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.


About PCMA

PCMA educates, inspires and listens, creating meaningful experiences where passion, purpose and commerce come together. We are the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists providing senior education and networking for the business events sector. PCMA crafts and shares knowledge and market intelligence, enabling organizations to make informed business decisions while providing a platform for peer-to-peer exchange. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries. For more information on the PCMA family of brands, visit PCMA at pcma.org, PCMA Education Foundation at foundation.pcma.org, PCMA Convene magazine at pcmaconvene.org, Digital Experience Institute (DEI) at digitalexperienceinstitute.org and the Incentive, Conference & Event Society Asia-Pacific (ICESAP) at icesap.org.

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