Monthly Archives: October 2009

IMEX Launches New US Show – IMEX America

A brand new trade show for the US meetings industry was announced in Las Vegas today (October 28th, 2009) by Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group.

Bloom was joined by Bruce MacMillan, CEO of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), IMEX America’s strategic partner and Chris Meyer, Vice President of Sales for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) in announcing the launch of IMEX America – America?s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events.

The new show will take place at the Sands Expo Convention Center at the Venetian/Palazzo from 11 ? 13 October 2011 and will benefit from a Strategic Partnership with MPI, as well as a broad coalition of industry support. It will be run as part of the IMEX Group of exhibitions and, as such, will be characterized by an uncompromising focus on business, international hosted buyer programs and industry-wide collaboration.

IMEX America will benefit from the widespread support of the industry?s biggest and most powerful associations. Site (the leading association worldwide for incentive travel and motivational events) will hold their 2011 Annual Conference immediately following the first show from 13 ? 15 October, whilst ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association), DMAI (Destination Marketing Association International), AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) and ECM (European Cities Marketing) will all add their support through a number of marketing and educational initiatives. In addition, ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) will organize dedicated association-led education on the day before the show. Further industry partnerships will be announced in the coming months.

Speaking at the press conference at the Venetian/Palazzo Meetings Hotel, Bloom explained: “IMEX America will deliver the largest-scale hosted buyer program in North America, where top meetings and incentive buyers from across the US and the world will travel and stay free as our guests. For the inaugural show in 2011, we are forecasting 1,500 hosted buyers, of whom 80% will originate from within North America – the balance arriving from across the world. We will also conduct large-scale visitor marketing campaigns to attract several thousand more key decision-makers from across the country.”

Speaking as IMEX America?s strategic partner, Bruce MacMillan, President and CEO of MPI, commented: “MPI has a strong history of partnership with the leading players in the global meetings industry. As a long time partner of the IMEX Group, we are honored to be the strategic partner in IMEX America to provide compelling educational experiences to the entire meetings and event industry as part of this tremendous new marketplace opportunity.”

Commenting on the trade show?s chosen location, Chris Meyer, Vice President of Sales for the LVCVA stated: “We are delighted that IMEX America?s home will be here in Las Vegas. With more than 140,000 hotel rooms, superb transport connections from across the US and growing direct international links we are confident that Las Vegas will provide IMEX America with a truly outstanding, long-term home.”

More information about developments and specific trade show initiatives will be announced in the coming months.

The King of Red Wine Grapes Reigns at Nana

Nana?s November Friday Night Flight Spotlights Cabernet Sauvignon

Dallas, TX ? The first Friday of every month, Nana at Hilton Anatole hosts a wine and food flight trio for only $20 (excluding tax and gratuity), a gourmet tasting of haute cuisine paired with choice wines. For the month of November, the restaurant will highlight Cabernet Sauvignon, the premier red wine grape around the world, from Stephen Vincent, Obsidian Ridge and Cannonball wineries. November?s Friday Night Flight is on November 6 between 6pm ? 8pm. Reservations are highly recommended by calling 214.761.7470. Visit www.nanarestaurant.com for complete details.

November?s Friday Night Flight

Pork belly, pine nut-garlic-currant sofrito

Stephen Vincent, Cabernet Sauvignon, CA, 2006

Stephen Vincent wine is produced from a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. Its harmonious balance derives from the use of grapes from two distinct regions: 70% of the wine comes from the Central Coast, and 30% is from Sonoma County. Complex flavors, soft tannins, and French oak are blended perfectly in this exceptional wine.

Pan-roasted and grilled duck breast, mint, chocolate, black pepper
Obsidian Ridge, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, 2007

Obsidian Ridge winery is notorious for its high altitude wine grown on the Mayacamas Range about 2,640 feet in elevation in earth laced with black, glassy Obsidian rock. The high altitude produces thicker grape skins which result in more and better extraction, color and flavor.

Regina Blu Cheese, Grana Padano tuile, cranberries
Cannonball, Cabernet Sauvignon, CA, 2007

Cannonball is the passion project of winemaker Dennis Hill, well-known for his Blackstone and Hayman and Hill labels. It?s a huge, full-body, full-flavor wine for its value. Tannins support the classic Cabernet structure with a long complex finish of blackberry fruit.

Nana now features Half Price Wine Nights every Thursday for bottles under $200 with dinner purchase!

Nana is a restaurant with an inimitable sense of luxury and wonder, where its service, panoramic view of the city, and upscale American cuisine created by internationally-acclaimed Executive Chef Anthony Bombaci are simply astonishing. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 6pm ? 10pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm ? 10:30pm. Nana is located on the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole Hotel at 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207. Reservations are available by calling 214.761.7470. www.nanarestaurant.com

PCMA Awards $90k in 2009 and 2010 Industry Grants

?Best in Class” Program, Moderator Training, and Annual Meeting Student Programs Among Top Initiatives

Chicago, IL, October 27, 2009 ? The Education Foundation of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has awarded $90,034 in grants for a range of meetings industry research and education projects to advance knowledge and best practices in the profession. The money is to be divided between 2009 and 2010, with $12,200 distributed in 2009 and $77,834 distributed in 2010.

?It?s important that the PCMA Education Foundation focuses on educating those already in the industry as well as fostering students to be the next generation of leaders,” says Executive Director of the Education Foundation Susan Salem Euritt. ?Grant giving is a crucial delivery on our mission.”

Grants approved by the PCMA Education Foundation fund relevant research initiatives and educational programming, which encourages professionalism in and growth of our industry. Five grants have been approved to fund the following programs:

? Study on the impact of new pharmaceutical guidelines in relation to healthcare meeting planners. ($2,200 allocated for 2009)
? Convention and Visitors Bureau/Convention Stakeholders Program ($10,000 allocated for 2009)
? Provide each PCMA Chapter with one ?Best In Class” Educational Program ($40,000 allocated for 2010)
? Moderator Training Program ($20,000 allocated for 2010)
? PCMA Annual Meeting Student Program ($17,834 allocated for 2010)

?I?m delighted that even in this economy and with the current challenges our industry faces, that the Foundation Trustees have recognized the importance of continuing to fund key meetings industry initiatives,” said Michael Payne, 2009 PCMA Education Foundation Chair. ?The PCMA Education Foundation?s commitment to our industry continues to be evident though these generous 2009 and 2010 outlays.”

The next application deadline for grants from the PCMA Education Foundation is November 30, 2009. Applications and accompanying paperwork are accepted three times a year. Due dates are March 31, August 31 and November 30. Proposals are evaluated and recommended for funding by the PCMA Education Foundation Grant Review Committee. Final funding decisions are made by the PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

For an application and more information, go to the PCMA Education Foundation’s grants page on PCMA’s web site at pcma.org/foundation/grants.

ABOUT THE PCMA EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The role of the PCMA Education Foundation is to support the mission of the PCMA through fundraising and grant giving focused on education and research that will benefit the meetings and conventions industry. Established in 1985, the Foundation supports educational programs to improve professionalism in the meetings industry and to provide a university-level meeting management curriculum. The Foundation funds educational programs for meeting managers, hotels, convention and visitors bureaus, and other members of the meetings industry. It also conducts ongoing research of industry issues and concerns. The Foundation continually funds new programs to encourage the highest levels of professionalism in the meetings industry.

ABOUT PCMA
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is the professional resource and premier educator for the meetings and convention industry. Founded in 1957, PCMA represents the interests of meeting management executives from associations, non-profit organizations, corporations, independent meeting planning companies, and multi-management firms who recognize the importance of meetings to their organization. PCMA empowers members with the tools they need to succeed as meeting professionals and to promote the value of the industry to their organizations and the general public. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 16 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.

Berlin Brings Home Meeting Destination Awards

World Travel Awards go to… ICC Berlin and Hotel Adlon

Since 1993 hundreds of thousands of travel experts and meeting planners have chosen the most professional service providers in the travel and convention industry. This year Berlin has done extremely well again. One shining example is the ICC Berlin: for the sixth consecutive time it was selected as Europe’s “Leading Conference Centre”. Hotel Adlon Kempinski wins again in the category “Germany’s Leading Hotel”.

Berlin ranks amongst the top 3 “Best Conference Destinations” in the world

British meeting planners are convinced of Berlin’s outstanding qualities as a convention metropolis. They voted the German capital into the Top 3 of the C&IT Hot List 2009 of the Conference & Incentive Travel Magazine, a leading trade journal.

This means that after London and Barcelona, Berlin is one of the “Best Conference Destinations” in the world. Berlin’s unusual locations are particularly popular with British meeting planners. For instance the axica Congress and Meeting Centre at Brandenburg Gate enjoys 2nd Place in the “Best Unusual Events Venue” category.

Two International Awards for Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

For MIMA?s Best Marketing Campaign and Best Use of Budget

Kuala Lumpur, 27 October 2009 ? The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) made Malaysia proud for the second time by bringing home two international awards which were announced in London recently. The Centre won Gold for Best Marketing Campaign in the Meetings Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA) 2009 and also took Silver in the ?Best Use of Budget? category. This success follows the Centre?s Bronze win in the ?Best CD-ROM/DVD? category last year.

The only Asian winner at the awards, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre?s entry for both categories was for its TenOnCall meeting facility. According to MIMA, the Best Brand Marketing campaign was chosen amongst a pool of contenders for its high level of creativity that supported its objectives and demonstrated excellent execution with a strong focus on understanding the impact of its marketing campaign. The campaign was developed to meet the changing needs of their customers in a time of changing economic realities. The foresight of the Centre?s team and the clarity of what they needed to achieve was developed and delivered in a simple and efficient way and shows what this industry can achieve.

According to Peter Brokenshire, General Manager, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, ?TenOnCall is a dedicated meeting space of 10 meeting rooms on the Centre?s Level 4 which offers a differentiated meeting experience for just-in-time and smaller meetings. We aim to focus on a previously untapped area whilst addressing local market perception that the Centre is always ?full? and only caters for large events.

Brokenshire explained the Centre?s strategy for TenOnCall was to create a product offering that could stand on its own and reach out to a niche market. ?TenOnCall demonstrates how the Centre effectively repackaged an existing space with minimal changes and at minimum cost by leveraging on available resources and marketing tools; such as our website, email blasts and an ?Open House? event, to create awareness of, and to market, the product. Once launched and having been well-received by clients, we extended our marketing efforts and introduced the TenOnCall Loyalty Programme to reward loyal patrons.”

The Centre shared the limelight with its sister venue, the Qatar National Convention Centre which won Gold for the Best Print Advertising Campaign category.

On the Centre?s success at MIMA for the second consecutive year, Brokenshire said that this would not have been possible ?without the contribution of our most valuable asset, our people, whose dedication and professionalism, untiring efforts, cohesive teamwork and creativity in striving for perfection and excellence has taken the Centre to where it is in a mere four plus years – Asia?s leading convention facility.”

Organised by Meetings and Incentive Travel (M&IT) magazine, MIMA was launched in 2002 to lift the standard of marketing in the meetings and events industry and to recognise the marketeers.

About the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) is a component of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and is managed and operated by Convex Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture company between KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd and AEG Ogden Pty Ltd, Australia.
A winner of numerous awards including the TravelWeekly (Asia) Industry Awards 2007 and 2008 and CEI Industry Award 2009 for best convention and exhibition centre in Asia, the Centre is a wholly-owned facility of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Sdn Bhd which in turn, is owned by KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS).

The Centre has ISO 9001, ISO 22000 and OHSAS 18001 certifications and achieved Green Globe Benchmarked status (environment) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Certification (HACCP) recognition, the international food safety system for international convention facilities and five-star hotels.

The Centre, comprising of two auditoria (seating 3,000 and 500 respectively), 9,710 sq metres of Exhibition Halls, a Grand Ballroom which seats 2,000 diners, a Banquet Hall for 500, a Conference Hall for 1,800 and 20 other meeting rooms, providing 20,059 sq metres of function space in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

RCMA Prepares for 38th World Conference and Exposition

FORT WORTH, TX ? A noted television personality?Olympian?expert on extraordinary performance?award winning speaker who lost his life savings in the Bernie Madoff scandal?and a talk show host will be featured speakers at the 38th RCMA World Conference and Exposition.

Convening in the Fort Worth Convention Center, January 26 ? 29, 2010, this multifaith event will embrace key religious leaders and industry representatives from throughout North America, Europe, and the Caribbean.

American television personality and award winning journalist, Catherine Crier, will present a featured address on ?Aim High…You Make A Difference.” Recipient of an Emmy, DuPont-Columbia and Gracie Allen awards, Crier was the youngest state judge ever to be elected in Texas.

Among the other personalities who will address the international audience will be Vince Poscente, Olympic speed-skater; Jim Jacobus speaking on how the ?real world fits into what God wants us to be;” Matt Weinstein reflecting on ?surviving life?s inevitable downturns;” and Vicki Hitzges, broadcast personality presenting ?Those Are Trees Out There.”

According to DeWayne Woodring, executive director and CEO of RCMA, ?the conference will focus on the theme ?Aim High!” and will feature a variety of learning experiences aimed at bolstering the religious planner?s meeting and management skills, plus provide a variety of numerous networking and fellowship opportunities.”

A special feature of the event will be a range of Behind-The-Scenes Experiences in which the attendees will actively indulge in the inner operations of hotels, the convention center, production company, public relations firm and advertising agency. Working beside professionals, the planners will perform hands-on tasks, such as creating a multimedia production, develop an advertising campaign for a religious event, prepare food in a hotel kitchen and join in booth set-ups within the convention center exhibit hall.

The broad spectrum of daily educational tutorials will range from ?Blessed Be They Who Understand The Religious Market,” ?Who, What, When, Where, How to Plan on Land, Sea and Air,” ?Blueprints for Successful Meeting and Event Planning,” to ?Technology Trends Impacting The Meetings Industry,” ?Best Legal Practices in This Sue or Be Sued Society,” and ?Social Networking: Today?s Marvel of Communcations.”

?These expert-led educational sessions provide the neophyte planner to the veteran professional with new ideas and practical advice to make their religious events more meaningful, attract greater numbers and operate in an efficient and economical manner,” states Woodring.

The importance of this specific niche market within the meetings industry will be evident as hundreds of convention bureaus, conference centers, hotels, and universities are on-hand to provide information regarding their facilities and services during RCMA?s exposition.

The opening Tuesday night grand reception will recreate the ?Wild, Wild West,” taking the visitors along the Texas Trail to explore sights, and sounds, from cattle roping to karaoke.

One of the world?s most acclaimed productions, the World?s Original Indoor Rodeo, will thrill RCMA Conference attendees Wednesday evening, embracing the 114th year of tradition for this event. Considered to be one of the best shows in the nation, the rodeo now attracts visitors from over 80 foreign nations and is Fort Worth?s most attended attraction.

The traditional Thursday evening gala will feature the President?s Award and top talent presenting a variety of musical hits.

RCMA is a nonprofit, faith-based organization of 2,800 religious professionals who have responsibility for planning and/or managing assemblies, meetings and conferences for denominations and religious organizations, as well as those who provide service within this specialized field. Founded in 1972, RCMA is dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of its members and to improving the experience of religious meeting attendees throughout the world.

Complete details of the 2010 World Conference appear on the association?s website at www.rcmaweb.org. Additional information may also be obtained by contacting: Religious Conference Management Association, 7702 Woodland Drive, Suite 120, Indianapolis, IN 46278; Phone (317) 632-1888; Fax (317) 632-7909; E-mail: rcma@rcmaweb.org.

American Airlines and Starwood Launch Joint Meetings Promotion

On Monday, October 19, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and American Airlines Group & Meeting Travel announced a joint promotion for meeting and corporate travel planners.

For meetings booked now through Dec. 31 that take place by June 30, 2010, planners will receive 4 percent off their master bill and one free room for every 25 booked at any of 380 participating Starwood properties in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Additionally, for every 25 American Airlines flights booked, planners will be credited one free flight for future use. For more information, visit starwoodhotels.com/valueaddedmeetings.

ALHI Expands Caribbean Offerings, Adds Gran Meli? Golf Resort Puerto Rico To Membership

WASHINGTON, DC ? Gran Meli? Golf Resort Puerto Rico in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico has been accepted for membership into the prestigious organization Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The all-suite resort becomes ALHI?s second member in Puerto Rico, joining El Conquistador Golf Resort & Casino in Las Croabas, and it will now receive national sales services by ALHI to the meetings, incentive/recognition travel, conventions, and expositions marketplaces. Meeting professionals, incentive specialists, association executives, and product launch specialists desiring to conduct meetings and programs in Puerto Rico that require from 10 to more than 700 rooms now have two great options in ALHI?s portfolio.

?Gran Meli? Golf Resort Puerto Rico is an exceptional All-Suite destination resort that is a great choice for planners considering programs in the islands,” said David Gabri, president and CEO of ALHI. ?Many recognize the oceanfront resort as the host location for the PGA Puerto Rico Open. It features a lush tropical setting, sophisticated style, spacious suites, excellent restaurants, many idyllic open-air venues with breathtaking views, and outstanding meeting facilities totaling over 27,000 square feet of meeting space. This resort and destination is also very convenient to the island?s international airport, which is the hub of the Caribbean, providing significant air access, with several daily non-stop services from many major U.S. cities.”

Featuring 486 oversized suites in 20 enchanting two-story bungalows, the oceanfront Gran Meli? Golf Resort Puerto Rico is nestled on the northeastern coast of Puerto Rico in picturesque Coco Beach, between the Atlantic Ocean and the lush El Yunque rainforest. Recently renovated with property-wide upgrades and refurbishments, the resort features 27,018 square feet of meeting space, two 18-hole Trump International golf courses, a large lagoon-style pool, a spa and wellness center, three tennis courts, a casino, and a diverse selection of first-class restaurants. The resort is just a scenic 20 minutes from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and the greater San Juan area.

ALHI Now Features Nine Caribbean Options In Worldwide Portfolio —

In Bahamas, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico & Puerto Rico

ALHI?s exclusive membership also includes such other impressive Caribbean options as the renowned Atlantis on Paradise Island in The Bahamas; the lush 2,400-acre Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica; the luxurious Paradisus Palma Real Resort in Playa de Bavaro, Dominican Republic; the extraordinary all-inclusive Paradisus Punta Cana Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; the stunning Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica; the oceanfront Aqua in the heart of vibrant Cancun, Mexico; and the AAA Five-Diamond Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach in Cancun, Mexico.

ALHI?s professional National Sales team can help planners, with a diverse portfolio of more than 125 Four- and Five-Diamond/Star quality hotels and resorts worldwide, offering over 90,000 rooms and suites and over 9 million square feet of meeting space. ALHI serves as a dedicated dues-based National Sales Organization that enables planners to gain reliable one-call, experienced national sales professional access, as an extension to its outstanding membership. There is no cost to planners to utilize the authorized services of ALHI, as its members? dues fund the organization. For a glance at the ALHI portfolio, visit www.alhi.com .

ALHI members include extraordinary meeting and incentive resorts, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic and landmark properties, island destinations, resorts with spas, properties in international destinations, and hotels with gaming and entertainment.

ALHI has 16 professionally-staffed National Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, North Carolina, Orange County (CA), Orlando, Philadelphia, Richmond, San Diego, Toronto and Washington, DC. Go to www.alhi.com to identify the ALHI sales professional in your area.

For more information about ALHI, or to inquire about a potential meeting at any of the ALHI member properties, contact your nearest ALHI National Sales Office, call the ?ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com .

Nana Now Features Half Price Wine Night Every Thursday

Dallas, TX ? Looking to learn about new wines or enjoy an inexpensive bottle with your dinner? Kick off your weekend with an exquisite meal and a professional wine pairing during Half Price Wine Night every Thursday at Nana at the Hilton Anatole. The restaurant was recently inducted into ?The Fine Dining Hall of Fame” and named one of the “best restaurants in Dallas” by Food & Wine. Half Price Wine Night at Nana is every Thursday and includes bottles only ($200 and under) with purchase of dinner.

Let Wine Steward Russell Burkett recommend choice wines from the restaurant’s immaculate collection to be paired with Executive Chef Anthony Bombaci?s exquisite creations. Nana’s wine menu can be found at www.nanarestaurant.com and features an extensive selection of white, red and dessert wines from a variety of origins including America, Spain, Hungary, New Zealand, France and Italy.

NANA AT THE HILTON ANATOLE

?Fine Dining Hall of Fame” Recipient ? 2009 Nation?s Restaurant News
?Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in the Country” ? ForbesTraveler.com
?Five-Star Service” ? Dallas Morning News
?America?s Top 50 Restaurants” List ? 2006 Gourmet Magazine
AAA Four-Diamond Star Award
Mobil Four-Star Award
Wine Spectator?s ?Award of Excellence”

Nana is a restaurant with an inimitable sense of luxury and wonder, where its service, panoramic view of the city, and upscale American cuisine created by internationally-acclaimed Executive Chef Anthony Bombaci are simply astonishing. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 6pm ? 10pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm ? 10:30pm. Nana is located on the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole Hotel at 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207.

Reservations are available by calling 214.761.7470. www.nanarestaurant.com

PCMA Announces 2009 Achievement Award Winners

Award Winners to be Celebrated
At the 2010 PCMA Annual Meeting in Dallas

CHICAGO, IL, October 21, 2009 ? Each year the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) honors outstanding members for their contributions to PCMA and the meetings and hospitality industry. PCMA is proud to announce the winners of the 2009 Achievement Awards, who will be recognized at the 54th PCMA Annual Meeting, January 10-13, 2010, in Dallas, TX.

“The winners of the 2009 PCMA Achievement Awards make PCMA the outstanding organization that it is. We?re proud to recognize these exceptional members?and meetings industry leaders?through the annual Achievement Awards program,” said PCMA President and CEO Deborah Sexton.

?These professionals represent the best and brightest talent in our industry. I look forward to January 11th in Dallas when we will celebrate the accomplishments of this select group of individuals and organizations,” said Francine Pepitone, PCMA Achievement Awards and Recognition Committee Chair.

2009 Distinguished Member of the Year Award
The recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Member of the Year Award is Deborah L. Richardt, CMP, Senior Director of Meeting Services for the American Thoracic Society (ATS). For more than 20 years, this award has honored members who have made exemplary contributions to PCMA.

Richardt has been actively involved in meeting planning for more than 28 years, with 24 of those years spent planning medical conventions for the ATS. A PCMA member since 1987, in 1991 she helped incorporate the New York Area Chapter, later serving as chapter president. She is currently working with the New York Institute of Technology to help them develop a 4-year curriculum for Hospitality Management. ?Debbie has given generously of her time not only in advising programs that train future meeting professionals, but in working directly with interns and advisees whether at the ATS or elsewhere,” said Stephen Crane, PhD, MPH, Executive Director of the ATS. ?She does this with a style and grace that adds luster to her profession and the industry as a whole. She remains an able and articulate spokesperson for her profession and the hospitality industry.”

2009 Distinguished Meeting Professional of the Year Award
The 2009 Distinguished Meeting Professional of the Year Award winner is Teri Elliott Jarvie, CMP, Director of Meeting Services for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). The award acknowledges a meeting professional who excels professionally, personally and within his or her community.

Jarvie has been involved with PCMA in numerous ways since joining in 1997. She served on the PCMA Board of Directors from 2004-2006 and was Greater Midwest Chapter President from 2007-2008. Jarvie also sat on the PCMA Foundation Board of Trustees. From 2006 – 2007 she chaired the Hospitality Industry Relief Fund, which helped disburse $225,000 to assist hospitality industry employees in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region.

?Teri has been untiring in the service and consulting she has provided to the Greater Midwest Chapter, as noted in her advancing through the ranks of leadership ahead of traditional time frames and continuing to serve in an advisory capacity on the board as a member of the Chapter Leadership Task Force,” said Michael McCurry, CMP, President Greater Midwest Chapter.

2009 Distinguished Convention Services Manager of the Year Award
Michael Narkewicz, CMP, Senior Event Manager, Logistics at the San Francisco Marriott, is this year?s winner of the Distinguished Convention Services Manager Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of convention services.

Since it?s opening in 1989, Narkewicz has dedicated 20 years of unparalleled experience to ensuring quality service at the San Francisco Marriott. During his time with Marriott, Narkewicz has received 10 President?s Service Awards and four ?Spirit to Serve” Awards.

2009 Outstanding Service to a Chapter Award
The winner of the 2009 Outstanding Service to a Chapter Award is Donna M. Young, CMP, Meetings Manager for the American College of Physicians. Young was chosen for this honor because of her many contributions to the PCMA Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

Young has served as chapter president and had been on the chapter?s board of directors on more than one occasion. She currently chairs the Network for the Needy Headquarter Committee.

?Donna has helped shape a once-struggling chapter into a successful and financially solvent organization in the Philadelphia area. Over the years, our chapter has done a lot of great things for members and charitable organizations in the community that would not have been possible without her drive and commitment,” said Michael Brennan, CMP, Director of Conventions and Meetings for Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc.

2009 Educator of the Year Award
The 2009 Educator of the Year is Loretta Lowe, CMP. The Educator of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of meetings and hospitality industry education.

Lowe assisted in the creation of the PCMA student club at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and currently serves as faculty advisor. In spring of 2009 Lowe helped develop and implement a bachelor?s degree emphasis in meetings and convention management at SFSU. Volunteering is a requirement in the courses she teaches, and over the past 12 years, 1,200 of her students have contributed more than 3,000 hours of work to local non-profit organizations.

2009 Spirit Award

The winner of the 2009 Spirit Award is New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau (NOMCVB). The Spirit Award recognizes an organization that has significantly affected lives in a charitable or humanitarian way through the meetings and convention industry.

Since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, the NOMCVB has consistently showed exceptional leadership under crisis, dedication to service, and a commitment to community service. The NOMCVB has undergone extensive efforts to re-brand New Orleans, while at the same time helping the city recover and re-build. Since Katrina, volunteerism has become an even larger part of their mission. They help organizations meeting in New Orleans and their attendees realize the benefits of social responsibility programs through their meetings.

2009 Environmental Leadership Award
The PCMA Environmental Leadership Award honors progressive ?greening? efforts in the meetings industry. The 2009 Environmental Leadership Award winner is The Willard InterContinental.

The hotel has developed a program called ?Willard InterContinental ? The Next 100 Years.” This three pronged sustainable initiative focuses on addressing economic prosperity, social responsibility, and environmental protection. The hotel?s commitment to sustainable hospitality practices has led to being powered by 100% wind energy, a composting program recycling 37 tons of waste in 2008, and the ?adoption” of a local park by employees. The hotel also reaches outside its local community to help sponsor water pumps in South Africa through voluntary guest donations of $1 per night.

For more information on PCMA Achievement Awards, visit www.pcma.org/awards.

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is the professional resource and premier educator for the meetings and convention industry. Founded in 1957, PCMA represents the interests of meeting management executives from associations, non-profit organizations, corporations, independent meeting planning companies, and multi-management firms who recognize the importance of meetings to their organization. PCMA empowers members with the tools they need to succeed as meeting professionals and to promote the value of the industry to their organizations and the general public. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 16 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at www.pcma.org.

The role of the PCMA Education Foundation is to support the mission of the PCMA through fundraising and grant giving focused on education and research that will benefit the meetings and conventions industry. Established in 1985, the Foundation supports educational programs to improve professionalism in the meetings industry and to provide a university-level meeting management curriculum. The Foundation funds educational programs for meeting managers, hotels, convention and visitors bureaus, and other members of the meetings industry. It also conducts ongoing research of industry issues and concerns. The Foundation continually funds new programs to encourage the highest levels of professionalism in the meetings industry.