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Professional Convention Management Association

March 23 2015

PCMA Hires Chief Financial Officer



Contact: Carolyn Clark

Direct: 312.423.7271, E-mail: cclark@pcma.org


PCMA Hires Chief Financial Officer


CHICAGO, IL, March 24, 2015 – The Professional Convention Management Association [PCMA] has announced the hiring of Arlis Whalum, CPA, as Chief Financial Officer.

Whalum brings with her an impressive résumé of 17 years of progressively growing financial and operational experience with an $18 million non-profit association, as well as Big 4 CPA and Fortune 500 experience. She will be a key figure in the strategic planning activities of the organization and responsible for translating these big picture initiatives into workable systems for day-to-day operations.

“Arlis is a tremendous addition to the PCMA Executive Team,” said Deborah Sexton, President and CEO. “She has a proven track record with talents spanning from financial management to organizational efficiencies and process improvements; I have no doubt that she will make an immediate positive impact on our organizational practices.”

Whalum was most recently Director of Finance at the American Planning Association, a national membership association for community planners with more than 40,000 members, 47 affiliated chapters and 20 special interest group divisions, in addition to book publishing and distribution operations, federal and non-federal grants and multiple subscription services.

Whalum holds a Masters of Business Administration degree, with a concentration on not-for-profit management and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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About Professional Convention Management Association

PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,000+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization's face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.



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