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Myrlin Young- Mack, CMP 
President 

Myrlin has worked in the industry since 2000 and has planned thousands of events all across the country ranging from 10 – 20,000 attendees. Myrlin started her event planning career with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where she honed her event planning skills. In 2007, Myrlin embraced her entrepreneurial spirit and became an independent consultant, until the launching of Next Level in 2011. As an independent consultant, she has had the honor of working with numerous associations, corporations, and government agencies such as the National Association for the Education for Young Children, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, GTECH, DC Chamber of Commerce, Corporate Executive Board, Network of Latino Meeting Professionals, Center for Effective Public Policy and Equal Justice Works just to name a few. Read Full Bio... 

Tiffany Backus 
Vice President of Meetings & Business Development

Tiffany has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She has had the pleasure of working with a variety of clients including the LGBT Community, Federal and State Government, American and National Associations. She began her career early working for the Ocean Key Resort in Virginia Beach, VA as the “Sunday Fun-day Girl”. Tiffany started in hotel sales with Hyatt Hotels and has also worked for Hilton Hotels. Before joining Next Level, she worked for VISIT Milwaukee CVB DC based Convention Sales Manager where she provided excellent customer service, to include assistance with site selection, hotel contract negotiations and on-site assistance. Read Full Bio...
Brenda  A.M. Wise, Esq.
Vice President of Meetings & Events

Brenda is a multi-faceted meeting planner as she is a licensed attorney who initially began working with Next Level as a client. Since joining Next Level in 2011, Brenda has turned her legal advocacy skills into being an advocate for her clients by establishing beneficial vendor and sponsor relationships. She always ensures that no detail is overlooked in successfully executing events. Given her keen sense to develop innovative solutions to on-site problems, her clients have affectionately nicknamed her the “Olivia Pope” of Conventions. Brenda looks forward to providing the same level of service to you!  Brenda has planned major events for the City of Greensboro, North Carolina, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, the National Black Law Students Association and the DuPont Street Law Program. ​Read Full Bio...
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Melonie Barrow
Senior Grant Writer

Melonie has been working in non-profit services for over 15 yrs. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Family Studies and a Master’s Degree in Human Service Counseling. She has gained tremendous experience with non-profit management in her role as Director and program manager within several non-profit organizations. She is an effective communicator, has exceptional organizational, administrative, and people skills. She has extensive and hands-on experience working within the social and human services field and supportive programs for children, families and singles. Read Full Bio... 



Sylin Bynoe
Executive Director
As an Association Executive Professional, Sylin Bynoe has over 20 years of experience in the association management and convention/meeting industry. Sylin has held key management positions with more than ten associations representing up to 15,000 members and annual budget of $5 million. In her role as Executive Director, Sylin has broad expertise working with numerous association organizational structures and specializes in business operation and fiscal management challenges facing today’s not-for-profits, both domestic and international in focus. She excels at process improvement, competitive performance, relationship management, and is adept at building and leading top-performing teams, developing new programs, and directing critical initiatives. Read Full Bio...