PCMA unveils ‘20 in their Twenties’ class of 2019

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If you were wondering who the business events leaders of the future might be, look no further.

PCMA, the Professional Convention Management Association, has announced its ‘20 in their Twenties’ class of 2019, as the ‘brightest and most talented young professionals’ in the industry.

Although the list is overwhelmingly dominated by North Americans (PCMA is based in Chicago), planners from Italy, Bulgaria and the UK also feature - and from boutique to international organisations.

Meredith Rollins, executive director of the PCMA Education Foundation, said: “This passionate group inspires me every year as they represent the future of the business events industry.

“I have no doubt this class of bright, skilled professionals will achieve success and PCMA is proud to assist them at every stage of their career.”

The 2019 class, supported by the PCMA Education Foundation and Experience Columbus, will be honoured at the PCMA Convening Leaders conference taking place from 6-9 January 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Each of the ‘20 in their Twenties’ class members is selected by a committee comprised of veteran industry professionals and ‘20 in their Twenties’ alumni. Applicants were required to be full-time employees in the business events industry and no older than 29 on 9 January 2019. They must have provided examples of industry leadership, a video statement and professional references.

All of those recognised will receive a scholarship to attend Convening Leaders, PCMA’s annual signature event. Individuals will also receive complimentary registration for the 2019 PCMA Education Conference in June in Los Angeles, PCMA membership and educational products.

PCMA’s ‘20 in their Twenties’ class for 2019:

Edward Bagsic

Manager, Conventions VIP Events and Budgets, National Business Aviation Association, USA.

Raul Cavazos-Binder

Account Executive, Development Counsellors International (DCI), USA

Jared Chambers

Strategic Account Manager, Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company, USA

Emily Dietrich

Manager, Business Events, Niagara Parks Commission, Canada

Molly Holt

Manager, Meeting Operations, Heart Rhythm Society, USA

Kara Hsu

Convention Sales Manager, Destination, USA

Veronika Ivanova

Marketing and Meeting Architecture Specialist, Kenes International, Bulgaria

Andrea Lane

Meeting Planner, National Defense Industrial Association, USA

Janelle Lewis

Meetings and Events Manager, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, USA

Chad Manhertz

Event Manager, Events DC, USA

Femke Morelisse

Sales Manager, GES, USA

Greg Morris, CMP

Director, Meetings and Education, Destinations International, USA

Laura Neufeld

Account Manager, Meetings and Events, MCI Group Canada, Canada

Khadijah Nimrod

Convention Sales Assistant, Destination DC, USA

Olivia Pelzer

Senior Strategic Account Analyst, Cvent, USA

Gita Pun

Client Relations Team Manager, Shocklogic, England

Giulia Ineke Sarri

MARCOM and Social Project Assistant, AIM Group International, Milan, Italy

Erin Simcox

Senior Manager of Housing, Visit Knoxville, USA

Kevin J. Thompson

Event Manager, Events DC, USA

Lindsay Williams

Sales Manager, GES, USA

James Lancaster
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