Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

June 22 2016

Q2 Committee Updates

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


Contact: Sandy Wachter at sandy@aaspa.org 

The Sponsorship Committee has been hard at work finding sponsors for our events. A special thanks to Kerry Kerr and Casey Shields for all of their help!

2016 Sponsors include:

                Arizona Grand (Bronze sponsor)

                Hyatt Regency St. Louis (Bronze sponsor)

                Catch Des Moines (Silver sponsor)

                Bob Compton Photography (Platinum sponsor)

                River Spirit Casino (Platinum sponsor)

                Hyatt Hotels Corp. (Bronze sponsor)

                Long Beach CVB (Bronze sponsor)

                Louisville CVB (Gold sponsor)

                Tourisme Montreal (Bronze sponsor)

                Explore St. Louis (Platinum sponsor)

                Agenda USA

                Visit Norfolk (Bronze sponsor)

                Travel Portland (Platinum sponsor) 

The 2016/2017 Heartland Chapter Sponsorship brochure has been updated with a new look and is being distributed to potential sponsors. We have updated our sponsorships with some new levels, including a Diamond level sponsorship with a Pick-5 event option and a Platinum level sponsorship with a Pick-3 event option. 

The PCMA E3 Conference and Retreat will be held at The Lodge of the Four Seasons at the Lake of the Ozarks, MO on July 21-23, 2016. A new brochure was developed for the event and has been sent out to prospective sponsors. Plan to join us for this fantastic event. 


Contact:  Eric Jacobson at ejacobson@ascendintegratedmedia.com

We are up to 73 followers on the Chapter’s Facebook and 53 followers on the Chapter’s Twitter.  We challenge you to join us. 




Contact:  Caitlin Arnold – Carnold@kellencompany.com 

The first half of 2016 has brought us 21 new members. The committee is working hard to continue our monthly renewals calls and reaching out to new members to welcome them to the Heartland Chapter. ​At PCMA’s Education Conference in St. Louis at the end of June we met new people from St. Louis and connected with our members in that area at the Heartland Chapter Reception on Monday evening. 


Contact:  Katie Kinsella at kkinsella@aafp.org

We awarded one PCMA membership scholarship to Melissa Whitaker and one PCMA Education scholarship to Kate Turner. Congratulations!! 

The PCMA E3 Conference and Retreat Scholarship recipients have been announced.  Congratulations to Jenni Dixon, Tonja Britt, Shannon Henson. See you all at The Lodge of the Four Seasons at the Lake of the Ozarks, MO on July 21-23, 2016


Contacts:  Keri Magnuson at keri.magnuson@childrenshospital.org and Kurt Dietz at kdietz@casesars.com 

Our May event, “The Happy Hour Effect: 5 Key Commitments for Work/Life Success,”,by speaker, Kristen Brown, was outstanding!  We all walked away with a better appreciation for time management and how to deal with stress in our lives. It was held at the beautiful new Hyatt Place Lenexa with over 45 people in attendance. 



Upcoming Events

  • July 21 – 23 – E3 Conference at Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake of the Ozarks
  • September 8 – Networking Event, Hotel Phillips
  • October 27 – 3rd Annual Golf Tournament, Top Golf
  • November 15 – Annual State of Hospitality & Meetings Industry, Embassy Suites Olathe Conference Center 


Contacts:  Teresa Hellman at Teresa.hellman@experientselect.com and Kate Turner at katet@fairsandexpos.com 

Our committee is working on developing a Speakers Resource List for schools. We will be reaching out to all of our members, asking if they are willing to speak to student classes, and what topics they might cover. For those who love to speak, please reach out to Teresa or Kate to volunteer. You can earn CEU’s for recredentialing or points for CMP application. 

Also, Kate did a video interview for Professor Kristin’s classes at KSU. Professor Kristin will be using these videos in her classes this fall.  

In addition, Teresa spoke at Johnson County Community College on a panel to students in their final hospitality program with four others about what employers are looking for, the skills needed for success, and the career options in the industry.   

We added three new members to the committee: Marilyn Kohler, Little Rock CVB, Vicki Comegys, Des Moines CVB and Libby Dischert, St. Louis CVB. 


Contact:  Lauran Harlan at lharlan@naic.org 

One June 20, we visited the Ronald McDonald House for our Community Service Event. While there we made snack bags for families and also played games and arts and crafts with any patients and families. 

As mentioned, at the May 12th meeting, PCMA Heartland Chapter members brought donations of gift cards, books, puzzles, and many other items to donate to Children's Mercy Hospital. Thank you! We had around six bags full of donation goodies. The administration was so excited and thankful for everything we brought.

Below are pictures from our donation drop off. In the first photo are Lauren Harlan, Amy Steinwand and Angie Garcia (Amy's twin sister).  

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