CHICAGO, IL(September 1, 2023) — Sherrif Karamat, CAE, PCMA and CEMA President and CEO today announced he has received the 2024 Board of Directors and Trustees Slate from PCMA’s Nominating Committee Chair and Immediate Past Chair, Charles Starks. The PCMA Board of Directors is comprised of Directors and Trustees for PCMA and the PCMA Foundation who support the association’s mission to drive global economic and social transformation through business events.

Four leaders are on the slate for their second two-year terms, including Fernando Fondevila, Gladys O’Mahony, Peter O’Neil and Panos Tzivanidis.

“We are fortunate to have an incredible group of volunteer leaders who stand ready to support PCMA’s vision to become the platform for the global business events industry,” said Karamat. “The 2024 Board Slate represents the diverse skills and industry knowledge required to guide us in our commitment to develop and deliver what our global community needs to be successful.”

The followingleaderswill begin servinga one-year Executive Officer term(2024):

Chair:Leonard Hoops, President and CEO, Visit Indy

Chair-Elect:Neil Brownlee,Head of Business Events, VisitScotland

Immediate Past Chair: DesiréeKnight, CAE, CMP, DES, Senior Director, Meetings and Events, American Psychological Association

Upon PCMA membership approval, the followingleaderwill begin servinga one-year Executive Officer term(2024):

Secretary-Treasurer:Kelly Ricker, Chief Learning Officer, American Academy of Neurology

The incoming CEMA Advisory Board Chairwill begin servinga one-year Director and Trustee term(2024):

Amy Walter, Head of Global Event Strategy and Shared Services, Atlassian

Upon PCMA membership approval, the followingleaderswill begin serving a two-year Director and Trustee term(2024–2025):

Deborah Caldwell, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific Head of Global Events, Bank of America

Patrick Espinoza, MBA, CMP, Director of Sales, Caesars Entertainment, Inc.

Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, President and CEO, San Diego Convention Center Corporation

Upon PCMA membership approval, the following leaderswill beginservinga second two-year Director and Trustee term(2024–2025):

Fernando Fondevila, MBA, CEO, Promtur Panama

Gladys O’Mahony, Vice President, Global Sales Organization, Caribbean & Latin America, Marriott International

Peter O’Neil, FASAE, CAE, CEO, ASIS International

Panos Tzivanidis, Director, Corporate Events & Services, International Olympic Committee

The following leadersareservingthe final year of a two-year Director and Trustee term(2023–2024):

Gregg Caren, President and CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Dr. Amanda Cecil, PhD, CMP, Professor, Department of Tourism, Event & Sport Management, Indiana University

Shameka Jennings, MTA, CAE, CMP, DES, Principal and Chief Events Officer, Eventsnoire

Brian Landers, CDS, Senior Vice President / Team Director, ConferenceDirect

Lauren Parr, Senior Vice President, Meetings and Learning, American Geophysical Union

Stephen Rose, Head of Global Communication Services, Siemens AG

Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales, Scottish Event Campus

In addition, the President and CEO of PCMA and CEMA serves asaDirector and Trustee:

Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President and CEO, PCMA and CEMA

The slate will be deemed confirmed at 5:00 pm Chicago time on October 2, 2023, unless a valid written petition by membership is received according to the Bylaws noted in section XIII available here.

Directors and Trustees will assume office immediately following PCMA’s Convening Leaders annual meeting January 7-10 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.

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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