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August 26 2012

PCMA Announces Proposed Slate of 2013 Board Officers and Directors

PCMA

August 27, 2012

Contact: Carolyn Clark
Direct: 312.423.7271, E-mail: cclark@pcma.org  

CHICAGO, IL, August 28, 2012 - The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)  Nominating Committee, chaired by Susan Katz, past Chairman of the Board, met on August 23 in Chicago, IL, and reviewed, in detail, a number of stellar nominee applications for the 2013 open board officers and directions positions. After careful due diligence and deliberation, the committee offers the following slate of candidates for leadership positions on the 2013 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% 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, 2012.

If you are interested in submitting a petition, please contact Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, at 312.423.7262 deborah.sexton@pcma.org 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 57th PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders in Orlando, FL, on January 17, 2013.

Convening Leaders takes place January 13 - 16, 2013 in Orlando.

2013 PROPOSED SLATE OF NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Chair-Elect:

Christopher J. Wehking, CMP, Director of Meetings & Exhibits, American Society of Anesthesiologists
(Term: 2013)

Secretary-Treasurer:  

Raymond J. Kopcinski, Sr., CMP, Director, Meeting Services, Million Dollar Round Table
(Term: 2013)

Professional Directors:  

Martin D. Balogh, Director of Meetings and Travel, American Bar Association
(Term: 2013 – 2015)

Kristin Gibson, CMP, CHSP, Vice President of Sales & Industry Relations, J. Spargo & Associates, Inc.
(Term: 2013 – 2015)

Mary Pat Heftman, Executive Vice President, Convention, National Restaurant Association
(Term: 2013 – 2015)

Supplier Partner Directors:

Lawrence Luteran, Senior Vice President, Group Sales and Industry Relations, Hilton Worldwide
(Term: 2013 – 2015)

Claire Smith, CMP, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre
(Term: 2013 – 2015)

The following individuals will continue to serve on the Board, but in new positions:

Chairman of the Board:  

Johnnie C. White, CMP, Executive Director, Meetings and Educational Services, Cardiovascular Research Foundation
(Term: 2013)

Immediate Past Chairman of the Board:
Kent E. Allaway, CEM, CMP, Vice President, Meetings and Trade Shows, Produce Marketing Association
(Term: 2013)

The following individuals will continue to serve in their existing Board positions:

Professional Directors:
Laurie Fitzgerald, CMP, Senior Meeting Manager, Allstate Insurance Company
(Term: 2011 - 2013)

Wanda M. Johnson, CMP, CAE, Senior Director, Meetings & Education, Endocrine Society
(Term: 2012 – 2014)

Christine M. Klein, CMP, Vice President of Meetings and Business Partnerships, Institute of   Food Technologists
(Term: 2011 - 2013)

Roberta A. Kravitz, Executive Director, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
(Term: 2012 – 2014)

William F. Reed, FASAE, CMP, Senior Vice President, Strategic Sales, Experient, Inc.
(Term: 2011 - 2013)

Amanda S. Rushing, CMP, Director of Conferences & Meeting Services, American Society of Civil Engineers
(Term: 2012 – 2014)

Supplier Partner Directors:

Ben Goedegebuure, Director of Sales, Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre
(Term: 2011 - 2013)

Gregory A. O’Dell, President & CEO, Events DC
(Term: 2012 – 2014)

James E. Rooney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
(Term: 2011 - 2013)

Barry L. Smith, President & CEO, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
(Term: 2012 – 2014)


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