WHEN: March 9, 2023
VENUE: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD

Visionary Awards 2022 Highlights

The PCMA Foundation Visionary Awards honors the exceptional stars for their significant contributions to their organizations. This premier industry black-tie recognition event, from the red carpet reception to the awards show and after-party is the ultimate place to see and be seen.

Visionary Awards 2022 Ceremony

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POWER OF PURPOSE: Business Events Industry Week is committed to helping event stakeholders and their business partners advance the role that gatherings of people with purpose play in the economic, social and intellectual enrichment of people and communities everywhere. We are in the pursuit of this opportunity for everyone, because it matters everywhere.

POP will use locations and venues throughout the Washington, DC region as an inspirational canvas for a weeklong series of experiences that features professional development, a commercial marketplace, idea incubators, community social transformation activities, and networking experiences.

Presented by:

Congratulations to the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Honorees!

– Business Events Strategist –

Mary Pat Heftman, Vice Chair, Exhibitions, Winsight Media

Mary Pat Heftman

Vice Chair, Exhibitions
Winsight Media

– Supplier –

Kitty Ratcliffe, President Explore St. Louis

Kitty Ratcliffe

Explore St. Louis

– Educator –

Dr. Eric D. Olson, Chair of the Rita & Navin Dimond Department, School of Hospitality, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Dr. Eric D. Olson

Chair of the Rita & Navin Dimond Department, School of Hospitality
Metropolitan State University of Denver

2021 Lifetime Achievement Honoree

 – Business Events Strategist –

Ben Goedegebuure

Enterprise Vice President, Global & Industry Presence
Maritz Global Events

2022 Professional Excellence Award Nominees


Anita Carlyle CMP, CMM, DES, HMCC
Managing Partner

Annette Suriani, CMP, CFMP, DES
Business Events Strategist
AMS Meetings Solutions

WINNER: Kai Hattendorf
UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry


Melissa Cherry
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Senior Vice President
Miles Partnership


Rebecca Ramsey, DES
Business Development Executive
Event EQ

Elaine Williams, CMP, CEM-AP
Director of Sales
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

WINNER: Carson Edwards Jr. MBA, CASE, CDMP
Global Account Executive
Marriott International

Danielle Foisy, FASAE, CASE
Director, Business Development & Industry Relations
Transportation Management Services


Amy Pettigrew, MPA, CMP
Director of Meetings
International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

WINNER: Molly Witges, CMP, DES
Senior Director, Customer Engagement

Kristin Nacovsky, CMP, DES
Manager of Conventions and Meetings
International Studies Association


WINNER: Darren Mendola, CMP, DES
Vice President, Global Conference & Events
Alzheimer’s Association

Tony Scurry, MBA, CMP
Chief Events Officer
7 Pointe Planning, Inc.

Sara Haywood, CMP
Assistant Vice President, Conferences
National Council for Mental Wellbeing


Mahoganey Jones, CMP, DES, HMCC – EWD
Founder and CEO
Event Specialists

Sandra Vura Harwood, CMP
Vice President, Meetings and Education/IDWeek Meeting Secretariat
Infectious Diseases Society of America

WINNER: Mary Pat Cornett, CAE, CMP
Chief Strategy & Operations Officer
American Society for Nutrition

Sina Bünte, CMP, DES, TMPE, HVED
Founder and CEO


Vicki Johnson, CMP
Vicki Johnson & Associates, LLC
Capital Chapter

WINNER: Megan Martin, CMP, DES
Account Executive
Rocky Mountain Chapter

Ken Sien, CMP
Senior Account Executive
POWER 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


$15000 VIP Sponsored Mini Lounge (10 total tickets)

$8000 VIP Reserved Table (10 total tickets)

$8000 VIP Reserved Highboy (8 total tickets)

$375 Individual Ticket (General seating)

$3,500 Group of 10 Tickets

More information can be found on our 2022 Visionary Awards digital brochure.

Questions? Contact [email protected].


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 2021 Impact Report to see all of the important projects and scholarships that were funded last year by Foundation supporters and donors.

Digital Experience Strategist of the Year Award Sponsor:

Community Advocate of the Year Award Sponsor:

Event Venue Sponsor:

Red Carpet Experience Sponsor:



Champagne Bar Sponsor:


2022 Supporting Sponsors

Audio Visual:

Design and Decor:


Registration Services & Technology Provider:



Mobile App Provider:

Transportation Provider:


2022 Participating Organizations as of March 16, 2022:

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Discover Atlanta and Georgia World Congress Center
  • Visit Austin and Austin Convention Center
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Cadmium
  • Tourism Calgary
  • Visit California
  • Destination Canada
  • Choose Chicago
  • CNTV
  • Experience Columbus
  • Destination DC
  • Events DC
  • Visit Detroit
  • Encore
  • Event EQ and Fern
  • Visit Lauderdale
  • Gaylord National
  • GES
  • Freeman
  • Hilton
  • Hyatt
  • Visit Indy
  • Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
  • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Louisville Tourism
  • Marriott International
  • MCI Group
  • MGM Resorts
  • Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Meet Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association
  • Business Events Montréal and Palais des congrès de Montréal
  • Music City Center
  • New Orleans & Company and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
  • NYC & Company
  • Visit Norfolk
  • Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Omni Hotels & Resorts
  • Orange County Convention Center and Visit Orlando
  • Ottawa Tourism
  • The Palm Beaches
  • Visit Greater Palm Springs
  • Pathable
  • PCMA Convene Magazine
  • Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Projection
  • Discover Puerto Rico
  • Visit San Antonio
  • Explore St. Louis
  • VisitScotland
  • Smart City Networks
  • Sodexo
  • Talley Management Group
  • Destination Toronto
  • Transportation Management Services
  • Destination Vancouver and Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Winsight Media

2021 Visionary Awards Highlights

The PCMA Foundation Visionary Awards honored the exceptional stars in the business events industry on August 26, 2021. More than 500 revelers attended this premier industry black-tie recognition event from the red carpet reception to the awards show and after-party.

2021 Visionary Awards Ceremony

2019 Visionary Awards Recap Video

2019 Visionary Awards Ceremony

Health & Safety

Your well-being is our #1 priority. We have partnered with Safe Expo to oversee the onsite Health & Safety Plan and adhere to Marriott’s Connect with Confidence plan. We require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all Visionary Award participants.

Please upload your vaccination card to Safe Expo’s secure portal before your arrival to prevent congestion on site. You can print, screenshot, or download the confirmation to show onsite at Safe Expo registration.

Worksite Labs will be onsite to provide both PCR and antigen testing if needed for your travels. Results are available in 60-90 minutes. Must pay applicable fees. Preregister now.

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