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 worlds during her 25 years in the meetings industry. Today she’s directly responsible for Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference with more than 15,000 attendees from 156 countries. She oversees the marketing, content, experience design and digital engagement strategy for the event and is a trustee for PCMA’s Education Foundation.
Before joining Microsoft in 2002, Quigley spent 11 years in the Washington, D.C., area as a director of meetings and professional development for trade associations. She lives in the greater Seattle area.
George G. Fenich, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Hospitality Leadership at East Carolina University. He worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years before moving to academia in 1985. He has published more than 40 research articles and studies, including the millennials study released by PCMA in 2012.
Fenich has taught more than 15 courses in the meeting, tourism and hospitality field, written or edited more than 10 textbook publications, and is widely published. He serves on PCMA’s Faculty Task Force, PCMA’s Student Task Force, the MPI Foundation Board, DMAI Faculty Task Force and the PCMA Annual Meeting Program Committee, among others. He lives in Greenville, N.C.
Anne Hamilton is vice president of resort sales & services for Disney Destinations, leading a team of 170 representatives responsible for sales and services efforts related to meetings and conventions and theme park events held at Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disney’s Aulani resort and spa in Hawaii, and Disney’s national sales.
She has spent more than 20 years advocating for the meetings industry, serving on the boards for both MPI and PCMA and holding volunteer leadership roles with MPI, ASAE, PCMA and related industry organizations. She also serves on the Florida State University Board of Governors, the University of Central Florida Rosen Hospitality School Advisory Board and the U.S. Travel Association’s Meetings Mean Business Coalition. She lives in Orlando.