News

PCMA announces 2019 ’20 In Their Twenties’ class

No comments

CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 4, 2018 – PCMA has announced the “20 in their Twenties” class of 2019, as the next generation of business events leaders and 20 of the brightest and most talented young professionals.

PCMA’s 2019 class of “20 in their Twenties” come from around the world and from boutique to global organizations.

“This passionate group inspires me every year as they represent the future of the business events industry,” said Meredith Rollins, executive director of the PCMA Education Foundation. “I have no doubt this class of bright, skilled professionals will achieve success and PCMA is proud to assist them at every stage of their career.”

The 2019 class, supported by the PCMA Education Foundation and Experience Columbus, will be honored at the PCMA Convening Leaders conference taking place Jan. 6-9, 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Each of the “20 in their Twenties” class members is selected by a committee comprised of veteran industry professionals and “20 in their Twenties” alumni. Applicants were required to be full-time employees in the business events industry and no older than 29 on Jan. 9, 2019. They must have provided examples of industry leadership, a video statement and professional references.

Members of the 2019 “20 in their Twenties” class will receive recognition as the next generation of industry leaders and a scholarship to attend Convening Leaders, PCMA’s annual signature event. Individuals will also receive complimentary registration for the 2019 PCMA Education Conference in June in Los Angeles, PCMA membership and educational products.

The 2019 ‘20 in their Twenties’ class will also be featured in PCMA’s Convene magazine and other PCMA communications.

Here is the PCMA’s ‘20 in their Twenties’ class for 2019:

Edward Bagsic, CMP, DES
Manager, Conventions VIP Events and Budgets
National Business Aviation Association
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Raul Cavazos-Binder
Account Executive
Development Counsellors International (DCI)
New York, New York, USA

Jared Chambers
Strategic Account Manager
Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company
Frederick, Maryland, USA

Emily Dietrich
Manager, Business Events
Niagara Parks Commission
Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Molly Holt, CMP
Manager, Meeting Operations
Heart Rhythm Society
Washington, D.C., USA

Kara Hsu
Convention Sales Manager
Destination DC
Washington, D.C., USA

Veronika Ivanova
Marketing and Meeting Architecture Specialist
Kenes International
Sofia, Bulgaria

Andrea Lane, MTA
Meeting Planner
National Defense Industrial Association
Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Janelle Lewis
Meetings and Events Manager
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
North Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Chad Manhertz, MTA
Event Manager
Events DC
Washington, D.C., USA

Femke Morelisse
Sales Manager
GES
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Greg Morris, CMP
Director, Meetings and Education
Destinations International
Washington, D.C., USA

Laura Neufeld
Account Manager, Meetings and Events
MCI Group Canada Inc.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Khadijah Nimrod
Convention Sales Assistant
Destination DC
Washington, D.C., USA

Olivia Pelzer
Senior Strategic Account Analyst
Cvent
Delaware, Ohio, USA

Gita Pun
Client Relations Team Manager
Shocklogic
London, England

Giulia Ineke Sarri
MARCOM and Social Project Assistant
AIM Group International
Milan, Italy

Erin Simcox
Senior Manager of Housing
Visit Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Kevin J. Thompson
Event Manager
Events DC
Washington, D.C., USA

Lindsay Williams
Sales Manager
GES
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Photo illustration by Martha Smith, PCMA
Caption:
Top row, from left to right: Raul Cavazos-Binder, Femke Morelisse, Andrea Lane, Greg Morris, Olivia Pelzer
Second row, from left to right: Gita Pun, Jared Chambers, Kara Hsu, Edward Bagsic, Kevin J. Thompson
Third row, from left to right: Janelle Lewis, Laura Neufeld, Chad Manhertz, Lindsay Williams, Veronika Ivanova
Bottom row, from left to right: Emily Dietrich, Erin Simcox, Giulia Ineke Sarri, Khadijah Nimrod, Molly Holt

Jojo DuPCMA announces 2019 ’20 In Their Twenties’ class
read more

PCMA’s Education Foundation Aims to Supersize Scholarship Opportunities

No comments

For students pursuing careers in business events, undergraduate courses can by costly. According to The College Board, the cost to attend institutions of higher education in the U.S. has steeply risen: a 10-year, $7,220 increase per year at private colleges and a 10-year, $2,690 increase per year at public institutions. As the cost to continue learning continues to rise, the PCMA Education Foundation is revamping its scholarship program to offer more assistance to the next generation of event leaders.

“We wanted to acknowledge the realities of today’s academic environment by increasing our financial commitment and providing year-round support for students,” said Stacey Shafer, senior director of operations at the PCMA Education Foundation. “Our past program included either scholarships that were solely tuition or solely event-based in a more transactional approach. This program was developed in an effort to provide more financial assistance and to create additional learning opportunities.”

After the Foundation Board of Trustees evaluated the full slate of scholarship offerings, they made a bold change. In 2018, the average value of a scholarship will be $6,000 — a $4,000- increase from past averages. “It’s a more well-rounded program,” Shafer said. “We are really excited to engage with a new class of creative, forward-thinking students who will shape the future of the industry.”

The engagement factor played an important role in shaping the new opportunities. Shafer said that the new program aims to provide a “complete experience” instead of registration to a PCMA program. The experience includes 12 months of access to PCMA’s Premium Content Subscription, a subscription to PCMA’s Business Events Bootcamp, along with registration and travel expenses for PCMA’s Convening Leaders and Education Conference.

“We wanted to keep in touch with these students throughout the entire school year and become an integral part of their academic experience,” Shafer said. “We wanted to commit more to them.”

To learn more and apply, click here. To read more about the Education Foundation’s results in 2017, read the organization’s Impact Report.

Rebecca SchingelPCMA’s Education Foundation Aims to Supersize Scholarship Opportunities
read more

New Numbers Bring the Meetings Industry’s Massive Impact to Light

No comments

As the events industry aims to articulate the economic value of face-to-face meetings and conferences, the findings of a new report — The Economic Significance of Meetings to the US Economy, an update to the 2009 report by the same name — from Oxford Economics, the Events Industry Council, and the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, offer a leg up.

Adam Sacks, founder and president of Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company, said in a press briefing on Feb. 21 that the study calculated three levels of impact: direct, indirect, and induced spending. Indirect spending includes revenue streams such as the utility bills from a trade show, and the induced category relates to the trickle-down spending from employees who earn wages due to events-industry-related activities. “For every dollar spent on face-to-face meetings and business events in 2016, it generated an additional $1.60 in benefits to the U.S. economy,” Sacks said in the briefing about the findings. “It’s a 160-percent return on investment.”

That return added up to some very large numbers. Sacks said that meetings supported $845 billion in business sales, $104 billion in federal, state, and local taxes, and $446 billion of the country’s GDP. In addition to spending, the industry supported nearly six million individual jobs. “These are large numbers,” Sacks said, but they are even more meaningful “in relation to other industries in the U.S.”

In terms of jobs, the meetings and events industry creates more direct jobs than large manufacturing sectors such as automotive, chemicals, and food. The industry also employs more workers than the telecommunications sector or oil and gas. “The services provided by the meetings industry often go unnoticed,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International and co-chair of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, who participated in the briefing. “But the impact is unmistakable.”

The Importance of International Attendance

The findings underscored that in order to expand that impact in 2018 and beyond, the events industry will need assistance from the government to make sure that attendees from outside the U.S. can enter the country with ease. In 2016, six million international attendees came to the U.S. for events and conferences. While that audience only comprises approximately 2 percent of the 251 million attendees at U.S. events, they represented nearly 12 percent of direct spending, due to the fact that they typically stay longer and spend more money. “This has important implications for visa policies and the Open Skies agreements,” Sacks said.

“On the international front, in the past, we have seen some visa policies that have not always been conducive to [assisting] international participants,” Van Deventer said. “This research creates the foundation to advocate for visa policies that are set up in such a way to make sure that international participants can come.”

Growing and Growing

The 2016 numbers look even more dramatic when the industry looks in the rearview mirror. Sacks compared the 2016 findings with data from 2009 when the report was first conducted. “The industry’s economic value has grown by 23 percent,” Sacks said. “If we go back in time to 2009, there were experts that were foretelling the death of the meetings industry. There was a lot of negative sentiment and questions about whether companies were being responsible with [their event budgets]. There were a lot of questions about the viability of this industry. The new report shows that the meetings industry is as strong as ever, and it continues to grow.”

Event professionals can celebrate that growth trajectory at the upcoming Global Meetings Industry Day on April 12. Click here for a list of programs around the world.

PCMA and the PCMA Education Foundation are strong supporters of the Events Industry Council and Meetings Mean Business Coalition and proud to contribute funds to fuel the study of how meetings and events make a huge impact on the global economy. To learn more about how the Education Foundation helps power research and scholarships, click here​ to read the 2017 Impact Report.

Rebecca SchingelNew Numbers Bring the Meetings Industry’s Massive Impact to Light
read more

PCMA Education Foundation Announces the 2018 Visionary Awards Professional Excellence Finalists

No comments

Fifteen individuals will be honored as Professional Excellence Award Finalists at the 2018 Visionary Awards on May 2nd, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, Washington DC. These awards annually celebrate exceptional individual contributions to the business events industry. The award winners will be announced live during the Awards Show. Registration will open this month to get a ticket for the Visionary Awards – the industry’s premier recognition event.

Meeting Professional of the Year Finalists

Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, Vice President, Thought Leadership & Strategy, Convenience Distribution Association (CDA)
Carrie, described as passionate, connected, ethical and knowledgeable, has been a meeting professional for almost 15 years. She is the co-founder and current president of the Association for Women in Events, an organization dedicated to showcasing the professional advancement of women in all aspects of the events industry. Through monthly webinars and personal presentations at events, Carrie consistently helps event professionals to connect and share knowledge with each other. She is dedicated to shaking up the industry to ensure women are treated equally alongside their male colleagues.

Wanda Johnson, CMP, CAE, Chief Program Officer, Endocrine Society
Wanda has contributed a huge amount to both the meeting management and healthcare industries, over a 25-year career. To her peers, she’s an inspiring leader they regularly ask for insights, collaboration and capabilities. She’s also considered to be level-headed and strategic in her thinking. Through her continual involvement with PCMA, she has utilized her platform to better the industry; bringing her personality and influence.

Stephanie D. Jones, CAE, CMP, Senior Director, Conferences and Events Management, Water Environment Federation
Stephanie is known for her helpful insights and tips on how to best handle a situation; she has been called a ‘beacon of light’ in the events industry by her peers. She freely shares her knowledge and experience, and is recognized by her team as someone who imparts excellent advice, though Stephanie finds it so natural to share, she’s unaware she’s doing it.

Supplier of the Year Finalists

Mary Beth Baluta, Regional Director of Sales – Washington DC, Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau
Mary Beth is known for her vigorous efforts in liaising with potential clients, convention bureaus and suppliers. She has an infectious positive nature and is a great listener, taking in every detail before offering an idea or possible solution. Mary Beth also shows her dedication to her local PCMA chapter through her volunteer efforts and desire to do whatever is asked of her.

Chris FJ Lynn, Vice President, North America & Emerging Markets – Business Tourism, London & Partners
Chris is incredibly knowledgeable in the hospitality market and goes the extra mile to ensure that his customers have a great experience. He dedicates time getting to know his customers wants and needs before presenting a bespoke creative solution. Chris also devotes his energy to help elevate PCMA’s New York Area chapter. Despite being its past president, he consistently provides support for the chapter, most recently sponsoring 40 meeting professionals for an event.

April Williams, VP – Business Development, Freeman
April has more than 20 years’ industry experience in sales strategy and technology and regularly demonstrates her professional excellence and exceeds client expectations. She recently helped transform the Endocrine Society event branding from being city-specific, to more value-orientated; aligned with the organization’s mission and vision. She also actively advises her clients to share insights on trends shaping the future, including technology with a purpose, data analytics, personalization and brand experience.

Community Advocate of the Year Award Finalists

Jeff Chase, Vice President of Sustainability, Freeman
Jeff has more than 30 years’ experience in the events and exhibition industry. In 2017, he worked closely with the Consumer Technology Association to advance the organization’s sustainability goals for its annual CES event. Jeff developed and implemented a waste management program to encourage the event’s 3,600 exhibitors to contribute unused supplies, such as tote bags, pens and notepads, as well as reusable building material from the stands, such as furniture and flooring. The Exhibitor Program diverted 19 trailer loads of materials from landfill and donated them to local non-profit organizations, including Teacher Exchange, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity and Opportunity Village.

Rachael Riggs, CMP, Manager, Meetings and Conventions Sales – Midwest/Chicago, Tourism Vancouver
Rachael has made incredible fundraising achievements throughout 2017. She single-handedly organized a charity drive for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, within one week of these destructive events. She gained approval from the tourism board to match the funds that were raised, wrote a press release and issued it, all in one day. Earlier in the year, Rachael organized a charitable component at Global Meetings Industry day, which involved attendees from industry organizations packing 750 ‘clean-the-world’ kits and donating them to several Chicago charities.

Ken Sien, CMP, Director, Strategic Accounts, Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company
Ken helped oversee the Maritz Global Events Human Trafficking Committee, building awareness of its course within Maritz and within the entire global events industry. He was involved in creating a town hall meeting where he introduced the company and key representatives to the app TraffickCam, which seeks to combat sex trafficking. Ken also works to identify deserving organizations in each city that hosts a company event, leading fundraising activities for each.

Event Designer of the Year Finalists
Supported by Maritz Global Events

Phelps R. Hope, CMP, Senior Vice President, Meetings & Expositions, Kellen
Phelps has impressive experience as an event designer, and has helped implement fresh ideas and experiential opportunities to meetings. Most recently, in October 2017, he redesigned the Girl Scouts Convention in Columbus, Ohio, which resulted in a shorter, more focused, event and a 50 percent increase in registrations.

Laura Metcalf Jelinek, CAE, Associate Vice President – Meetings and Travel, American Osteopathic Association
Laura is known for her creative and innovative approach to events. She recently created an event, which brought together members of the osteopathic industry. Laura used a mixture of music with arts and culture, to create an experiential environment for attendees. It was described as totally unforgettable.

Lisa VanRosendale, TEDster, Senior Vice President, New Business Development, FreemanXP
Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, and was most recently named in M&C’s Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry. Lisa, who is known for her innovative and immersive approach, is also a former TED speaker. Last year, she was responsible for leading a team that successfully organized each aspect of the Siebel Scholars 2017 Conference and in a post-event survey of attendees, 100 percent said they would attend another Siebel conference.

Digital Event Strategist of the Year Finalists
Supported by Meetings + Conventions Calgary

Nicole Armstrong, Vice President, Worldwide Events, MicroStrategy
Nicole is a champion for digital events, which she has demonstrated in her previous job roles as Sr Events Manager and Director of Stakeholder Relations at InternetSociety. This included overseeing the introduction and expansion of a series of digital event experiences for the company. Nicole will continue to utilize these skills in her new position at MicroStrategy.

Todd Helton, MBA, Senior Director, Meetings, Conferences & Online Learning Events, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
Todd was one of the pioneering Meeting Professionals who saw the vision and value of Hybrid Live Events, launching hist association’s first Live Streaming Event in 2009. Over the past eight years he has grown the online program exponentially and has devoted a significant amount of time to providing thought leadership in this field. He gives speeches at leading meetings and takes part in industry panels and interviews.

Patrick McCrea, Senior Manager, Digital Events, HIMSS Media
Pat helps provide educational content and thought leadership programs to IT Healthcare Directors, Executives, Managers, and VPs. Through his work, HIMSS remains the leader in the IT Healthcare education space. He has created a solution that has ungated and gated content, a mix of content (editorial vs. sponsorship), and has collecting actionable data to help drive organic growth among subscribers. The solution is working, and makes the ROI valuable for participating sponsors.

Rebecca SchingelPCMA Education Foundation Announces the 2018 Visionary Awards Professional Excellence Finalists
read more

PCMA Announces 2018 ‘20 In their Twenties’ Class

No comments

These top young professionals will be honored at Convening Leaders in Nashville, TN
January 7-10, 2018

The 20 in their Twenties program, supported by the PCMA Education Foundation and Visit Seattle, is designed to engage the best and brightest young professionals in the business event industry. By recognizing emerging leaders, and their talents, PCMA helps to support a new generation of business event strategists around the world.

“The 20 in their Twenties program is a great way to recognize and engage rising stars in the industry,” said Rob Hampton, Senior Vice President of Convention Sales and Services for Visit Seattle. “It gives young professionals the opportunity to build camaraderie among their peers and gives us—the veterans in the industry—a chance to hear fresh ideas and perspectives and nurture new talent. This is a program Visit Seattle is proud to support.”

 

20 in their Twenties Class of 2018

Alexandra Adsit, CMP, CEM
Meeting Planner
AAMC
Charlottesville, VA

 

Chloe Armstrong
Bid Executive
Melbourne Convention Bureau
Melbourne, Australia

 

Sina Bünte, DES
Events Manager
ICCA
Amsterdam Netherlands

 

Erica Critzer, CMP
Regional Director of Sales
Visit Dallas
Arlington, VA

 

Patrick Crosson, CMP
Producer
agencyEA,
Chicago, IL

 

Carmen Ferrari, CMP
Events and Marketing Manager
European Photonics Industry Consortium
Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Idil Findikoğlu,
Marketing Manager
Kenes Group
Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Karin Hagemann
Head of Convention Bureau
Montreux-Vevey Tourisme & Convention Bureau
Bern Area, Switzerland

 

Caitlin Hume, CMP
Business Events Manager
Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc (RIMS)
New York, NY

 

Chloe Lai
Conference Producer
Medical Conference Partners
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Annamarie Luccarelli
Associate Meeting Planner
Harborside Press, LLC
Trenton, NJ

 

Samantha Mele
Proposal & Product Developer
JPdL
Toronto, ON

 

Cahal Mowery, MBA, CMP, CTA
Director of Sales & Catering
JW Marriott Houston Downtown
Houston, TX

 

Brittany Saylor
Senior Meeting Planner
Right Hand Events
San Diego, CA

 

Barrie Schwartz
Founder/CEO
My House Social
New Orleans, LA

 

Allison Shebek
Associate Director of Experience Design
AlliedPRA
Phoenix, AZ

 

Kyle Smith, DES
Digital Event Strategist
Conference Consultancy South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Sara Stehle, CMP
Conference Specialist
International Association of Fire Chiefs
Washington, DC

 

Andrew Sykes
Assistant General Manager
FMAV
Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

Rasheena Wilson, CMP
Meeting and Exhibits Coordinator
American Society of Nephrology
Washington, DC

“This is our fifth class of the twenty brightest talents in the industry worldwide. Each year we continue to be inspired by the passion and insights these individuals bring to the business events community. It is our honor to recognize the excellence of these emerging innovative leaders,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO. 

Criteria for applicants was to be employed full time in the business events industry, be 29 years old or younger at the time of recognition and to demonstrate ways they consider themselves to be industry leaders. Applicants were not required to be PCMA members.

A committee made up of veteran industry professionals and 20 in their twenties alumni reviewed approximately 50 applications in detail before deciding on the class.

The individuals will selected will receive a scholarship registration to attend PCMA’s signature event, Convening Leaders this January in Nashville, TN; complimentary registration for PCMA’s June conference in Cleveland, OH in June 2018; as well as one year of PCMA membership. In addition, recipients will receive membership and registration discounts for the next two years.

Recipients will be recognized at Convening Leaders this January, as well as in Convene Magazine and other PCMA communications.

Rebecca SchingelPCMA Announces 2018 ‘20 In their Twenties’ Class
read more

Events Industry Unites to Help Harvey Victims

No comments

By the time the rain from Hurricane Harvey stops falling on Friday, forecasts estimate that some parts of Houston — the nation’s fourth-largest city — will have received approximately 50 inches of rain. As emergency responders work to help people who are trapped in flooded homes, the events industry is offering displaced residents temporary housing. In Houston, the George R. Brown Convention Center has become an emergency shelter and quickly filled with evacuees. According to ABC News, the Red Cross made plans to house 5,000 people at the center. As of Tuesday, Aug. 29 at noon, more than 9,000 evacuees were at the center. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that the city has plans for additional shelters, acknowledging that 30,000 more residents will need places to go.

“Over these last few days, the residents of this great city have shown the true Heart of Houston, and demonstrated how resilient and caring a community can be under the most trying circumstances,” Leah Shah, public relations director for Visit Houston, said in a statement. “We are proud of the efforts of so many Houstonians who have come to the aid of their fellow man in these trying times. While Harvey’s rains will soon leave this city, much work remains to be done. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from around the nation, and the many donations to local charities that will be needed to help support those who have lost so much.”

The Rest of Texas Volunteers

Nearly 250 miles north in Dallas, city officials have converted the first floor of the air-conditioned parking garage at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center into a makeshift emergency shelter that can accommodate 5,000 evacuees in need of housing. The center will also offer medical care, a pharmacy with free prescriptions provided by Walmart, and mobile phone charging stations. While evacuees will be in the center’s garage, attendees at Ambit Energy’s Ambition Conference will still be uniting for their annual gathering from Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, and the company announced that it will donate $25,000 to the Red Cross relief efforts.

In Austin, city officials were preparing to welcome approximately 7,000 evacuees, and the hallways of the Austin Convention Center will act as one of the primary shelters in the state capital.

A Long Road Ahead

There are no official numbers for the total damage from the storm, but it’s clear that Houston and all of southeastern Texas will require a great deal of assistance. “This will be a long-term effort,” Major General James Witham, director of domestic operations, National Guard Bureau, told reporters. “Due to the nature of this storm, our response to this hurricane has been very different. As you look at historic levels of rainfall and sustained flooding over a period of multiple days…we will be doing life-saving and life-sustaining efforts for a much longer period.”

PCMA and the PCMA Education Foundation are uniting members of the business-events industry to contribute to those efforts with the PCMA Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The fund will provide assistance to members in the meetings and events industry who have been impacted by the storm. “We applaud our colleagues in the hospitality communities across the Lone Star State for their hard work to help their friends, families, and neighbors,” said Deborah Sexton, president and CEO, PCMA. “I invite everyone in the business-events community to help our colleagues who are struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.”

In addition to providing immediate monetary assistance to the cleanup, Sexton added that PCMA and the PCMA Education Foundation are looking ahead at ways to offer continued support to the region. “After the initial emergency response phase, the area will need more help,” Sexton added. “We are committed to doing whatever it takes to help southeastern Texas emerge from this disaster stronger than ever.”

How You Can Help

If you live in the U.S. Text to 41444. Enter prefix “HELPTX,” the dollar amount, your first name and last name — e.g., HELPTX 50 Jane Doe. You will then receive a link to complete the process of your payment.

If you live outside of the U.S. Visit the Foundation’s donation page here and be sure to enter HELPTX in the “I give because” box and your donation will be directed to the PCMA Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Stay tuned to pcma.org for additional updates on the recovery efforts.

Rebecca SchingelEvents Industry Unites to Help Harvey Victims
read more

2017 PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees Announced

No comments

The PCMA Education Foundation Leadership Committee reviewed an impressive group of candidates for the 2017 Board of Trustees. Following committee deliberations and approval by the current Board of Trustees, the slate was deemed elected. Officers and Trustees will immediately take office following the PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders in Austin, TX on January 12, 2017.

2017 OFFICERS AND TRUSTEES

Chair: Phillip Jones
President and CEO
Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau
Term: 2017

Chair-Elect: David G. Peckinpaugh, CMP
President
Maritz Travel Company
Term: 2017

Secretary-Treasurer: Carol McGury, MPS
Executive Vice President, Events and Education Services
SmithBucklin Corporation
Term: 2017

Immediate Past Chair: Tina M. Wehmeir, CMP, CAE
CEO
AMC Institute (AMCI)
Term: 2017

The following individuals will begin serving two-year terms (2017-2018):

Oscar Cerezales
COO Asia Pacific
MCI Group

Jerry Cito
Senior Vice President, Convention Development
NYC & Company

Derrick Johnson
Director of Meetings
The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers

Roberta Kravitz
Executive Director
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

Angie Ranalli, CMP
Vice President of Sales – Midwest Region
San Diego Tourism Authority

Tammy Routh
Vice President, Global Sales
Marriott International

The following individuals will complete 2016 – 2017 Terms:

Amy Calvert
Senior Vice President, Convention Sales & Services
Visit Baltimore

Susan Euritt
Vice President, Direct Sales and Business Development
Garrett Brands

Tony Lorenz, CMM
Chief Executive Officer
AlliedPRA

Jack Patronski
Executive Vice President – Industry Development
Global Experience Specialists (GES)

Valerie Sumner
Principal
VRS Meetings and Events, Inc.

Heidi Welker
Vice President, Marketing
Freeman AV Canada

The following positions are determined by PCMA:

PCMA Appointed Christopher J. Wehking CMP
Trustee: Chief Program Officer
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Term: 2016 – 2017

Kristin Mirabal, CMP
Vice President, Meetings
Heart Rhythm Society
Term: 2017 – 2018

Trustee – PCMA Mary Pat Heftman
Chair: Executive Vice President, Convention & Strategic Alliances
National Restaurant Association

Trustee – PCMA Claire Smith, CMP
Chair Elect: Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Vancouver Convention Centre

Additionally, the PCMA Board of Directors slate of officers and directors announced on August 30, 2016 has been deemed elected and will take office immediately following the PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders, in Austin, TX on January 12, 2017.

###

About PCMA
PCMA inspires, connects and innovates the global business events community. We are the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists; providing senior education and networking for the events sector. PCMA crafts and shares knowledge and market intelligence enabling organizations to make informed business decisions, while providing a platform for peer-to-peer exchange. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries. For more information visit the PCMA website at pcma.org and the PCMA Convene magazine at pcmaconvene.org.

Mary Reynolds2017 PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees Announced
read more

PCMA 20 in Their Twenties Winners Selected

No comments

The 20 in their Twenties program, supported by the PCMA Education Foundation, is designed to engage the best and brightest young professionals in the meetings and business event industry. By recognizing emerging leaders – and their talents – PCMA helps to support a new generation of business event strategists around the world.

20 in their Twenties Class of 2017

  • Derek Anderson, Washington State Association of Counties, Olympia, WA
  • Vanessa E. Bass, CMP, HMCC, New York, NY
  • Alexandra Deering, Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Matthew B. Fox, Meeting Management Services, Inc., Washington, DC
  • Christine Frye, CTA, National Trade Productions, Alexandria, VA
  • Tessa Kalfell, Visit Seattle, Seattle, WA
  • Eric Kincaid, Destination DC, Washington, DC
  • Holly Lammert, Explore St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
  • Amanda Marochko, DES, TQ, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Megan Martin, CMP, National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO
  • Johnny Martinez, ShockLogic, London, UK
  • Kaitlyn Palatucci, American Frozen Food Institute, Arlington, VA
  • Allison Perrelli, CMP, Conference & Logistics Consultants, Annapolis, MD
  • Morgan Prewitt, CMP, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
  • Katherine Sinnen, CMP, American Orthopaedic Association, Rosemont, IL
  • Nichole Steele, Experience Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Naida S. Struyk, CMP, National Contract Manager Association, Ashburn, VA
  • Wei Nei Tan, Sarawak Convention Bureau, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Lindsey Walker, Visit Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
  • Andrias White, MBA, CMP, CSEP, Events DC, Washington DC

“This is our fourth class and with each one, we are struck by the passion and insights these individuals bring to the business events community. It is our honor to recognize excellence in these bright and innovative leaders.” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO.

Criteria for applicants was to be employed full time in the business event industry, be 29 years old or younger at the time of recognition and to demonstrate ways they consider themselves to be industry leaders. Applicants were not required to be PCMA members. A Committee made up of 20 in their twenties alumni and veteran industry professionals reviewed more than 60 applications in detail before deciding on the class.

The individuals selected will receive complimentary registration to attend PCMA’s signature event, Convening Leaders this January in Austin, TX; the Education Conference in New York City, NY in June 2017; as well as receive one year of PCMA membership. In addition, the award includes funds to cover travel expenses for Convening Leaders, membership and registration discounts for the next two years. They will also have the opportunity to be paired with an industry leader for three mentoring sessions to assist in further development of their innovation and career.

Recipients will be recognized at Convening Leaders in January, as well as in Convene Magazine and other PCMA communications.

###

About PCMA
PCMA inspires, connects and innovates the global business events community. We are the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists; providing senior education and networking for the events sector. PCMA crafts and shares knowledge and market intelligence enabling organizations to make informed business decisions, while providing a platform for peer-to-peer exchange. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries. For more information visit the PCMA website at pcma.org and the PCMA Convene magazine at pcmaconvene.org.

Mary ReynoldsPCMA 20 in Their Twenties Winners Selected
read more

Sold Out Visionary Awards Event Honors Leaders in Business Events

No comments

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28, 2016 – Last night the PCMA Education Foundation honored the lifetime achievement of three individuals and announced the recipients of four coveted annual industry awards. The reimagined evening was transformed into an Oscars-like awards gala, complete with a walk on the red carpet, a see-and-be-seen reception, entertaining awards program and after party featuring a band specializing in the sounds of Motown, Soul, Funk and Dance. More than 1,000 leaders in business events were in attendance at the premier industry recognition event.

“Redesigning a beloved event is a difficult task,” said Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, PCMA and PCMA Education Foundation, “but our team pushed the celebration to a new level last night – our guests were thrilled and our honorees were truly an inspiration to all of us.”

Those celebrated last night included:

Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

  • Johnnie C. White Jr., CMP, CAE, MBA, Sr. Director, Education and Meetings, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation – 2016 Meeting Professional Honoree
  • Janet L. Jakobsen, CMP, MBA, Professor Hospitality and Tourism, Niagara College – 2016 Educator Honoree
  • James E. Rooney, President and CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce – 2016 Supplier Honoree

Professional Excellence Award Winners

  • Allyson O’Connor, CEO and Founder, NXTevent – Event Designer of the Year
  • Christine Phelps, Deputy Executive Director, American Academy of Neurology – Community Advocate of the Year
  • Kirsten Olean, CMP, CAE, Director of Meetings, American Society for Microbiology – Meeting Professional of the Year
  • Rachael Riggs, CMP, Manager, Meeting and Convention Sales – Midwest/Chicago, Tourism Vancouver – Supplier of the Year

This event recognized the following esteemed industry leaders as finalists chosen from dozens of nominees in their respective categories.

Professional Excellence Finalists:

EVENT DESIGNER OF THE YEAR:

  • Warren Goodson, Director of Production, PSAV Creative Services – nominee
  • Erin Vomocil, CMP, Senior Manager Event Operations, UBM Tech – nominee

COMMUNITY ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR:

  • Ellen Shortill, Director, Convention & Meetings, American Speech Language Hearing Association – nominee
  • Germaine Schaefer, Director, Conferences & Leadership Development, National Association of Counties – nominee

MEETING PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR:

  • Lenay Gore, Director, Meetings and Conventions, American Public Transportation Association – nominee
  • Lynn Smith, CMP, Chief Planning Officer, AVID Productions – nominee

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR:

  • Susan Kushner, CFO/President, Kushner & Associates – nominee
  • Jason Lusk, CMP, Associate Vice President, Convention Sales, Visit Denver – nominee

###

About PCMA
PCMA inspires, connects and innovates the global business events community. We are the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists; providing senior education and networking for the events sector. PCMA crafts and shares knowledge and market intelligence enabling organizations to make informed business decisions, while providing a platform for peer-to-peer exchange. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries. For more information visit the PCMA website at pcma.org and the PCMA Convene magazine at pcmaconvene.org.

Mary ReynoldsSold Out Visionary Awards Event Honors Leaders in Business Events
read more

The PCMA Foundation Rolls Out The Red Carpet

No comments

The PCMA Foundation, recognized for supporting industry innovation, is bringing their own charge to their annual pre-Springtime Foundation Dinner annual awards event; updating the event to the PCMA Foundation Visionary Awards, supported by Presenting Partner Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and Austin Convention Center (Austin). The enhanced program honors both the Foundations’ Lifetime Achievement Award winners and PCMA’s annual Professional Excellence Award finalists – with those award winners being announced live at the event. The reimagined evening will transform into an Oscars-like awards gala and roll out the red carpet for their deserving honorees – with a see-and-be-seen reception, entertaining awards program and after party.

After the last award has been handed out, the real party begins. Event participants will continue the evening’s celebration with music, dancing, and an interactive dining experience, thanks to Presenting Partner Austin who is hosting the Matchmaker Band, specializing in the sounds of Motown, Soul, Funk and Dance, and After Party supporting sponsors Destination Cleveland and PSAV Presentation Services.  The Visionary Awards After Party will include made to order delights, hand-carved delicacies, tapas style displays, and a little sweet treat to end the evening on a high note – champagne will be flowing and the bar will be open.

Throughout the evening participants will have opportunities to bid on auction swag of exclusive travel packages; with three extraordinary trips auctioned LIVE during the awards program – followed by the Foundation’s always competitive silent auction to be held during after party.

Tickets to the Visionary Awards are now available on pcma.org/visionaryawards. Individual tickets are $375 or ten tickets for $3,500.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees are:

  • Johnnie C. White Jr., CMP, CAE, MBA – 2016 Meeting Professional Honoree
  • Janet L. Jakobsen, CMP, MBA – 2016 Educator Honoree
  • James E. Rooney – 2016 Supplier Honoree

This year’s Professional Excellence Finalists are:

Event Designer of the Year:

  • Warren Goodson, Director of Production, PSAV Creative Services
  • Erin Vomocil, CMP,  Senior Manager Event Operations, UBM Tech
  • Allyson O’Connor, CEO and Founder, NXTevent

Community Advocate of the Year:

  • Christine Phelps, Deputy Executive Director, American Academy of Neurology
  • Ellen Shortill, Director, Convention & Meetings, American Speech Language Hearing Association
  • Germaine Schaefer, Director, Conferences & Leadership Development, National Association of Counties

Meeting Professional of the Year:

  • Lenay Gore, Director, Meetings and Conventions, American Public Transportation Association
  • Lynn Smith, CMP, Chief Planning Officer, AVID Productions
  • Kirsten Olean, CMP, CAE, Director of Meetings, American Society for Microbiology

Supplier of the Year:

  • Susan Kushner, CFO/President, Kushner & Associates
  • Jason Lusk, CMP, Associate Vice President, Convention Sales, Visit Denver
  • Rachael Riggs-Nocera, CMP, Manager, Meeting and Convention Sales – Midwest/Chicago, Tourism Vancouver
Mary ReynoldsThe PCMA Foundation Rolls Out The Red Carpet
read more