Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

January 05 2014

Jim Rooney Named Leader to Watch

PCMA Board of Directors member Jim Rooney has been named a 2014 Leader to Watch by the Boston Business Journal.

“Jim Rooney has been a “Leader to Watch” in Boston for the past 25 years so this is no surprise to me.  As I start my term as Mayor of Boston, I know I can count on Jim’s help and friendship.  I look forward to working with Jim on our plans to expand the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and to grow our meetings business in Boston.  And I look forward to welcoming the delegates of PCMA’s Convening Leaders conference to Boston next week," said Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh.

Rooney, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) since 2003 faces a big challenge in 2014, persuading legislature to approve a $1 billion bond that will allow the MCCA to expand the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). The BCEC has seen great success but still has to turn away conventions every year due to lack of space. New hotel construction near the BCEC has already begun.

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