2018 PCMA Chairman’s Award Presented at Convening Leaders


Claire Smith, Chair of PCMA’s Board of Directors, today announced the 2018 Chairman’s Award at the Convening Leaders event in Pittsburgh.

Smith presented the award to PCMA employees for their hard work and dedication.

“Last year was exciting, yet challenging, for the organization as it embarked on a journey of self-reflection and realignment towards achieving our vision,” Smith said. “But PCMA employees persevered and embraced change to deliver amazing results, including the 63rd annual Convening Leaders. We are all better for their passion, hard work and commitment to PCMA and the business events industry.”

The PCMA Staff was celebrated with the Chairman’s Award, presented by 2018 Chair Claire Smith.

The PCMA Staff was celebrated with the Chairman’s Award, presented by 2018 Chair Claire Smith. (Jacob Slaton Photography)

The award, given by the PCMA Board of Directors Chair, is given annually to an individual, group or organization for unique achievements and contributions to the business events industry over the previous year.

Past recipients include Janet Tan-Collis, president of the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (SACEOS) and the founder and CEO of East West Planners in Singapore and Isabel Bardinet, CEO of the European Society of Cardiology.

“We are extremely humbled to be recognized by the Chair and I am extremely proud of the team,” said Sherrif Karamat, PCMA president and CEO. “This is the first time the employees have been recognized and it’s an incredible honor.”

Convening Leaders, PCMA’s signature annual event, is the most important, influential and inspiring industry event. The 2019 “Disrupt + Deliver” event was held Jan. 6-9 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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PCMA believes that business events can economically and socially transform communities, enterprises and individuals. As the world’s largest platform for business events strategists and their business partners, PCMA’s success is driven by a commitment to providing provocative executive level education, face-to-face networking and business intelligence to its global audience of 7,000 professionals and students.

Through its Ascent leadership initiative to promote inclusion and diversity across the business events industry and beyond, PCMA seeks to empower those challenged by gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or disabilities to find success.

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