PCMA Education Foundation Announces 2018 Officers And Trustees

CHICAGO, IL, November 7, 2017 – The PCMA Education Foundation Leadership Committee reviewed an extraordinary group of candidates for the 2018 Board of Trustees. Following committee deliberations and approval by the current Board of Trustees, the slate was deemed elected. Officers and Trustees will immediately take office following the PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders in Nashville, Tennessee on January 11, 2018. 



David G. Peckinpaugh, CMP
Maritz Global Events
Term:   2018



Carol McGury, MPS
Executive Vice President, Events and Education Services
Term:   2018



Valerie Sumner
VRS Meetings and Events, Inc.
Term:   2018


Trustees: 2018 – 2019 Terms                                

Douglas Bennett, CASE
Senior VP of Convention Development
Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau


Amy Calvert
Senior Vice President, Convention Sales & Services
Visit Baltimore


Susan Euritt
Ruckus Strategic Partnership Consulting, LLC


Tony Lorenz, CMM
Chief Executive Officer


Charles Starks
President and CEO
Music City Center


Heidi Welker
Senior Vice President, Business Development & Industry Partnerships
Freeman Audiovisual Canada


The following individual will continue to serve on the board, but in a new position:


Immediate Past Chair:          

Phillip Jones
President and CEO
Visit Dallas
Term:   2018


The following individuals will complete 2017 – 2018 Terms:

Oscar Cerezales
CEO Asia Pacific
MCI Singapore


Jerry Cito
Senior Vice President, Convention Development
NYC & Company


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


Roberta Kravitz
Executive Director
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine


Angie Ranalli, CMP
Vice President of Sales – Midwest Region
San Diego Tourism Authority


Tammy Routh
Vice President, Global Sales
Marriott International


The following positions are determined by PCMA:

PCMA Appointed Trustee:                    

Kristin Mirabal, CMP
Global Event Strategic Solutions
Term: 2017 – 2018


William F. Reed, FASAE, CMP
Senior Director, Meetings and Community Engagement
American Society of Hematology
Term: 2018 – 2019


Trustee – PCMA Chair:                     

Claire Smith, CMP
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Vancouver Convention Centre


Trustee – PCMA Chair Elect:                  

Gregory A. O’Dell
President and Chief Executive Officer
Events DC


Additionally, the PCMA Board of Directors slate of officers and directors announced on August 30, 2017 has been deemed elected and will take office immediately following the PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders in Nashville, Tennessee on January 11, 2018. Access the complete list of 2018 officers and directors here.


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Jessica Kauffman, Senior Account Manager, ZADRO

About PCMA

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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.

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