Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

September 26 2016

Q3 President's Message

David P. Kinney, CMP, Director of Midwest Sales, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau


Greetings once again, fellow PCMA Heartland Members. I can’t believe we are already entering 4th quarter of 2016. Time flies when we are all hard at work. And let me tell you how much excitement has been happening within our Chapter since I last checked in! 

Summer flew by – and our outstanding committee of Past President’s pulled off the E3 Conference in July. We came together as a Chapter, and brought back a fan favorite from 10 years ago -- the retreat/education conference! There were over sixty of us in attendance, and we had representatives in attendance from each of our Chapter's six states. That was what excited me the most! We made new friends, enjoyed the sights and sounds of a summer weekend in the Ozarks, and even found a few new members and sponsors along the way!  We left that weekend with great excitement for what this event can become for our next go-around! 

In early August, the Board met for the 3rd quarter meeting and miniature board retreat, which was held in the River Market district of Kansas City. The Board then split into two teams and enjoyed an afternoon escape room experience at Breakout KC, where the group learned how to use clues in order to break out of a small 10 foot x 10 foot room. Depending on who you might ask, this task was much more difficult than expected and neither team was able to “break out” of their respective rooms in the time allotted. A fun afternoon was had by all, and we can always look for a better outcome next time. 

Much anticipation lies in front of us for a very busy Fall season within PCMA Heartland. This year’s golf outing will not be our traditional golf course experience, but rather at the new Top Golf on October 27! The golf and sponsorship committees have been hard at work for a few months now prepping for what looks to be an exciting outing for our members. Are any of you interested in golfing? If so, get signed up right away at via the Chapter's website. 


And a few weeks after golf, we will once again come together as a Chapter for the annual State of the Industry event, which will be held November 15 at the new Embassy Suites Olathe Hotel & Conference Center. 

Lastly, for any of our members who are looking to become involved in a greater way in 2017, now is the time to do so! The Chapter is stronger than ever. Our outstanding committee chairs and engaged board are working strategically to fill our positions for the 2017 calendar year. Please reach out to any of our Board or Committee Chairs if you want to be a contributing volunteer member for next year. I can’t think of a better way to acclimate yourself to this industry in our six-state region than to become involved in one of our seven committees that help serve our community of hospitality and meeting professionals. I am excited for what lies ahead, and we have a lot to be proud of.

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