Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

January 21 2014

PCMA Heralds 2013 Chairman's Award Winner


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

CHICAGO, IL January 13, 2014 – Today, the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and PCMA Chairman of the Board, Johnnie White announced Heidi Welker, Vice President Marketing, Freeman Audio Visual Canada and the Canada East Chapter as the winner of the 2013 Chairman’s Award.

The PCMA Chairman’s Award recognizes an individual or an organization for their unique achievements or contributions to the meetings industry in the previous year.

Welker, the 2013 President of PCMA’s Canada East Chapter has been instrumental in moving the chapter forward. Over the last few years she has worked determinedly to grow membership by 42 percent and created events to raise the chapter’s profile including the Canadian Innovation Conference. This first-time event drew over 250 industry professionals and raised $9,200 for the PCMA Education Foundation and future event scholarships.

When she first took on the Canada East Chapter presidency she set forth and achieved goals to stay current with portfolios and assist in challenges, recruit talented committee members who would help secure the future of the Chapter’s Board, and to put the chapter in financial order.

“Heidi and the Canada East Chapter’s accomplishments over the last year are the embodiment of what this award means,” said White. “Heidi has gone to great lengths to ensure her chapter is the shining example to other PCMA chapters and has been committed to getting her members the best education possible.”

Welker and the Canada East Chapter were honored today in Boston at PCMA Convening Leaders Opening General Session.

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.