Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

PCMA Education Foundation Announces the 2013 Professional Achievement Honorees

by PCMA | Sep 10, 2012


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

Cynthia Vannucci, PhD, CHME, CHSP, CMP, Lisa Block and Gino Giancola to be honored at the 2013 PCMA Education Foundation Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement

CHICAGO, IL, September 11, 2012 – Cynthia Vannucci, PhD, CHME, CHSP, CMP, Lisa Block and Gino Giancola, will be honored at the 2013 Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement, May 15, 2013 at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C.

Vannucci is a Professor, Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and this year’s Educator Honoree. Block is the Vice President of Meetings and Conferences for the Society for Human Resource Management and the Meeting Professional Honoree. Giancola, Retired from Tourism Toronto in 2007 as Senior V.P. Sales and Industry, is the Supplier Honoree.

Cynthia Vannucci, PhD, CHME, CHSP, CMP

Vannucci enters her 15th year as Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver in their Hospitality, Tourism and Events department.  She brought with her years of experience in the hotel business as a sales and marketing executive.  She has shown continued pride and appreciation in PCMA and has served as an advisor for 14 years. Thus far into her tenure at the university Vannucci has brought over 150 students to PCMA’s Convening Leaders. Vannucci has also served on the Annual Program Committee, the Faculty Task Force, the early LES training committee for PCMA and service on ten different committees at the local level has fuel the duel benefit of personal fulfillment and making connections to assist students with securing internships and employment.

This Professional Achievement honor recognizes the culmination of Vannucci’s years of dedication and service  and as to her growing list of accolades as the 2001and 2008 ‘PCMA Educator of the Year’ and most recently the Meetings Industry Council’s, of the Rocky Mountain Region, 2012 Meeting and Convention Leadership Award.

PCMA is honored to recognize Cynthia Vannucci as the 2013 Educator Honoree.

Lisa Block

Block has been the Vice President, Meetings and Conferences Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Alexandria, VA for the past 22 years and has been an active member of PCMA since 1993.  She has served in a variety of volunteer roles at PCMA, including Chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee, Chair of the Leadership Conference (now known as the PCMA Education Conference), Director on the PCMA Board and several Board Officer positions including the 2002 Chair of the Board. After her year as Chair, Block continued to support PCMA, through numerous speaking engagements, chairing the Education Foundation’s Grant Review Committee, serving on the Foundation Board of Trustees and selflessly mentoring and training countless staff and others in the industry.

Additionally, Block proved to be a key contributor in guiding PCMA through post 9.11 leadership transitions and has helped grow the organization to where it stands today.

PCMA is honored to recognize Lisa Block as the 2013 Meeting Professional Honoree.

Gino Giancola

Giancola has been an asset to Tourism Toronto’s staff from 1981 until today.  He currently serves as their Citywide Sales Consultant, after retiring as Tourism Toronto’s Senior Vice President Sales and Industry Relations.  Over his 26-years as SVP, Toronto grew from being an “unknown” foreign destination to the most successful convention city outside the U.S. for U.S. based meetings and conventions and has continued to retain this status even in today’s more aggressive competitive environment.  In 1993, Giancola played an important role in PCMA’s organization, collaborating closely with PCMA’s then COO, toward the idea of having PCMA become more international in scope by reaching out to a wider audience of Canadian meeting professionals through the establishment of chapters – thereby introducing meeting professionals in the Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal areas to PCMA benefits and membership. As a result, Giancola was asked to spearhead the chapter movement and within two years the first PCMA 

Canadian chapter came to exist, now known as the Canada East chapter.

PCMA is honored to recognize Gino Giancola as the 2013 Supplier Honoree.

# # #

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.

About PCMA Education Foundation
The role of the PCMA Education Foundation is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant giving focused on education and research that will benefit the meetings and conventions industry. Established in 1985, the Foundation supports educational programs to improve professionalism in the meetings industry and to provide a university-level meeting management curriculum. The Foundation provides educational programs for meeting managers, hotels, convention and visitors bureaus, and other members of the meetings industry. It also conducts ongoing research of industry issues and concerns. The Foundation continually designs and creates new programs to encourage the highest levels of professionalism in the meetings industry. Learn more at pcma.org/foundation.

Student Chapter