Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

August 27 2014

Latest Disney Scholarship Recipient From GMC Announced

Margaret Manchik

Disney Destinations, in support of the PCMA Foundation, has made it possible for PCMA to sponsor memberships for a select number of meeting professionals. Through its generous donation to the Foundation, Disney Destinations is committed to elevating the stature and successful future of the meetings industry. Three PCMA Membership Scholarships are awarded monthly.

As we come to the close of our second of three years, we are happy to report that of the 62 scholarships awarded, 14 scholarship recipients are from our very own Greater Midwest Chapter!



Congratulations to Tiffany Hallgren, Learning and Meeting Manager, Turnaround Management Association. She is the latest Disney Scholarship recipient from GMC.

Previous recipients from our chapter include:

Ashley Wiley, Meetings Manager, American College of Sports Medicine
Maureen Beck, former Account Manager, Select Meeting Sites
Grace Geronimo, Event Marketing Specialist, Allscripts
Michael Smith, Strategic Account Manager, Experient, A Maritz Travel Company
Susan O’Brien, Exhibits Coordinator, American Society of Anesthesiologists
Andrew Cook, Executive Director of Operations and Membership, Willow Creek Association
Katie Nemec, National Sporting Goods Association
Sue O’Sullivan, Executive Director, Veritas Meeting Solutions
Clare Keesey, Meetings Assistant, Orthopaedic Research Society
Katie Carlson, Education and Events Manager, Word of Mouth Marketing Association
Cory Fransway, Association Strategic Account Manager, Experient, A Maritz Travel Company
Angela Gasaway, Manager, Global Accounts, HelmsBriscoe
Kyle Hillman, Director, Meetings Management, NASW IL

Award recipients gain full membership privileges to PCMA, as well as the opportunity to join their local chapters. They have access to national events and local chapter monthly meetings, leadership and committee involvement, industry tools, and peer-to-peer networking with professional colleagues who share similar challenges.

This one-year sponsorship through Disney Destinations opens doors and experiences that will undoubtedly enrich meetings professionals’ careers and help recipients deliver strategic value and quantifiable impact to their organizations. To apply for the Disney Destinations scholarship, you must be a meetings professional joining PCMA for the first time or have not been a member in three or more years. Visit the PCMA website to apply.

About the Author: Margaret Manchik is National Sales Assistant Director, Disney Destinations.

Greater Midwest Chapter