PCMA Announces 2019 Board

Officers, Trustees and proposed slate of directors elected

The PCMA Leadership Committee has elected its 2019 Board of Trustees. Officers and trustees will take office immediately following PCMA’s annual meeting at the 63rd Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in January 2019.

Convening Leaders 2019 takes place from 6-9 January in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2019 Slate of Trustees

Carol McGury, MPS
Executive Vice President, Events and Education Services
Term: 2019

Valerie Sumner
VRS Meetings and Events Inc.
Term: 2019

Angie Ranalli, CMP
Vice President, Sales – Midwest Region
San Diego Tourism Authority
Term: 2019

Trustees: 2019 – 2020 term
Jerry Cito
Senior Vice President, Convention Development
NYC & Co.

Jennifer L. Erney, CMP
Regional Vice President of Sales
Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

Christopher Finelli
Regional Vice President, Sales
Hyatt Hotels Corp.

John Loveless
Senior Vice President, Exhibition Sales

Karen Malone
Vice President, Meetings and Sales
Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS)

Gary Murakami, CMP, CMM
Director, Global Sales
MGM Resorts International

The following individual will serve in a new position on the board:

Immediate Past Chair:
David G. Peckinpaugh, CMP
Maritz Global Events

The following individuals will complete a 2018 – 2019 term:

Douglas Bennett, CASE
Senior Vice President, Convention Development
Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Amy Calvert
Senior Vice President, Convention Sales and 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 and Industry Partnerships
Freeman Audiovisual Canada

The following positions are determined by PCMA:

PCMA Appointed Trustees:
William F. Reed, FASAE, CMP
Chief Event Strategy Officer
American Society of Hematology

Mary Pat Heftman
President, Restaurant Show Group
Winsight LLC

Trustee – PCMA Chair:
Gregory A. O’Dell
President and Chief Executive Officer
Events DC

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

Top row, left to right: Carol McGury, Valerie Sumner, Angie Ranalli, Jerry Cito.
Second row, left to right: Jennifer L. Erney, Christopher Finelli, John Loveless, Karen Malone.
Third row, left to right: Gary Murakami, David G. Peckinpaugh, Douglas Bennett, Amy Calvert.
Fourth row, left to right: Susan Euritt, Tony Lorenz, Charles Starks, Heidi Welker.
Bottom row, left to right: William F. Reed, Mary Pat Heftman, Gregory A. O’Dell, Stuart Ruff-Lyon.

Photo illustration by Martha Smith, PCMA.

In addition, the PCMA Board of Directors’ proposed slate announced Aug. 23, 2018, has been elected and will take office immediately following the PCMA annual meeting at Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in January 2019.

Gregory A. O’Dell
President and CEO
Events DC
Term: 2019

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

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

Immediate Past Chair:
Claire Smith, CMP
Vice President, 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, 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, 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
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
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
Explore St. Louis
Term: 2018–2020

Kelly M. Ricker
Executive Vice President, Events and Education
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, Meetings and Exhibits
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Term: 2017 – 2019

Top row, left to right: Gregory A. O’Dell, Stuart Ruff-Lyon, Kirsten Olean, Claire Smith.
Second row, left to right: Robert Heard, Derrick Johnson, Desirée Knight, Amilie Parent.
Third row, left to right: Frank Passanante, Neil Brownlee, Kerry Crockett, Leonard Hoops.
Fourth row, left to right: Carol McGury, Weemin Ong, Janeé Pelletier, Carolyn Pund.
Bottom row, left to right: Kathleen Ratcliffe, Kelly M. Ricker, Megan Tate, Christine Trimmer, Danielle Urbina.

Photo illustration by Martha Smith, PCMA.

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