Yesterday was jam-packed with inspiring keynotes, education sessions and invaluable appointments. Several attendees woke up bright and early to participate in a morning devotional led by William H. Murphy, lead pastor of The Dream Center Church of Atlanta. Others took advantage of added time for shut-eye and came later for breakfast, which was followed by a general session sponsored by Charleston, West Virginia, and VisitGreenvilleSC.
American astronaut Captain Mark Kelly took his keynote to infinity and beyond by teaching us the true meaning of working under pressure. He shared the heartbreaking story of the assassination attempt against his wife, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and the patience and endurance he learned as he walked with her on her road to recovery.
After breakfast, it was time for the most critical part of Connect Faith: Marketplace appointments, which were sponsored by Louisville CVB and Oklahoma City. Planners took their seats and suppliers shuffled from table to table to share what their hotels and destinations can do for meetings. Visit Charlotte kept you hydrated as its team strolled the aisles with beverage carts of infused waters and branded water bottles for keeps.