Annual Conference
AG Gaston Conference (AGGC)

The A.G. Gaston Conference is a 2-day event that celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. A.G. Gaston and promotes the growth and success of African American businesses.

In 2005, Gaynelle and Robert Dickerson, Jr., with the Birmingham Business Resource Center, joined forces to produce the first AG Gaston Conference. Gaynelle did all the event planning, Bob raised all the money and they jointly planned the program. Now, 18+ years later, that business model is still working.

Advanced Planning Services, LLC provides the following services:

  • Managing logistical operations with all conference event sites
  • Coordinating efforts with all conference vendors and suppliers
  • Providing on-site event management support for the conference

What makes this partnership work is a respect for each other as friends and co-workers and a strong commitment to the conference mission – “One Vision, One Cause, Elevating African American Entrepreneurship”.

Project Information


AG Gaston Business Institute


Birmingham, Alabama


2005 – 2023



Robert Dickerson Jr.

Co-Founder, The A.G. Gaston Conference; Executive Director, Birmingham Business Resource Center
Advanced Planning Services (APS) serves as the event planner for the A.G. Gaston Conference. My selection of APS was based on my familiarity of the owners, individuals with whom I have the utmost confidence in their ability.

I also always like the ability to form partnerships with our vendors and APS offers that opportunity. Frankly, I never considered another firm.

Working with APS has allowed our staff to continue to perform their daily tasks rather than have to spend time working on event logistics. Therefore, we are able to have quality events while still keeping our organization and staff on mission.

If a client were on the fence about choosing Advanced Planning Services, I’d tell them about a partnership that’s approaching 20 years that keeps getting better!