Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

April 29 2015

Inaugural North American Meetings Industry Day Deemed Successful

Jill Formeister, Chair, GMC Communications Committee
The first North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID) on April 16 celebrated more than the $280 billion that meetings contribute to the U.S. economy annually and the nearly1.8 million people employed by the industry. Although some cities focused on education and lobbying, the Chicago focus was on unsung heroes who propel the industry forward.

Held at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago rally drew 200 people – “great for the first event,” according to Deborah Sexton, President and CEO of PCMA. Sponsors included PCMA; Choose Chicago; Meetings Mean Business; PCMA Education Foundation; Chicago Area Chapter, MPI; Greater Midwest Chapter, PCMA; and IAEE.

Looking ahead to future NAMID events, she commented, “This is collaboration with other Industry organizations, but I hope we continue recognition and maybe more education. I think we can easily triple our participation next year. We only had a month to plan and execute. We want more people involved earlier. We are very happy with our first attempt.” She sees potential for this to evolve into a GLOBAL Meetings Industry Day, which “needs to happen as we are a GLOBAL contributor to the world economy.”

Congratulations to these GMC PCMA members who received awards:

John Patronski
John Patronski                   photo: MeetingsNet.com

John Patronski, Executive Vice President, Global Experience Specialists (GES) - Best Industry Advocate (the meetings or tradeshow executive who assists in elevating our industry)

Cindy Payne
Cindy Payne                      photo: MeetingsNet.com

Cindy Payne, Director, Client Services, Choose Chicago - Four Star Service Award (the convention/event services professional who has saved the day)

Susan Katz
Susan Katz                         photo: MeetingsNet.com

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

Read the full list of award winners here.