Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

May 23 2013

PCMA Announces Global Meetings Executive of the Year Award Recipient



Contact: Daniel Metz
Direct: 312.423.7272, E-mail: dmetz@pcma.org

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced the recipient of the Global Executive of the Year Award as David Williams, Executive Director, International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).

The award, presented annually, in conjunction with IMEX celebrates meeting executives who demonstrate a vision, commitment and passion for the advancement and education of the global meetings industry.

“David is a proven leader in the industry, his winning of the award is justified by the energy and enthusiasm he brings and his will and desire to continuously move this industry forward especially in the global arena,” said Sherrif Karamat, CAE and Chief Operating Officer, PCMA.

Williams has successfully executed meetings across the globe, including locations such as Nigeria, Colombia, South Korea, Turkey and Uruguay. He has pushed IAEE meetings to new heights, expanding chapter involvement globally and increasing the amount of international conferences from one per year to between four and six per year. As a past member of the PCMA Board of Directors and current PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees member, he continues to push the organization to grow its global meetings and education, and had a vital role in PCMA’s involvement with IMEX.

“It is always a great pleasure to acknowledge the contribution of individuals who have helped shape our industry and who have played their part in helping to build its long term health, credibility and success. David is clearly one of those people. His flair and commitment serves as a fabulous example to those starting out in their careers too,” commented Ray Bloom, Chairman, IMEX Group.

The award was presented for the second consecutive year at the Gala Dinner held in Frankfurt during IMEX. The inaugural award was presented in 2012 to Ping He, Director Global Sourcing and Partner Relations, Experient in conjunction with IMEX 10th anniversary.


About David Williams

David L. Williams has a broad range of experience from several perspectives and over 25+ years within the association/conference management industry. Prior to founding Williams Management Services and subsequently Administrative Management Services (AMS), Williams worked as Director of Meetings and Events for the National Association for Business Economists. In 1992, he developed a full service association and conference management firm with his partner and father David Williams, Sr. Since its inception, AMS has managed 100’s of conferences and several associations with a membership base from 50 to 5000. Williams is currently involved in the full service management of three association clients (Executive Director of the International Association for Energy Economics; Executive Director of the United States Association for Energy Economics and Secretary-Treasurer of the Conference of Business Economists) with a rich history of stand-alone conference management agreements. With offices in Ohio and New York, AMS and Williams are noted in the hospitality industry for their integrity and attention to detail. Williams, through AMS, handles real estate property management services as well.

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 6,000+ 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.