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October 17 2011



John Lisack Jr., CAE, George Aguel and Amanda K. Cecil, Ph.D., CMP to be honored at the 2012 PCMA Education Foundation Dinner, May 2, 2012 - Washington Hilton

CHICAGO, IL, October 18, 2011 - John Lisack Jr., CAE, George Aguel, and Amanda K. Cecil, Ph.D., CMP, will be honored at the 2012 Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement, May 2, 2012 at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C.

Lisack is the Executive Director of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and this year's Meeting Professional Honoree. Aguel is Senior Vice President of the Walt Disney Company and the Supplier Honoree. Cecil, Assistant Professor at Indiana University, is the Educator Honoree.

John Lisack, Jr., CAE

Lisack is a recognized professional with more than 35 years of experience in association management. As Executive Director of AAPS, John develops and establishes programs, policy and strategies that support the APPS vision, mission and values, and oversees AAPS' finances, personnel, meeting, educational offerings, communication and information resources. Prior to serving at AAPS, Lisack was the Executive Director of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), the Executive Director of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), and the Executive Vice President of the National Association of Personnel Consultants.

Lisack has served on several Convention and Visitor Bureau Advisory Boards and numerous other volunteer organizations. He is past Chairman of the PCMA Board of Directors and a former Trustee for the Education Foundation. Long after completing his responsibilities with the Board, Lisack continues to stay engaged with PCMA. He has captained the PCMA golf team for more than a decade and has raised well over $100,000 for the PCMA Education Foundation through his efforts.

PCMA is honored to recognize John Lisack as the 2012 Meeting Professional Honoree.

George Aguel

Aguel is Senior Vice President of the Walt Disney Company and during his career, spanning 37 years, has been a tireless advocate for the meetings industry. He currently serves as a member of the USTA's Meetings, Incentives and Tradeshow Council, which was created to advocate on behalf of the industry, to establish its important with opinion leaders and policy makers. Most recently George served as Chairman of Visit Orlando helping guide the Central Florida hospitality community through the new normal.

George has always looked for ways to leverage creativity and innovation to stimulate new ideas, to inform and to educate. Under his direction, Disney Partnered with PCMA to become one of the founding sponsors of the Executive Edge program.

Throughout his career in the meetings industry, Aguel has been an active volunteer in organizations including ASAE, MPI, CIC, and PCMA. He has served on the PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees, from 2004-2007. Aguel was inducted into the Convention Industry Council's Hall of Leaders in 2004.

George Aguel was selected the 2012 PCMA Education Foundation Supplier Honoree because of his creative vision and continued dedication to the meetings industry.

Amanda K. Cecil, Ph.D., CMP

Cecil is in her tenth year on the Indiana University's Tourism, Convention and Event Management faculty and has been an active industry volunteer, participating on a number of PCMA Task Forces since joining the organization in 2004. She created the Instructor's Resource manual for the fifth edition of PCMA's Professional Meeting Management textbook, recognized as the industry's premier textbook adopted by more than 110 colleges and universities around the world. Additionally, Cecil created study materials for the first and most comprehensive online program for industry professionals preparing for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation, the PCMA CMP Online Prep Course, the only online course endorsed by CIC. In 2006, PCMA named her Educator of the Year.

Prior to joining as faculty at IU, Cecil started her professional career in association and corporate event planning. She also spent time working in business travel management, destination marketing, collegiate sport management and convention and special events planning. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Indiana University and her Master of Arts from The Ohio State University. PCMA is proud to recognize Amanda Cecil as the 2012 PCMA Educator Honoree.

For more information about the 2012 PCMA Education Foundation Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement, May 2, 2012 at the Washington Hilton, visit the foundation web site at pcma.org/foundation.

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About Professional Convention Management Association
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,300 members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization's face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.

About PCMA Education Foundation
The role of the PCMA Education Foundation is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant giving focused on education and research that will benefit the meetings and conventions industry. Established in 1985, the Foundation supports educational programs to improve professionalism in the meetings industry and to provide a university-level meeting management curriculum. The Foundation provides educational programs for meeting managers, hotels, convention and visitors bureaus, and other members of the meetings industry. It also conducts ongoing research of industry issues and concerns. The Foundation continually designs and creates new programs to encourage the highest levels of professionalism in the meetings industry. Learn more at www.pcma.org/foundation.