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.


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About PCMA

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 membership of 8,400 professionals and students and global audience of over 100,000 business event stakeholders.

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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