Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 02 2014

End of Year Message from the President

Gary Murakami

A Message from the President

By Gary Murakami, CTC, GTP, GLP, CMP

Director, Global Sales, MGM Resorts International


To our valued members:

2014 is winding down, and I am excited you, our members, continued with us on the exciting journey for PCMA Northern CA Chapter (NCC) this year.  We are proud of our chapter and the accomplishments to enliven the spirit of collaboration and connecting with our members and the industry. 

At the start of the year with PCMA 2014 Convening Leaders, our chapter participated in a successful joint chapter reception with the Southwest & Pacific, Mexico and Pacific Northwest Chapters.  The tradition of the joint education conference with the Southwest & Pacific chapter which began in San Francisco last year completed its second year and is now branded as LEAP.  PCMA NCC spearheaded Hospitality Touchdown bringing together seven industry associations for an inaugural collaborative networking event at the new Levi's Stadium.  And our signature Gala event, the BAMIES had record attendance and recognized the contributions of individuals who have positively impacted the meetings industry.   These key events along with our member programming and networking events provided a robust calendar to bring our members together

The year demonstrated renewed energy, enthusiasm, and optimism, and we have seen positive growth and increased business demand in our meetings and events industry.  Our goals continue to be a focus on serving our members by providing high quality educational content and networking opportunities and to increase the visibility and elevate the professionalism of the meetings industry.  You, our members, through your commitment, involvement, and passion have created an essential organization focused on the meetings industry for the Bay Area and in the global arena. 

It has been an honor and distinguished pleasure serving as your Chapter President for PCMA Northern CA Chapter this year, and I appreciate the support of our members and the industry overall and the lifelong friendships that PCMA NCC has provided.  As we begin 2015, PCMA NCC will deliver even more exciting and industry-relevant programming to our members, in addition to unique networking opportunities under the leadership of our current President-Elect, Chris Meadors, who will take on the chapter's leadership role next year.  I am confident that Chris will serve our chapter well and will enhance and grow our chapter into the future.

Thank you all for your continued support, enthusiasm and commitment to PCMA.  Seasons greetings to you and your families for a memorable upcoming holiday season with best wishes in the new year.

Warm regards,

Gary Murakami, CTC, GTP, GLP, CMP

President, 2014

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