Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

June 11 2015

2014 Chapter President's Award

Brad Plumb, CMP, Senior Sales Manager at Overland Park Convention & Visitors Bureau (OPCVB)



One of the great honors of any outgoing Heartland Chapter President is to choose and present the President’s Award. On February 5th at the Annual Awards Banquet, outgoing President, Amy Steinwand, announced this prestigious award to Kerry Kerr with HelmsBriscoe. 

To quote Amy, “Kerry is just the person for the job of sponsorship chair!

She has a personality that pulls you in. She’s both persuasive and personable. As President, I truly appreciated that Kerry was constantly ahead of the game and very responsive. All year long, I consistently knew I could rely on her to get the job done with little direction and a lot of self- motivation.”

In 2014, under Kerry’s direction, our sponsorship committee:

  • Brought events to unique locations including Marriott Courtyard Briarcliff and Amigoni Urban Winery.

  • Raised an impressive $15,000 in sponsorship revenue and more than $8,000 from the golf tournament.

  • Connected with a number of new sponsors and renewed some long-standing chapter sponsors.

Kerry revamped our sponsorship levels and the marketing flyer. 

She also added a new opportunity for supplier members to conduct a drawing at our meetings for a small fee, which allows them to collect business cards. She communicated clearly and timely to other committees and with Janice regarding registration, which is key to event success.

The Heartland chapter is lucky to have Kerry as sponsorship chair and a director in 2015.

Kerry, from Amy personally and the chapter collectively, thank you for your responsiveness, thoroughness, and dedication!

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