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October 10 2011

PCMA CONVENE WINS EDITORIAL AND DESIGN AWARDS

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AM&P EXCEL Awards and TABPI Tabbie Awards Honor Meetings-Industry Magazine for Feature Writing, Cover Design, Best Single Issue

CHICAGO, IL, October 11, 2011 - PCMA Convene, the monthly magazine of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), announces that the magazine has been honored with awards for editorial and design excellence from two publishing competitions. Convene has also announced that it will add an additional issue of the magazine to its publishing schedule. Beginning next year, an August issue of Convene will be published along with the Annual Directory of Meeting Sites, Cities, and Services Convene has produced every August for the past 20 years.

As part of the Association Media & Publishing (AM&P) 2011 EXCEL Awards competition, Convene received a Gold in the category of Magazines - Feature Writing for "7 Days in Port-au-Prince," Senior Editor Barbara Palmer's well-observed account of a week-long visit to Haiti with a medical mission two months after the earthquake; and a Silver in the category of Magazines - Cover Illustration for the whimsical cover of the February 2010 issue, illustrated by Ryan Snook and designed by Roger Greiner of Shostak Studios.
As part of the Trade, Association, and Business Publications International (TABPI) 2011 Tabbie Awards, Convene ranked seventh on the list of the top 25 magazines for Best Single Issue for its December 2010 issue.

"Our editorial and design staffs work very hard to produce a magazine that our readers find interesting, entertaining, and relevant," said Editor in Chief Michelle Russell. "It's extremely gratifying for both our content and our design to be recognized by such prestigious organizations. In addition, at a time when many publications in our industry are cutting back on their print publications, we are proud to be bucking the trend by adding another issue filled with compelling content to our yearly lineup. In so doing, we believe we are making statement about the vitality of both the meetings and magazine industry."
Added PCMA President and CEO Deborah Sexton: "Everything PCMA does is with an eye on advancing the meetings and conventions industry. These awards from AM&P and TABPI tell us that is exactly what Convene is doing."

For more information about Convene - and to browse the magazine's archives - visit www.pcma.org/convene.html.

Contact: Carolyn Clark
Direct: 312.423.7271, E-mail: cclark@pcma.org

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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 6,300 members with a community of likeminded 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.