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Cynthia L. Alford, DMCP

Owner & President

Cynthia is the Co-Founder, President & Managing Director of Destination South. Since launching the company in 1995, Cynthia’s relentless drive to provide value for clients, her insatiable appetite to know their business, and her passion for working in partnership to deliver this vision has led to the successful growth of and acclaim for Destination South. Under her leadership, Destination South has garnered distinctive industry recognition with multiple Allie, Esprit and ADMEI Awards. Her passion and knowledge has led Cynthia to be a sought-after speaker and facilitator for hospitality industry associations nationwide.

With more than 30 years of experience, Cynthia now dedicates extensive time giving back to the industry through volunteerism and supporting non-profits. She‘s currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. She has served on the board of ADMEI, as Chair of the DMC Network, and as President of MPI Georgia. She was awarded Chapter Leader of the Year, Meeting Planner of the Year, received the President’s Award, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for her esteemed work. Additionally, she recently volunteered as Chairwoman for the “Man & Woman of the Year” Campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Georgia, (raising an astonishing $749,000 in just 10 short weeks—$130,000 over goal).

Cynthia is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia and a self-proclaimed, #1 Georgia Bulldogs football fan! When not rooting on the Dawgs, you'll find her unwinding next to a body of water, reading a book and sipping wine in the company of her husband and two pups. You can also find her somersaulting out of an airplane (wearing a parachute of course), as she loves adventure and traveling (furthest trip—Vietnam; most life-changing—Alaska).

  • 25+ years of DMC industry experience

  • Producer with Don Mischer Productions for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games

  • ABC/Disney affiliate producer for the 2000 Super Bowl Halftime Show

  • Executive producer for ancillary events held in conjunction with 2004 & 2005 Microsoft Global Briefing, 2006 – 2010 Microsoft Global Exchange and 2016 Microsoft Ignite

  • ADMC



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