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. Check out the videos and photos from this 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 2017 Impact Report to see all of the important projects and scholarships that were funded last year by Foundation supporters and donors.

Presented by:

Interested? We’ll let you know when tickets are available:

2019 Supporting Sponsors:

After Party Supporting Sponsor:

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:

  • AccorHotels
  • AlliedPRA
  • AMCI & Friends
  • Aramark
  • Associated Luxury Hotels International
  • Atlanta CVB/Georgia World Congress Center Authority
  • Baltimore Convention Center and Centerplate
  • Business Events Toronto/Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Centerplate
  • Choose Chicago
  • Clark Construction
  • CNTV
  • Design Foundry
  • Destination Cleveland
  • Drape Kings
  • Events DC/Destination DC
  • Experience Grand Rapids
  • Explore St. Louis
  • Visit Fort Worth
  • Freeman
  • GES
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • JW Marriott Austin & Austin Marriott Downtown, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
  • Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Levy
  • London & Partners
  • Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Maritz Global Events
  • Marriott International, Inc
  • Marriott Marquis Washington DC
  • McCormick Place
  • Meet Los Angeles
  • Meetings + Conventions Calgary
  • MHF Productions
  • Music City Center
  • New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau/Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
  • NYC & Company
  • Orange County Convention Center
  • Ottawa Tourism
  • PCMA
  • PCMA Convene
  • Projection Presentation Technologies
  • PSAV
  • San Diego Tourism Authority
  • Smart City Networks
  • SmithBucklin
  • Teneo Hospitality Group
  • The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
  • Tourisme Montreal and Palais des congres de Montreal
  • Tourism Vancouver/Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Visit Anaheim
  • Visit Austin/Austin Convention Center
  • Visit Baltimore
  • Visit Indy
  • VISIT Milwaukee & Travel Portland
  • Visit Phoenix
  • Visit Orlando
  • Visit San Antonio
  • Visit Seattle
  • Visit Spokane
  • VisitDallas

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


2019 Honorees and Finalists will be announced in December 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Honorees!

– Meeting Professional –

Ray Kopcinski, CMP

Peak Global Consulting

– Supplier –

Carrie Freeman Parsons

Vice Chair

– Educator –

Godwin Charles Ogbeide, PhD, MBA

Assoc. Professor of Strategy
& Hospitality

Congratulations to the 2018 Professional Excellence Award Finalists!

Carrie Abernathy CMP, CEM, CSEP
VP, Thought Leadership & Strategy
Convenience Distribution Association (CDA)

Wanda Johnson, CMP, CAE
Chief Program Officer
Endocrine Society

Stephanie D. Jones, CAE, CMP
Sr. Director, Conferences & Events Management
Water Environment Federation

Mary Beth Baluta
Reg. Dir., Sales – Washington DC
Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

Chris FJ Lynn
VP, North America & Emerging Markets – Business Tourism
London & Partners

April Williams
VP – Business Development

Jeff Chase
VP of Sustainability

Rachael Riggs, CMP
Manager, Meetings and Conventions Sales – Midwest/Chicago
Tourism Vancouver

Ken Sien, CMP
Director, Strategic Accounts
Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company

Supported by Maritz Global Events

Phelps R. Hope, CMP
Senior VP, Meetings & Expositions

Laura Metcalf Jelinek, CAE
Associate VP – Meetings and Travel
American Osteopathic Association

Lisa VanRosendale, TEDster
Senior VP, New Business Development

Supported by Meetings + Conventions Calgary

Nicole Armstrong
VP, Worldwide Events

Todd Helton, MBA
Sr. Director, Meetings, Conferences & Online Learning Events
Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Patrick McCrea
Sr. Manager, Digital Events

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

CNTV Wrap Video

Visionary Awards

Individual Tickets are $375

Questions? Contact the Foundation at EducationFoundation@pcma.org 

See photos from this years event:

Red Carpet | Awards Program | After Party

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