair- Emerging Business Sub Committee, NCAA Final Four, Houston 2011
Winner of HMSDC John Vega Spirit Award, May 2010

Professional Experience
Principal, IMPACT Strategies Consultants, LLC
Virology Specialist, Schering Plough Pharmaceuticals
Corporate Travel Agent, American Express
Specialty Marketing/Elite Agent, Continental Airlines
Analyst, Amoco Production Company

Professional and Civic Affiliations
National Black MBA Association- Lifetime Member
Houston Chapter - Past President
National Conference Chair 2004
Scholarship Banquet Chair 2007

Minority Supplier Development Council
Sports Classic Vice-chair 2008, Chair 2009 & 2010
Program Committee – Sub Committee Chair 2008

Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors – Jan 2009 – Dec 2010
Co-chair Pinnacle Awards – Oct 2010
Co-chair CEO Circle

Memberships
Women Business Enterprise
Greater Houston Partnership
National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners
National Sales Network- Houston Chapter
Project Blueprint- Class XIX
Leadership Houston- Class XXI