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Professional Convention Management Association

August 27 2015

PCMA Announces Proposed Slate of 2016 Board Officers and Directors

By PCMA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

PCMA ANNOUNCES PROPOSED SLATE OF 2016 BOARD OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

CHICAGO, IL, August 27, 2015 - The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Nominating Committee, chaired by Johnnie White, 2014 past Chair of the Board, met on August 20, in Chicago, IL, and reviewed, in detail, a number of stellar nominee applications for the 2016 open board officers and directions positions. After careful due diligence and deliberation, the committee offers the following slate of candidates for leadership positions on the 2016 PCMA Board of Directors.

According to the PCMA Bylaws, this official announcement of the proposed slate is to be sent to the membership by Oct. 1. The nominating process, according to the Bylaws (Article XII, Section 1(d)), allows for additional nominations for any officer or director position by members who submit a petition. The petition is required to be signed by 5% of the members from the respective membership category appropriate to that position, and submitted to the President and CEO no later than the close of business Nov. 1, 2015.

If you are interested in submitting a petition, please contact Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, at 312.423.7262 or deborah.sexton@pcma.org for petition details and procedures.

Unless there are additional petition nominations from the membership, the following officers and directors will be deemed elected and will take office immediately following the 60th PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders, in Vancouver, BC, on January 14, 2016.

Convening Leaders takes place January 10 - 13 in Vancouver and will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

2015 PROPOSED SLATE OF NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Chair:
William F. Reed, FASAE, CMP
Senior Director of Meetings and Community Engagement
American Society of Hematology
Term: 2016

Chair-Elect:
Mary Pat Heftman
Executive Vice President, Convention & Strategic Alliances
National Restaurant Association
Term: 2016

Secretary-Treasurer:
Claire Smith, CMP
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Vancouver Convention Centre

Immediate Past Chair:
Raymond John Kopcinski, Sr., CMP
Senior Director
Million Dollar Round Table
Term: 2016

The following individual will begin serving three-year terms (2016-2018):

Tonya Almond, CMP
Vice President, Meetings & Continuing Education
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Tamela D. Blalock, MTA, CMP
Director of Membership
National Association of Wholesale Distributors

Ben Hainsworth
Executive Director Associations
K.I.T. Group GmbH 

Gary Murakami, GTP, GLP, CMP
Director, Global Sales
MGM Resorts International

Carol C. Wallace
President & CEO
San Diego Convention Center Corporation

The following individuals are currently serving terms as Directors:

George Aguel
President & CEO
Visit Orlando
Term: 2014-2016

Oscar Cerezales
Chief Operating Officer Asia Pacific
Group Director Association Relations     
MCI
Term: 2014-2016

Nancy DeBrosse, CMP
Senior Vice President, Sales and Account Management
Experient, Inc.
Term: 2014-2016

Ann Godi, CMP
President & CEO
Benchmarc360, Inc.
Term: 2014-2016

Bill Grusich, CMP, FASAE
Senior Vice President
Associated Luxury Hotels International
Term: 2015 – 2017

Phelps R. Hope, CMP
Senior Vice President, Meetings & Expositions
Kellen Meetings
Term: 2015 - 2017

Kristin K. Mirabal, CMP
Director, Global Events
Association of Corporate Travel Executives
Term: 2014-2016

Kirsten Olean, CMP, CAE
Director of Meetings
American Society of Microbiology
Term: 2015 – 2017

David J. Olender
Founder
DMO Associates
Partner
BOB.tv
Term: 2014-2016

Stuart L. Ruff, CMP
Director, Meetings, Exhibitions, & Events
RIMS – The Risk Management Society
Term: 2015 - 2017

Charles L. Starks
President & CEO
Music City Center
Term: 2015 - 2017

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 6,500+ 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 39 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.

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