Professional Convention Management Association

Barry Smith Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Barry Smith, president and CEO, has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation yesterday at the 2017 Visionary Awards in Washington, D.C.

Smith is one of the first Canadians to ever receive this award, which is given to inspirational leaders for their contributions to the business events industry.

Convening Leaders Flocked to Austin

Earlier this month, The Professional Convention Management Association hosted their 2017 Convening Leaders Conference in Austin, Jan. 9–11.  

“We are thrilled to host convening leaders for the first time in Austin,” says Tom Noonan, president and CEO , Austin CVB. “Austin has become a premier destination for meeting, conventions and leisure business and we are confident that we will see return business from the PCMA attendees.”

The conference attracted about 4,500 attendees and is estimated to bring in around $11 million in economic return.

Austin CVB and Professional Convention Management Association Supported Sammy’s House

The Austin Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau and the Professional Convention Management Association hosted an event to support Sammy’s House, a nonprofit organization that helps children with medical or developmental issues.

The event—Hospitality Helping Hands—sold 150 volunteer spots. During it, volunteers worked on projects like playground repair, yard maintenance, toy sorting, cleaning classrooms and more to improve the facilities of the daycare.

Austin CVB, Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation Raises Money for Good Cause

The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau worked with help from the Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation to raise $25,000 for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

The funds were raised during Party with a Purpose, a charitable event held during the 2017 Convening Leaders Conference. It will help to provide access to health care for Austin’s low income and uninsured musicians.

This year, Austin CVB partnered with Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater and hosted the largest PWAP event in history.

Visit Seattle Employee Honored in PCMA’s 20 In Their Twenties

Tessa Kalfell, the convention services manager at Visit Seattle, has been named to the Professional Convention Management Association’s “20 in their Twenties” list. This recognition is awarded to emerging industry leaders.

“I am so honored to be named one of PCMA’s 20 in their Twenties this year,” says Kalfell. “I’m looking forward to the connections I’ll make in the coming year, growing my business relationships and building a network of peers outside of Seattle who I can collaborate with and go to with questions and ideas.”

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