The Professional Convention Management Association will honor nine 2014 Achievement Award winners when it convenes in January for the 59th annual PCMA meeting. The awards recognize association members for their contributions to PCMA and the meetings industry as a whole. The annual convening runs Jan. 11-14 in Chicago. The honorees:
- Distinguished Member: Joy Womack, CMP, event management director for Experient in the Washington, D.C., area.
- Distinguished Meeting Professional: Carolyn Pund, CMP, CMM, senior manager of Global Strategic Meetings Management for Cisco since 2008.
- Distinguished Supplier Professional: Kim Allison, CAE, CASE, CTA, associate sales director for Visit Baltimore.
- Distinguished Emerging Leader: Samantha Moore, meetings coordinator for the American Association of Immunologists in Washington, D.C.
- Distinguished Educator: Swathi Ravichandran, associate professor of hospitality management at Kent State University in Ohio. The program has a job placement rate of almost 100 percent.
- Outstanding Service to a Chapter: Belinda Keota, CMP, CEM, meeting manager of the Produce Marketing Association. She will serve as the group’s president-elect in 2015.
- Environmental Leadership: Marriott International. The company’s environmental goals and accomplishments address such key areas as energy/carbon, water, waste, green buildings, and associate and guest engagement.
- Innovation: Robert Heard, associate executive director of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Heard created “innovatED,” a 10,000-sq. ft., case-based, hands-on experiential emergency room layout to showcase innovated products and services at trade shows.
- Spirit Award: Shared by the American Dental Association and Friends of Marlene. The ADA’s second Mission of Mercy (MOM) project, in San Antonio, saw more than 900 volunteers from 36 states and 10 countries treat 1,207 patients and provide $526,474 in dental treatments. Friends of Marlene, comprised mostly of meeting professionals and industry suppliers in the Chicago area, has raised nearly $200,000 for such supportive oncology services as acupuncture, massage, therapy, nutrition counseling, individual and family counseling, and appearance enhancement. The group is named for Marlene Hetzel Palmerson, a longtime industry volunteer, who died of cancer in 2010.