Leadership

Strategic Insight

The PCMA Education Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is responsible for fundraising, guardianship of the Corpus and funds raised, and support of PCMA and the industry. Committees and task forces are assigned by the Foundation to assist in achieving its mission.

Executive Team

Deborah Sexton, FASAE

President & CEO
PCMA

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Sherrif Karamat, CAE

Chief Operating Officer
PCMA

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Arlis M. Whalum, CPA

Chief Financial Officer
PCMA

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2017 PCMA Board of Trustees

Contact us at board@pcma.org

Phillip Jones

– Chair –
President and CEO
VisitDallas

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David Peckinpaugh
CMP, CIS

– Chair-Elect –
President
Maritz Global Events Inc.

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Carol McGury
MPS

– Secretary-Treasurer –
Executive Vice President,
Events and Education Services
SmithBucklin Corporation

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Tina Wehmeir
CMP, CAE

– Immediate Past Chair –
Chief Executive Officer
AMC Institute (AMCI)

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Amy Calvert

– Trustee –
Senior Vice President
Convention Sales & Services
Visit Baltimore

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Oscar Cerezales

– Trustee –
COO Asia Pacific
MCI Singapore

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Jerry Cito

– Trustee –
Senior Vice President
Convention Development
NYC & Company

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Susan Euritt

– Trustee –
Vice President Direct Sales
and Business Development
Garrett Brands

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Mary Pat Heftman

– Trustee –
Executive Vice President,
Convention & Strategic Alliances
National Restaurant Association

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Derrick Johnson
CMP

– Trustee –
Director of Meetings
The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers

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Roberta Kravitz

– Trustee –
Executive Director
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

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Tony Lorenz
CMM

– Trustee –
Chief Executive Officer
Allied PRA

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Kristin Mirabal
CMP

– Trustee –
Vice President, Meetings
Heart Rhythm Society

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John Patronski

– Trustee –
Executive Vice President,
Industry Development
Global Experience Specialists (GES)

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Angie Ranalli
CMP

– Trustee –
Vice President of Sales,
Midwest Region
San Diego Tourism Authority

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Tammy Routh

– Trustee –
Senior Vice President, Global Sales
Marriott International

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Claire Smith
CMP

– Trustee –
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Vancouver Convention Centre

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Valerie Sumner

– Trustee –
Principal
VRS Meetings and Events, Inc.

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Christopher Wehking
CMP

– Trustee –
Chief Program Officer
American Society of Anesthesiologists

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Heidi Welker

– Trustee –
Vice President Marketing
Freeman Audio Visual Canada

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Past Board of Trustees

Chair
Tina M. Wehmeir  CMP, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
AMC Institute (AMCI)

Chair-Elect
Phillip J. Jones
President & CEO
Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau

Secretary-Treasurer
David G. Peckinpaugh, CMP
President
Maritz Travel Company

Immediate Past Chair
Gary Schirmacher, CMP
Senior Vice President, Industry Presence & Strategic Development
Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company

Trustee
Cara Nicole Banasch, MBA
VP Convention Sales & Strategy
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau

Trustee
Amy Calvert
SVP Convention Sales & Services
Visit Baltimore

Trustee
Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM
Owner
Global Meetings and Tourism Specialists, LLC

Trustee
Susan S. Euritt
Vice President Direct Sales and Business Development
Garrett Brands

Trustee
Mary Pat Heftman
Executive Vice President, Convention & Strategic Alliances
National Restaurant Association

Trustee
Tony Lorenz, CMM
Chief Executive Officer
Allied PRA

Trustee
Carol McGury, MPS
Executive Vice President, Events and Education Services
SmithBucklin Corporation

Trustee
Gregory O’Dell
President & Chief Executive Officer
Events DC

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

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

Trustee
William Reed, FASAE, CMP
Senior Director of Meetings and Community Engagement
American Society of Hematology

Trustee
Tammy Routh
Senior Vice President, Global Sales
Marriott International

Trustee
Valerie M. Sumner
Principal
VRS Meetings and Events, Inc.

Trustee
Randall Tanaka 
President/CEO
World Conservation Congress National Host Committee

Trustee
Christopher J. Wehking  CMP
Chief Program Officer
American Society of Anesthesiologists

Trustee
Heidi Welker
Vice President, Marketing
Freeman Audio Visual Canada

President and CEO
Deborah L. Sexton 
PCMA Education Foundation

Chair
Gary Schirmacher, CMP
Senior Vice President, Association Sales and Marketing
Experient: A Maritz Travel Company

Chair-Elect
Tina M. Wehmeir, CMP
Chief Executive Officer
Association Management Company Institute (AMCI)

Secretary-Treasurer
David L. Williams, CMP
Executive Director
International Association for Energy Economics

Immediate Past Chair
Susan Iris
Partner
Navigate

Trustee
Cara Nicole Banasch, MBA
VP Convention Sales & Strategy
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau

Trustee
Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM
Owner
Global Meetings and Tourism Specialists, LLC

Trustee
Anne Hamilton, MBA
Vice President
Resort Sales, Catering and Convention Services
Disney Destinations

Trustee
Phillip J. Jones 
President and CEO
Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau

Trustee
Raymond J. Kopcinski, Sr., CMP
Senior Director
Million Dollar Round Table

Trustee
Carol McGury, MPS
Executive Vice President, Events and Education Services
SmithBucklin Corporation

Trustee
Gregory O’Dell
President & Chief Executive Officer
Events DC

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

Trustee
David G. Peckinpaugh, CMP
President
Maritz Travel Company

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

Trustee
William Reed, FASAE, CMP
Senior Director of Meetings and Community Engagement
American Society of Hematology

Trustee
James E. Rooney
Executive Director
Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

Trustee
Valerie M. Sumner
Principal
VRS Meetings and Events, Inc.

Trustee
Randall Tanaka 
Owner
THE FIRST STEP

Trustee
Mark Theis
Director, Group Sales – North America
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Trustee
Greg Van Dyke
Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing
PSAV Presentation Services

President and CEO
Deborah L. Sexton 
PCMA Education Foundation

Chair
Susan Iris 
Partner
Navigate

Chair-Elect
James H. Youngblood
Chief Executive Officer
Heart Rhythm Society

Secretary-Treasurer
Gary Schirmacher, CMP
Senior Vice President, Association Sales and Marketing
Experient: A Maritz Travel Company

Immediate Past Chair
Gregg H. Talley, FASAE, CAE  
President and CEO
Talley Management Group, Inc.

Trustee
Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM
Owner
Global Meetings and Tourism Specialists, LLC

Trustee
Anne Hamilton, MBA
Vice President
Resort Sales, Catering and Convention Services
Disney Destinations

Trustee
Phillip J. Jones
President and CEO
Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau

Trustee
Raymond J. Kopcinski, Sr., CMP
Senior Director
Million Dollar Round Table

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

Trustee
David G. Peckinpaugh, CMP
President
Maritz Travel Company

Trustee
Kati S. Quigley, CMP 
Sr. Director, WW Partner Group, Community Microsoft Partner Network
Microsoft Corporation

Trustee
James E. Rooney
Executive Director
Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

Trustee
Valerie M. Sumner
Principal
VRS Meetings and Events, Inc.

Trustee
Randall Tanaka 
Owner
THE FIRST STEP

Trustee
Mark Theis
Director, Group Sales – North America
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Trustee
Greg Van Dyke
Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing
PSAV Presentation Services

Trustee
Christopher J. Wehking, CMP
Chief Program Officer
American Society of Anesthesiologists

Trustee
Tina M. Wehmeir, CMP
Chief Executive Officer
Association Management Company Institute (AMCI)

Trustee
Don Welsh
President & CEO
Choose Chicago

Trustee
David L. Williams, CMP
Executive Director
International Association for Energy Economics

President and CEO
Deborah L. Sexton 
PCMA Education Foundation

Chair
Gregg H. Talley, FASAE, CAE
President and CEO
Talley Management Group, Inc.

Chair-Elect
Susan Iris
Partner
Publicitas Navigate

Secretary-Treasurer
James H. Youngblood
Chief Executive Officer
Heart Rhythm Society

Immediate Past Chair
Liz Erikson
Executive Director, Meetings & Incentives North America
Fairmont-Raffles-Swissôtel

Trustee
Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM
Consultant & Advisor

Trustee
Anne Hamilton
Vice President Resort Sales, Catering and Convention Services
Disney Destinations

Trustee
Phillip J. Jones
President and CEO
Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau

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

Trustee
David G. Peckinpaugh, CMP
President
Maritz Travel Company

Trustee
Kati S. Quigley, CMP
Sr. Director, WW Partner Group, Community Microsoft Partner Network
Microsoft Corporation

Trustee
Gary Schirmacher, CMP
Senior Vice President, Strategic Account Services
Experient: A Maritz Travel Company

Trustee
Valerie M. Sumner
Principal
VRS Meetings and Events, Inc.

Trustee
Randall Tanaka
Assistant General Manager
Hawaii Convention Center

Trustee
Mark Theis
Director, Group Sales – North America
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Trustee
Greg Van Dyke
Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing
PSAV Presentation Services

Trustee
Christopher J. Wehking, CMP
Director of Meetings & Exhibits
American Society of Anesthesiologists

Trustee
Tina M. Wehmeir, CMP
Chief Executive Officer
Association Management Company Institute (AMCI)

Trustee
Don Welsh
President & CEO
Choose Chicago

Trustee
Johnnie C. White, CMP
Executive Director, Meetings and Educational Services
Cardiovascular Research Foundation

Trustee
David L. Williams, CMP
Executive Director
International Association for Energy Economics

President and CEO
Deborah L. Sexton
PCMA Education Foundation

Executive Director
Brad Lewis
PCMA Education Foundation

Chair
Liz Erikson
Executive Director, Meetings & Incentives North America
Fairmont-Raffles-Swissôtel

Chair-Elect
Gregg H. Talley, FASAE, CAE
President and CEO
Talley Management Group, Inc.

Secretary-Treasurer
Susan Iris
Partner
Publicitas Navigate

Immediate Past Chair
David J. Olender
COO
bXb Online

Trustee
Kent E. Allaway, CEM, CMP
Vice President, Meetings and Trade Shows
Produce Marketing Association

Trustee
Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM
Executive Director Meeting Industry
Mexico Tourism Board

Trustee
John Folks
President and Principal
Minding Your Business, Inc.

Trustee
Anne Hamilton
Vice President Resort Sales, Catering and Convention Services
Disney Destinations

Trustee
Phillip J. Jones
President and CEO
Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau

Trustee
David G. Peckinpaugh, CMP
President
Maritz Travel Company

Trustee
Kati S. Quigley, CMP
Sr. Director, WW Partner Community Events
Microsoft Corporation

Trustee
Gary Schirmacher, CMP
Senior Vice President, Strategic Account Services
Experient: A Maritz Travel Company

Trustee
Valerie M. Sumner
Principal
VRS Meetings and Events, Inc.

Trustee
Randall Tanaka
Assistant General Manager
Hawaii Convention Center

Trustee
Greg Van Dyke
Senior Vice President, Marketing
PSAV Presentation Services

Trustee
Carol C. Wallace
President & CEO
San Diego Convention Center Corporation

Trustee
Tina M. Wehmeir, CMP
President
Precision Meetings & Events, Inc.

Trustee
Johnnie C. White, CMP
Executive Director, Meetings and Educational Services
Cardiovascular Research Foundation

Trustee
David L. Williams, CMP
Executive Director
International Association for Energy Economics

Trustee
James H. Youngblood
Chief Executive Officer
Heart Rhythm Society

President and CEO
Deborah L. Sexton
PCMA Education Foundation

Executive Director
Brad Lewis
PCMA Education Foundation

Chair
David J. Olender
COO
bXb Online

Chair-Elect
Liz Erikson
Executive Director, Association Sales
Fairmont-Raffles-Swissôtel

Secretary-Treasurer
Gregg H. Talley, CAE
President and CEO
Talley Management Group, Inc.

Immediate Past Chair
Barry L. Smith
President & CEO
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Trustee
Kent E. Allaway, CEM, CMP
Vice President, Meetings and Trade Shows
Produce Marketing Association

Trustee
Martin D. Balogh
Director of Meetings & Travel
American Bar Association

Trustee
Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM
Executive Director Meeting Industry
Mexico Tourism Board

Trustee
John Folks
President and Principal
Minding Your Business, Inc.

Trustee
Anne Hamilton
Vice President
Resort Sales, Catering and Convention Services
Disney Destinations

Trustee
Susan Iris
Partner
Publicitas Navigate

Trustee
Teri Jarvie, CMP
Vice President, Member Programs
Association Forum of Chicagoland

Trustee
Susan Katz
Director of Corporate Events and Travel
True Value Company

Trustee
David G. Peckinpaugh, CMP
President
Maritz Travel Company

Trustee
Jerry Pfeiffer
Regional Vice President of Sales
Global Experience Specialists (GES)

Trustee
Joseph V. Popolo, Jr.
CEO
Freeman

Trustee
Gary Schirmacher, CMP
Senior Vice President, Strategic Account Services
Experient

Trustee
Valerie M. Sumner
Principal
VRS Meetings and Events, Inc.

Trustee
Greg Van Dyke
Senior Vice President, Marketing
PSAV Presentation Services

Trustee
Carol C. Wallace
President & CEO
San Diego Convention Center Corporation

Trustee
James Youngblood
Chief Executive Officer
Heart Rhythm Society

President and CEO
Deborah L. Sexton
PCMA Education Foundation

Executive Director
Brad Lewis
PCMA Education Foundation

Chair
Barry L. Smith
President & CEO
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Chair-Elect
David J. Olender
Vice President, Strategic Alliances
Gaylord Entertainment Company

Secretary-Treasurer
Liz Erikson
Executive Director, Association Sales
Fairmont-Raffles-Swissôtel

Immediate Past Chair
Michael L. Payne
Executive Vice President and Managing Director
SmithBucklin

Trustee
Martin D. Balogh
Director of Meetings & Travel
American Bar Association

Trustee
Lisa Block
Director of Meetings and Conferences
Society for Human Resource Management

Trustee
Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM
Executive Director Meeting Industry
Mexico Tourism Board

Trustee
Digby Davies
Chief Executive Officer
PSAV Presentation Services

Trustee
Dennis Edwards
President & CEO
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Trustee
Susan Iris
Consultant

Trustee
Teri Jarvie, CMP
Director of Meeting Services
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

Trustee
Susan Katz
Director of Corporate Events and Travel
True Value Company

Trustee
Jerry Pfeiffer
Regional Vice President of Sales
Global Experience Specialists (GES)

Trustee
Joseph V. Popolo, Jr.
CEO
Freeman

Trustee
Kati S. Quigley, CMP
Director, Event Marketing
Microsoft Corporation

Trustee
David J. Sargent
Vice President, National Sales
Freeman

Trustee
Gary Schirmacher, CMP
Senior Vice President, Sourcing
Experient

Trustee
Robert G. Scypinski
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, The Americas
Hilton Hotels Corporation

Trustee
Gregg H. Talley, CAE
President and CEO
Talley Management Group, Inc.

Trustee
Brad Weaber, CMP
President
Courtesy Associates, Inc.

Trustee
James Youngblood
Chief Executive Officer
Heart Rhythm Society

President and CEO
Deborah L. Sexton
PCMA Education Foundation

Executive Director
Brad Lewis
PCMA Education Foundation

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