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; Mary Pat Heftman, the National Restaurant Association’s executive vice president for conventions, becomes secretary-treasurer; and Christopher J. Wehking, CMP, chief program office for the American Society of Anesthesiologists in the immediate past chair.
Serving three-year board terms (2015-17) are Bill Grusich, CMP, FASAE, Associated Luxury Hotels International’s senior vice president; Phelps Hope, senior vice president of meetings & expositions for Kellen Meetings; Kirsten Olean, CMP, CAE, director of meetings for the American Society of Microbiology; Stuart L. Ruff, CMP, director of meetings, exhibitions and events for the Risk Management Society; and Charles L. Starks, president & CEO at Music City Center.
Wanda Johnson, CMP, CAE, steps into the one-year vacancy created when Heftman became secretary-treasurer. Johnson is senior director of meetings & education for the Endocrine Society.
The rest of the board comprises George Aguel, president & CEO of Visit Orlando; Martin D. Balogh, director of meetings and travel for the American Bar Association; Oscar Cerezales, COO of Asia Pacific and group director of association relations for MCI; Nancy DeBrosse, CMP, senior vice president of sales & account management at Experient; Kristin Gibson, CMP, CHSP, vice president of sales & industry relations at J. Spargo & Associates; Ann Godi, CMP, president & CEO of Benchmarc360; Larry Luteran, senior vice president of group sales & industry relations for Hilton Worldwide; Kristin K. Mirael, CMP, global events director for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives; David J. Olender, founder of DMO Associates and a partner in BOB.tv; and Claire Smith, CMP, sales & marketing vice president for the Vancouver Convention Centre.