PCMA Announces 2017 Board of Trustees


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The PCMA Education Foundation Leadership Committee reviewed an impressive group of candidates for the 2017 Board of Trustees. Following committee deliberations and approval by the current Board of Trustees, the slate was deemed elected. Officers and Trustees will immediately take office following the  PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders in Austin, TX on January 12, 2017.


Chair:  Phillip Jones President and CEO
Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau
Term: 2017

Chair-Elect: David G. Peckinpaugh, CMP
Maritz Global Events Company
Term: 2017

Secretary-Treasurer: Carol McGury, MPS
Executive Vice President, Events and Education Services
SmithBucklin Corporation
Term: 2017

Immediate Past Chair: Tina M. Wehmeir, CMP, CAECEO
AMC Institute (AMCI)
Term: 2017

The following individuals will begin serving two-year terms (2017-2018):

Oscar Cerezales
COO Asia Pacific
MCI Group

Jerry Cito
Senior Vice President, Convention Development
NYC & Company

Derrick Johnson, CMP
Director of Meetings
The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers

Roberta Kravitz
Executive Director
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

Angie Ranalli, CMP
Vice President of Sales – Midwest Region
San Diego Tourism Authority

Tammy Routh
Vice President, Global Sales
Marriott International

The following individuals will complete 2016 – 2017 Terms:

Amy Calvert
Senior Vice President, Convention Sales & Services
Visit Baltimore

Susan Euritt
Vice President, Direct Sales and Business Development
Garrett Brands

Tony Lorenz, CMM
Chief Executive Officer

Jack Patronski
Executive Vice President – Industry Development
Global Experience Specialists (GES)

Valerie Sumner
VRS Meetings and Events, Inc.

Heidi Welker
Vice President, Marketing
Freeman AV Canada

The following positions are determined by PCMA:

PCMA Appointed: Christopher J. Wehking CMP
Trustee: Chief Program Officer
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Term: 2016 – 2017

Kristin Mirabal, CMP
Vice President, Meetings
Heart Rhythm Society
Term: 2017 – 2018

Trustee – PCMA: Mary Pat Heftman
Chair: Executive Vice President, Convention & Strategic Alliances
National Restaurant Association

Trustee – PCMA: Claire Smith, CMP
Chair Elect: Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Vancouver Convention Centre

Additionally, the PCMA Board of Directors slate of officers and directors announced on August 30, 2016 has been deemed elected and will take office immediately following the PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders, in Austin, TX on January 12, 2017.  Access the complete list of 2017 officers and directors here.


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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