PCMA announces proposed 2018 Board Officers and Directors

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Nominating Committee met on August 25, in Chicago, IL, to determine the final slate from the extraordinary nominee applications for the 2018 open board officer and director positions. After vigilant due diligence and deliberation, the committee offers the following slate of candidates for leadership positions on the 2018 PCMA Board of Directors.

According to the PCMA Bylaws, this official announcement of the proposed slate is to be sent to the membership by Oct. 1. The nominating process, according to the Bylaws (Article XII, Section 1(d)), allows for additional nominations for any officer or director position by members who submit a petition. The petition is required to be signed by 5 per cent of the members from the respective membership category appropriate to that position, and submitted to the President and CEO no later than the close of business Nov. 1, 2017.

If you are interested in submitting a petition, please contact Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, at 312.423.7264 or [email protected] for petition details and procedures.

Unless there are additional petition nominations from the membership, the following officers and directors will be deemed elected and will take office immediately following the 62nd PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders, which takes place January 7-10, 2018 in Nashville, TN and will be held at the Music City Center.

2018 proposed slate of new Officers and Directors

Claire Smith, CMP
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Vancouver Convention Centre
Term: 2018

Gregory A. O’Dell
President & Chief Executive Officer
Events DC
Term: 2018

Stuart Ruff-Lyon, CMP, DES
VP, Events & Education
Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)
Term: 2018

Immediate Past Chair:
Mary Pat Heftman
Executive Vice President, Convention & Strategic Alliances
National Restaurant Association
Term: 2018

The following individual will begin serving three-year terms (2018-2020): 

Neil Brownlee
Head of Business Events

Carolyn Pund, CMP, CMM
Sr. Mgr, Global SMM & Event Business Operations
Cisco Systems Inc.

Kathleen Ratcliffe
Explore St. Louis

Megan Tate, CMM, DES
Vice President, Meeting & Events Planning Manager
Wells Fargo Bank

Christine Trimmer
Executive Director
International Society for Infectious Diseases

The following individuals are currently serving terms as Directors:

Tonya Almond, CMP
Vice President, Meetings & Continuing Education
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Term: 2016 – 2018

Tamela D. Blalock, MTA, CMP
Executive Director
Section of Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association
Term: 2016 – 2018

Kerry Crockett, MBA, CMP, CAE, DES
Associate Executive Director
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Term: 2017 – 2019

Ben Hainsworth
Executive Director
K.I.T. Group GmbH
Term: 2016 – 2018

Leonard Hoops
President & CEO
Visit Indy
Term: 2017 – 2019

Gary Murakami, GTP, GLP, CMP
Director, Global Sales
MGM Resorts International
Term: 2016 – 2018

Weemin Ong, CMP
Executive Director
Marina Bay Sands
Term: 2017 – 2019

Janeé Pelletier
VP of Communications & Events
MdBio Foundation
Term: 2017 – 2019

Kelly M. Ricker
Executive Vice President, Events & Education
Term: 2017 – 2019

Danielle Urbina, CMP
Director of Meetings and Exhibits
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Term: 2017 – 2019

Carol C. Wallace
President & CEO
Carol Wallace & Associates Inc.
Term: 2016 – 2018

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