PCMA Foundation's Visionary Awards 2021

Nomination Deadline: Oct. 21, 2021 | Application Deadline: Nov. 11, 2021

The PCMA Foundation Visionary Awards honors the exceptional stars for their significant contributions to their organizations and the business events community. More than 500 revelers attended this premier industry black-tie recognition event from the red carpet reception to the awards show and after-party.


Proceeds from the Visionary Awards benefit the PCMA Foundation, which supports the industry and empowers students and professionals to advance in their profession.

View the Foundation’s 2020 Impact Report to see all of the important projects and scholarships that were funded last year by Foundation supporters and donors.

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» Check-In: Open at 5:15pm, Terrace Foyer (T Street Entrance)

Be sure to have your mask for arrival at the Washington Hilton. You’ll be greeted by event staff in the Terrace Foyer, go through our health and safety screening with Safe Expo and then directed to PCMA Registration to receive a wristband for entry to the event which indicates your table assignment for the Awards Show, Dinner, and After Party.

» Red Carpet Experience: 5:30–6:30pm, International Terrace

Take part in the Red Carpet Experience, complete with photo ops, paparazzi, and red carpet interviews of the honorees and finalists. Enjoy a cocktail and a selection of hors d’oeuvres as you mingle with fellow participants.

» Seating for Awards Show: 6:30–7:00pm

The ballroom is a mix of assigned group seating and open seating for individual ticket holders. Event staff will be available to assist you in finding your table.

» Awards Show & Dinner: 7:00–8:30pm, International Ballroom

Enjoy your delicious dinner and watch the show as we celebrate the Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Honorees and the finalists of the Professional Excellence Awards (winners announced live!)

» After Party: 8:30–10:30pm, International Ballroom and Concourse Foyer

Dessert, dancing, and celebrations await! The After Party will feature dessert stations, bars, and live music. Don’t forget to say hello to Presenting Partner Visit Austin and the Austin Convention Center in their dazzling lounges!


Can’t join us in person? Then join us digitally!

Get a behind-the-scenes look on the red-carpet on Facebook LIVE from 6:30-7:00 PM EST with PCMA’s finest, Caitlin O’Malley, PCMA Program Manager, Education, and Juston Teach, PCMA Multimedia Producer.

Hear red carpet interviews and watch the full awards show on LinkedIn LIVE from 5:30 PM EST – 8:30 PM EST courtesy of our friends at CNTV.

First NameLast Name/SurnameJob TitleCompanyState
LoriAdlesickVice President, Strategic Partnerships and EventsChoose ChicagoIL
TeresaAlfaroVolunteers of AmericaVA
KimAllisonSenior Director of Convention SalesGeorgia World Congress CenterGA
TonyaAlmondVice President, Knowledge & Experience DesignPCMAIL
RobertAndersonSales ConsultantAnderson HospitalityNJ
RoryArchibaldHead of Associations & SectorsVisitScotlandN/A - Non-US
KaleeBarnhardtExperience Columbus
JoAnnBedrosian RyanDevelopment Director, PCMA FoundationPCMAIL
JohnBettagSenior Vice President Business DevelopmentHeritage Nationwide Exposition ServicesMO
AricaBillingAccount AssociatePCMAIL
NedBlairSenior National Sales ManagerVisit CharlotteNC
TeahBLANKSSales ManagerBaltimore Convention CenterMD
LisaBlockExecutive VP, Conference StrategyVelvet Chainsaw ConsultingDC
MarcoBloemendaalGlobal VP, Business DevelopmentPCMAIL
PhyllisBradley-AzamaVice President Sales Eastern RegionSan Diego Tourism AuthorityVA
LarryBrowderDirector of SalesVisit SavannahGA
Sha'NieshaBrownSales ManagerBaltimore Convention CenterMD
JohnnaBuckleySenior Account ExecutiveMarriott InternationalMD
SharronaBurnsDestination Cleveland
HeatherBussVice President of SalesAssociated Luxury Hotels InternationalVA
MoniqueCabinessNational Association for the Education of Young Children
MacCampbell, CVPDeputy DirectorBaltimore Convention CenterMD
EddieCanaday, CHSP, CHMEDirector of Convention Sales Washington DC Office/Diversity Market Development DirectorVisit Salt LakeUT
DennisCarewDirector of National AccountsEvents DCDC
EduardoChailloGlobal General Manager LATAMMaritz Global EventsVA
KristieChangMazu Events, LLC
AmeliaChucholowskiCorporate Event PlannerClark Construction Group, LLCMD
JerryCitoNYC & Company
JulesCliffordPresidentEvent Photography of North America (EPNAC)VA
SummerDaveyAssistant Director of SalesVisit San AntonioVA
StaceyDillonHilton Columbus DowntownOH
DavidDuBoisPresident & CEOIAEETX
ErinDunstanMaritz Global Events
DennisEdwardsPresident & CEOVisit RaleighNC
AmraElmoreNational Account ExecutiveVisit HoustonMD
TiffanyElumNational Account DirectorDestination DCDC
JimEricksonGeneral ManagerSmart City NetworksNV
ValerieEricksonSmart City Networks
JenniferErneyRegional Vice President of SalesALHIVA
PatrickEspinozaDirector of Saleswww.caesars.comLA
KaitlinFelixOmni Shoreham Hotel
CrystalFieldsMusic City CenterTN
ChristopherFinelliRegional Vice President SalesHyatt Hotels CorporationIL
DanielleFoisyDirector, Business Development & Industry RelationsTransportation Management Services, Inc.MD
KatyFosterLeading Authorities Speakers BureauDC
LisaFrenchHilton Cleveland Downtown
FrankGainerAmerican Occupational Therapy AssnMD
DianeGleasonAmerican Trucking AssociationVA
DonnaGloverNew Orleans & Company
PeterGreenConference Direct
MichelleGuelbartFounderMichelle Guelbart ConsultingNY
SedaHaddockGlobal Director, AmericasHyatt HotelsVA
MelissaHaydenDirector of Sales Mid AtlanticVisit Fort WorthTX
KennethHemsleyNational Sales ManagerVisit IndyMD
RoseHorcherChoose ChicagoIL
RosemarieHorcherVice President, Client ServicesChoose ChicagoIL
JackHorneHyatt HotelsIL
AndrewHorsfieldDirector of SalesHyatt Place Ottawa WestN/A - Non-US
AlexandraHortonDirector, Global AccountsOmni Hotels and ResortsVA
AlexandraHortonDirector, Global AccountsOmni Hotels and ResortsVA
MorganHoustonAssociate Community DevelopmentPCMAIL
LisaHunterSales ExecutiveLas Vegas Convention and Visitors AuthorityDC
MichaelHurleyHyatt Hotels & ResortsIL
Erica GordonHymanDirector Global SalesMgm Resorts InternationalMD
BrianIveyMusic City CenterTN
DionJames-ZanfordinoSenior Regional Sales ExecutiveVisit LauderdaleMD
GraceJanMeetings ManagementMD
RickJenningsVice President Partnership RelationsInternational Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)TX
DoriJensenSenior Director of Sales, Mid-AtlanticThe Palm BeachesMD
KellyJohnsonNew Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
VickiJohnsonVicki Johnson & Associates, LLCDC
MicheleJonesNational Insulation AssociationDC
LeslieJonesAmerican Occupational Therapy AssociationMD
MatthewKalbDirector of Business DevelopmentPRGNY
ChristopherKeaneDirector of Mid-Atlantic Sales & IntermediariesVisit BaltimoreMD
JimKelleyVice President, MarketingFernVA
JenniferKerhinSponsorship BoostMD
SaraKilKennySchool Nutrition Association
JasonKoteffNational Sales ManagerVisit CharlotteNC
DianeKovatsChief Executive OfficerIntl Society for Computational BiologyVA
AmandaKurtzEvent ManagerPCMAIL
RoccoLaForgiaDirector of Sales Worldwide AccountsHilton WorldwideTX
MeganMartinAssociate Director, ConferencesInternational Association for the Study of Lung CancerCO
KathyMcAdamsSenior Vice President, Convention SalesLos Angeles Tourism & Convention BoardCA
TeriMcAlisterMusic City CenterTN
DavidMcAuleyDirector, Washington, D.C. Area OfficeAtlanta Convention & Visitors BureauVA
ArtriceMcNeilDirector, Washington D.C. Regional SalesExperience ColumbusMD
MarkMetcalfeVisit Phoenix
LindaMinorAmerican Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
AdrianaMolinaVice President, Association SalesTeneo Hospitality GroupVA
AnthonyMolinoChoose Chicago
MelodyMoore HenriquezDirector, National AccountsBoston Convention Marketing CenterMA
KarenMorrisVisit Phoenix
JulieMullinsChoose Chicago
SheilaNealAssociate Director, SalesDetroit Metro Convention & Visitors BureauMI
MoiraO'BrienDirector of SalesMcCormick Place ASM GlobalIL
AmyO'ConnorAm Assn of Blood BanksVA
CaitlinO'MalleyProgram ManagerPCMAIL
ToshieOkochiNational Education Association
KaitlynPalatucciBusiness Development Manager, North AmericaMelbourne Convention BureauMD
KristyPaolazziHyatt Hotels & ResortsIL
DarnellaParksThe Obesity Society
SalleePavlovichVice President National Accounts & Trade ShowsNew Orleans & CompanyLA
CindyPayneChoose Chicago
MarshaPratt-DavisDirector of SalesCenterplate, a Sodexo CompanyMD
RebeccaRamseyBusiness Development ExecutiveEventEQWI
KathleenRatcliffePresidentExplore St. LouisMO
SusanRichardsonVice President of Group and Convention SalesDetroit Metro Convention and Visitors BureauMI
KellyRickerExecutive Vice President EventsCompTIAIL
ReginaRinkSales Director - US In MarketDestination TorontoVA
MeghanRischVice President, Strategic & Corporate CommunicationsPCMAIL
MariaRiveraDirector Business DevelopmentMelbourne Convention BureauVA
JeffRobbinVice PresidentLeading Authorities Speakers BureauDC
LesterRobinson IISales Director, Washington DCVISIT DENVERVA
MeredithRollinsChief Community Officer and Foundation Executive DirectorPCMACA
NancyRosenbaumMeeting & Event StrategistVisit AlexandriaVA
JoyceRussellSenior Director of SalesVisit IndyIN
MadelineSchimeckAssociate, Community EngagementProfessional Convention Management associationIL
MadelineSchimeckTestPCMA Guest User AccountIL
ShannonSchneiderDirector, Association and GovernmentIHG Hotels and ResortsVA
ElizabethScuderiAmerican Astronomical SocietyDC
LisaShahananSenior Manager, Convention SalesDestination ClevelandOH
SamanthaShayNational Propane Gas AssociationDC
KyleShortCEOWisdom Capture, Inc.CA
TrudySinghRegional Vice PresidentNYC & CompanyDC
TrudySinghNYC & CompanyDC
CynthiaSmithAmerican Physical SocietyMD
KrystineSt. Michael BussiereDirector of Sales, Services & MarketingBaltimore Convention CenterMD
CharlesStarksPresident and CEOMusic City CenterTN
KatieStewartAssociate Director of SalesOmni Shoreham HotelDC
JenniferSullivanDirector, Mid Atlantic Regional OfficeNashville CVCMD
ValerieSumnerPrincipalVRS Meetings $ Events IncVA
KeithTalbertDirector of SalesOklahoma City Convention and Visitors BureauOK
JuniorTauvaaChief Sales OfficerVisit AnaheimCA
JustonTeachManaging Producer, Multimedia ContentPCMAIN
YvonneTibandebageManager, Board RelationsPCMAN/A - Non-US
LarissaTishevskayaStrategic Consultant, Destination Canada Business EventsDestination CanadaN/A - Non-US
ChristineTrendiakHyatt Place Ottawa WestN/A - Non-US
WilliamTrokeyNational Sales ManagerVisit CharlotteDC
JenniferVacekDirector, Convention SalesMeetPITTSBURGHPA
MaribelVelazquezDirector, National AccountsVisit PhoenixVA
JasonWareVice President, Convention Housing OperationsMCI USATX
DorcasWashingtonDelta Sigma Theta
MikeWatermanChief Sales OfficerVisit OrlandoFL
KarenWatsonFounder & Chief Event StrategistCultivate Event Design & ConsultingTX
ChuckWhiteInternational Association of MoversVA
KristenWhiteNational Propane Gas AssociationDC
DanWilliamsExperience Columbus
BobYiengerOmni Shoreham Hotel
ToniZoblotskyDirector B2B Engagement & Event MarketingHilton WorldwideTN
MarceloZolessiCEO & Co-FounderCNTVFL
MarceloZolessiCo-Founder & CEOCNTVFL

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2021 Participating Organizations as of August 9, 2021:

  • ASAE, The Center for Association Leadership
  • Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)
  • Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Broward County Convention Center
  • Boston Convention Marketing Center
  • Cadmium CD
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Choose Chicago
  • Clark Construction Group, LLC
  • CNTV
  • Destination Canada
  • Destination Cleveland
  • Destination DC & Events DC
  • Destination Toronto and Metro Toronto Convention Center
  • Discover Puerto Rico
  • Discover The Palm Beaches
  • Experience Columbus
  • Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Hilton
  • Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Intrado
  • Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
  • Long Beach CVB
  • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Louisville Tourism
  • Maritz Global Events
  • Marriott International
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Music City Center
  • New Orleans & Company and New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
  • NYC & Company
  • Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Omni Hotels and Resorts
  • PCMA Convene Magazine
  • PRG
  • San Diego Tourism Authority
  • SmithBucklin Corporation
  • TMS, Transportation Management Services
  • Visit Austin and Austin Convention Center
  • Visit Detroit
  • Visit Fort Worth
  • Visit Houston
  • Visit Indy
  • Visit Lauderdale
  • Visit Orlando and Orange County Convention Center
  • Visit Phoenix
  • Visit San Antonio
  • Visit Scotland

Congratulations to the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Honorees!

– Business Events Strategist –

Ben Goedegebuure*

Enterprise Vice President, Global & Industry Presence
Maritz Global Events

– Supplier –

Bill Grusich, CMP, FASAE

Senior Vice President, Sales
Associated Luxury Hotels International

– Educator –

Lisa Delpy Neirotti, Ph.D.

Professor & Director, MS Sports Management Program
George Washington University

*Due to travel restrictions and border closures, we will appropriately honor Ben with his Lifetime Achievement during the 2022 Visionary Awards.

Congratulations to the 2020-21 Professional Excellence Award Winners!


Bob Bejan
Corporate Vice President, Global Events, Production Studios and Marketing Community
Microsoft Corp.


Carol Wallace
Former CEO
San Diego Convention Center Corporation


Carina Bauer
IMEX Group




Weemin Ong, CMP, CEM
Vice President of Conventions and Exhibitions
Marina Bay Sands


José Quan
Founder and Owner


Amy Ledoux
Retired as Chief Learning & Meetings Officer
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership


Victoria Fanning, CMP, DES 
Senior Manager of Online Events,
Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)


Kim Allison
Senior Director of Sales, Georgia World Congress Center Authority
Capital Chapter

2019 – Chris Wehking
2019 – Eduardo Chaillo
2019 – Lauren Kramer
2018 – Carrie Freeman Parsons
2018 – Godwin Charles Ogbeide, PhD, MBA
2018 – Ray Kopcinski, CMP
2017 – Barry L. Smith
2017 – Carol Krugman, MEd, CMP, CMM
2017 – Martin D. Balogh
2016 – Johnnie C. White Jr., CMP, MBA, CAE
2016 – Janet L. Jakobsen, CMP, MBA
2016 – James E. Rooney
2015 – Kati S. Quigley, CMP
2015 – Anne Hamilton
2015 – George G. Fenich, PhD
2014 – Sue M. Dykema, CAE
2014 – Janet Sperstad, CMP
2014 – Carol C. Wallace
2013 – Lisa Block
2013 – Cynthia Vannucci, PhD, CHME, CHSP, CMP
2013 – Gino Giancola
2012 – John Lisack, Jr., CAE
2012 – Amanda K. Cecil, PhD, CMP
2012 – George Aguel
2011 – Gregg H. Talley, CAE
2011 – Glen Ramsborg, PhD, CMP
2011 – Brian Stevens
2010 – Sheila Stampfli
2010 – William R. Host, Jr., CMP
2010 – Liz Erikson
2009 – Bruce Harris, CMP
2009 – Tyra Hilliard, J.D., CMP
2009 – John Patronski
2008 – Debra L. Rosencrance, CMP, CAE
2008 – Joan L. Eisenstodt
2008 – Charles W. Ahlers
2007 – Michael L. Payne
2007 – Deborah Breiter, PhD
2007 – Susan Iris
2006 – J.D. Andrews
2006 – Peter Shure
2006 – Reint Reinders
2005 – James Sweeney
2005 – Patti Shock
2005 – Christie Hicks
2004 – James H. Youngblood
2004 – Richard B. Green, CASE
2003 – H. Cris Collie, CAE
2003 – JoAnn Bedrosian Ryan
2002 – Mickey Schaefer, CAE
2002 – Daniel E. Weber, CEM
2001 – Bob Donovan
2000 – Roy B. Evans, Jr., CAE
1999 – David J. Noonan
1998 – Charlotte St. Martin
1997 – Anthony J. Jannetti
1996 – PCMA Past Presidents
1995 – Jo A. Hoffman
1994 – David R. Evans
1993 – Lois Stratemeier, CAE
1992 – William D. Nelligan, CAE
1991 – William Applegate
1991 – Donald S. Freeman, Jr.
1990 – Robert E. Hobart, III
1989 – William F. Snyder
1988 – Kathleen D. Bryan
1987 – 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

2019 – Jennifer Gardner
2018 – Phelps Hope
2017 – Megan Tate
2016 – Allyson O’Connor

Community Advocate of the Year
2019 – Christine Faiman
2018 – Jeff Chase
2017 – Peter O’Brien
2016 – Christine Phelps

Business Event Strategist of the Year
2019 – Senthil Gopinath
2018 – Wanda Johnson
2017 – Danielle Urbina
2016 – Kirsten Olean

Supplier of the Year
2019 – Greg Bogue
2018 – Chris Lynn
2017 – Jennifer Erney
2016 – Rachael Riggs

Digital Experience Strategist of the Year
2019 – Janet Cooper
2018 – Nicole Armstrong

Outstanding Service to a Chapter
2019 – Elisa Sandoval Wong
2018 – Rebecca Ramsey
2017 – Missy Johnson
2016 – John Rubsamen

Previous PCMA Award Recipients

2019 Visionary Awards Recap Video

2019 Visionary Awards Show

$8000 (2) VIP Reserved Table (2 tables with 5 seats each, 10 total tickets)
$4000 (1) VIP Reserved Table (1 table with 5 seats, 5 total tickets)

$375 Individual Ticket (General seating)

More information can be found on our 2021 Visionary Awards digital brochure.

Questions? Contact foundation@pcma.org.

VIP Reserved Table

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