PCMA Foundation honors exceptional industry stars for their significant contributions to their organizations and the business events community. PCMA will be honoring the recipients of 2020-2021. The Visionary Awards will take place on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the Hilton Washington, Washington DC. More details to come.


Check out the videos and photos from 2019’s event to see highlights from the Red Carpet, 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 2019 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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2020 Participating Organizations as of Feb. 12, 2020:


  • Visit Anaheim
  • Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)
  • Visit Austin and Austin Convention Center
  • Visit Baltimore
  • CadmiumCD
  • Caesars Entertainment National Meetings & Events
  • Meetings + Conventions Calgary
  • Destination Cleveland
  • Experience Columbus
  • VisitDallas
  • Destination DC and Events DC
  • Visit Detroit
  • Experient – A Maritz Global Events Company
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • GES
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Louisville Tourism
  • Marriott International
  • Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Business Events Montreal and Palais Des Congres De Montreal
  • Music City Center, Nashville
  • Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
  • New Orleans & Company
  • Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Orange County Convention Center
  • Visit Orlando
  • Ottawa Tourism
  • Discover The Palm Beaches
  • PCMA Convene Magazine
  • PSAV
  • Discover Puerto Rico
  • Visit San Antonio
  • VisitScotlandVisit Seattle
  • SmithBucklin
  • Business Events Toronto & Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Washington Hilton

The Style Lounge is a place to sit back, relax and get your glam or GQ on before the Visionary Awards, from 2 – 5:30 p.m., brought to you by Destination Cleveland. We’re here to make sure our guests are red carpet ready whether you’re coming straight from work, home or the airport.

Get pampered and feel prepared for the evening with our fully appointed lounge, complete with professional hair stylists, makeup stylists, dressing rooms, a beauty bar and refreshments.

Coming straight from work? Your belongings are safe in our VIP coat check so you can get dressed and go.

Styling services are provided by Makeup by Holly, LLC, a team of highly skilled and dependable beauty professionals with years of experience providing beauty services to all genders and ethnicities.

  • Hair Styling: 30 minute appointment with a professional hair stylist
  • Make-up Styling: 30 minute appointment with a professional make up stylist

Book an appointment today. 

Congratulations to the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Honorees!

– Business Events Strategist –

Ben Goedegebuure

Vice President and Global General Manager
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

Congratulations to the 2020 Professional Excellence Award Finalists!


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

Karen Watson
Senior Director of Strategic events
Maritz Global Events

Camille White-Stern
Chief of Staff


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

Rose Horcher
Vice President, Client Services
Choose Chicago

Lora Stanley
Senior Director, Convention Sales
Visit Anaheim


José Quan
Founder and Owner

Toni Zoblotsky
Director, B2B Marketing and Sales Valet
Hilton Corp.

Michelle Guelbart, MSW
A recognized voice in the movement to eradicate human trafficking and child exploitation


Amy Ledoux
Senior Vice President, Meetings, Expositions and Special Events
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

John Woo
Senior Vice President of Design and Executive Creative Director
GES Events

Megan Finnell, CMP
Director, Meetings and Conferences,
Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)


Carly Silberstein, DES, CED
Redstone Agency Inc.

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

Ben Elliott
Managing Director and Founder
Live Productions Australia


Allen Anderson
Sales consultant, Anderson Hospitality Services
Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Andrew Horsfield
Senior Sales Manager, Lord Elgin Hotel
PCMA Canada East Chapter

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

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VIP Sponsored Mini Lounge

VIP Reserved Table

VIP Reserved Large Highboy Table

VIP Reserved Small Highboy Table

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