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Professional Convention Management Association

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February 13 2012



CHICAGO, IL, February 14, 2012 - The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced that the PCMA Board of Directors has elected Martin (Marty) D. Balogh, Director of Meetings and Travel for the American Bar Association (ABA), to fill the one-year Board seat vacancy for 2012. The seat was vacated by Chris Wehking, who began his term as Secretary-Treasurer of the PCMA Board of Directors on January 12, 2012.

A 30-year employee of the ABA, Balogh has held numerous positions in the Meetings and Travel Department. Balogh and his staff manage the association's annual meeting of 16,000 attendees and a midyear meeting with over 4,000 attendees, and negotiate contracts for over 300 additional meetings a year.

In addition, Balogh oversees an in-house travel agency for both member and staff travel. He and his staff are responsible for an in-house conference center, which books more than 5,000 meetings a year in 20 meeting rooms at the association's headquarters in Chicago and their D.C. office. The ABA is the largest professional association in the world with over 400,000 members.

Balogh has been a member of PCMA since 2001 and has been actively involved in the organization for several years. He was a member of the 2005 and 2006 Annual Meeting Program Committees and served on the PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2011. Balogh earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois.

For more information about PCMA Governance, visit pcma.org/about/governance.

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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.