2019 Visionary Awards
Tuesday, May 7 | Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC

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

The PCMA Visionary Awards honors the exceptional stars of the business events industry. Never attended? Check out the videos and photos from last year’s event to see highlights from the Red Carpet, Awards Show, and After Party.

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 2018 Impact Report to see all of the important projects and scholarships that were funded last year by Foundation supporters and donors.

Learn more through our virtual brochure

While the Visionary Awards events will once again be held at the Marriott Marquis,  Please note this year our rooming block is at the JW Marriott.

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Presented by:

2019 Supporting Sponsors:

Style Lounge Presenting Sponsor:

AV Provider and Meeting Professional of the Year Award Supporting Sponsor:

Event Designer of the Year Award Supporting Sponsor:

Digital Experience Strategist of the Year Award Supporting Sponsor:



Live Stream Supporting Sponsors:

Red Carpet Experience Sponsor:

Event Design and Decor Supporting Sponsors:

Registration Services &
Event Technology Provider:

  • Visit Anaheim
  • Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Associated Luxury Hotels International
  • Visit Austin and Austin Convention Center
  • Visit Baltimore
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Meetings + Conventions Calgary
  • Destination Cleveland
  • VisitDallas
  • Destination DC and Events DC
  • Design Foundry
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Visit Fort Worth
  • Freeman
  • GES
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Visit Indy
  • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Louisville Tourism
  • Marriott International
  • Melbourne Convention Bureau
  • Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
  • New Orleans & Company and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
  • Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Omni Hotels
  • Orange County Convention Center
  • Ottawa Tourism
  • Discover The Palm Beaches
  • PCMA Convene Magazine
  • Visit Phoenix
  • PSAV
  • Discover Puerto Rico
  • Visit San Antonio
  • San Diego Tourism Authority
  • Visit Seattle
  • SmithBucklin Corporation
  • Business Events Toronto & Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Tourism Vancouver & Vancouver Convention Centre

Every year the Style Lounge gets chicer, and you will too! The STYLE LOUNGE is a place to sit back, relax, and get your glam or GQ on before the Visionary Awards, from 2-5:30pm. The lounge features professional hair stylists, make up stylists, shoe shine for men, dressing rooms, a beauty bar and refreshments. Are your guests coming straight from work? No problem. We will keep all belongings at the VIP coat check so everyone can get dressed and go, and pickup after the event. Tickets are $125 each. Time slots are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis so book now!
Styling services are provided by Makeup by Holly, LLC, a team of beauty professionals who are highly skilled and dependable artists with years of experience providing beauty services to multi-cultural clientele, as well as all genders.


Hair Styling: 30 minute appointment with a professional hair stylist
Make-up Styling: 30 minute appointment with a professional make up stylist
Shoe Shine: 15 minute appointment for a shoe shine


Congratulations to the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Honorees!

– Business Event Strategist –

Chris Wehking, CMP

Association and Business Relations Executive
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

– Supplier –

Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM, CASE

Global Meetings & Tourism Specialists

– Educator –

Lauren Kramer, CAE, MTA, CMP

Founder & Principal
Meeting Priorities, LLC

Congratulations to the 2019 Professional Excellence Award Finalists!


Senthil Gopinath
Regional Director, Middle East

Heather M. Seasholtz, CMP
Director of Meetings and Events
Talley Management Group, Inc.

Stacey Thorp
Executive Director, Conferences & Events


Greg Bogue
Chief Experience Architect
Maritz Global Events

Carrie Ferenac
Co-Founder and President

Mike O’Neil
Executive Vice President, Delivery Corporate and Agency Services


Jennifer Bond, CMP, CMM
Deputy Director of Meeting Services
American Astronomical Society

Christine Faiman, CMP
Global Account Executive
Marriott International

Laura Pilkenton
Director, Guest Services & Employee Travel
Maritz Global Events


Supported by Maritz Global Events

Sally Ann DeBolt, CMP
Senior Events Manager, Global Events
Siemens Digital Industries

Jennifer Gardner
Creative Director

Diane E. Kovats, CAE, CMP
Executive Director
International Society for Computational Biology


Supported by Meetings + Conventions Calgary

Janet Cooper, CMP
Director of Meetings and Convention Services

Ken Holsinger
Vice President of Data Solutions

Roberta Odebrecht, DES, CMP
Account Director
K.I.T Group


Debra Maines, CMP-HC
Senior Manager, Sponsorship Development & Events
A. Fassano & Company
Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Meagan Prescott, CMP
Assistant Vice President of Conference and Events
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
New York Area Chapter

Elisa Sandoval Wong, CMP, HMCC
Account Director
The St. Regis San Francisco
Northern California Chapter

2018 – Ms. Carrie Freeman Parsons
2018 – Mr. Godwin Charles Ogbeide, PhD, MBA
2018 – Mr. Ray Kopcinski, CMP
2017 – Mr. Barry L. Smith
2017 – Ms. Carol Krugman, MEd, CMP, CMM
2017 – Mr. Martin D. Balogh
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

2018 – Phelps Hope
2017 – Megan Tate
2016 – Allyson O’Connor

Community Advocate of the Year
2018 – Jeff Chase
2017 – Peter O’Brien
2016 – Christine Phelps

Business Event Strategist of the Year
2018 – Wanda Johnson
2017 – Danielle Urbina
2016 – Kirsten Olean

Supplier of the Year
2018 – Chris Lynn
2017 – Jennifer Erney
2016 – Rachael Riggs

Outstanding Service to a Chapter
2018 – Rebecca Ramsey
2017 – Missy Johnson
2016 – John Rubsamen

Previous PCMA Award Recipients

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Individual Tickets are $375

Questions? Contact the Foundation at EducationFoundation@pcma.org 

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See photos from last year’s event:

Red Carpet | Awards Program | After Party

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