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
American Public Works Association
Meetings, Exhibits, and Sponsorship Manager
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Strategic Account Manager, Founder & Host
Swapcard and (RC)2 Podcast
Carolyn Cooper, CMP, DES
Senior Events Manager
Bipartisan Policy Center
Ben Cramer, DES
Global Experience Specialists
Coordinator, Meeting Services
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc.
Accelerator Program Manager
Tampa Bay Wave
Business Development and Client Marketing Manager
Delegate Service Specialist
Site Selection Manager
Meeting Expectations, Inc.
Marketing and Social Media Lead Coordinator
Bree Nidds, CTA
Vice President of Sales
Discover Lehigh Valley
Senior Sales Executive
International Association Conferences
Saxton Speakers Bureau
Christina Pino, CMP, DES
Conference Logistics and Design Manager
Stellato Meeting Solutions
Jean Thomae, CMP
Formerly Account Executive, Capitol Services, Inc.
Marcus Urquhart, CMP
Event Marketing Manager
Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College
Authorised Officer/Head of Events