New Board/Executive Placements at PCMA, HSMAI:IAEE Exhibitions Director Moves On

February 14, 2012

Three different associations – the Professional Convention Management Association, the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events – recently board and staffing changes.

PCMA Board of Directors has elected Martin D. Balogh, director of meetings and travel for the American Bar Association, to fill the one-year Board seat vacancy for 2012. The seat was vacated by Chris Wehking, who began his term as secretary-treasurer of the PCMA board of directors Jan. 12.  

A 30-year employee of the ABA, Balogh has held numerous positions in the meetings and travel department.

Balogh and his staff manage the association’s annual meeting of 16,000 attendees and a mid-year meeting with more than 4,000 attendees and negotiate contracts for more than 300 additional meetings a year.

Balogh has been a member of PCMA since 2001 and has been actively involved in the organization for several years.

He was a member of the 2005 and 2006 Annual Meeting Program Committees and served on the PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2011. Balogh earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois.

HSMAI has named its 2012 Americas Region Executive Committee and Board of Directors, including Barb Bowden, general manager of The Peabody Orlando, who will serve as HSMAI’s new chair.

“Bowden’s extensive success in the industry and experience with HSMAI makes her the optimal board chair,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, president and CEO of HSMAI. “We feel we have the best possible leadership in place as we continue to focus on our new mission and updated offerings."

Here is the rest of the 2012 HSMAI Executive Committee:

Chair Elect: Rob Torres, managing director of travel, Google

Secretary-Treasurer: Jeff Senior, executive vice president, marketing & sales, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

Vice Chair: Mark Thompson, vice president of marketing, Irving Texas CVB

Immediate Past Chair: David Atkins, principal, Digital DNA Infusion

President and Ex-Officio: Robert Gilbert, president & CEO, HSMAI


For a full list of HSMAI’s board of directors, visit the association’s Web site:

After more than 12 years at IAEE, director of exhibitions Julie Anderson has accepted the position of assistant executive director of Child S.H.A.R.E., a faith-based non-profit organization that seeks to find foster and adoptive homes for abused, abandoned and neglected children by working through faith communities.

"It has been fulfilling to engage and work with each exhibitor during Expo! Expo! as well as the members who make this industry exceptional," Anderson said.

She added, "I sincerely appreciate the support and the opportunities that I have experienced over the years, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the IAEE team, who will make this transition seamless."

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