PCMA 2024 Board of Directors receives full membership approval

PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) and CEMA (Corporate Event Marketing Association) president and CEO Sherrif Karamat, introduced the 2024 Board of Directors and Trustees Slate to PCMA and CEMA members on September 1, 2023, which has officially been approved.

Directors and Trustees will assume office immediately following PCMA’s Convening Leaders on January 7-10, 2024, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

Effective January 10, 2024, the executive officers serving a one-year term include:

Chair: Leonard Hoops, president and CEO, Visit Indy

Chair-elect: Neil Brownlee, head of business events, VisitScotland

Secretary-treasurer: Kelly Ricker, chief learning officer, American Academy of Neurology

Immediate past chair: Desirée Knight, senior director, meetings and events, American Psychological Association

The following leaders will serve a two-year Director and Trustee term (2024–2025):

Deborah Caldwell, senior vice president, Asia Pacific head of global events, Bank of America

Patrick Espinoza, director of sales, Caesars Entertainment

Fernando Fondevila, CEO, Promtur Panama

Gladys O’Mahony, vice president, global sales organisation, Caribbean & Latin America, Marriott International

Peter O’Neil, CEO, ASIS International

Clifford Rippetoe, president and CEO, San Diego Convention Center Corporation

Panos Tzivanidis, director, corporate events & services, International Olympic Committee

Serving a one-year Director and Trustee term (2024) is Amy Walter, head of global event strategy and shared services, Atlassian.

The following leaders are serving the final year of a two-year Director and Trustee term (2023–2024):

Gregg Caren, president and CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Amanda Cecil, professor, department of tourism, event & sport management, Indiana University

Shameka Jennings, principal and chief events officer, Eventsnoire

Brian Landers, senior vice president / team director, ConferenceDirect

Lauren Parr, senior vice president, meetings and learning, American Geophysical Union

Stephen Rose, head of global communication services, Siemens AG

Kathleen Warden, director of conference sales, Scottish Event Campus

In addition, the president and CEO of PCMA and CEMA serves as a Director and Trustee:

Sherrif Karamat, president and CEO, PCMA and CEMA

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