PCMA Announces Proposed Slate for 2020 Board of Directors and Officers

The PCMA nominating committee met August 29, 2019 in Chicago to determine the final slate of 2020 board officers and directors for open positions.

PCMA bylaws require the official announcement of the proposed slate to be sent to its membership by October 1, 2019. The nominating process, according to the bylaws (Article XII, Section 1(d)), allows for additional nominations for any officer or director position by members who submit a petition. The petition is required to be signed by 5% of members from the membership category appropriate to the position and submitted to PCMA’s president and CEO no later than the close of business on November 1, 2019.

Unless there are additional nomination petitions from the membership, the following officers and directors will be deemed elected and will take office immediately following 2020 PCMA Convening Leaders.

The 2020 event takes place January 5-8 in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.

Contact Sherrif Karamat, CAE, PCMA president and CEO, at +1 312-423-7210 or [email protected] for petition details and procedures.
PCMA’s nominating committee offers the following slate of candidates for leadership positions on its 2020 Board of Directors:

Stuart Ruff-Lyon, CMP, DES
Vice President, Events and Exhibitions
Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)
Term: 2020

Kirsten Olean, CAE
Director of Meetings
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Term: 2020

Kelly M. Ricker
Executive Vice President, Events & Learning
Term: 2020

Immediate Past Chair:
Gregory A. O’Dell
President and Chief Executive Officer
Events DC
Term: 2020

The following individuals will begin serving three-year terms (2020-2022):
Lisa Astorga, CMP, DES
Director of Meetings
International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Ben Erwin

Bianca Ferrer
Experience Designer + Executive Producer
Bianca Ferrer Creative

Diane Kovats, CAE, CMP, DES
Executive Director
International Society for Computational Biology

Paula Rowntree
Head of Events & Experience
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Ana María Viscasillas, CDME
Chief Visionary
Business Tourism Services

The following individuals are currently serving terms as Directors:
Neil Brownlee
Head of Business Events
Term: 2018-2020

Robert Heard, MBA, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Term: 2019 – 2021

Derrick Johnson, CMP, DES
Senior Director of Meetings
The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
Term: 2019 – 2021

Desirée Knight, CMP, CAE
Director, Education and Meetings
American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association
Term: 2019 – 2021

Amilie Parent, CPA, CA
Showcare Event Solutions
Term: 2019 – 2021

Frank Passanante
Senior Vice President, Hilton Worldwide Sales – Americas
Hilton Worldwide
Term: 2019 – 2021

Carolyn Pund, CMP, CMM
Senior Manager, Global SMM and Event Business Operations
Cisco Systems Inc.
Term: 2018–2020

Kathleen Ratcliffe
Explore St. Louis
Term: 2018–2020

Valerie Sumner
VRS Meetings and Events, Inc.
Term: 2020–Foundation Chair

Megan Tate, CMM, DES
Vice President, Meeting and Events Planning Manager
Wells Fargo
Term: 2018–2020

Christine Trimmer
Term: 2018–2020

Top row, left to right: Stuart Ruff-Lyon, Kirsten Olean, Kelly Ricker, Greg O’Dell, Lisa Astorga, Ben Erwin, Bianca Ferrer.
Second row, left to right: Diane Kovats, Paula Rowntree, Ana Maria Viscasillas, Neil Brownlee, Robert Heard, Derrick Johnson, Desirée Knight.
Third row, left to right: Amilie Parent, Frank Passanante, Carolyn Pund, Kathleen Ratcliffe, Valerie Sumner, Megan Tate, Christine Trimmer.
Photo illustration by Martha Smith, PCMA.

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

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