Nomination Deadline: Sept. 6, 2019 | Application Deadline: Sept. 27, 2019

2020 Visionary Awards
Washington, D.C. | Dates Coming Soon

The PCMA Foundation Visionary Awards honors the exceptional stars in the business events industry. More than 1,000 revelers attend this premier industry black-tie recognition event from the red carpet reception to the awards show and after party.


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

Presented by:

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2019 Supporting Sponsors: 

After Party Supporting Sponsor:

Marriott International

Style Lounge Presenting Sponsor:

AV Provider and Business Events Strategist of the Year Award Supporting Sponsor:

Digital Experience Strategist of the Year Award Supporting Sponsor:



Event Designer of the Year Award Supporting Sponsor:

Young Professional Sponsor:

Red Carpet Experience Sponsor:

Event Design and Decor Supporting Sponsors:



Registration Services & Event Technology Provider:

Photo Booth Sponsor:

Participating Organizations:

  • Accor
  • Visit Anaheim
  • Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)
  • Atlanta CVB & Georgia World Congress Center
  • Visit Austin and Austin Convention Center
  • Visit Baltimore
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Meetings + Conventions Calgary
  • Centerplate
  • Choose Chicago
  • Clark Construction Group
  • Destination Cleveland
  • CNTV
  • Experience Columbus
  • CompuSystems
  • Cvent
  • VisitDallas
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Destination DC and Events DC
  • Design Foundry
  • Event Transportation Systems
  • Experient – A Maritz Global Events Company
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Visit Fort Worth
  • Freeman
  • Gaylord Hotels
  • GES
  • Hilton’s of Chicago
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Hi-Tech Electric
  • Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
  • Visit Indy
  • JW Marriott Austin | JW Marriott LA Live | Chicago Marriott Marquis
  • Levy Restaurants
  • Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Louisville Tourism
  • Marriott International
  • Marriott Marquis Washington DC
  • McCormick Place/SMG
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Tourisme Montreal
  • Music City Center, Nashville
  • Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
  • New Orleans & Company
  • Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Omni Hotels & Resorts
  • Orange County Convention Center
  • Universal Orlando Meetings & Events
  • Visit Orlando
  • Ottawa Tourism
  • Discover The Palm Beaches
  • PCMA Convene Magazine
  • Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Visit Phoenix
  • PSAV
  • Discover Puerto Rico
  • Visit San Antonio
  • San Diego Tourism Authority
  • Visit Seattle
  • Smart City
  • SmithBucklin
  • Explore St. Louis
  • Talley Management Group
  • Teneo Hospitality Group
  • Three City Collective
  • Business Events Toronto & Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • United Airlines
  • Tourism Vancouver & Vancouver Convention Centre
  • The Venetian Casino Resort

The Style Lounge is a place to sit back, relax, and get your glam or GQ on before the Visionary Award, from 2 – 5:30 p.m. 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, shoe shine, 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
  • Shoe Shine: 15 minute appointment for a shoe shine

2018 Visionary Awards attendees enjoy styling services at the Style Lounge. View more photos.

Congratulations to the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Honorees!

– Business Events 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!


Supported by PSAV

Senthil Gopinath
Chief Executive Officer

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

Stacey Thorp
Executive Director, Conferences & Events

Recipient: Senthil Gopinath


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

Recipient: Greg Bogue


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

Recipient: Christine Faiman, CMP


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

Recipient: Jennifer Gardner


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

Recipient: Janet Cooper


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
Director of Group Sales
Montage Healdburg
Northern California Chapter

Recipient: Elisa Sandoval Wong

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

Scroll down for a more in-depth look at different seating options.

VIP Sponsored Mini Lounge

VIP Reserved Table

VIP Reserved Large Highboy Table

VIP Reserved Small Highboy Table

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