Save the Date! Visionary Awards

WHEN: April 2025

LOCATION:  Washington, D.C.

Nomination Deadline: Sept. 16, 2024 | Application Deadline: Oct. 31, 2024

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2024 Honorees and Finalists

Lifetime Achievement Honorees

Business Event Strategist

Tovar, Elizabeth - LAH BES

Elizabeth Tovar, President


Stuart Levy, Associate Professor of Management
George Washington University


Butch Spyridon, Retired CEO
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp


Greg O’Dell, President, Venue Management
Oak View Group

Professional Excellence Awards Finalists for Business Events Strategist of the Year

Wales, Matthew - BES OTY

Matthew Wales, CMP, CAE, Vice President, Event Services
American Trucking Associations

Ruff-Lyon, Stuart - BES OTY

Stuart Ruff-Lyon, Chief Events and Sales Officer

Nguyen, Anh - BES OTY

Anh Nguyen, CMP, Principal
Spark Event Collective Inc.

Professional Excellence Awards Finalists for Community Advocate of the Year

Dr. Michael Time, CEO

Williams, Anna - Community Advocate OTY

Anna Williams, Director
DMC Network

Johnston, Dana - Community Advocate OTY

Dana Johnston, Vice President, Client Partnerships
EMC Outdoor

Professional Excellence Awards Finalists for Digital Experience Strategist of the Year

Cheng, Shawn - DES OTY

Shawn (Yih-Hsiang) Cheng, Co-Founder

Emily Stephens, CMP, DES, Meetings & Special Projects Manager
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

Stehle, Sara - DES OTY

Sara Stehle, CAE, CMP, Owner, Independent Planner
Wow Moments Experience & Event Design

Professional Excellence Awards Finalists for Event Designer of the Year

David Hidalgo Ayala, CEO & Co-Founder
Tree Alliance

Jasmine and Tyra Dyson, Founders
The Brand Xperience Lounge, Boss Up Girl Co.

Kathy Lovato, Director of Scientific Meetings and Events
American Physiological Society

Professional Excellence Awards Finalists for Groundbreaker Award

Robin Troutman, Deputy Director
National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

Beth Surmont, FASAE, CMP Fellow, CAE Vice President of Business Event Strategy & Design
360 Live Media

Rory Archibald, Senior Business Events Manager
Visit Scotland

Professional Excellence Awards Finalists for Outstanding Service to a Chapter or Region

Marcus Eng, CMP Fellow, DES, Director, Meeting Operations & Technology
American Public Transportation Association, Capital Chapter

Jimmy Le, Event Program Manager
IEEE Communications Society, New York Chapter

Shelby Candrea, CMP, Meetings Manager
ASTM International, Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Professional Excellence Awards Finalists for Supplier of the Year

Eric Kincaid, Vice President, Sales
Choose Chicago

Doug Bennett, Executive Vice President
Louisville Tourism

Yurii Land

Yurii Land, CMP, Senior Strategic Account Director
Maritz Global Events

2023 – Bill Reed, FASAE, CMP
2023 – Ray Bloom
2023 – M.T. Hickman
2022 – Mary Pat Heftman
2022 – Kitty Ratcliffe
2022 – Dr. Eric D. Olson
2021 – Ben Goedegebuure
2021 – Lisa Delpy Neirotti
2021 – Bill Grusich, CMP Fellow – Emeritus, FASAE
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 – 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 – 1996: PCMA Past Presidents
1995 – JoAnn Hoffman
1994 – David R. Evans
1993 – Losi Stratemeier, CAE
1992 – William D Nelligan, CAE
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 exemplifies excellence in the business events industry in their given year.

Event Designer of the Year

2023 – Megan Finnell, CMP
2022 – Darren Mendola, CMP, DES
2019 – Jennifer Gardner
2018 – Phelps Hope
2017 – Megan Tate
2016 – Allyson O’Connor

Community Advocate of the Year

2023 – Lakshmee Lachhman-Persad
2022 – Molly Witges, CMP, DES
2019 – Christine Faiman
2018 – Jeff Chase
2017 – Peter O’Brien
2016 – Christine Phelps

Business Event Strategist of the Year

2023- Kristi Casale, CMP, DMCP
2022 – Kai Hattendorf
2019 – Senthil Gopinath
2018 – Wanda Johnson
2017 – Danielle Urbina
2016 – Kirsten Olean

Groundbreaker Award

2023 – Gary Murakami, GTP, GLP, CMP-Fellow, CMM, DES
2022 – Melissa Cherry

Supplier of the Year

2023 – Tim Mathy
2022 – Carson Edwards Jr. MBA, CASE, CDMP
2019 – Greg Bogue
2018 – Chris Lynn
2017 – Jennifer Erney
2016 – Rachael Riggs

Digital Experience Strategist of the Year

2023 – Jodi VanWoerkom, CMP
2022 – Mary Pat Cornett, CAE, CMP
2019 – Janet Cooper
2018 – Nicole Armstrong

Outstanding Service to a Chapter

2023 – Leah Lewis, CMP, DES
2022 – Megan Martin, CMP, DES
2019 – Elisa Sandoval Wong
2018 – Rebecca Ramsey
2017 – Missy Johnson
2016 – John Rubsamen

Previous PCMA Award Recipients


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Visionary Awards 2023 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.

Thank You to Our Table Hosts

Visit Austin and Austin Convention Center
Visit Anaheim
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Visit Baltimore
Caesars Entertainment
Tourism Calgary
Visit California
Choose Chicago
Experience Columbus
Destination DC and Events DC
Visit Detroit
Dominican Republic Tourism Board
Visit Fort Worth
GES /  onPeak
Hilton Worldwide
Visit Houston
Hyatt Convention Alliance
IHG® Hotels & Resorts
Visit Indy
Visit Lauderdale
Meet Long Beach
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Louisville Tourism
Marriott International
McCormick Place
MGM Resorts International
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Music City Center
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
New Orleans & Company / Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New York City Tourism + Conventions
Oak View Group
Visit Oklahoma City
Orange County Convention Center and Visit Orlando
Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
PCMA Convene Magazine
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Travel Portland
Discover Puerto Rico
Visit San Antonio
Smart City Networks
Sodexo Live!
Visit Tampa Bay
Destination Toronto
Destination Vancouver and Vancouver Convention Centre

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Embrace the power, the camaraderie, and the inspiration firsthand in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. with us all. Because, what we do matters. Collectively, we can make a difference.

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