Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 08 2015

Q4 Committee Update

Cheri D. Jones, CMP, Vista Productions, Inc.


Contact: Sandy Wachter at sandy@aaspa.org or Kerry Kerr at kkerr@helmsbriscoe.com

Chapter Reception on Sunday, January 10 at Convening Leaders 2016!

We are very excited about PCMA Convening Leaders in Vancouver, January 10-13! The Heartland Chapter reception will be from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m .on Sunday, January 10 at the Four Seasons Vancouver, one of our host hotels. Attendance is free for Heartland Chapter members.

This year, we have expanded our event to include CVBs from our six state region, plus our venue host, Four Seasons. Be sure to stop by and say hello to us! Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served.

Many thanks to these organizations for their sponsorship of our Chapter Reception:

Visit Bentonville - http://www.visitbentonville.org/

Catch Des Moines - http://www.catchdesmoines.com/

Visit Fayetteville - http://www.experiencefayetteville.com/

Four Seasons (venue sponsor) - fourseasons.com,

Visit KC - https://www.visitkc.com/

Visit Oklahoma City - http://www.visitokc.com/

Visit Omaha - http://www.visitomaha.com/

Visit Rogers - http://www.visitrogersarkansas.com/

Visit Little Rock - http://www.littlerock.com/

Visit St. Louis - http://explorestlouis.com/st-louis-cvc/

Visit Wichita - http://www.visitwichita.com/

The sponsorship committee is actively seeking members to help us with the following: 

  • secure locations for our 2016 meetings
  • secure new cash and in-kind sponsors, and renew existing sponsors for our chapter
  • assist in helping our sponsors maximize their ROI 
  • assist in securing sponsors and golf teams for our annual golf tournament
  • assist in securing sponsors for our new education conference at Lake of the Ozarks next summer

For more information, please contact Sandy Wachter or Kerry Kerr at the email addresses above. 


Contact:  Eric Jacobson at ejacobson@ascendintegratedmedia.com

Hope you are liking the new format and design of the Chapter’s newsletter. And, if you have any ideas for articles for next year’s quarterly newsletter please share them with Cheri Jones, Brad Plumb or Eric Jacobson. Perhaps you know a Chapter member who should be profiled in the newsletter. Or, has your city introduced something super cool you want to brag about?  Might  you have some tips and ideas you would like to share with your fellow Chapter members? We’re looking for ideas for articles! 


Also, before the end of today, if you haven’t already Liked our Chapter’s Facebook page and become a follower of the Chapter on Twitter, please do so. We post at least weekly on both social media channels. Our goal is to have 75 people following the Chapter on Facebook and 50 on Twitter by the end of the year.


Contact:  Judy Kirchmann at judy.kirchmann@conferencedirect.com

For new members, we have exceeded our 2015 goal and as of November are at 119%.  We needed 36 new members for the year, and we’re already at 43.

For member renewal call tracking, we are using a new online tool from headquarters for logging these calls. It has streamlined the process greatly, and made it more efficient.



Contact:  Meagan McClain at mmcclain@aafp.org

Our scholarships and awards committee has been busy the past few months with the Disney Scholarship for PCMA membership and Convening Leaders scholarships for professionals and students. We will begin working on the awards/nominations for the February Installation event soon.



Contacts: Keri Magnuson at Keri.Magnuson@childrenshospitals.org and Kurt Dietz kdietz@caesars.com

November 5th – Annual State of the Industry – Hotel Sorella KC

Over 50 people registered for this event. 

Moderator Brad Kent and panel members Dale Shuter, Jason Jordan, Bill Grusich and Justin Meyer did a great job on sharing their perspective on what they are doing to re-invent and remain relevant in the industry for 2016.


Bob Compton took pictures.

Upcoming Programs

Registration will be opening soon for:

January 5th – Past President’s Reception

Great networking event for those who will be going to the 2016 PCMA Convening Leaders in Vancouver.

Location: Sheraton Overland Park

February 4th – Annual Board Installation, Awards Banquet, Silent Auction & Dinner

Overland Park Marriott, Overland Park, KS

Also, the Program Committee has finalized most of the 2016 program schedule/dates and they will be posted on the PCMA Chapter website soon!


Contacts:  Betsy Barrett at ebb@ksu.edu

Kate Turner at katet@fairsandexpos.com

If you are interested in joining the Emerging Leaders Committee, please reach out to Kate or Betsy. 


Contact:  Priscilla Noland at pnoland@STFM.org

Thank you for your generous donations of coffee cards for the KC Vet Center collected during the November 5 event.  What a great response!


The KC Vet Center is there for all veterans and their families and does an amazing job of counseling and supporting them. Below is a note that we received showing their appreciation.  Our committee wanted to share it with the chapter.

Dear Priscilla,

I wish to express our deepest gratitude to the Heartland Chapter of PCMA for their heartfelt contribution and remembering our work at the KC Vet Center. We at the KC Vet Center are Readjustment Counselors for our Combat Veterans and their family members. The generous donation from your chapter joins with us in directly helping and remembering those who were called upon to give all a person can give. Thank you for recognizing and remembering them as champions for their devotion and gallantry for our Nation.

We at the KC Vet Center provide a lifetime of benefits for their mental health and emotional needs, and those of their families. The Heartland Chapter of PCMA and all its members are now active members of our KC Vet Center team and all we do and represent.

Happy Thanksgiving From All Of Us!


Dan Shea, MPA, LMSW, PMP

Readjustment Counselor

KC Vet Center

Here are your 2016 Committee Chairs for the Chapter:

Membership Chair - Caitlin Arnold, Applied Measurement Professionals

Programs Co-Chairs - Keri Magnuson, Children Hospital Association and Kurt Dietz, Caesars Entertainment

Communications Chair - Eric Jacobson, Ascend Integrated Media

Sponsorships Chair - Sandy Wachter, American Association of School Professional Administrators

Emerging Leaders Co-Chairs - Kate Turner, International Association of Fairs & Expositions and Teresa Hellman, Experient

Scholarships/Awards Chair - Katie Vaughan, American Academy of Family Physicians

Community Service Chair - Lauren Harlan, National Association of Insurance Commissioners


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