PCMA Convene’s Fifth Annual ‘Best in Show’ Recognizes the Unsung Heroes of the Meetings Industry


CHICAGO, IL, August 16, 2016  –  PCMA Convene magazine has announced the winners of its fifth annual Best in Show awards program, which this year focused on the people — rather than the things — that make live events successful.

“For the first four years of this competition, we’ve honored achievements and innovations in the meetings industry in 10 different categories, including technology, F&B, venues, room sets, and CSR,” said Convene Editor in Chief Michelle Russell. “For the August issue this year, we decided to change things up and shine the spotlight on the professionals behind the scenes who help produce stellar events. These are the people executing on the key elements of meetings, and often without the recognition they deserve.”

Meeting professionals nominated their colleagues in 12 different categories, and provided testimonials on how these individuals exemplify a commitment to excellence and service. The categories are:

  • App/Tech Provider
  • AV/Tech Support
  • Association Management
  • Catering Services/Convention Center
  • Catering Services/Hotel
  • Convention Services/Convention Center
  • Convention Services/CVB
  • Convention Services/Hotel
  • Convention Services/Special-Event Venue
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Partner
  • Special Mentions
  • Third-Party Support

In total, 37 individuals were recognized by their peers in Convene’s August issue. “Quite a few award programs already exist that serve to recognize well-known industry leaders,” Russell said. “And certainly, those movers and shakers in the meetings world deserve that recognition. We didn’t want to replicate that with our program this year. We are delighted to introduce instead a way to give meeting professionals the opportunity to nominate the partners they’ve worked elbow-to-elbow with — those people who have gone the extra mile to ensure their success.”

To learn who they are, visit convn.org/best-in-show-2016

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