More than 1,000 business events professionals gathered to celebrate the three Lifetime Achievement Honorees and six 2019 PCMA Professional Excellence Award winners honoured at PCMA Foundation’s 2019 Visionary Awards, held May 7th at the Marriott Marquis Washington D.C.
“In our fast-paced and demanding industry, it is important to take a breath, acknowledge and celebrate those who go the extra mile to elevate their organization and the business events industry,” said Meredith Rollins, Chief Community Officer for PCMA. “The Visionary Awards, from the red carpet to the awards stage, is our way of providing special accolades to excellence in the global business meetings and events industry.”
The 2019 event was held in partnership with Visit Austin and Austin Convention Center. All Visionary Award proceeds benefit the PCMA Foundation, which empowers professionals and advances innovations in the business events industry.
The celebration honoured three Lifetime Achievement Honorees announced in December 2018 along with all 18 Professional Excellence Finalists. They are:
- Business Events Strategist Chris Wehking, association and business relations executive, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
- Supplier Eduardo Chaillo, CEO, Global Meetings & Tourism Specialist
- Educator Lauren Kramer, founder and principal, Meeting Priorities
The 2019 PCMA Professional Excellence Award winners are:
Finalists for the award: Heather M. Seasholtz, CMP, director of meetings and events, Talley Management Group Inc.; and Stacey Thorp, executive director, conferences & events, Freeman.
Finalists for the award: Carrie Ferenac, co-founder and president, CNTV; and Mike O’Neil, executive vice president, delivery corporate and agency services, Freeman.
Finalists for the award: Jennifer Bond, CMP, CMM, deputy director of meeting services, American Astronomical Society; and Laura Pilkenton, director, guest services & employee travel, Maritz Global Events.
Finalists for the award: Sally Ann Debolt, CMP, senior events manager, global events, Siemens Digital Industries; and Diane E. Kovats, CAE, CMP, executive director, International Society for Computational Biology.
Finalists for the award: Ken Holsinger, vice president of data solutions, Freeman; and Roberta Odebrecht, DES, CMP, account director, K.I.T. Group.
Finalists for the award: Debra Maines, CMP-HC, senior manager, sponsorship development & events, A. Fassano & Company, Greater Philadelphia Chapter; and Meagan Prescott, CMP, assistant vice president of conference and events, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), New York Chapter.