Johnnie C. White Jr., CMP, MBA; Janet L. Jakobsen, CMP, MBA; and James E. Rooney will be recognized at the 2016 Visionary Awards on April 27 in Washington, D.C.
The PCMA Education Foundation has elected its 2016 officers and trustees. They’ll take office Jan. 14, immediately following Convening Leaders, the Professional Convention Management Association’s 60th annual meeting, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Convening Leaders runs Jan. 10-13. Convening Leaders showcases innovations in event technology, meeting design and business event strategy, customarily drawing more than 4,000 […]
The Professional Convention Management Association has finalized its “20 in Their Twenties” class for 2016. The program, in its third year, is supported by Texas’ Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Austin Convention Center and the PCMA Education Foundation. It’s meant to engage the best and brightest young industry professionals by recognizing them as emerging leaders and […]
Be smart. Be savvy. Be spectacular. That’s what the PCMA is promising with this month’s launch of its Business Events Series online training subscription.
The Professional Convention Management Association has named its new slate of leaders, all of whom took office Jan. 15. They are: Raymond John Kopcinski Sr., CMP, becomes chair. He is senior director of the Million Dollar Round Table. William F. Reed, FASAE, CMP, senior director of meetings for the American Society of Hematology is chair-elect; […]
The Professional Convention Management Association and BestCities Global Alliance have agreed to become partners in a global alliance/trade association believed to be the first of its kind. The partnership begins officially Jan. 1. “Becoming a PCMA partner means having a vested interest in strengthening, supporting and educating the industry and BestCities’ own mission to deliver […]
Three individuals will be honored April 8 at the 2015 Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement in Washington, D.C. Here’s a quick look at each: Meeting professional honoree Kati S. Quigley, CMP, is senior director of partner community marketing at Microsoft Corp. She has worked in both the association and corporate […]
The Professional Convention Management Association has named its 2015 “20 in their twenties” class. The program, in its second year, is supported by the Austin (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Austin Convention Center. It’s meant to engage the best and brightest young industry professionals by recognizing them as emerging leaders and fostering their talents […]
The Professional Convention Management Association will honor nine 2014 Achievement Award winners when it convenes in Chicago in January for its annual meeting.
The best meeting industry venues, destinations and service providers – according to the magazine’s readers – are out in the August issue of PCMA’s Convene. Readers were asked to nominate their favorite CSR initiatives, technology tools, F&B programs, social-media uses, off-site venues, destination videos, meeting apps, high-tech properties, places for small meetings, and room sets. Convene editors […]
The numbers are in and, according to PCMA’s latest annual Meetings Market Survey, the industry continued to grow in 2013. More than 400 association, independent and corporate planners completed the survey in late 2013, discussing the pluses and minuses of industry trends — attendance, budgets, exhibitors, revenues with the Professional Convention Management Association, which has been doing the […]
PCMA, MPI, ASAE, ISES … random letters, right? Not if you’re in the events industry. Explore them if you want to get more involved.
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers are partnering in an effort to help advance the Meetings, Incentive, Exhibition and Convention (MICE) industry in Singapore by collaborating on education and certification. The partnership will promote an exchange of best practices and ideas among members, and […]
The Professional Convention Management Association Convening Leaders conference last month instigated some gentle changes. Here’s what worked and what didn’t.
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PCMA Convene magazine has published its second annual issue listing of the best meetings industry venues, destinations and service providers.
With the third IMEX America only three months away, organizers are spilling more and more details about the trade show’s specifics. One of these is “Association Focus,” a pre-show conference-within-a-conference dedicated to professional development and “hot-topic” education for association meeting planners and executives. The free educational event is being organized in partnership with ASAE, PCMA […]
In mid-January, 93 volunteers from the Orlando (Fla.) Conference of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) visited the Clean the World headquarters, building more than 1,800 hygiene kits. The kits were donated to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida as part of Clean the World’s new ONE Project initiative. The PCMA group also […]
International Confex is partnering with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) to offer senior-level corporate education programs each day of its 30th anniversary event (March 19-21, 2013, in London). The plan was set at PCMA’s inaugural Global Corporate Summit, which brought together meeting and event planners from around the world and from such corporations as […]
As IMEX looks toward its second American event — in October in Las Vegas — organizers are strategizing ways to improve the experience. At last year’s inaugural event, buyers and buyer-attendees praised the online scheduling system, which let them make their own appointments with exhibitors. This year IMEX America is introducing a personalized inbox that […]
No one expects virtual meetings to replace face-to-face meetings anytime soon, but knowing how to incorporate virtual or hybrid elements into traditional events has become a critical skill. That’s why the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has decided to invest an undisclosed amount of money in the Virtual Edge Institute (VEI), an independent organization focused […]
One of the great things about PCMA’s annual Convening Leaders conference is the innovative way they approach engaging their audience of convention management professionals and supplier partners. At this year’s show, new features include a Supplier Showdown, where tech companies offering similar products make their case to audiences side by side; a Learning Lounge, where […]
The outlook for the U.S. meetings industry is improving, according to a survey that polled 505 professional meeting planners throughout the country. The news comes after 18 months of declining demand and an uncertain future. The survey, commissioned by the Professional Convention Management Association, the PCMA Education Foundation and American Express, was conducted online in […]
In a bid to increase awareness of and participation in the first-ever IMEX America trade show, the German-based IMEX Group, which annually hosts a worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events in Frankfurt, will co-locate the event with one of PCMA‘s educational conferences. PCMA’s involvement means that IMEX America will be able to offer […]
Ever wonder how a general session is put together? After the opening general session of the 2010 PCMA Convening Leaders conference on Jan. 11, Freeman’s Design/Production Resource Manger Jim Irwin, CTS, MFA, led meeting and event planners on a behind the scenes tour and explained the process as it moved from the drawing board to […]
During the opening session of the 2010 PCMA Convening Leaders conference, PCMA President and CEO Deborah Sexton asked an interesting question. “Can your family tell us what you do?” she said. The crowd giggled nervously, but the point made was a great one. In 2009, the industry was caught flatfooted by media backlash against meetings, […]
Carrie Ferenac and her company Convention News Television have done a fabulous job covering the 2010 PCMA Convening Leaders conference in Dallas this week. Check out some of the highlights on this sizzle reel: I’m returning to Atlanta today, bringing all my notes, some video images of the opening session and its behind the scenes […]
The opening night reception for the 2010 PCMA annual convention in Dallas had the theme The Trails of Texas. The organizers aimed to give attendees a taste of north Texas’ many communities, from sophisticated fashion mecca Dallas to the Stockyards of Fort Worth. There were Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, rides from the Texas State Fair and […]
According to a new study conducted for the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the PCMA Education Foundation and American Express by Ypartnership, meeting cancellations and postponements throughout 2009 and 2010 will result in $781 million in lost room revenue and $2.5 billion of lost revenue for host destinations, lodging accommodations and meeting service suppliers. The […]
By Jan Tolle MacDonald, CMP, CMM It’s my last day in New Orleans, and I will depart for Minneapolis where the expected temperature is -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Since I work for Travel Alberta, I should say -28 degrees Celsius, even though Canadians are so smart they know both systems. The irony is that Alberta is […]
By Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM This will be my last post. It’s been interesting. As I sit at the airport, I can reflect on some of the learning nuggets I’m taking back with me: I have new ways of attracting trade show exhibitors, and improved ideas on how to give them more options — such […]
By Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM We all are moving through challenging and opportunity-laden times. I just got out of a session where we heard from Montie Brewer, president and CEO of Air Canada, and Larry Kellner, chairman and CEO of Continental Airlines. Brewer suggested airlines need to plan for volatile times. Not just oil pricing […]
By Jan Tolle MacDonald, CMP, CMM Another day of great sessions! I attended my first SIG (Special Interest Group) session and the topic was “international meetings.” The SIG was such an excellent experience, I wish I would have gone to more. Why? This format is very open and information is exchanged freely between both planners […]
By Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM Tuesday morning began with a 5 a.m. wake-up call. My room-sharing companion Bonnie Wallsh decided we should both do the Fun Run/Walk. My reluctance wasn’t due to the distance; it was the time of day. Before we started out by the aquarium, we got a bit of history about the […]
By Jan Tolle MacDonald, CMP, CMM OK, it’s 5:00 a.m. and I need to blog about yesterday’s activities before going to the Fun Run/Walk at 6:00 a.m. What’s wrong with this picture? When is enough enough? That was my biggest takeaway from all the sessions I attended yesterday. In short, with all the crazy and […]
By Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM How can one man in one opening presentation bring you to tears and laughter while discussing such serious global issues as child mortality, HIV and the brutality of rape? That’s what Stephen Lewis does. He makes you think. He makes you want to help in any small way. He makes […]
By Jan Tolle MacDonald, CMP, CMM There is a downside to blogging at a convention: When do you have time to do it when the schedule is so full? Today at 8:00 a.m., I joined 100 other PCMA’ers who gathered to volunteer at Save Our Cemeteries. Founded in 1974, Save Our Cemeteries Inc. is a […]
By Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM Today started at the Faculty meeting. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all meeting and conference courses covered the same material? That was our task for the day, determining: If there was only one meeting planning course for 16 weeks in a program, what would it look like? As we began […]
By Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM Well, it was a whirlwind from the moment I left Toronto, from networking at the airport to meeting the PCMA Canada East Freddie Kippert student winner on the plane. (She was seated right behind me.) The Hilton was buzzing with activity. After snacks with good friends and doing some brainstorming, […]
By Jan Tolle MacDonald, CMP, CMM Wow! Here I am — my first blog. I don’t even think the word “blog” was in my vocabulary five years ago. I did grow up keeping a diary, so I know what it’s like to write about my crush on Curtis Kersten.* I also know I was the […]
Meeting planning is second only to executive management as a key function of associations, according to the 2005 Association CEO Survey released by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).