Dr. Catherine Price
Catherine H. Price, a native Mississippian, is in her sixteenth year with the University of Southern Mississippi serving as professor in the Casino, Hospitality, Tourism Management Department. She has taught a wide range of subjects including convention management, marketing, finance, human resources management.
While working on her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech, Dr. Price was assigned to the Office of the Vice President, Charles Steiger (now President of Virginia Tech) to work on a variety of projects associated with the renovation of the Hotel Roanoke which had been given to Virginia Tech by Norfolk Southern Railroad. During this same period, Dr. Price developed and conducted numerous one-day workshops for the Professional Convention Management Association on basic and advanced meeting management practices. In collaboration with PCMA and the ITT Sheraton Corporation she wrote A Guide For Meeting Planning distributed as a marketing piece for the Sheraton Corporation.
Prior to pursuing a Ph. D. and while living in Denver, Dr. Price owned the meeting consulting firm Price & Associates. Her clients included professional associations and corporations that hired her company to manage their seminars, annual conventions, fundraisers, trade shows, incentive travel, special events. This company was in business for approximately ten years. Clients included the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Indian Science & Engineering Society, Council of Energy Resource Tribes, Association of Women in Business; the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture; B.F. Goodrich, Anheuser-Busch, Coors, University of Denver. During this time, she wrote a major book, The AMA Guide For Meeting And Event Planners, published by the American Management Association. For the AMA to place its name on a book the book must meet very high standards. Dr. Price has earned a national reputation as an author for industry publications and as a speaker for national and international programs. She received the national award of “Educator of the Year” by the Professional Convention Management Association in 1997.
Dr. Price began her career in meeting management in 1970 with the White House Conference on Children and Youth. Following this event, she was employed by Capital Systems Group, a management consulting firm. She moved to Denver in 1973 and joined the staff of the National Conference of State Legislatures where she was a senior staff associate for training and development. She planned numerous events including a special series of small VIP meetings between US state legislators and Canadian provincial ministers. She also served as the lead staff for state legislators on an official trip to Taiwan hosted by the Taiwanese government.