CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — PCMA and CEMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat, CAE today announced the 2024 Board of Directors and Trustees Slate introduced to PCMA and CEMA members on September 1, 2023, has officially been approved. Directors and Trustees will assume office immediately following PCMA’s Convening Leaders January 7-10, 2024, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

“PCMA is fortunate to have a Board of Directors that reflects and supports our global community,” said Karamat. “Their steadfast commitment to driving economic and social transformation through business events will ensure our community is equipped to lead the profession into the future.”

Effective January 10, 2024, the Executive Officers serving a one-year term include:

Chair:Leonard Hoops, President and CEO, Visit Indy

Chair-Elect:Neil Brownlee,Head of Business Events, VisitScotland

Secretary-Treasurer:Kelly Ricker, Chief Learning Officer, American Academy of Neurology

Immediate Past Chair: DesiréeKnight, CAE, CMP, DES, Senior Director, Meetings and Events, American Psychological Association

The followingleaderswill serve a two-year Director and Trustee term(2024–2025):

Deborah Caldwell, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific Head of Global Events, Bank of America

Patrick Espinoza, MBA, CMP, Director of Sales, Caesars Entertainment, Inc.

Fernando Fondevila, MBA, CEO, Promtur Panama

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

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

Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, President and CEO, San Diego Convention Center Corporation

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

Serving a one-year Director and Trustee term (2024) is Amy Walter, Head of Global Event Strategy and Shared Services, Atlassian

The following leadersareservingthe final year of a two-year Director and Trustee term(2023–2024):

Gregg Caren, President and CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Dr. Amanda Cecil, PhD, CMP, Professor, Department of Tourism, Event & Sport Management, Indiana University

Shameka Jennings, MTA, CAE, CMP, DES, Principal and Chief Events Officer, Eventsnoire

Brian Landers, CDS, Senior Vice President / Team Director, ConferenceDirect

Lauren Parr, Senior Vice President, Meetings and Learning, American Geophysical Union

Stephen Rose, Head of Global Communication Services, Siemens AG

Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales, Scottish Event Campus

In addition, the President and CEO of PCMA and CEMA serves asaDirector and Trustee:

Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President and CEO, PCMA and CEMA

For media queries from the Americas, APAC, EMEA, and requests for interviews with Sherrif Karamat, please contact: Meghan Risch, PCMA Chief of Staff, Vice President, Corporate Communications

About PCMA

PCMA, PCMA Foundation and CEMA educate, inspire, and listen, 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, IL PCMA has 17 North American Chapters, regional communities in APAC, EMEA and LATAM, and members in 59 countries. The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), a PCMA subsidiary, advances strategic event marketing and marketing communications for senior-level event marketers and industry professionals. Visit us at pcma.org.

About PCMA Foundation

The role of the Foundation of PCMA is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant-giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the business events industry. Annually the Foundation funds over $700K in impact, and since 1985 has funded over 2,500 scholarships, 100 research studies and education programs, and $2.7M in charitable giving.

About CEMA

The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) is the eminent community for senior event executives, association peers and industry partners and is an integral component of the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) brand collective. CEMA promotes professional networking opportunities, facilitates peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and drives industry standards. Through strong relationships with strategic partners, CEMA fosters both finding innovative solutions to business issues and continuous focus on members’ career growth. For more information, please visit http://www.cemaonline.com.

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