PCMA announces 2019 ’20 in their Twenties’ class

PCMA has announced the “20 in their Twenties” class of 2019, as the next generation of business events leaders and 20 of the brightest and most talented young professionals.

PCMA’s 2019 class of “20 in their Twenties” come from around the world and from boutique to global organizations.

“This passionate group inspires me every year as they represent the future of the business events industry,” said Meredith Rollins, executive director of the PCMA Education Foundation. “I have no doubt this class of bright, skilled professionals will achieve success and PCMA is proud to assist them at every stage of their career.

The 2019 class, supported by the PCMA Education Foundation and Experience Columbus, will be honored at the PCMA Convening Leaders conference taking place Jan. 6-9, 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Each of the “20 in their Twenties” class members is selected by a committee comprised of veteran industry professionals and “20 in their Twenties” alumni. Applicants were required to be full-time employees in the business events industry and no older than 29 on Jan. 9, 2019. They must have provided examples of industry leadership, a video statement and professional references.

Members of the 2019 “20 in their Twenties” class will receive recognition as the next generation of industry leaders and a scholarship to attend Convening Leaders, PCMA’s annual signature event. Individuals will also receive complimentary registration for the 2019 PCMA Education Conference in June in Los Angeles, PCMA membership and educational products.

The 2019 ‘20 in their Twenties’ class will also be featured in PCMA’s Convene magazine and other PCMA communications.

Here is the PCMA’s ‘20 in their Twenties’ class for 2019:

Edward Bagsic, CMP, DES

Manager, Conventions VIP Events and Budgets

National Business Aviation Association

Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Raul Cavazos-Binder

Account Executive

Development Counsellors International (DCI)

New York, New York, USA

Jared Chambers

Strategic Account Manager

Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company

Frederick, Maryland, USA

Emily Dietrich

Manager, Business Events

Niagara Parks Commission

Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Molly Holt, CMP

Manager, Meeting Operations

Heart Rhythm Society

Washington, D.C., USA

Kara Hsu

Convention Sales Manager

Destination DC

Washington, D.C., USA

Veronika Ivanova

Marketing and Meeting Architecture Specialist

Kenes International

Sofia, Bulgaria

Andrea Lane, MTA

Meeting Planner

National Defense Industrial Association

Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Janelle Lewis

Meetings and Events Manager

Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

North Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Chad Manhertz, MTA

Event Manager

Events DC

Washington, D.C., USA

Femke Morelisse

Sales Manager

GES

Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Greg Morris, CMP

Director, Meetings and Education

Destinations International

Washington, D.C., USA

Laura Neufeld

Account Manager, Meetings and Events

MCI Group Canada Inc.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Khadijah Nimrod

Convention Sales Assistant

Destination DC

Washington, D.C., USA

Olivia Pelzer

Senior Strategic Account Analyst

Cvent

Delaware, Ohio, USA

Gita Pun

Client Relations Team Manager

Shocklogic

London, England

Giulia Ineke Sarri

MARCOM and Social Project Assistant

AIM Group International

Milan, Italy

Erin Simcox

Senior Manager of Housing

Visit Knoxville

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Kevin J. Thompson

Event Manager

Events DC

Washington, D.C., USA

Lindsay Williams

Sales Manager

GES

Chicago, Illinois, USA