Esteemed colleagues and industry professionals,
As the year comes to a close, I like to take a moment to reflect on the past 12 months. It’s been an extremely positive year both for the industry and for our small and mighty PCMA chapter! My challenge to everyone this year was to “engage.” How do you think you did?
Our year recapped: We kicked off the year with a chilly Convening Leaders in Chicago, where 112 of our local chapter members attended (47% of the chapter!). At the Pre-Conference Workshop, we continued to build on our reputation as one of the most influential, active, and boisterous chapters, despite being number 10 of 17 in total membership count. We hosted our 2nd annual Breakfast networking event, the day after MPI ACE, to rave reviews and 80+ attendees. We hosted a March Education event built around technology in a very unique venue, Bartlett Hall. In April we participated in the first annual North American Meetings Industry Day with a reception at the Redwood Room in the Clift Hotel. In May we hosted our 3rd annual Joint Education conference at the Merchants Exchange Club , co-hosted by the Southern California & Pacific Chapter. Newly branded as LEAP (Learn. Engage. Act. Participate.) this event was wildly innovative in its design and extremely intimate! We kept it casual over the summer with our first “Family Friendly” networking event at Off the Grid in Oakland. In August we hosted our 5th annual AT&T Park Networking Mixer and Game, but this year switched the venue to “The Yard” at Mission Rock only to have the best attendance in the event’s history. We played out part in the 2nd annual “Hospitality Touchdown” All-Industry event on the California Hornblower in September. In October, we upped the ante with the 6th annual and most successful BAMIES we’ve ever hosted at the Hotel Nikko. We were excited to have 260 guests and with our first venture into online silent auction bidding, we raised over $20,000 for various causes! We closed the year out with another intimate morning session about Servant Leadership and Mindfulness, hosted by Matt Tenney, at Dirty Habit (in the Twitter Building). In addition to our year long line up of events, I’m proud to say that multiple business relationships were forged, deals were inked, and relationships led to promotions and/or career development. I developed personally and professionally leading this team of exquisite professionals. I hope soon to be blessed to work on another team that possesses this much passion, positivity, and extremely high level of engagement.
Thank you to my Board of Directors, chairpersons and committee members who supported the chapter, all those who joined us at an event, and even those who were more engaged in their work or personal lives and had to watch from the sidelines. Thank you to our sponsors! It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve you all in 2015.
Signing off as your 2015 Chapter President,