PCMA Announces Proposed Slate of 2019 Board Officers and Directors


CHICAGO, Illinois, August 23, 2018 — The PCMA nominating committee met Aug. 17 in Chicago to determine the final slate of 2019 board officers and directors for open positions.

PCMA Bylaws require the official announcement of the proposed slate to be sent to its membership by Oct. 1. 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 percent 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 Nov. 1, 2018.

Contact Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President and CEO, at 312-423-7210 or SKaramat@pcma.org for petition details and procedures.

Unless there are additional nomination petitions from the membership, the following officers and directors will be deemed elected and will take office immediately following PCMA’s 63rd Convening Leaders annual meeting.

Convening Leaders 2019 takes place Jan. 6 to 9 in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

PCMA’s nominating committee offers the following slate of candidates for leadership positions on its 2019 Board of Directors:

Chair:
Gregory A. O’Dell
President and Chief Executive Officer
Events DC
Term: 2019

Chair-Elect:
Stuart Ruff-Lyon, CMP, DES
Vice President, Events and Education
Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc. (RIMS)
Term: 2019

Secretary-Treasurer:
Kirsten Olean, CMP, CAE
Director of Meetings
American Society of Microbiology
Term: 2019

Immediate Past Chair:
Claire Smith, CMP
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Vancouver Convention Centre
Term: 2019

The following individuals will begin serving three-year terms (2019-2021):

Robert Heard, MBA, CAE
Associate Executive Director
American College of Emergency Physicians

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

Desirée Knight, CMP, CAE
Director, Education and Meetings
American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association

Amilie Parent, CPA, CA
Vice President of Finance and Administration
Showcare Event Solutions

Frank Passanante
Senior Vice President, Group Sales
Hilton Worldwide

The following individuals are currently serving terms as Directors:

Neil Brownlee
Head of Business Events
VisitScotland
Term: 2018-2020

Kerry Crockett, MBA, CMP, CAE, DES
Associate Executive Director
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Term: 2017-2019

Leonard Hoops
President and CEO
Visit Indy
Term: 2017–2019

Carol McGury
Executive Vice President, Events & Education
SmithBucklin
Term: 2019–Foundation Chair

Weemin Ong, CMP
Executive Director
Marina Bay Sands
Term: 2017–2019

Janeé Pelletier
Vice President, Communications and Events
MdBio Foundation
Term: 2017–2019

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

Kathleen Ratcliffe
President
Explore St. Louis
Term: 2018–2020

Kelly M. Ricker
Executive Vice President, Events and Education
CompTIA
Term: 2017–2019

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

Christine Trimmer
Term: 2018–2020

Danielle Urbina, CMP
Director of Meetings and Exhibits
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Term: 2017 – 2019


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 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-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.

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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 $900K in impact, and since 1985 has funded over 2,500 scholarships, 100 research studies and education programs, and $2.7M in charitable giving.