Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

August 16 2016

Why I Volunteer for PCMA Southeast

Terry Dougherty, CMP - Director of Volunteers

Russ LoPinto with ON Event Services was the recipient of our third quarter Volunteer of the Quarter award.

Russ is a member of the Program Committee.  Charlene Lopez, Director of Programs, wrote this about Russ in her nomination: “I am pleased to nominate Russ LoPinto as the Volunteer of the Quarter.  Russ has been actively engaged and highly involved in the Program Committee for many years now.  Russ is always the first to volunteer to assist wherever and whenever possible.  He has volunteered to sponsor the audio-visual needs for many of our chapter’s quarterly programs.  He also hosted one of our most well-attended events at his facility last year.  Russ is also always the first to call in any favors necessary to provide us with his amazing planner contacts.  In addition to his dedication to PCMA and the Program Committee, his personality and fun nature makes him a pleasure to work and serve with.  Russ exemplifies the best in our industry.

We asked Russ why he volunteers, and this is what he said:

"The reason I volunteer for PCMA is that it is true, you only get out of an organization what you put in to it. To be a bystander in a professional association like PCMA would be to minimize the true value one can and should get from being a member. Through volunteering, you are able to get in the trenches with your industry peers and make the industry better as a whole. These people then become your partners in success, both professionally and personally."



Thanks for our Volunteer of the Quarter and Volunteer of the Year Sponsor: