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September 03 2013

PCMA Announces Proposed Slate of 2014 Board Officers and Directors

By PCMA

CHICAGO, IL, September 3, 2014 - The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)  Nominating Committee, chaired by Susan Katz, past Chairman of the Board, met on August 27 in Chicago, IL, and reviewed, in detail, a number of stellar nominee applications for the 2013 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 2014 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, 2013.

If you are interested in submitting a petition, please contact Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, at 312.423.7262 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 58th PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders in Boston, MA, on Jan. 16, 2014.

Convening Leaders takes place January 12 - 15, 2014 in Boston.

2014 PROPOSED SLATE OF NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Chair-Elect:

Raymond J. Kopcinski, Sr., CMP, Director, Meeting Services, Million Dollar Round Table

(Term: 2014)

Secretary-Treasurer:  

William F. Reed, FASAE, CMP, Director of Meetings, American Society of Hematology
(Term: 2014)

Professional Directors:  

Oscar Cerezales, Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific & Americas, Group Director Association Relations, MCI Group

(Term: 2014 – 2016)

Nancy DeBrosse, CMP, Senior Vice President, Sales and Account Management, Experient, Inc.

(Term: 2014 – 2016)

Ann Godi, CMP, President & CEO, Benchmarc360, Inc.

(Term: 2014 – 2016)

Kristin K. Mirabal, CMP, Director, Research and Program Development Department, The Optical Society

(Term: 2014 – 2016)

Supplier Partner Directors:

George Aguel, President & CEO, Visit Orlando

(Term: 2014 – 2016)

David J. Olender, Partner, BOB.tv
(Term: 2014 – 2016)

The following individuals will continue to serve on the Board, but in new positions:

Chairman of the Board:  

Christopher J. Wehking, CMP, Director of Meetings and Exhibits, American Society of Anesthesiology

(Term: 2014)

Immediate Past Chairman of the Board:
Johnnie C. White, CMP, Executive Director, Meetings and Educational Services, Cardiovascular Research Foundation

(Term: 2014)

The following individuals will continue to serve in their existing Board positions:

Professional Directors:
Martin D. Balogh, Director of Meetings and Travel, American Bar Association

(Term: 2013 – 2015)

Kristin Gibson, CMP, CHSP, Vice President of Sales & Industry Relations, J. Spargo & Associates, Inc.

(Term: 2013 – 2015)

Mary Pat Heftman, Executive Vice President, Convention, National Restaurant Association

(Term: 2013 – 2015)

Wanda M. Johnson, CMP, CAE, Senior Director, Meetings & Education, Endocrine Society

(Term: 2012 – 2014)

Roberta A. Kravitz, Executive Director, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

(Term: 2012 – 2014)

Amanda S. Rushing, CMP, Director of Conferences & Meeting Services, American Society of Civil Engineers

(Term: 2012 – 2014)

Supplier Partner Directors:

Lawrence Luteran, Senior Vice President, Group Sales and Industry Relations, Hilton Worldwide

(Term: 2013 – 2015)

Gregory A. O’Dell, President & CEO, Events DC

(Term: 2012 – 2014)

Barry L. Smith, President & CEO, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

(Term: 2012 – 2014)

Claire Smith, CMP, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre

(Term: 2013 – 2015)