Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

November 05 2013

PCMA Announces 2013 Achievement Award Winners


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

CHICAGO, IL, November 5, 2013 – Each year, the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) honors outstanding members for their contributions to PCMA and the meetings industry. PCMA will recognize the winners from the main stage of the 58th PCMA annual meeting: Convening Leaders, January 12-15, 2014, in Boston, MA.

“This year’s award recipients have made tremendous strides in helping advance the meetings industry. Our behind the scenes look at their works will certainly inspire change throughout the entire events community,” said Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, PCMA.

Distinguished Member of the Year Award

The recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Member of the Year Award is Mary Gallagher, Director, Citywide Accounts, San Francisco Travel Association. Mary is an enthusiastic and consistent participant in Hospitality Helping Hands each year at Convening Leaders. Additionally she has been an active member in the Capital Chapter, serving on the Board of Directors as Secretary and was the chapter’s Sponsorship Committee Chair. Mary has been heavily involved in the PCMA Mentoring program, helping numerous protégé participants. Outside of PCMA she volunteers for the Montgomery County Humane Society, Carpenter Shelter and the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention program.

Distinguished Meeting Professional of the Year Award

The recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Meeting Professional of the Year Award is Kati Quigley, CMP, Sr. Director, WW Partner Community Events, Microsoft Corporation. Kati has held diverse senior level professional positions at both an association and a corporation. Additionally, Kati is a Past Chairman of the PCMA Board of Directors, the former President of the Capital Chapter and a current member of the PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees. Earlier this year, Kati led a group of PCMA senior planners through a behind the scenes tour of her annual meeting. Her commitment to advancing PCMA’s meetings and mentoring young professionals is unparalleled.

Distinguished Service Professional of the Year Award

The recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Professional of the Year Award is Jim Kelley, Director, Global Accounts, PRG Corporate & Tradeshow Services. Jim’s attention to detail, uncanny ability to exceed planner expectations and foresight into an event’s needs are well known throughout the industry. Jim, the volunteer Co-Chair of the 2013 PCMA Education Conference Committee, was instrumental to the event’s record-breaking success. Additionally he consistently supports year-round PCMA education on both a chapter and national level.

Emerging Leader Award

The recipient of the 2013 Emerging Leader Award is Ushma Suvarnakar, Meetings Manager, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Ushma has been a member of the Emerging Leaders Task Force since its inception in 2011.  She has been instrumental in integrating Emerging Leaders educational content and point of view into Convening Leaders programming.   Ushma is currently serves as the Emerging Leaders Task Force chair.  Not only has she led the group with a content focus, she has underscored the need for young professionals such as herself to connect and network.  Ushma is a true leader furthering PCMA’s Emerging Leaders program and efforts to support the next generation of the meetings industry.

Outstanding Service to a Chapter Award

The recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Service to a Chapter Award is Janeé Pelletier, Vice President, Conference & Logistics Consultants, Inc. As the Treasurer of the Chesapeake Chapter she creatively solved administrative challenges and developed processes and procedures to ensure the issues would not arise again. Additionally Janeé designed an effective program to help boost her chapter’s attendance. The program allowed flexible payment options or the possibility of free registration. She also serves on the PCMA Digital Strategy Task Force.

Educator of the Year Award

The recipient of the 2013 Educator of the Year Award is Carol Krugman, Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver. Carol has made educational contributions both inside and outside of PCMA that are felt through the industry. She served as a member of the PCMA Faculty Task Force, Colorado Meeting & Events Magazine Editorial Advisory Board, CIC CMP Board of Directors and was the Chair of the PCMA Student Task Force. Carol has also been a tremendous mentor to countless industry professionals, shepherding them through scholarship applications and PCMA events. She is also co-Executive Editor of the Professional Meeting Management Version Six.  

Innovation Award

The recipient of the 2013 Innovation Award is QuickMobile. QuickMobile has been a pioneer in the event mobile app space since 2006. The QuickMobile platform has been a success on a variety of events and conferences ranging from small association shows to enterprise size shows, allowing organizations to reach a larger audience and expand their event’s brand. The scalability and ease of use for users has made it one of the top mobile app providers in the industry.

Spirit Award

The recipient of the 2013 Spirit Award is Experient, A Maritz Travel Company. Experient has served the meetings and events community through a vast number of CSR initiatives; supporting with volunteer leadership, employee participation and sponsorship. Experient has been affiliated with PCMA’s Hospitality Helping Hands Program for 20 plus years, and has donated generously to the Boys and Girls Club, Fight Against Breast Cancer Walk, Cradles to Crayons, and Toys for Tots. Outside of our industry Experient spirit expands, participating in fundraisers for animal shelters, food banks and literacy programs across the country.

Environmental Leadership Award

The recipient of the 2013 Environmental Leadership Award is awarded to both McDonald’s Corporation and Delta Air Lines.

McDonald’s green thumb was on display during its 2013 Combined Manager Operator Rally by implementing multi-stream recycling stations throughout the event floor and compiling composting reports at the end of the event. The composting initiatives kept 118 tons of waste out of landfills. Additionally McDonald’s internal social and cultural initiatives demonstrated a commitment to environmental sustainability through social responsibility and good ethics.

Delta Air Lines fuel saving initiatives proved the airline is serious about its role as an environmental leader. By lowering fuel consumption through better planning, procedures, operation improvements and aircraft modifications the airline saved 19,200,000 gallons of fuel, $62,592,000 and reduced 189,154 metric tons of CO2e which is equivalent to having over 37,000 cars off the street.

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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.