PCMA Announces 2018 ‘20 In their Twenties’ Class

These top young professionals will be honored at Convening Leaders in Nashville, TN
January 7-10, 2018

The 20 in their Twenties program, supported by the PCMA Education Foundation and Visit Seattle, is designed to engage the best and brightest young professionals in the business event industry. By recognizing emerging leaders, and their talents, PCMA helps to support a new generation of business event strategists around the world.

“The 20 in their Twenties program is a great way to recognize and engage rising stars in the industry,” said Rob Hampton, Senior Vice President of Convention Sales and Services for Visit Seattle. “It gives young professionals the opportunity to build camaraderie among their peers and gives us—the veterans in the industry—a chance to hear fresh ideas and perspectives and nurture new talent. This is a program Visit Seattle is proud to support.”


20 in their Twenties Class of 2018

Alexandra Adsit, CMP, CEM
Meeting Planner
Charlottesville, VA


Chloe Armstrong
Bid Executive
Melbourne Convention Bureau
Melbourne, Australia


Sina Bünte, DES
Events Manager
Amsterdam Netherlands


Erica Critzer, CMP
Regional Director of Sales
Visit Dallas
Arlington, VA


Patrick Crosson, CMP
Chicago, IL


Carmen Ferrari, CMP
Events and Marketing Manager
European Photonics Industry Consortium
Amsterdam, Netherlands


Idil Findikoğlu,
Marketing Manager
Kenes Group
Amsterdam, Netherlands


Karin Hagemann
Head of Convention Bureau
Montreux-Vevey Tourisme & Convention Bureau
Bern Area, Switzerland


Caitlin Hume, CMP
Business Events Manager
Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc (RIMS)
New York, NY


Chloe Lai
Conference Producer
Medical Conference Partners
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Annamarie Luccarelli
Associate Meeting Planner
Harborside Press, LLC
Trenton, NJ


Samantha Mele
Proposal & Product Developer
Toronto, ON


Cahal Mowery, MBA, CMP, CTA
Director of Sales & Catering
JW Marriott Houston Downtown
Houston, TX


Brittany Saylor
Senior Meeting Planner
Right Hand Events
San Diego, CA


Barrie Schwartz
My House Social
New Orleans, LA


Allison Shebek
Associate Director of Experience Design
Phoenix, AZ


Kyle Smith, DES
Digital Event Strategist
Conference Consultancy South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa


Sara Stehle, CMP
Conference Specialist
International Association of Fire Chiefs
Washington, DC


Andrew Sykes
Assistant General Manager
Halifax, Nova Scotia


Rasheena Wilson, CMP
Meeting and Exhibits Coordinator
American Society of Nephrology
Washington, DC

“This is our fifth class of the twenty brightest talents in the industry worldwide. Each year we continue to be inspired by the passion and insights these individuals bring to the business events community. It is our honor to recognize the excellence of these emerging innovative leaders,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO. 

Criteria for applicants was to be employed full time in the business events industry, be 29 years old or younger at the time of recognition and to demonstrate ways they consider themselves to be industry leaders. Applicants were not required to be PCMA members.

A committee made up of veteran industry professionals and 20 in their twenties alumni reviewed approximately 50 applications in detail before deciding on the class.

The individuals will selected will receive a scholarship registration to attend PCMA’s signature event, Convening Leaders this January in Nashville, TN; complimentary registration for PCMA’s June conference in Cleveland, OH in June 2018; as well as one year of PCMA membership. In addition, recipients will receive membership and registration discounts for the next two years.

Recipients will be recognized at Convening Leaders this January, as well as in Convene Magazine and other PCMA communications.

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About PCMA

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 membership of 8,400 professionals and students and global audience of over 100,000 business event stakeholders.

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.

Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries and regional offices in Northern Ireland, Australia and Singapore. Visit us at pcma.org or on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.