PCMA Announces 2018 Global Meetings Executive of the Year Award Recipient


FRANKFURT, Germany, May 16, 2018 – Ben Goedegebuure was named PCMA’s 2018 Global Executive of the Year for three decades of generosity and passion for the business events industry at tonight’s IMEX Gala Dinner.

Goedegebuure is Global General Manager – EMEA for Maritz Global Events. He was honored by Sherrif Karamat, President and CEO of PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association).

“Ben Goedegebuure leads by example. Throughout his career Ben has worked across all business event disciplines; consistently chartering new trails and innovating how business is conducted,” Karamat said.

Goedegebuure, has been a passionate industry leader for over 30 years and worked on all sides for the business events industry – from associations, to PCOs, venues and agencies. Throughout his career he has built a remarkable reputation and sphere of influence.

Industry colleagues know him as generous, always willing to share his knowledge, and as nurturing to those new or transitioning in the industry. He has shown a strong commitment to association service, now as an active member of the PCMA EMEA Advisory Board.  Previously, he chaired PCMA’s International Task Force, served on the PCMA Board of Directors (as the first non-U.S. board member), and chaired the PCMA Global Advisory Group.

Today Goedegeburre leads Maritz Global Events’ global expansion in EMEA. In this role he is a well-respected trailblazer, innovating how business events are conducted and how partnerships among companies, suppliers and vendors drive successful events globally.


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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 global audience of 7,000 professionals and students.

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.

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