Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

Contact Us

35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60601

877.827.7262 (toll-free)
312.423.7262
Fax: 312.423.7222

Business Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. US Central

  

Departments

   

Member Services
membership@pcma.org

Chapters
chapters@pcma.org

Marketing and Communications
communications@pcma.org

Education
education@pcma.org

PCMA Education Foundation
foundation@pcma.org

Partnership and Advertising
advertising@pcma.org

Administration
executiveadministration@pcma.org



Global
global@pcma.org
Meetings and Events
meetings@pcma.org
 

 


PCMA President and CEO
deborah.sexton@pcma.org

PCMA President and CEO
deborah.sexton@pcma.org

Executive Team

Deborah Sexton, President and CEO
Deborah joined the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) in March, 2005 as President and CEO. In conjunction with this role, she also serves as President of the PCMA Education Foundation. More
Deborah.Sexton@pcma.org

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Sherrif Karamat, CAE, BAS, MBA Chief Operating Officer
Sherrif joined Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) in 2003 as Vice President of Sales and Sponsorship and was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) in April 2008. More
Sherrif.Karamat@pcma.org






 
 

Arlis Whalum, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

AWhalum@pcma.org

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Michelle Russell, Editor in Chief, Convene vCard icon
Michelle joined Convene in 2003 and has overseen the growth of the magazine to a monthly award-winning print and digital publication. She has more than 30 years of experience as an editor and writer, and began her career as a nonfiction book editor at Random House. Prior to joining Convene, Michelle served as editor for variety of trade publications and websites in such industries as commercial real estate and food and drug retailing. To contact Michelle, please call 201.767.4044.


 
 
 
 
 
 

Meredith Rollins, Executive Director, PCMA Education Foundation

MRollins@pcma.org  | 312.423.7218 

Jason Paganessi, Vice President, Business Innovation vCard icon
Jason joined the PCMA team in August of 2011 in new position dedicated towards injecting technology into all facets of PCMA operations. Jason spent the previous seven years with the Academy of General Dentistry as their Director of Information Technology.  During his tenure with the AGD Jason earned his MBA  from the Keller Graduate School of Management and the Certified Association Executive designation. To contact Jason, please call 312.423.7211. 

Paulette Phillips, Vice President, Finance vCard icon
Paulette Phillips, CPA has been in finance for 20 years. She brings more than 10 years of corporate finance experience to her 7 years with PCMA. PCMA’s entrepreneurial spirit and focus on profitability keeps Paulette hopping as the gatekeeper of ROI for the organization. Paulette has brought many initiatives to PCMA including a new, more efficient budgeting tool, electronic expense reporting, automated credit card processing and the all-important auditors that keep PCMA running smoothly and compliant. More

Kelly Peacy, CAE, CMP, Senior Vice President, Education and Events vCard icon
Kelly has spent the past 17 years working in association management, specifically in the areas of meetings and events, marketing and strategy. She currently leads both PCMA’s Education and Meetings teams in delivering all face to face events, such as Convening Leaders and the Education Conference as well as the development of PCMA’s education products and resources, such as the Professional Meeting Management text book, online courses and webinars.

Carolyn Clark, Senior Vice President , Communications vCard icon

Carolyn and her communications team are the owners of the PCMA brand and digital experience, content developers and curators, marketers for PCMA’s products, services and events, advocates for our industry and liaisons with the press. Carolyn comes to PCMA with a diverse background, including senior-level positions at brand marketing and strategic agencies and sixteen years with Hilton Worldwide. Her goal is to ensure that each of the organizations’ touch is a positive, relevant and enriching experience for our members and fans.

Mary Reynolds Kane, Vice President, Marketing vCard icon
Mary is obsessed with anything on BBC (that means you, Downton Abbey), The Walking Dead, and nearly all of the Real Housewives shows. Also watches way too much TV, apparently. Mary is responsible for many of PCMA’s online initiatives including Virtual and Hybrid Events, social media, the Convening Leaders Web site, and the PCMA website as it relates to strategy, branding, content and design.
Contact: +1 312.423.7243 | mkane@pcma.org


Mona Cotton, Vice President, Partner Relations and Business Development Administration vCard icon
Mona has spent the past 16-years in association management in the areas of publishing, sponsorships, and sales administration.  Mona is responsible for PCMA’s Partnership Program and the creation of a forward-thinking partnership strategy. She is also responsible for print, digital, and event advertising through the management of the production and sales team’s efforts to create valuable opportunities for suppliers to reach the PCMA and Convene magazine audience.
Contact: +1 312.423.7244 | mcotton@pcma.org

Robert Haas
Robert Haas, Vice President, Business Development & Data Intelligence  vCard icon 
Robert comes to us from Tribune Company where he spent the last 13 years in managing targeted direct marketing campaigns. Robert will manage the team as well as immediately focus on business development opportunities while integrating business intelligence and a data driven marketing approach into their current print and digital solutions.
Contact: +1 312.423.7245 | RHaas@pcma.org

Business Development

Robert Haas Robert Haas, Vice President, Business Development & Data Intelligence  vCard icon 
Robert comes to us from Tribune Company where he spent the last 13 years in managing targeted direct marketing campaigns. Robert will manage the team as well as immediately focus on business development opportunities while integrating business intelligence and a data driven marketing approach into their current print and digital solutions.
Contact: +1 312.423.7245 | RHaas@pcma.org
   
 
 
Doug Allan, Director, Business Development
Territories:
Midwestern US states, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand.

Contact: +1 312.423.7277 DAllan@pcma.org
   
 Diane Griffin

Diane Griffin, Director, Business Development
Territories: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Hawaii, and Canada.

Contact: +1 312.423.7213 | DGriffin@pcma.org 
   


  





Wendy Krizmanic, Director, Business Development vCard icon
Territories: AK, CT, DC, DE, ID, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, NV, OR, PA, RI, VT and WA.

Contact: +1 312.423.7248 | wkrizmanic@pcma.org   

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Mary Lynn Novelli, CMP, Director, Business Development vCard icon
Territories: 
AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OH, SC, TN, VA, WV, Mexico, Caribbean, South America and Central America. 

Contact: +1 312.423.7212 | mnovelli@pcma.org

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Ken Torres, Director, Business Development vCard icon
Territories:
Caribbean and Latin America

Contact: +1 850.837.5177 | ktorres@pcma.org