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April 16 2015

Chicagoland Celebrates the Meetings Industry


Chicagoland Celebrates the Meetings Industry

Chicagoland Organizations Gather on the First North American Meetings Industry Day

Chicago, IL, April 16, 2015 — More than 200 Chicagoland meetings industry professionals gathered early this morning to celebrate Meetings Means Business’ first annual North American Meetings Industry Day [NAMID] at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The event program was emceed by Chicago broadcast legends Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano and sponsored by Choose Chicago, the Professional Convention Management Association [PCMA] and the PCMA Education Foundation; with additional support from the Chicago Area Chapter of MPI, Midwestern Chapter of IAEE and the Greater Midwest Chapter of PCMA.

The program opened by spotlighting the substantial value derived from business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions by connecting people and driving positive business results throughout the continent.

During his opening remarks, Don Welsh, Choose Chicago CEO, showed off the proclamation, from Chicago Mayor Emanuel, proclaiming April 16, 2015, North American Meetings Industry Day in Chicago. According to Welsh, “the meeting industry welcomes an average of 3 Million attendees to the Chicagoland area annually, generates nearly $5 Billion in annual direct economic impact and supports over 133,000 hospitality industry employees.”

The highlight of the program was the presentation of the Chicagoland Four Star Awards. The award nominations were submitted by local meeting professionals with finalists selected by small group of industry executives.

The Chicagoland Award winners today were:

Most Attentive Hotelier (the Chicagoland Hotelier who takes service to the next level) - Patrick Donelly, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Chicago

Best Industry Advocate (the Meetings or Trade show Executive who assists in elevating the industry) – John [Jack]  Patronski, Executive Vice President - Industry Development, Global Experience Specialists [GES]

Four Star Service Award (the Convention/Event Services Professional who has saved the day) -  Cindy Payne, Director, Client Services, Choose Chicago

Most Tasteful Restaurateur (the Restaurateur who exemplifies hospitality and is a positive representative of the local culinary scene) - John Colletti, Managing Partner, Gibson's Restaurant Group

Positive Footprint Award (the corporation or association whose event or meeting gave back to the local community) - Susan Katz, Director of Corporate Events & Travel, True Value Inc.

“This Chicagoland North American Meetings Industry Day event was just one of 60 different events happening today throughout North America,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA president and CEO. “Our mission today was to put a spotlight on the substantial impact the meetings industry has on every Chicagoland citizen, honor our Chicagoland industry heroes and have a little fun – by all measure it was a huge success.”

About Meetings Mean Business

The Meetings Mean Business coalition was created in 2009 to showcase the incredible value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy. Its members span all facets of the face-to-face meeting and events industry, which have come together behind a common goal: providing the resources, tools and information to show the real impact the industry has on businesses, economies and communities. For more information, visit www.MeetingsMeanBusiness.com and download our app on iTunes and Google Play



Professional Convention Management Association

Contact: Carolyn Clark

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