Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

September 11 2014

Members on the Move

The Greater Midwest Chapter
Colleen Donohoe, CMP, is now the Director of Meetings and Conventions at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Previously, she was Director of Meetings and Exhibitions at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. She is the Immediate Past President of the Greater Midwest Chapter of PCMA.

Krys Slovacek, CMP, Meetings Manager at Million Dollar Round Table, is the Committee Member of the Quarter. Krys is a member of the Communications Committee and served as Interim Vice Chair this summer.

Deidre Irwin Ross, MHA, CMP, CAE, is the new Director of Conventions and Meeting Planning at the American Veterinary Medical Association. Most recently, she had been Director, Department of Meetings and Administration at the American Osteopathic Association.

PCMA has just announced the proposed 2015 Slate of Officers and Directors, including five GMC members:

New Positions:
Chair of the Board: Raymond J. Kopcinski, Sr., CMP, Senior Director, Million Dollar Round Table (Term: 2015)

Secretary-Treasurer: Mary Pat Heftman, Executive Vice President, Convention, National Restaurant Association (Term: 2015)

Professional Director: William Grusich, CMP, FASAE, Senior Vice President, Associated Luxury Hotels International (Term: 2015 – 2017)

Continuing on the Board:
Immediate Past Chair of the Board: Christopher J. Wehking, CMP, Chief Program Officer, American Society of Anesthesiologists (Term: 2015)

Professional Director: Martin D. Balogh, Director of Meetings and Travel, American Bar Association (Term: 2013 – 2015)

The Association Forum of Chicagoland and USAE weekly newspaper have named Stefanie Brown, Vice President, Education and Conferences, American Wind Energy Association, as a 2014 Forty Under 40 Award Honoree.

Visit Orlando has hired Faye Memoli as senior national account executive for the Mid-Atlantic Region In this new role, Memoli will be responsible for convention sales in the Washington, D.C., market, where she also will reside. Memoli most recently was Director of Eastern Regional Sales at Choose Chicago.

Marco Bloemendaal has joined the staff of VISIT Milwaukee as Senior Vice President of Sales. His previous position was Senior Vice President of Convention Sales and Services for VISIT Seattle.