Kelly Coppola Joins PCMA as Senior Director, Business Event Strategy

CHICAGO, IL, September 8, 2016 – The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the leading global community and educator for Business Event Strategists, announces that Kelly Coppola, CMM joins the association as Senior Director, Business Events Strategy. Coppola will lead the global event experience strategy for PCMA and its family of brands.

“Kelly is a dynamic leader, skilled in managing high-performing teams to achieve corporate business objectives. With her vast experience producing both large and small scale events, we are confident she will lead PCMA’s face-to-face programs to a new level of excellence,” says Deborah Sexton, president and CEO, PCMA.

Coppola has been with FreemanXP for 9 years and prior to Freeman’s acquisition in 2007, ProActive, Inc. for 10 years. Her clients have included GE, Maritz, AARP, Budget Blinds, and ESRI among others. She is known among her peers as an innovative thinker with a commitment to client success that is only surpassed by her focus on creating exceptional experiences.

“I am immensely proud of the work I have done over nearly 20 years at FreemanXP and ProActive, Inc. I look forward to taking on this new challenge to provide extraordinary experiences to an audience of people who provide remarkable experiences for a living. I can’t wait to work with our audience of event organizers to inspire the global business events community through PCMA’s face-to-face experiences,” says Coppola.


About PCMA

PCMA educates, inspires and listens, creating meaningful experiences where passion, purpose and commerce come together. We are the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists, providing senior-level education, networking and market intelligence for the global business events industry. Our mission is to drive social and economic progress through business events. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries. Visit us at

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