Special Event & Marketing


To provide an avenue to unite special event and marketing professionals through networking, educational and training opportunities, and VRPS events, while supporting the mission of the Virginia Recreation & Park Society.


  • Provide diverse trainings and meetings each quarter.

  • Increase SEMRG membership and member participation annually.

  • Establish a greater presence within VRPS.

  • Provide informational and educational resources to members.

SEMRG Leadership Team

Ben Fairbanks

Administrative Chair
Henrico Parks & Recreation
Work: 804-501-7489

Emily Upton

Logistics Chair
Suffolk Parks & Recreation
Work: 757-514-7256

Joy Johnson

Marketing & Communications Chair
James City Co. Parks & Recreation
Work: 757-259-5353


Membership & Networking Chair

JudiAnn Hawkins-Pond

Training & Education Chair
Hanover Co. Parks & Recreation
Work: 804-774-0120

Arlana Fauntleroy, CPRP

VRPS Board Liaison
James City Co. Parks & Recreation
Work: 757-259-5377


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  • We have a Facebook Group - SEMRG VRPS - join us!

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Postponed Stay Tuned! SEMRG webpage (1)

Quarterly Meeting

July 28, 2021, 10 a.m. (Zoom - check back for updates)

Quarterly Meeting

July 28, 2021, 10 a.m. (Zoom - check back for updates)

Past Meetings & Events


Photo from the SEMRG Informat Chat 

  • August 19, 2020 - held via ZOOM! Thank you to all who were able to attend!

Photo from the SEMRG Quarterly Meeting & Roundtable 

  • January 23, 2020 in Henrico, VA - professionals gathered to discuss current trends and challenges in special events and marketing.
  • Check out the SEMRG article in the VRPS Magazine article (page 10).
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Photo from the Special Events & Marketing Resource Group Meeting

  • June 4, 2019 in Henrico, VA - Special Thank You to all who were able to attend - see you soon!

Meeting Minutes