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With just under 7,000 members and more than 50,000 individual subscribers, PCMA is a global network of Business Events Strategists. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has an international reach with partners around the globe and a footprint within North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with activities across 37 countries.

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Convene Magazine Contacts

Michelle Russell, Editor in Chief

Michelle joined Convene in 2003 and has overseen the growth of the magazine to a monthly award-winning print and digital publication. She has more than 30 years of experience as an editor and writer, and began her career as a nonfiction book editor at Random House. Prior to joining Convene, Michelle served as editor for variety of trade publications and websites in such industries as commercial real estate and food and drug retailing.

Cristi Kempf, Executive Editor

Cristi is a veteran journalist who joined the Convene team in 2018. Previously she worked at the Chicago Tribune, where she had a variety of newsroom roles, including as associate managing editor for editing and presentation.  She also worked as an editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Milwaukee Journal. While living in Rome, Cristi was editor-in-chief for a European IT trade magazine and was a news editor at Vatican Radio.

Barbara Palmer, Senior Editor, Director of Online Content

Barbara has spent her career as a writer and editor working for a variety of nonprofit and news publications, ranging from a stint as a science reporter and columnist at The Daily Oklahoman to covering arts and humanities at Stanford University for the Stanford News Service. She joined Convene in 2008 as senior editor and became the magazine’s director of online content in 2013.

Casey Gale, Associate Editor

Casey has spent her career thus far exploring the hospitality space. She served as online editor for the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Lodging magazine before joining Convene in 2017. She graduated from Rider University, where she majored in journalism and American Studies.

Advertising & Sponsorship Contacts

Already have a relationship with PCMA? Reach out to the Business Director currently serving your territory.

Mary Lynn Novelli, CMP, Director, Business Development

Territories: Eastern U.S. (AL, CT, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA) and the Caribbean
Contact: +1 312-423-7212 |

Maggie Simkin, Strategic Business Development Director

Territories: Western U.S. (AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, MO, MT, NM, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY), Mexico, Central and South America
Contact: +1 312-423-7248 |

Patricia Cheong, Associate Director, Development

Territories: Asia Pacific
Contact: +65 9366-0800 |

Katie Dolan​, Strategic Business Development Director

Territories: KS, MI, MN, NE, ND, SD, WI, Canada and EMEA
Contact: +1 312-423-7256 |