PCMA 2022 Board of Directors and Trustees Slate Receives Full Membership Approval

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (November 2, 2021) — PCMA president and CEO Sherrif Karamat, CAE today announced the 2022 Board of Directors and Trustees Slate introduced to PCMA members on September 8, 2021, has received full membership approval. Directors and Trustees will assume office immediately following PCMA’s Convening Leaders taking place January 9-12 at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas.

Effective January 12, 2022, the unprecedented Board structure will consist of a governing body that encompasses Directors and Trustees for both PCMA and the PCMA Foundation. The Executive Officers approved for 2022 are:

Chairman: Charles Starks, President and CEO, Music City Center

Chairwoman Elect: Desirée Knight, CAE, CMP,  DES, Senior Director of Education & Meetings, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way (AREMA)

Secretary-Treasurer: Leonard Hoops, President and CEO, Visit Indy

Immediate Past Chairwoman, PCMA Board of Directors: Kirsten Olean, CAE, Director of Meetings, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Immediate Past Chairwoman, PCMA Foundation Board of Trustees: Angie Ranalli, CMP, Vice President of Sales, San Diego Tourism Authority

“The 2022 PCMA Board of Directors and Trustees reflects an organization that is prepared to embrace the opportunities and challenges for the business events industry in the coming years,” said Karamat. “The Board slate is not only inclusive but also focused on using the business events industry platform to realize economic and social transformation.”

The following individuals will begin serving a two-year term (2022–2023):

Fernando Fondevila, CEO, Promtur Panama

Veemal Gungadin, CEO, GEVME

Gladys O’Mahony, Vice President, Global Sales Organization, Caribbean & Latin America, Marriott International

Peter O’Neil, FASAE, CAE, CEO, ASIS International

Annalisa Baccara Ponchia, CMP, CMM, Director of Innovation & Customer Experience & Director of International Congress, AIM Group International

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, Executive Director, Business Events, Destination Canada

Panos Tzivanidis, Director, Corporate Events & Services, International Olympic Committee

The following individuals are serving the final year of a three-year term (2020–2022):

Lisa Astorga, CMP, DES, Director of Meetings, International Society on Thrombosis & Haemostasis

Karen Cooper, Senior Manager, Event and Tradeshow Strategy, Poly

Benjamin Erwin, President and CEO, Encore

Bianca Ferrer, Creative Director, B&I Creative Group LLC

Diane Kovats, CAE, CMP, DES, CEO, International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)

Paula Rowntree, Head of Events, Australian Psychological Society

Ana María Viscasillas, MBA, CDME, DES, CED, President and Chief Visionary, Business Tourism Services

In addition, the President and CEO of PCMA serves as a Director and Trustee in an ex-officio capacity:

Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President and CEO, PCMA



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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.

Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries and regional offices in Northern Ireland, Australia and Singapore. Visit us at pcma.org or on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.