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PCMA Education Foundation Visionary Awards

May 3 @ 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

An Evening Illuminated in Gold

2017 Visionary Awards
Wednesday, May 3 | Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC

In its inaugural year, the PCMA Education Foundation Visionary Awards delivered on its promise to inspire all who attended the sold out event. Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees made us cry, and the announcement of the Professional Excellence Awards winners had the entire room on the edge of their seats.

Honor your outstanding peers and colleagues, at the industry’s premier awards recognition event this Spring. Embrace your VIP status as you are greeted by a paparazzi-laced red carpet, then feel the anticipation rising at the entertaining awards program – afterwards, join the finalists and winners as we dine and dance at the after party to complete this evening to remember!

Black Tie Optional

Housing for the event is available at the Marriott Marquis. Learn More»

All proceeds from the Visionary Awards benefit the PCMA Education Foundation. The Foundation funds industry innovation, nurtures professional development and advances student achievement. View the Foundation’s 2016 Impact Report to see all of the important projects and scholarships that were funded last year by Foundation supporters and donors.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to network with the who’s who of the Business Events Industry – secure your spot today!

Schedule of Events

5:30-6:30 Red Carpet Experience | 6:30-7:00pm Seating for Awards Show
7:00-8:00 Awards Show | 8:00-10:30pm After Party

Check out our fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime auction packages! Items listed as “Visionary Awards” will be available for attendees to bid on at our auction kiosks during the After Party. Additional items will be available to all on our BiddingForGood Online Auction starting May 1.

Sauce the Band, led by two time Grammy and Gospel Award winner Carlos Sosa, will energize your crowd, keep the dance floor bumping, and make your next event an unforgettable one! This energetic band will liven up any atmosphere with fun, exciting grooves and popular songs that your guests know and love.

Congratulations to the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Honorees!

– Supplier –

Barry Smith

President & CEO
Metro Toronto
Convention Centre

– Educator –

Carol Krugman

Chair, Dept of Hospitality,
Tourism & Events
Metropolitan State
University of Denver

– Meeting Professional –

Martin Balogh

Associate Executive Director,
Meetings and Travel Group
American Bar Association

2016 – Mr. Johnnie C. White Jr., CMP, MBA, CAE
2016 – Ms. Janet L. Jakobsen, CMP, MBA
2016 – Mr. James E. Rooney
2015 – Ms. Kati S. Quigley, CMP
2015 – Ms. Anne Hamilton
2015 – Mr. George G. Fenich, PhD
2014 – Ms. Sue M. Dykema, CAE
2014 – Ms. Janet Sperstad, CMP
2014 – Ms. Carol C. Wallace
2013 – Ms. Lisa Block
2013 – Ms. Cynthia Vannucci, PhD, CHME, CHSP, CMP
2013 – Mr. Gino Giancola
2012 – Mr. John Lisack, Jr., CAE
2012 – Ms. Amanda K. Cecil, PhD, CMP
2012 – Mr. George Aguel
2011 – Mr. Gregg H. Talley, CAE
2011 – Mr. Glen Ramsborg, PhD, CMP
2011 – Mr. Brian Stevens
2010 – Ms. Sheila Stampfli
2010 – Mr. William R. Host, Jr., CMP
2010 – Ms. Liz Erikson
2009 – Mr. Bruce Harris, CMP
2009 – Ms. Tyra Hilliard, J.D., CMP
2009 – Mr. John Patronski
2008 – Ms. Debra L. Rosencrance, CMP, CAE
2008 – Ms. Joan L. Eisenstodt
2008 – Mr. Charles W. Ahlers
2007 – Mr. Michael L. Payne
2007 – Ms. Deborah Breiter, PhD
2007 – Ms. Susan Iris
2006 – Mr. J.D. Andrews
2006 – Mr. Peter Shure
2006 – Mr. Reint Reinders
2005 – Mr. James Sweeney
2005 – Ms. Patti Shock
2005 – Ms. Christie Hicks
2004 – Mr. James H. Youngblood
2004 – Mr. Richard B. Green, CASE
2003 – Mr. H. Cris Collie, CAE
2003 – Ms. JoAnn Bedrosian Ryan
2002 – Ms. Mickey Schaefer, CAE
2002 – Mr. Daniel E. Weber, CEM
2001 – Mr. Bob Donovan
2000 – Mr. Roy B. Evans, Jr., CAE
1999 – Mr. David J. Noonan
1998 – Ms. Charlotte St. Martin
1997 – Mr. Anthony J. Jannetti
1996 – PCMA Past Presidents
1995 – Ms. Jo A. Hoffman
1994 – Mr. David R. Evans
1993 – Ms. Lois Stratemeier, CAE
1992 – Mr. William D. Nelligan, CAE
1991 – Mr. William Applegate
1991 – Mr. Donald S. Freeman, Jr.
1990 – Mr. Robert E. Hobart, III
1989 – Mr. William F. Snyder
1988 – Ms. Kathleen D. Bryan
1987 – Mr. James C. Collins

The Professional Excellence Awards are announced annually at the PCMA Education Foundation Visionary Awards. These awards honor a PCMA member who exemplify excellence in the business events industry in their given year.

Event Designer of the Year

201​5 – Allyson O’Connor

Community Advocate of the Year
201​5 – Christine Phelps

Meeting Professional of the Year
201​5 – Kirsten Olean

Supplier of the Year
201​5 – Rachael Riggs

Outstanding Service to a Chapter
201​5 – John Rubsamen

Presented by:

After Party Supporting Sponsor:

After Party Supporting Sponsor:

After Party Supporting Sponsor & AV Provider:

Red Carpet Experience Supporting Sponsor:

Event Production Sponsor:


Registration Services ​&
Event Technology Provider:

Coffee Station Supporting Sponsor:

  • AccorHotels
  • AlliedPRA
  • AMC Institute and VRS Meetings & Events Inc
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Aramark
  • Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau and Austin Convention Center
  • Baltimore Convention Center and Centerplate
  • Bloomington, Buffalo Niagara, Omaha and Wichita
  • Boston Convention Marketing Center & Marriott Branded Hotels of Boston
  • Business Events Toronto
  • Cendyn
  • Choose Chicago
  • Clark Construction
  • Convention News Television CNTV
  • Design Foundry
  • Destination Cleveland
  • Destination DC
  • DMAI
  • Event Creative
  • Events DC
  • Foundation Honoree: Barry Smith
  • Foundation Honoree: Carol Krugman
  • Foundation Honoree: Martin Balogh
  • Freeman
  • Freeman AV
  • GES
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • JW Marriott Austin and JW Marriott San Antonio
  • Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Loews Hotels
  • Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Maritz Global Events
  • Marriott International
  • Marriott Marquis Washington DC
  • Marriott Wardman Park
  • McCormick Place SMG
  • Meet Puerto Rico
  • Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation
  • New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
  • NYC & Company
  • Ottawa Tourism
  • PCMA
  • PCMA Convene
  • Philadelphia CVB
  • PSAV
  • San Diego Tourism Authority
  • Smart City Networks
  • SmithBucklin
  • Talley Management Group
  • TCMA
  • Tourism Toronto and Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Tourism Vancouver and Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Tourisme Montreal and Palais des congres de Montreal
  • Travel Alberta
  • Travel Portland
  • Universal Orlando Resort
  • Visit Anaheim
  • Visit Baltimore
  • VisitDallas
  • Visit Indy
  • VISIT Milwaukee
  • Visit Orlando and Orange County Convention Center
  • Visit San Antonio
  • Visit Seattle

Congratulations to the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Honorees!

– Supplier –

Barry Smith

President & CEO
Metro Toronto
Convention Centre

– Educator –

Carol Krugman

Chair, Dept of Hospitality,
Tourism & Events
Metropolitan State
University of Denver

– Meeting Professional –

Martin Balogh

Associate Executive Director,
Meetings and Travel Group
American Bar Association

Congratulations to the 2017 Professional Excellence Award Finalists!

Meeting Professional of the Year

Hunter Clemens, CMP, CAE
Vice President
Association Management Group

Desirée A. Knight, CMP
Director, Education and Meetings
American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association

Danielle L. Urbina, CMP
Director of Meetings and Exhibits
American Society of Anesthesiologists

Supplier of the Year

Jennifer L. Erney, CMP, CASE
Director, Global Accounts

Carrie Ferenac
Convention News Television (CNTV)

Julie Mullins
Vice President, Convention Sales
Choose Chicago

Community Advocate of the Year

Adam Andersen
Managing Director
Informa Exhibitions

Jessica L. Levin, MBA, CMP, CAE
Chief Connector
Seven Degrees Communications

Peter C. O’Brien, CASE
Global Account Executive
Marriott Global Sales Organization

Event Designer of the Year

Greg Bogue
Experience Architect
Maritz Global Events

Peggy Marilley
Precision Meetings & Events, Inc.

Megan D. Tate, CMM
​Vice President, Meeting & Event Planning Manager
​Wells Fargo

Individual Tickets are $375

Interested in securing a table or ticket? Register Here»

Treat Yourself at the Visionary Awards

The red carpet is waiting for YOU! The STYLE LOUNGE is back and will be even bigger for the 2017 event, a place where you can sit back, relax, and get your glam on before the PCMA Education Foundation Visionary Awards. The lounge will feature professional hair stylists, make up stylists, dressing rooms, a beauty bar and refreshments. Coming straight from work? No problem. We will keep your belongings in our VIP coat check so you can get dressed and go.

The STYLE LOUNGE will be open from 2:00 – 5:30pm on May 3 at the Marriott Marquis Washington D.C.

Book your Style Lounge Appointment today» 
Questions? Contact foundation@pcma.org.

Style Lounge Presenting Sponsor

Style Lounge Supporting Sponsors

If you would like to attend the Visionary Awards live in DC, click below to “Register Now.”

Can’t make it to DC but still want to cheer for your outstanding peers and colleagues in the industry? Tune in to our Facebook Live Stream of the Visionary Awards!



Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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