PCMA Members to Receive CIC Top Honors; Future Annual Meeting Sites Chosen

April 15, 2013

Four of Professional Convention Management Association’s members will be inducted into the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders this October.

The 2013 class includes two members of the PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees - Liz Erikson, executive director, Meetings & Incentives, Fairmont-Raffles-Swissotel and Eduardo Chaillo, consultant, Global Meetings and Tourism Specialists - and two longstanding PCMA members - Peggy Daidakis, executive director, Baltimore Convention Center and Stephen Powell, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales, Intercontinental Hotels Group.

“This is an incredible honor that four of the five honorees are PCMA members. Our Board of Trustee members, Liz and Eduardo, have been trailblazers in this industry and have been instrumental in moving both PCMA and the industry forward,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA’s president and CEO.

She added, “What they have both challenged the industry to do in terms of research, advocacy and education – will be their enduring legacy.”

The association also unveiled two of its future Convening Leaders host cities – 2016 in Vancouver, B.C., and 2017 in Austin, Texas.

“Convening Leaders is the premier meeting industry event,” Sexton said.

She added, “Our participants and partners attend this event to not only learn and network, but also to experience locations for their future meetings. We are excited about Convening Leaders going to Vancouver and Austin for the first time as each city has its own unique attributes and vibe and will be of extreme interest to PCMA’s diverse audiences.”

PCMA has grown the meeting from approximately 2900 attendees in 2006 to more than 3,700 in 2011-2013, a 27-percent increase.

The Jan. 10-13, 2016 meeting will be held at the LEED Platinum-certified Vancouver Convention Centre, located on the waterfront at Canada Place in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

The Jan. 8-11, 2017 meeting will be held at the LEED Gold-certified Austin Convention Center, located in downtown Austin.

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