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Professional Convention Management Association

January 26 2015

Welcome to 2015 - Message from the President

Chris Meadors

A Message from the President


By Chris Meadors

Senior Sales Executive, San Francisco Marriott Marquis


To our valued members:

2014 was an incredible year for our industry, hospitality community, and local chapter.  I expect 2015 to be even more magnificent!  Let me begin by congratulating all of our Directors, Committee Chairs, members, sponsors,  and volunteers for such a fabulous 2014.  Especially Gary Murakami, who led our chapter to a phenomenal place while setting the groundwork for continued success and growth in 2015.

In December of 2014 our Board and Committee Chair had our Chapter Planning retreat at the absolutely stunning Sanctuary Beach Resort at Monterey Bay.  The team at this property was an incredible example of the gold standard that elevates our industry.  The consensus was that the entire team can’t wait to go back!  I strongly encourage everyone to consider the Sanctuary Beach Resort for either a business meeting or a personal visit. 

As Chapter Leadership, our goals this year are three-fold:

  1. Provide extremely high quality education to our members.
  2. Provide collaborative networking opportunities while highlighting new and exciting venues in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
  3. Challenge our membership and volunteers to truly  engage.

We are thrilled in looking ahead to our Calendar of Events this year.  In addition to monthly educational and networking events, we are looking forward to continuing the tradition of the 6th Annual BAMIES Awards as well as our AT&T Park reception with your World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants!  Another event I would encourage everyone to bookmark is LEAP 2015, our Joint Education event co-produced with the Southwest &Pacific Chapter of PCMA.  Our Education Chair, Erin Vomocil (
American Academy of Ophthalmology), and her co-chair Tracy Judge (Cadence Travel Management) have some innovative and thought-provoking plans in the works for what will be our 3rd annual event. Keep an eye out for our schedule of events as it is finalized. 

I’d like to close with a summary of our third goal, and my personal challenge to all of us; Become More Engaged.  Get engaged in living a more self-directed life.  Get more engaged in PCMA beyond simply attending the meetings.  Get engaged in a more personally meaningful volunteer effort.  Get engaged in a hobby.  Start small and be realistic, but don’t limit yourself.  I look forward to hearing what this means to those who are willing to entertain it.  Good luck!

Thank you for your continued support, enthusiasm and commitment to PCMA.


Warm regards,


Chris Meadors

President, 2015

PCMA Northern California Chapter

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