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IMEX in Frankfurt hosts inaugural PCMA Business School in Europe

November 23, 2015

IMEX in Frankfurt hosts inaugural PCMA Business School in Europe

Developing the mindset of an ‘outthinker’ will be the focus of the first ever PCMA Business School Session at IMEX in Frankfurt next April.

Taking place on Monday 18 April 2016, the day before IMEX in Frankfurt, PCMA is bringing its prestigious Business School to Europe for the first time.

As part of the show’s comprehensive education programme, PCMA Business School is aimed at those in executive positions and offers insight for both buyers and suppliers in the market.

Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff, renowned business strategist, consultant and best-selling author, will lead an interactive session on ‘The Outthinker Playbook – Devising Disruptive Strategies’.

This will explore how to cultivate new approaches to business thinking and how to adopt a fresh “outthinkers” approach in response to changes in business. Kaihan will help delegates to develop new strategic thinking habits for solving real challenges and reach “strategic clarity”. The innovative class is also CMP certified.

In our industry it is important that we seek provoking outside perspectives, so we don’t fall into the trap of developing our strategies with the same myopic lens,” says Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO. “The goal of each PCMA Business School session is to challenge our participants to consider different perspectives that will ultimately enhance their business acumen.”

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “Following the success of PCMA Business School at IMEX America, bringing it to Europe enables us to bring a high level of powerful industry education to a wide audience. The programme is part of our comprehensive education programme and focuses on innovation and strategic thinking, enabling professionals – both buyers and suppliers – to develop core business skills which are crucial across many sectors”.

Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff is a recognised expert on innovation, business strategy, and creativity and works with organisations including Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, L’Oreal, Kraft, and Experian. He regularly conducts programs as a faculty member of Wharton Executive Education and is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Florida International University.

PCMA Business School is being provided free of charge to all participants, although pre-registration is required due to the anticipated demand for the programme. Registration will be available via the PCMA website – www.pcma.org – in the New Year.

IMEX in Frankfurt takes place at Messe Frankfurt from 19 – 21 April 2016.

PCMA LAUNCHES INDUSTRY BUSINESS LEADERS FORUM FOR LOCAL LEADERS SERIES

November 1, 2012

PCMA LAUNCHES INDUSTRY BUSINESS LEADERS FORUM FOR LOCAL LEADERS SERIES
PCMA Education Foundation Funds a New and Needed Industry Initiative

CHICAGO, IL, October 30, 2012 – The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), with support from the PCMA Education Foundation, announced the launch of the Industry Business Forum for Local Leaders series.

The invitation-only program is designed for global convention center and DMO executives and their local Board members and policy makers, with programming focused on how strategic industry business issues impact their organizations and local communities.

PCMA’s 2012 CEO Summit was the original incubator for the Forum series project – born out of lively discussion between leaders in destination and facility management focused on industry needs and information gaps.
The Forum program content was developed by PCMA staff and leadership along with the professional support and guidance from Bruce MacMillan, CA chief executive of Bandwidth Management, his new business venture focused specifically on DMOs, and Roger Rickard, founder of Revent and known industry advocate. MacMillan and Rickard will also function as the program moderators and will lead the panel discussionswith noted industry leaders and client executives. “Bruce and Roger are the ideal contributors and facilitators for this program,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO. “Bruce is particularly plugged into the challenges of DMOs and their constituents, backed by his years of industry experience and his previous CEO position in Toronto; Roger is a well-respected industry advocacy expert and excels in the development and deployment of actionable campaigns.”

Forum invited participants will be able to channel their energies into a series of direct confidential and informational dialogues with top industry experts as well as through group format discussions and case studies with their peers from around the world.Attendees will leave the Forum with key business knowledge on global industry trends and tools to articulate and deploy messaging on the value of the meetings industry in their respective community leadership roles as well as an enriched and ongoing network of global industry contacts.

The first Industry Business Leader Forum for Local Leaders will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2013, in Orlando Florida, at the Hilton Orlando and is sponsored by IMEX America; a registration fee of $395.00 USD will apply. Subsequent Industry Business Forums for Local Leaders will be held throughout 2013 with future dates to be announced in early 2013.

In addition to the Forum, PCMA will also host their 4th annual CEO Summit immediately following the Forum on January 13. The CEO Summit brings together leaders in destination and facility management for high-level collaboration and sharing of information. The Summit is the only industry gathering that facilitates private discussion around the issues that are affecting the participants’ respective businesses andcollaboration around forward-thinking industry initiatives. “In the dynamic global economic environment coupled with increasingly sophisticated needs of a changing meetings industry, the CEO Summit offers leaders a unique opportunity to share ideas, examine options and listen to experts on various topics that will equip Convention Center and DMO leaders” said Sexton. “This is an extremely important annual gathering where many topics, including the Industry Business Forum for Local Leaders, have been advanced for the betterment of the industry. PCMA will continue to hold this meeting each January.”
The Summit is sponsored by the Destination Marketing Association International.

PCMA and HILTON HHONORS™ PARTNER TO SUPPORT MEETING PROFESSIONALS

October 31, 2012

PCMA and HILTON HHONORS™ PARTNER TO SUPPORT MEETING PROFESSIONALS
Hilton HHonors members can now redeem HHonors points for PCMA membership

Chicago, IL, October 2012 – The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, has announced a new value-add option for meetings industry professionals to engage in PCMA membership. Hilton HHonors members will now have the option to redeem their HHonors Points for PCMA Professional or Supplier Memberships.

The process is simple and seamless; HHonorsmembers can visit the Global Shopping Mall at hhonors.com/shopping to take advantage of this opportunity.

Commenting on the agreement Ben Goedegebuure, International Board Director of PCMA and Director of Sales for the SECC, commented: “This agreement underlines the partnership nature of PCMA and how, as an association, we can bring wide reaching member benefits for senior meetings and events professionals.”

According to Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO, “This partnership is designed to help foster professional development and peer-to-peer business networking amongst those in the meetings, conventions and business events industry. Through the Hilton HHonors program PCMA members will be able to renew their membership by using their HHonors points, while those who are not members, but interested in their professional development, can easily join PCMA by using their HHonorspoints.”

“Recognizing the challenges facing meeting professionals in the last few years, Hilton Worldwide is pleased to be able to support the world class educational platform and premier networking opportunities associated with a PCMA membership. This is a unique opportunity and is yet another way Hilton Worldwide is committed to a healthy and vibrant meetings community.” said Larry Luteran, Senior Vice President, Group Sales and Industry Relations, Hilton Worldwide.

For more information on this program, visit pcma.org/memberdiscounts
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For further information, contact:
Alistair Turner at Davies Tanner on +44 (0)1892 617 904 or +44(0)7801 710 238 or alistair.turner@daviestanner.co.uk

About PCMA
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,000+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization’s face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.

About Hilton HHonors
Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, offers its 30 million members more ways to earn and redeem points than any other guest-loyalty program, enabling them to create experiences worth sharing at more than 3,800 hotels in 91 countries. HHonors members can now redeem points for any room, anywhere, anytime, including the most luxurious suites, using any of four room rewards: Premium Room Rewards, Room Upgrade Rewards, Points & Money Rewards and StandardRoom Rewards. In addition, HHonors members can use points to purchase unique experience rewards, merchandise and vacation packages, make charitable contributions and more. HHonors is also the only guest-loyalty program to offer ‘No Blackout Dates’ and ‘Points & Miles’ for the same stay at its properties worldwide, including participating Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels& Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. Membership in HHonors is free, and travelers may enroll online by visiting http://www.HiltonHHonors.com or connect with Hilton HHonors at news.hiltonhhonors.com.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitalityc ompany, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels andresorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, HiltonWorldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 91 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit http://www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at http://www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and http://www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

EIBTM TECHNOLOGY WATCH – FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES

September 4, 2012

EIBTM TECHNOLOGY WATCH – FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES
EIBTM continues its search for the latest Technological Innovations in the Industry

EIBTM (www.eibtm.com) the global event for the meetings, incentive and business travel industry is urging all meetings industry innovators to submit their EIBTM Technology Watch entries before the deadline of 7th September 2012, for a chance to win their place in the Technology Village at the 25th edition of EIBTM (stand value €3000) and guaranteed exposure to over 15,200 meetings industry professionals and the global meetings industry media.

The winner will also receive a diary of pre-scheduled appointments that have been co-ordinated with Hosted Buyers who have indicated a genuine interest in their products. In addition to this, they will gain global exposure through publicity and marketing support pre-show as well as high visibility onsite through a number of platforms including the opportunity to present their product or service to a live audience of industry professionals. To view a fill list of benefits please visit www.eibtm.com/techwatch.

EIBTM Technology Watch is now the most high profile and longest running award recognition scheme for innovation in the sector worldwide and this year’s expert judging panel will be looking to award an innovative company for their pioneering technology solutions which will make a significant impact on the industry.

The 2012 panel of industry experts will be chaired by Corbin Ball, of Corbin Ball Associates, who was recently voted ‘one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry’. The judging panel will also comprise Michelle Bruno, President, Bruno Group Signature Events; Paul Hussey, Business Development Director, BSI Meetings and Events; Ruud W. Janssen, Marketing Entrepreneur, TNOC; Martin Sirk, CEO, ICCA; Bruce MacMillan, former CEO & President, MPI and new addition, Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, PCMA.

Submissions will be judged on a number of criteria including: innovation and uniqueness, impact to the meetings industry as well as completeness of the product of service.

To enter for the EIBTM Technology Watch, visit www.eibtm.com/techwatch

For more information about the EIBTM Technology Watch award please contact Jessica Vogel – jessica.vogel@reedexpo.co.uk or to enquire about specialist exhibiting opportunities in the EIBTM Technology Village please visit www.eibtm.com/tech or contact david.benitez@reedexpo.co.uk.

EIBTM 2012 takes place 27th – 29th November, Barcelona.

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EIBTM Technology Watch – Power Panel to judge

July 25, 2012

EIBTM Technology Watch – Power Panel to judge
‘Meetings Industry Technology Oscars’

EIBTM (www.eibtm.com), the global event for the meetings, incentives, events and business travel industry has recently announced the line up of industry experts who will be judging this year’s EIBTM Technology Watch.

EIBTM Technology Watch is now the most high profile and longest running award recognition scheme for innovation in the sector worldwide and this year’s expert judging panel will be looking to award an innovative company for their pioneering technology solutions which will make a significant impact on the industry.

The 2012 panel of industry experts will be chaired by Corbin Ball, of Corbin Ball Associates, who was recently voted ‘one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry’. The judging panel will also comprise Michelle Bruno, President, Bruno Group Signature Events; Paul Hussey, Business Development Director, BSI Meetings and Events; Ruud W. Janssen, Marketing Entrepreneur, TNOC; Martin Sirk, CEO, ICCA; Bruce MacMillan, former CEO & President, MPI and new addition, Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, PCMA.

Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO commented: “Captivating the minds of a generation of attendees who have grown up texting and surfing the web is now a challenge for everyone in the meetings and events industry; exponentially increasing our need for innovative technology. The EIBTM Technology Watch is the premier technology showcase that consistently delights us with innovative new solutions.”

The judging criteria for the EIBTM Technology Watch, also known as the “Meetings Industry Technology Oscars” is based on a number of criteria including: innovation and uniqueness, impact to the meetings industry as well as completeness of the product of service. The winner of the award will receive an exhibition stand within the Technology Village at EIBTM (value €3000) to showcase their product to over 15,200 industry professionals expected to attend this year’s event.

The winner will also gain global exposure through publicity and marketing support pre-show as well as high visibility onsite through a number of platforms. To enter for the EIBTM Technology Watch, visit http://www.eibtm.com/techwatch. Entries close 7th September 2012.

To enquire about specialist exhibiting opportunities in the Technology Village or for further information about EIBTM please visit http://www.eibtm.com/tech or contact david.benitez@reedexpo.co.uk

EIBTM 2012 takes place 27th – 29th November, Barcelona.


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