Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

October 02 2014

Meet our 2015 Convening Leaders Scholarship Winners…

Geralyn Krist, CMP, CTA, National Account Manager, Visit KC

“Quick to Volunteer”. “…amazed by his drive, passion and desire to succeed and engage in our industry”.  “His dedication and involvement to PCMA has helped us learn more about our members, build relationships and attract new members through friends sharing with friends”. These are just a few of the reasons that our 2015 Convening Leaders scholarship winners were selected.

Carly Bushong, Meetings and Education Manager with The Gerontological Society of America has won the PCMA HQ Scholarship. She not only manages a busy work schedule but volunteers her time on the Communications Committee. “By attending PCMA Convening Leaders in Chicago, I will be able to meet fellow industry professionals, recruit individuals to contribute articles to The Chatter and be exposed to educational content that I’ll be able to share with Capital Chapter members by writing articles for The Chatter”.

The Capital Chapter, through our sponsor PRG, was able to award 2 full scholarships to Convening Leaders. A recent graduate of George Washington University with a Master’s degree in Event and Meeting Management, Alex Plaxen has won a scholarship to attend his first Convening Leaders.  He has been an active members of the Emerging Professionals Committee this year. “Sharing the knowledge with those who aren’t fortunate enough to get the opportunity to attend Convening Leaders is my way of paying it forward”.

Brian Knaack, Meetings Coordinator for the Unites Stated Pharmacopeia has been an active members of the Marketing Committee over the past year. He is the Social Media Subcommittee leader and created the Capital Chapters YouTube channel and Goggle+ pages. “A goal of mine for attending Convening Leaders is to meet active volunteers in other chapters so that I can bring back new ideas to the committee on which I serve and to the chapter as a whole”.

On behalf of the entire Capital Chapter, congratulations to Carly, Alex and Brian. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago and reading about your experiences in an upcoming edition of The Chatter.

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