PCMA Announces ‘20 in Their Twenties’ Class of 2021

CHICAGO, Illinois, USA – PCMA has identified 20 of the brightest and most talented global professionals from the next generation of business events leaders for its annual “20 in Their Twenties” class.

The class of 2021 represents strategists, suppliers and destinations from the U.S., Europe and Australia. “Each of these emerging leaders has demonstrated an extraordinary gift for leadership that spans creative thinking, problem solving, and spearheading teams that achieve ambitious goals,” said Meredith Rollins, PCMA’s chief community officer and executive director of the PCMA Foundation. “We continue to be impressed every year by the caliber of business events professionals in this generation.”

The “20 in Their Twenties” class of 2021, supported by PCMA Foundation and Experience Columbus, will be honored at the PCMA Convening Leaders conference Jan. 11-15.

Class members are selected by a committee of veteran industry professionals and “20 in Their Twenties” alumni. Applicants were required to provide examples of industry leadership, a video statement and professional references. They can be no older than 29 as of Jan. 11, 2021. Applicants were not required to be full-time employees in the business events industry this year, in light of the pandemic.

In addition to receiving a scholarship to participate in Convening Leaders, PCMA’s annual signature event, “20 in Their Twenties” members receive complimentary registration to PCMA’s EduCon event, PCMA membership and access to PCMA educational products. The 2021 “20 in Their Twenties” class will also be featured in PCMA’s Convene magazine, and have exclusive opportunities to participate to network with business events industry leaders.

Here is the PCMA “20 in Their Twenties” class for 2021:

Taylor Abbate, CMP

Meeting Planner
American Public Works Association
United States

Colleen Bingle

Meetings, Exhibits, and Sponsorship Manager
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
United States

Bob Chain

Strategic Account Manager, Founder & Host
Swapcard and (RC)2 Podcast
United States

Carolyn Cooper, CMP, DES

Senior Events Manager
Bipartisan Policy Center
United States

Ben Cramer, DES

Sales Manager
Global Experience Specialists
United States

Byanca Ellul

Coordinator, Meeting Services
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc.
United States

Basha Ferdinand

Accelerator Program Manager
Tampa Bay Wave
United States

Stephanie Geddis

Business Development and Client Marketing Manager
ICC Belfast
United Kingdom

Mariya Georgieva

Delegate Service Specialist
Kenes Group

Rachel Keyes

Site Selection Manager
Meeting Expectations, Inc.
United States

Simona Milenkova

Marketing and Social Media Lead Coordinator
Kenes Group

Bree Nidds, CTA

Vice President of Sales
Discover Lehigh Valley
United States

Dan Noyce

Senior Sales Executive
IMEX Group
United Kingdom

Jack Owens

International Association Conferences
Fáilte Ireland

Farah Parkinson

Marketing Manager
Saxton Speakers Bureau

Christina Pino, CMP, DES

Conference Logistics and Design Manager
Stellato Meeting Solutions
United States

Jean Thomae, CMP

Formerly Account Executive, Capitol Services, Inc.
United States

Marcus Urquhart, CMP

Event Marketing Manager
Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College
United States

Felix Willert

Authorised Officer/Head of Events
Innovate GmbH

Derrick Williams

Communications Analyst
United States

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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.