Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

February 11 2015

Record attendance at our first educational luncheon of the year!

Jennifer Hicks, CMP, CASE
If you missed the first PCMA SE educational program on February 4 at the On Event Services warehouse, you missed record attendance as well as an insightful panel discussion from many “Titans of the Industry” who reminded us that face to face meetings will never disappear; our industry is built on trust; the MICE industry is the world’s largest classroom; and organizations need a digital and engagement strategy. These were just a few quotes I personally took away (and tweeted about!), and I hope those who attended were as captivated as I in listening to our panel. We had many first time attendees there as well as several new members.  It was a beautifully appointed room with a fabulous meal, and it set the tone for the kinds of events that we as your board want to bring to you the remainder of the year. Thank you to all of the sponsors, contributors and volunteers for coming together and producing an amazing program! Be sure to check the website for post event pictures and a video replay of the panel discussion.

We also kicked off the New Year on January 11, enjoying a fun evening in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency for our annual chapter reception during Convening Leaders. With the help of Freeman/Encore, PRG and PSAV, as well as our event sponsor, the Atlanta CVB, our Southeast chapter members had some time to network together prior to the fabulous opening reception to kick off Convening Leaders. We also held our annual silent auction at the chapter event, and we thank everyone who donated items, the sale of which benefits our local philanthropic efforts and chapter educational programming.

We hope to see you next at our Community Service event in April followed by our educational program on May 6. In the meantime, stay in touch via our website and social media outlets. Don’t forget to use #pcmase. See you soon!