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PCMA Global Meetings Executive of the Year Award Recipient Announced


FRANKFURT, Germany, May 21, 2014 – The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced the recipient of the Global Executive of the Year Award as Phelps R. Hope, CMP, Vice President, Meetings & Expositions, Kellen Meetings.

The award, presented annually, in conjunction with IMEX celebrates meeting executives who demonstrate a vision, commitment and passion for the advancement and education of the global meetings industry.

“Phelps’ commitment to the industry is unmatched. He is constantly searching for ways to penetrate new markets and implementing global strategies for his clients and for PCMA. I’m extremely proud he is being honored this year,” said Sherrif Karamat, CAE and Chief Operating Officer, PCMA.

Hope epitomized the spirit of this award, having planned meetings and conferences in 27 different countries on six continents, and overseeing 50+ global meetings per year. Over his 30+ year career he has consistently demonstrated the ability to successfully move his clients into new global arenas and help achieve organizational successes.

Hope is also an active member of PCMA serving on a number of committees over the years including the Global Task Force where he served as Subcommittee Chair and the Annual Meeting Program Committee where he is currently serving as Co-Chair.

The award was presented for the third consecutive year at the Gala Dinner held in Frankfurt during IMEX. Previous award winners include Ping He, Global General Manager APAC and David L. Williams, Executive Director, International Association for Energy Economics and current PCMA Foundation Board of Trustee.

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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 education and networking for the business events sector. PCMA crafts and shares knowledge and market intelligence, enabling organizations to make informed business decisions while providing a platform for peer-to-peer exchange. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries. For more information on the PCMA family of brands, visit PCMA at pcma.org, PCMA Education Foundation at foundation.pcma.org, PCMA Convene magazine at pcmaconvene.org, Digital Experience Institute (DEI) at digitalexperienceinstitute.org and the Incentive, Conference & Event Society Asia-Pacific (ICESAP) at icesap.org.

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