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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

2017 Sees Record Numbers Endorse PCMA’s Status as the Leading Global Meetings Industry Association

PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) announced strong financial growth and record revenue numbers at the final press conference held during its annual Convening Leaders event, which took place in Nashville, TN at the Music City Center January 7-10, 2018.

Reporting on its membership, there are now more than 7,000 Business Event Strategists globally.  More than half of the PCMA membership body joined approximately 4,500 total attendees at this year’s Convening Leaders.

Financially, PCMA’s revenues have also shown record increases to $19 million USD (from $6 million USD in 2006) with partnership activity contributing $6.5 million USD in 2017. Its revenue streams and brands now include Convening Leaders, ICESAP, the Digital Experience Institute and Convene magazine.

The growth of PCMA has been supported by the PCMA Education Foundation, which has also announced record numbers this week, raising  $1.83 million USD from a range of activities during 2017 with $493,000 USD being awarded in scholarships and grants during the same year.

This record success has grown under Deborah Sexton’s leadership as CEO, a position she has held since 2005. In a recently announced move, Deborah Sexton will hand over as President and CEO to Sherrif Karamat, the current COO. Karamat has worked with Deborah since 2005 and originally joined the organization as vice president of sales in 2003. He became COO in 2008. He officially begins his new role as President and CEO of PCMA on January 19, 2018.

PCMA Education Foundation Announces the 2018 Visionary Awards Professional Excellence Finalists

NASHVILLE, TN, 10th January 2018; Fifteen individuals will be honored as Professional Excellence Award Finalists at the 2018 Visionary Awards on May 2nd, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, Washington DC. These awards annually celebrate exceptional individual contributions to the business events industry. The award winners will be announced live during the Awards Show. Registration will open this month to get a ticket for the Visionary Awards – the industry’s premier recognition event.

 

Meeting Professional of the Year Finalists

 

Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, President, Association for Women in Events

Carrie, described as passionate, connected, ethical and knowledgeable, has been a meeting professional for almost 15 years. She is the co-founder and current president of the Association for Women in Events, an organization dedicated to showcasing the professional advancement of women in all aspects of the events industry. Through monthly webinars and personal presentations at events, Carrie consistently helps event professionals to connect and share knowledge with each other. She is dedicated to shaking up the industry to ensure women are treated equally alongside their male colleagues.

 

Wanda Johnson, CMP, CAE, Chief Program Officer, Endocrine Society

Wanda has contributed a huge amount to both the meeting management and healthcare industries, over a 25-year career. To her peers, she’s an inspiring leader they regularly ask for insights, collaboration and capabilities. She’s also considered to be level-headed and strategic in her thinking. Through her continual involvement with PCMA, she has utilized her platform to better the industry; bringing her personality and influence.

 

Stephanie D. Jones, CAE, CMP, Senior Director, Conferences and Events Management, Water Environment Federation

Stephanie is known for her helpful insights and tips on how to best handle a situation; she has been called a ‘beacon of light’ in the events industry by her peers. She freely shares her knowledge and experience, and is recognized by her team as someone who imparts excellent advice, though Stephanie finds it so natural to share, she’s unaware she’s doing it.

 

 

Supplier of the Year Finalists

 

Mary Beth Baluta, Regional Director of Sales – Washington DC, Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

Mary is known for her vigorous efforts in liaising with potential clients, convention bureaus and suppliers. She has an infectious positive nature and is a great listener, taking in every detail before offering an idea or possible solution. Mary also shows her dedication to her local PCMA chapter through her volunteer efforts and desire to do whatever is asked of her.

 

 

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

Chris is incredibly knowledgeable in the hospitality market and goes the extra mile to ensure that his customers have a great experience. He dedicates time getting to know his customers wants and needs before presenting a bespoke creative solution. Chris also devotes his energy to help elevate PCMA’s New York Area chapter. Despite being its past president, he consistently provides support for the chapter, most recently sponsoring 40 meeting professionals for an event.

 

April Williams, VP – Business Development, Freeman

April has more than 20 years’ industry experience in sales strategy and technology and regularly demonstrates her professional excellence and exceeds client expectations. She recently helped transform the Endocrine Society event branding from being city-specific, to more value-orientated; aligned with the organization’s mission and vision. She also actively advises her clients to share insights on trends shaping the future, including technology with a purpose, data analytics, personalization and brand experience.

 

Community Advocate of the Year Award Finalists

 

Jeff Chase, Vice President of Sustainability, Freeman

Jeff has more than 30 years’ experience in the events and exhibition industry. In 2017, he worked closely with the Consumer Technology Association to advance the organization’s sustainability goals for its annual CES event. Jeff developed and implemented a waste management program to encourage the event’s 3,600 exhibitors to contribute unused supplies, such as tote bags, pens and notepads, as well as reusable building material from the stands, such as furniture and flooring. The Exhibitor Program diverted 19 trailer loads of materials from landfill and donated them to local non-profit organizations, including Teacher Exchange, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity and Opportunity Village.

 

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

Rachael has made incredible fundraising achievements throughout 2017. She single-handedly organized a charity drive for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, within one week of these destructive events. She gained approval from the tourism board to match the funds that were raised, wrote a press release and issued it, all in one day. Earlier in the year, Rachael organized a charitable component at Global Meetings Industry day, which involved attendees from industry organizations packing 750 ‘clean-the-world’ kits and donating them to several Chicago charities.

 

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

Ken helped oversee the Maritz Global Events Human Trafficking Committee, building awareness of its course within Maritz and within the entire global events industry. He was involved in creating a town hall meeting where he introduced the company and key representatives to the app TraffickCam, which seeks to combat sex trafficking. Ken also works to identify deserving organizations in each city that hosts a company event, leading fundraising activities for each.

 

 

Event Designer of the Year Finalists

Supported by Maritz Global Events

 

Phelps R. Hope, CMP, Senior Vice President, Meetings & Expositions, Kellen

Phelps has impressive experience as an event designer, and has helped implement fresh ideas and experiential opportunities to meetings.  Most recently, in October 2017, he redesigned the Girl Scouts Convention in Columbus, Ohio, which resulted in a shorter, more focused, event and a 50 percent increase in registrations.

 

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

Laura is known for her creative and innovative approach to events. She recently created an event, which brought together members of the osteopathic industry. Laura used a mixture of music with arts and culture, to create an experiential environment for attendees.  It was described as totally unforgettable.

 

Lisa VanRosendale, TEDster, Senior Vice President, New Business Development, FreemanXP

Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, and was most recently named in M&C’s Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry. Lisa, who is known for her innovative and immersive approach, is also a former TED speaker. Last year, she was responsible for leading a team that successfully organized each aspect of the Siebel Scholars 2017 Conference and in a post-event survey of attendees, 100 percent said they would attend another Siebel conference.

 

Digital Event Strategist of the Year Finalists

Supported by Meetings + Conventions Calgary

 

Nicole Armstrong, Vice President, Worldwide Events, MicroStrategy

Nicole is a champion for digital events, which she has demonstrated in her previous job roles as Sr Events Manager and Director of Stakeholder Relations at InternetSociety. This included overseeing the introduction and expansion of a series of digital event experiences for the company. Nicole will continue to utilize these skills in her new position at MicroStrategy.

 

Todd Helton, MBA, Senior Director, Meetings, Conferences & Online Learning Events, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA)
Todd was one of the pioneering Meeting Professionals who saw the vision and value of Hybrid Live Events, launching the first AICPA Live Streaming Event in 2009. Over the past eight years he has grown the online program exponentially and has devoted a significant amount of time to providing thought leadership in this field. He gives speeches at leading meetings and takes part in industry panels and interviews.

 

Patrick McCrea, Senior Manager, Digital Events, HIMSS Media

Pat helps provide educational content and thought leadership programs to IT Healthcare Directors, Executives, Managers, and VPs. Through his work, HIMSS remains the leader in the IT Healthcare education space. He has created a solution that has ungated and gated content, a mix of content (editorial vs. sponsorship), and has collecting actionable data to help drive organic growth among subscribers. The solution is working, and makes the ROI valuable for participating sponsors.

 

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About PCMA Education Foundation

The role of the Education Foundation of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the meetings and conventions industry. Established in 1985, the Foundation fuels advancement, nurtures professional development and shapes tomorrow’s meeting and convention leaders. Learn more at foundation.pcma.org .

 

Please contact Davies Tanner for all PCMA Media Relations and press releases at pcma@daviestanner.com or +44 1892 619100.

 

PCMA announces new EMEA and APAC Regional Advisory Boards and appoints Luca Favetta as Regional Business Director – EMEA

 

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has today announced the formation of two new Regional Advisory Boards for the EMEA and APAC regions to help guide its global expansion.

Announced at its flagship annual Convening Leaders event, the PCMA has also released the appointment of Luca Favetta as its first EMEA Regional Business Director. The appointment for APAC is still pending.

The new advisory boards have been established in two key regions – Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. They will help the PCMA develop its presence in these markets as it seeks to establish itself outside of its North American core business. Headquartered in Chicago, the PCMA has partners around the globe and activities across 37 countries. The new Regional Advisory boards will collate that activity into regional groups and act as a sounding board for the Business Events industry, in these markets.

The PCMA will seek feedback from the Regional Advisory boards to help guide their rollout of educational products and services to the business events industry. The advisory boards will be staffed on a volunteer basis and the membership term of office will be for 12 months with an option to extend for a further 12.

The board will typically meet twice annually with at least one meeting at the PCMA’s Convening Leaders event, and another in the specific region. As the board reaches a state of maturity, it is envisioned that approximately one third of its members will rotate off annually to ensure a constant flow of idea and intellectual capital.

To lead the EMEA Regional Advisory Board Luca Favetta has been appointed. Based in Switzerland, Luca joins PCMA after a substantial career in corporate events, having led global teams for HP and SAP.

Sherrif Karamat, Chief Operating Officer, PCMA said “The establishment of our new Regional Advisory boards for Europe, Middle East, Africa and for Asia Pacific, is a signal of our intent to become the predominant global Association for the Business Events industry. We have appointed board members who have outstanding professional reputations in their home territories and are willing to share that expertise with us, their PCMA colleagues on a global level.  In our new EMEA region we are thrilled to welcome Luca to the team. It’s an exciting time for us and our success mirrors that of the global business events industry which is increasing in confidence every year.”

The Regional Advisory Board members include:

Asia Pacific

Anna Aquino, Visa Worldwide Pte. Limited

Karen Bolinger, Melbourne Convention Bureau

Oscar Cerezales, MCI Group

Ivan Ferrari, UBM Media Asia

Tania Goodacre, Minerals Council of Australia

Jeannie Lim, Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau

Angelina Lue, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Shirlena Soh, SACEOS

Europe

Sven Bossu, SWIFT

Sandrine Castres, MCI Spain

Chris Foy, VisitBritain

Ben Goedegebuure, Maritz Global Events Inc.

Davi Kaur, European CanCer Organization

Dermot Ryan, K.I.T. Group GmbH

Klaus Span, IBM Power Systems EMEA

Christoph Tessmar, Barcelona Convention Bureau

Christine Trimmer, World Obesity Federation

PCMA Convene’s Fifth Annual ‘Best in Show’ Recognizes the Unsung Heroes of the Meetings Industry

PCMA Convene magazine has announced the winners of its fifth annual Best in Show awards program, which this year focused on the people — rather than the things — that make live events successful.

“For the first four years of this competition, we’ve honored achievements and innovations in the meetings industry in 10 different categories, including technology, F&B, venues, room sets, and CSR,” said Convene Editor in Chief Michelle Russell. “For the August issue this year, we decided to change things up and shine the spotlight on the professionals behind the scenes who help produce stellar events. These are the people executing on the key elements of meetings, and often without the recognition they deserve.”

Meeting professionals nominated their colleagues in 12 different categories, and provided testimonials on how these individuals exemplify a commitment to excellence and service. The categories are:

  • App/Tech Provider
  • AV/Tech Support
  • Association Management
  • Catering Services/Convention Center
  • Catering Services/Hotel
  • Convention Services/Convention Center
  • Convention Services/CVB
  • Convention Services/Hotel
  • Convention Services/Special-Event Venue
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Partner
  • Special Mentions
  • Third-Party Support

In total, 37 individuals were recognized by their peers in Convene’s August issue. “Quite a few award programs already exist that serve to recognize well-known industry leaders,” Russell said. “And certainly, those movers and shakers in the meetings world deserve that recognition. We didn’t want to replicate that with our program this year. We are delighted to introduce instead a way to give meeting professionals the opportunity to nominate the partners they’ve worked elbow-to-elbow with — those people who have gone the extra mile to ensure their success.”

To learn who they are, visit convn.org/best-in-show-2016.

PCMA Announces Proposed Slate of 2017 Board Officers and Directors

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Nominating Committee met on August 23, in Chicago, IL and reviewed, in detail, a number of stellar nominee applications for the 2017 open board officers and directors positions. After careful due diligence and deliberation, the committee offers the following slate of candidates for leadership positions on the 2017 PCMA Board of Directors.

According to the PCMA Bylaws, this official announcement of the proposed slate is to be sent to the membership by Oct. 1. The nominating process, according to the Bylaws (Article XII, Section 1(d)), allows for additional nominations for any officer or director position by members who submit a petition. The petition is required to be signed by 5% of the members from the respective membership category appropriate to that position, and submitted to the President and CEO no later than the close of business Nov. 1, 2016.

If you are interested in submitting a petition, please contact Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, at 312.423.7264 or deborah.sexton@pcma.org for petition details and procedures.

Unless there are additional petition nominations from the membership, the following officers and directors will be deemed elected and will take office immediately following the 60th PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders, in Austin, TX.

Convening Leaders takes place January 8-11 at the Austin Convention Center.

2017 PROPOSED SLATE OF NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Chair:
Mary Pat Heftman
Executive Vice President, Convention & Strategic Alliances
National Restaurant Association
Term: 2017

Chair-Elect:
Claire Smith, CMP
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Vancouver Convention Centre
Term: 2017

Secretary-Treasurer:
Gregory A. O’Dell
President & Chief Executive Officer
Events DC
Term: 2017

Immediate Past Chair:
William F. Reed, FASAE, CMP
Senior Director of Meetings and Community Engagement
American Society of Hematology
Term: 2017

The following individuals will begin serving three-year terms (2017-2019):

Kerry Crockett, MBA, CMP, CAE, DES
Associate Executive Director
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

Leonard Hoops
President & CEO
Visit Indy

Weemin Ong, CMP
Executive Director
Marina Bay Sands

Janeé Pelletier
Chief Operating Officer
Conference & Logistics Consultants, Inc.

Kelly M. Ricker
SVP Events & Education
CompTIA

Danielle Urbina, CMP
Director of Meetings and Exhibits
American Society of Anesthesiologists

The following individuals are currently serving terms as Directors:

Tonya Almond, CMP
Vice President, Meetings & Continuing Education
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Term: 2016 – 2018

Tamela D. Blalock, MTA, CMP
Senior Director, Membership Services
National Association of Wholesale Distributors
Term: 2016 – 2018

Bill Grusich, CMP, FASAE
Senior Vice President Sales
Associated Luxury Hotels International
Term: 2015 – 2017

Ben Hainsworth
Executive Director Associations
K.I.T. Group GmbH
Term: 2016 – 2018

Phelps R. Hope, CMP
Senior Vice President, Meetings & Expositions
Kellen
Term: 2015 – 2017

Gary Murakami, GTP, GLP, CMP
Director, Global Sales
MGM Resorts International
Term: 2016 – 2018

Kirsten Olean, CMP, CAE
Director of Meetings
American Society of Microbiology
Term: 2015 – 2017

Stuart L. Ruff-Lyon, CMP, DES
Vice President, Events and Education
RIMS – The Risk Management Society
Term: 2015 – 2017

Charles L. Starks
President & CEO
Music City Center
Term: 2015 – 2017

Carol C. Wallace
President & CEO
Carol Wallace & Associates Inc.
Term: 2016 – 2018

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About Professional Convention Management Association
PCMA inspires, connects and innovates the global business events community. We are the world’s community for Business Events Strategists; providing senior education and networking for the events sector. PCMA crafts and shares knowledge and market intelligence enabling organizations to make informed business decisions, while providing a platform for peer-to-peer exchange Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries. For more information visit the PCMA website at pcma.org and the PCMA Convene magazine at pcmaconvene.org.

PCMA continues to deliver high-level education across Europe

Association confirms involvement with three European events for the summer

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) will continue to expand the reach of its activities in Europe, by again forming a partnership with the Meetings Show which will take place June 14-16 in London, UK.

Across the three day event, representatives from the association will deliver a series of educational keynote sessions, tailored specifically for corporate and association meetings and events planners. Themes will include; Creating a Legacy, Leadership and Managing Teams and The Future of Meetings Study.

The PCMA’s partnership with the Meetings Show 2016 is part of a continued initiative to further expand the association’s growth in Europe, whilst at the same time, supporting the mutual objectives of both organizations – to deliver superior and innovative education and promote the value of professional convention management.

The involvement with the Meetings Show also compliments two further events taking place in Europe this summer organised by the PCMA, including the Global Corporate Summit, taking place in Barcelona and the 4th Annual Global Professionals Conference – Europe, hosted in Paris.

The Global Corporate Summit will take place 20-24 July at the Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I, Barcelona, Spain. This exclusive invitation-only event will give attendees the opportunity to network with senior-level event organizers, enjoying a programme of high level content including; working with global economies, managing a cross-cultural workforce and strategic branding.

In addition, the Global Professionals Conference – Europe will take place at the Palais des Congrès de Paris, August 30 – September 1 2016. Again, invite-only, this event will bring together 25 global planners from top associations and association management companies, along with 12 senior-level suppliers from the region, representing convention bureaux and centers. The conference’s goal is to give participants a deeper understanding of the opportunities available throughout Europe and how to maximize business events in the region.

Speaking of the forthcoming activities planned across Europe, Sherrif Karamat, CAE, Chief Operating Officer, PCMA commented; “In addition to further reaching out to a European audience, both our partnership with the Meetings Show and the delivery of the Global Corporate Summit and Global Professionals Conference will further provide high quality education for our members and customers, particularly for those seeking to develop their  understanding of the European region’s potential, with a core focus on cultural differences, economic drivers, budgeting in the global world and risk management.  By creating various platforms for exchange, we can enhance the knowledge sharing across multiple borders and construct meetings that transform business.”

For full details of both the Global Corporate Summit and Global Professionals Conference – Europe, please visit www.pcma.org.

Sold Out Visionary Awards Event Honors Leaders in Business Events

Reimagined event delivers on its promise to inspire

The PCMA Education Foundation honored the lifetime achievement of three individuals and announced the recipients of four coveted annual industry awards. The reimagined evening was transformed into an Oscars-like awards gala, complete with a walk on the red carpet, a see-and-be-seen reception, entertaining awards program and after party featuring a band specializing in the sounds of Motown, Soul, Funk and Dance.  More than 1,000 leaders in business events were in attendance at the premier industry recognition event.

“Redesigning a beloved event is a difficult task,” said Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, PCMA and PCMA Education Foundation, “but our team pushed the celebration to a new level last night – our guests were thrilled and our honorees were truly an inspiration to all of us.”

Those celebrated last night included:

Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

  • Johnnie C. White Jr., CMP, CAE, MBA, Sr. Director, Education and Meetings, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation – 2016 Meeting Professional Honoree
  • Janet L. Jakobsen, CMP, MBA, Professor Hospitality and Tourism, Niagara College – 2016 Educator Honoree
  • James E. Rooney, President and CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce – 2016 Supplier Honoree

Professional Excellence Award Winners

  • Allyson O’Connor, CEO and Founder, NXTevent – Event Designer of the Year
    Christine Phelps, Deputy Executive Director, American Academy of Neurology – Community Advocate of the Year
  • Kirsten Olean, CMP, CAE, Director of Meetings, American Society for Microbiology – Meeting Professional of the Year
  • Rachael Riggs, CMP, Manager, Meeting and Convention Sales – Midwest/Chicago, Tourism Vancouver – Supplier of the Year

This event recognized the following esteemed industry leaders as finalists chosen from dozens of nominees in their respective categories.

Professional Excellence Finalists:

EVENT DESIGNER OF THE YEAR:

  • Warren Goodson, Director of Production, PSAV Creative Services – nominee
  • Erin Vomocil, CMP,  Senior Manager Event Operations, UBM Tech – nominee

COMMUNITY ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR:

  • Ellen Shortill, Director, Convention & Meetings, American Speech Language Hearing Association – nominee
  • Germaine Schaefer, Director, Conferences & Leadership Development, National Association of Counties – nominee

MEETING PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR:

  • Lenay Gore, Director, Meetings and Conventions, American Public Transportation Association – nominee
  • Lynn Smith, CMP, Chief Planning Officer, AVID Productions – nominee

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR:

  • Susan Kushner, CFO/President, Kushner & Associates – nominee
  • Jason Lusk, CMP, Associate Vice President, Convention Sales, Visit Denver – nominee

About PCMA Education Foundation
The role of the Education Foundation of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the meetings and conventions industry. Established in 1985, the Foundation fuels advancement, nurtures professional development and shapes tomorrow’s meeting and convention leaders. Learn more at pcma.org/foundation.

The PCMA Education Foundation Rolls Out The Red Carpet

The Foundation’s April 27 Visionary Awards honors the meetings industry stars

The PCMA Education Foundation, recognized for supporting industry innovation, is bringing their own charge to their annual pre-Springtime Foundation Dinner annual awards event; updating the event to the PCMA Education Foundation Visionary Awards, supported by Presenting Partner Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and Austin Convention Center (Austin). The enhanced program honors both the Foundations’ Lifetime Achievement Award winners and PCMA’s annual Professional Excellence Award finalists – with those award winners being announced live at the event. The reimagined evening will transform into an Oscars-like awards gala and roll out the red carpet for their deserving honorees – with a see-and-be-seen reception, entertaining awards program and after party.

After the last award has been handed out, the real party begins. Event participants will continue the evening’s celebration with music, dancing, and an interactive dining experience, thanks to Presenting Partner Austin who is hosting the Matchmaker Band, specializing in the sounds of Motown, Soul, Funk and Dance, and After Party supporting sponsors Destination Cleveland and PSAV Presentation Services.  The Visionary Awards After Party will include made to order delights, hand-carved delicacies, tapas style displays, and a little sweet treat to end the evening on a high note – champagne will be flowing and the bar will be open.

Throughout the evening participants will have opportunities to bid on auction swag of exclusive travel packages; with three extraordinary trips auctioned LIVE during the awards program – followed by the Foundation’s always competitive silent auction to be held during after party.

Tickets to the Visionary Awards are now available on pcma.org/visionaryawards. Individual tickets are $375 or ten tickets for $3,500.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees are:

  • Johnnie C. White Jr., CMP, CAE, MBA – 2016 Meeting Professional Honoree
  • Janet L. Jakobsen, CMP, MBA – 2016 Educator Honoree
  • James E. Rooney – 2016 Supplier Honoree

This year’s Professional Excellence Finalists are:

Event Designer of the Year:

  • Warren Goodson, Director of Production, PSAV Creative Services
  • Erin Vomocil, CMP,  Senior Manager Event Operations, UBM Tech
  • Allyson O’Connor, CEO and Founder, NXTevent

Community Advocate of the Year:

  • Christine Phelps, Deputy Executive Director, American Academy of Neurology
  • Ellen Shortill, Director, Convention & Meetings, American Speech Language Hearing Association
  • Germaine Schaefer, Director, Conferences & Leadership Development, National Association of Counties

Meeting Professional of the Year:

  • Lenay Gore, Director, Meetings and Conventions, American Public Transportation Association
  • Lynn Smith, CMP, Chief Planning Officer, AVID Productions
  • Kirsten Olean, CMP, CAE, Director of Meetings, American Society for Microbiology

Supplier of the Year:

  • Susan Kushner, CFO/President, Kushner & Associates
  • Jason Lusk, CMP, Associate Vice President, Convention Sales, Visit Denver
  • Rachael Riggs-Nocera, CMP, Manager, Meeting and Convention Sales – Midwest/Chicago, Tourism Vancouver

About PCMA Education Foundation

The role of the Education Foundation of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the meetings and conventions industry. Established in 1985, the Foundation fuels advancement, nurtures professional development and shapes tomorrow’s meeting and convention leaders. Learn more at pcma.org/foundation.

Creating a Global Experience – A First in PCMA Citywide Auction History

The Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Citywide Auction is an annual favorite, and this year it comes with a new twist. Melbourne, Australia, is the featured city for bid – the auction’s first destination outside of North America. PCMA, in partnership with the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), launched the “2016 PCMA Citywide Auction of Melbourne” during Convening Leaders in January. The auction offers a unique opportunity for business event and conference organizers to bid on an event package at MCEC valued at USD$350,000 at a starting bid of USD$125,000.

This fully-inclusive auction package includes:

  • Use of MCEC’s 52 meeting rooms and 30,000 square meters of pillar-less exhibition bays for up to seven days, to the value of USD$350,000
  • A dedicated event manager and in-house audio visual project manager to bring your event to life
  • Award-winning food and beverage packages
  • Exposure on MCEC’s website and the use of digital signage to promote your event
  • Use of all pre-installed technology
  • Convention servicing support from MCB

MCB and MCEC) have created an attractive package for bid, giving meetings professionals a well-priced deal on hosting a citywide convention for a fraction of the cost. PCMA’s Citywide Auction is designed to raise money for the association’s high-level meetings industry education efforts. According to PCMA Global Development Director Michelle Crowley, the auction presents a new set of exciting opportunities and savings for those specifically targeting destinations like Melbourne to host their business events and internal congresses. These regions are often where more of their member and customer constituents are based.

“The meetings community in Melbourne is extremely tight,” Crowley says. “It is very interconnected, with a strong ambassadorship and research support from well-known Melbourne universities that would allow any global event professional to tap into the local economic knowledge specific to his or her industry.”

According to MCB Chief Executive Officer, Karen Bolinger, “the initiative is a great opportunity for conference organizers to stage an event at a great price, while enjoying Melbourne’s vibrant cultural scene. Melbourne is a city celebrated for its unique laneways, world-class restaurants, café culture and exciting schedule of major events, all of which embody why Melbourne has been voted the ‘World’s Most Livable City’ for five consecutive years. “Most importantly, Melbourne is not only renowned as a knowledge and innovation capital, but what sets it apart is our ‘Team Melbourne’ philosophy – how we bring together the city as one to drive successful outcomes for conferences and events.”

MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King attributed the venue’s success and ability to host over 1,000 events each year to its mature, creative and experienced business model. “At MCEC we have an unwavering commitment to always work with our customers to ensure that we plan and deliver world-class events while creating life-long, memorable experiences for attendees,. Our skilled chefs create amazing food that continues to be awarded and recognized by the industry year after year and our award-winning technology is all provided in-house, with experienced and talented technicians on deck. I encourage you all to take advantage of this special opportunity and place a bid in the auction,” according to King.

Throughout 2016, PCMA will highlight a number of unique features of this year’s auction in Melbourne.  Bidding is now open and closes November 30, 2016 at 5pm CST. Opening bids start at $125,000. If a bidder chooses the “buy now” option, the cost is $150,000 and the auction will close immediately.

For full terms and conditions and to place a bid, visit: www.pcma.org/citywide-auction or www.cometomelbourne.com

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About Professional Convention Management Association

PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,700 members with a community of like-minded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization’s face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.


About Melbourne Convention Bureau

 

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has more than four decades of experience attracting and securing international association conferences and incentive program for Melbourne and Victoria. Jointly funded by the Victorian State Government, City of Melbourne, MCEC and over 270 industry partners, MCB proactively seeks out new international business event opportunities for Melbourne and delivers comprehensive business cases, by working collaboratively with associations, corporate organizations and event planners globally. MCB can connect your association with industry leaders to create an outcome focused and legacy-making program, helping to drive maximum attendance at your business event.

About Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) connects you with everything you need for a successful event – incredible spaces, leading technology, award-winning food and the expertise to bring it all together. MCEC’s multi-functional Plenary, 52 meeting rooms and 30,000 square metres of pillar-less exhibition space are just the beginning. MCEC has hosted everything from meetings, conventions and exhibitions to concerts, tradeshows and gala dinners. Located on the banks of the iconic Yarra River in South Wharf, MCEC offers sweeping city views, is only two traffic lights from the airport and just a short stroll to Melbourne’s city centre.