PCMA Hires Tonya Almond As VP Of Knowledge And Experience Design


Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has appointed Tonya Almond as its Vice President of Knowledge and Experience Design.

Almond will lead the events and education teams and will engage with our global audience participants to help PCMA evolve its education content and event experiences. She reports to Joyce Winnecke, PCMA’s Chief Content Officer.

Almond has extensive knowledge of the association. She first serve on the Greater Midwest Chapter Board and more recently has served on the PCMA Board of Directors. Since 2014 Tonya has served on several of PCMA’s committees including the Annual Meeting Program Committee, the Nominating Committee, Annual Giving Taskforce and the Foundation Dinner Taskforce (now Visionary Awards).

Almond has more than 22 years of experience leading meetings, sponsorships and education. She joins PCMA from her position as Vice President of Meetings and Continuing Education at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Before the AAPD she was previously Director, Meetings and Events Services at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR).

“Tonya’s position will enhance the impact we are making every day by unleashing the potential of an integrated approach to education and experience,” said Sherrif Karamat, CAE, PCMA President and CEO. “She will be listening and engaging with our participants – capturing that moment when a look between participants lights a spark and connections are made – then take that moment and use it to amplify all we do.”

The PCMA Board of Directors unanimously approved Kirsten Olean, CMP, CAE, ‎Director of Meetings – ‎American Society for Microbiology, to fill Almond’s vacated seat on the board.

“Kirsten previously served on our board between January 2015 – January 2018, and was a critical contributor to our visioning undertaking,” said Karamat. “She will be a valued leadership voice as we execute our vision throughout 2018.”

Olean will serve through the end of Almond’s term, which expires January 10 2019 following our Convening Leaders event.”


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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 global audience of 7,000 professionals and students.

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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