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Professional Convention Management Association

August 30 2016

PCMA Announces Proposed Slate of 2017 Board Officers and Directors

Mary Reynolds Kane

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Reynolds Kane
Direct: 312.423.7243, E-mail: mreynoldskane@pcma.org

CHICAGO, IL, August 30, 2016 - The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Nominating Committee met on August 23, in Chicago, IL and reviewed, in detail, a number of stellar nominee applications for the 2017 open board officers and directors positions. After careful due diligence and deliberation, the committee offers the following slate of candidates for leadership positions on the 2017 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, 2016.

If you are interested in submitting a petition, please contact Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, at 312.423.7264 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 61st PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders, in Austin, TX.

Convening Leaders takes place January 8-11 at the Austin Convention Center. 

2017 PROPOSED SLATE OF NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Chair:
Mary Pat Heftman
Executive Vice President, Convention & Strategic Alliances
National Restaurant Association
Term: 2017

Chair-Elect:
Claire Smith, CMP
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Vancouver Convention Centre
Term: 2017

Secretary-Treasurer:
Gregory A. O’Dell
President & Chief Executive Officer
Events DC
Term: 2017

Immediate Past Chair:
William F. Reed, FASAE, CMP
Senior Director of Meetings and Community Engagement
American Society of Hematology
Term: 2017

The following individuals will begin serving three-year terms (2017-2019):

Kerry Crockett, MBA, CMP, CAE, DES
Associate Executive Director
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

Leonard Hoops
President & CEO
Visit Indy

Weemin Ong, CMP
Executive Director
Marina Bay Sands

Janeé Pelletier, M.B.A., CMP, DES
Chief Operating Officer
Conference & Logistics Consultants, Inc. 

Kelly M. Ricker
SVP Events & Education
CompTIA

Danielle Urbina, CMP
Director of Meetings and Exhibits
American Society of Anesthesiologists

The following individuals are currently serving terms as Directors:

Tonya Almond, CMP
Vice President, Meetings & Continuing Education
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Term: 2016 – 2018

Tamela D. Blalock, MTA, CMP
Senior Director, Membership Services
National Association of Wholesale Distributors
Term: 2016 – 2018

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

Ben Hainsworth
Executive Director Associations
K.I.T. Group GmbH
Term: 2016 – 2018

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

Gary Murakami, GTP, GLP, CMP, CMM
Director, Global Sales
MGM Resorts International
Term: 2016 – 2018

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

Stuart L. Ruff-Lyon, CMP, DES
Vice President, Events and Education
RIMS – The Risk Management Society
Term: 2015 - 2017

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

Carol C. Wallace
President & CEO
Carol Wallace & Associates Inc. 
Term: 2016 – 2018 

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About Professional Convention Management Association

PCMA inspires, connects and innovates the global business events community. We are the world’s community for Business Events Strategists; providing senior education and networking for the events sector. PCMA crafts and shares knowledge and market intelligence enabling organizations to make informed business decisions, while providing a platform for peer-to-peer exchange Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries. For more information visit the PCMA website at pcma.org and the PCMA Convene magazine at pcmaconvene.org.

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