Photo Credit: PCMA

PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat, CAE today announced the 2022 Board of Directors and Trustees Slate introduced to PCMA members on September 8, 2021, has received full membership approval. Directors and Trustees will assume office immediately following PCMA’s Convening Leaders taking place January 9-12 at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas.

Effective January 12, 2022, the unprecedented Board structure will consist of a governing body that encompasses Directors and Trustees for both PCMA and the PCMA Foundation. The Executive Officers approved for 2022 are:

Chairman: Charles Starks, President and CEO, Music City Center

Chairwoman Elect: Desirée Knight, CAE, CMP,  DES, Senior Director of Education & Meetings, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way (AREMA)

Secretary-Treasurer: Leonard Hoops, President and CEO, Visit Indy

Immediate Past Chairwoman, PCMA Board of Directors: Kirsten Olean, CAE, Director of Meetings, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Immediate Past Chairwoman, PCMA Foundation Board of Trustees: Angie Ranalli, CMP, Vice President of Sales, San Diego Tourism Authority

“The 2022 PCMA Board of Directors and Trustees reflects an organization that is prepared to embrace the opportunities and challenges for the business events industry in the coming years,” said Karamat. “The Board slate is not only inclusive but also focused on using the business events industry platform to realize economic and social transformation.”

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The following individuals will begin serving a two-year term (2022–2023):

— Fernando Fondevila, CEO, Promtur Panama
— Veemal Gungadin, Founder and CEO, GlobalSign.In Pte Ltd
— Gladys O’Mahony, Vice President, Global Sales Organization, Caribbean & Latin America, Marriott International
— Peter O’Neil, FASAE, CAE, CEO, ASIS International
— Annalisa Baccara Ponchia, CMP, CMM, Director of Innovation & Customer Experience & Director of International Congress, AIM Group International
— Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, Executive Director, Business Events, Destination Canada
— Panos Tzivanidis, Director, Corporate Events & Services, International Olympic Committee

The following individuals are serving the final year of a three-year term (2020–2022):

— Lisa Astorga, CMP, DES, Director of Meetings, International Society on Thrombosis & Haemostasis
— Karen Cooper, Senior Manager, Event and Tradeshow Strategy, Poly
— Benjamin Erwin, President and CEO, Encore
— Bianca Ferrer, Creative Director, B&I Creative Group LLC
— Diane Kovats, CAE, CMP, DES, CEO, International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)
Paula Rowntree, Head of Events, Australian Psychological Society
— Ana María Viscasillas, MBA, CDME, DES, CED, President and Chief Visionary, Business Tourism Services

In addition, the President and CEO of PCMA serves as a Director and Trustee in an ex-officio capacity:

— Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President and CEO, PCMA

PCMA believes that business events can economically and socially transform communities, enterprises and individuals. As the world’s largest platform for business events strategists and their business partners, PCMA’s success is driven by a commitment to providing provocative executive-level education, face-to-face networking and business intelligence to its membership of 8,400 professionals and students and a global audience of over 100,000 business event stakeholders.

Find out more at https://www.pcma.org/

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