PCMA Southeast Chapter
March 2012 E-Newsletter

Don't Miss the March Educational Luncheon!!
Wednesday, March 7
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center -
Atlanta, GA


Contract Essentials for a Recovering Economy and Meetings Industry 
Joshua L. Grimes, Esq.


Call for Volunteers

The biggest benefit of your PCMA membership is the people you meet! Also the more involved you are in the chapter, the more people you get to know in our industry. We all are busy with personal and professional responsibilities, but the extra time and effort given to the Southeast Chapter is rewarding. You will gain valuable experience and develop relationships with wonderful colleagues along the way.


Consider joining one of the many dynamic committees.  For more information on each, visit the Committees/Volunteers page of our Chapter website or contact Director/Volunteer Chair Susan Rawlins at (404) 508-1404 or sarawlins@bellsouth.net.


You're Invited!!  PCMA Education Foundation Dinner Celebrating Professional Development
  Join the PCMA Education Foundation in celebrating:
  • Meeting Professional Honoree: John Lisack, Jr., CAE
  • Educator Honoree: Amanda K. Cecil, Ph.D., CMP
  • Supplier Honoree: George Aguel

May 2, 2012

Washington Hilton
Washington, D.C.

6:30 PM Reception
7:30 PM Dinner

Black Tie Optional

Presented by:

Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau
Austin Convention Center

Register here!

PCMA Southeast Chapter 2012 Board of Directors
Patty Kieffer, CASE 
President Elect
Sharon Collins, CMP, SMMC
Brenda Dempsey
Karyl Hanisch
Immediate Past President
Megan Maharry, CHSP 
Director/Communications Chair
Michele Sawka
Director/Community Service Chair
Kim Maling, CMP, DMCP
Director/Membership Chair
Jennifer Smith Hicks, CASE, CMP 
Director/Programs Chair 
Mike Whittington
Director/Scholarship Chair
Megan Maharry, CHSP
Director/Sponsorship Chair
Sarah Bigorowski
Director/Sponsorship Co-Chair
Ali Brown
Director/Volunteer Chair
Susan Rawlins, CMP Emeritus
New ADA Requirements for Hotels
On March 15, 2012, 20 years after its passage, the Americans with Disabilities Act will require a new set of standards to take effect (they were formulated two years ago and are officially called the 2010 Standards for Acceptable Design). They promise to have a major impact on the U.S. lodging industry, particularly in the design of public spaces such as ballrooms, gyms, lobbies and spas. But the new standards also take aim at elevators, service-animal policies, and wheelchair accessibility. To avoid complaints from attendees or other problems, meeting planners should become familiar with these new regulations to avoid potential risk.


The law holds that buildings built or undergoing renovation on or after March 15, 2012, must comply with the new standards. Existing hotels that meet the old 1991 standards get a passing grade until they start a renovation. The Washington, D.C.-based American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) has been busy educating its members on the technical aspects of the new rules for the past year with a series of seminars and webcasts tackling different scenarios and issues, particularly in the area of design. Eric Reller, director of legislative communication for the AH&LA, filled The Hotel Insider in on some pending changes.


* A special slide-out shelf at the hotel registration desk no longer is adequate for accommodating wheelchair-bound guests. Hotels must provide actual counter space at a designated height.


* If there are multiple elevators responding to the same call button, all must be accessible-compliant.


* All swimming pools will require lifts or sloped entry.


* Spas must ensure saunas and steam rooms have accessible doors.


* In a fitness center, at least one of each type of exercise equipment categorized as promoting strength and cardiovascular health must be designated accessible and have clear floor space to enable an individual to properly use the equipment.


"One change that could really be significant is that 5 percent of public space has to be ADA accessible," says Reller. "So, if the hotel has a bar, 5 percent of the bar has to be designed compliant, which means you have to have allocated bar space at wheelchair height for a patron to sit at it. You can't just have a lower table off to the side any longer." That rule also applies to meeting space, which must have accessible routes throughout, as well as a clear line of sight from designated seating areas.


Non-compliance will come at a heavy price. The Department of Justice (DOJ) will impose a fine of $55,000 for the first offense and $110,000 for subsequent violations. The DOJ's enforcement activities against hotels has been on the upswing (as has its budget, climbing to $162 million last year from $123 million in 2009).


"Every hotel and situation is different," notes Reller. "Some have been very proactive at incorporating and implementing these rules into new designs. Others are finding they may have to rework some elements into their renovations." For more information, visit www.ada.gov


- Originally published by PCMA New York Area Chapter

2012 Host Venues Wanted
PCMA Southeast Chapter is currently looking for host venues for their 2012 quarterly programs. These programs are an opportunity for your property to showcase its facilities to PCMA Southeast members who do business in the metro Atlanta area. Hosting a luncheon allows meeting planners to see what your property has to offer - especially ideal for those facilities with recently completed renovations. Ratio of attendees at chapter meetings is 50% meeting planners and 50% suppliers.   For more information, contact Director of Sponsorship Sarah Bigorowski at sbigorowski@gpha.org or (404) 419-8126.


PCMA Global Meetings Executive of the Year Nominations Wanted

Honor a planner who has demonstrated passion for the advancement of the global meetings industry by nominating them for the PCMA Global Meetings Executive of the Year award.


PCMA will present this award, in conjunction with IMEX, to an individual planner that is active in the industry and working to educate colleagues on how to successfully do business globally.  This award is open to non-members of PCMA.  The application deadline is March 31, 2012, and winner will be determined by mid-April.The award will be presented at IMEX Frankfurt at the 2012 IMEX Gala on Wednesday, May 23 in Frankfurt, Germany.  

Become a PCMA Southeast Star!
Be a part of our organization and take advantage of unique marketing and sponsorship opportunities. Being a partner with PCMA Southeast Chapter is one of the best marketing investments, especially if you are looking to target one of the fastest growing areas in the southeast. PCMA is the premier organization for our industry. Contribute to continuing education and business development, the basis of professional growth by supporting the Southeast Chapter.
For more information on PCMA Southeast Chapter sponsorship opportunities, click here or contact Ali Brown, Director/Sponsorship Co-Chair at (813) 600-5763 or ali@eventionsfl.com.


Qualify to Be a Hosted Buyer for PCMA Education Conference

Before March 16, apply to receive complimentary registration and discounted housing to one of the most important events of the year as a hosted buyer - the PCMA Education Conference, June 10-13 in San Antonio.
Attend sessions led by today's leaders, like Henry Givray, CEO, Smith Bucklin. He will share a framework that helps define and ultimately measure leadership capacity and performance from his personal experience. Customize your conference experience by choosing the topical deep-dive that brings you the greatest ROI - Expense Management & Revenue Generation.
Selected Hosted Buyers will participate in (5) 15-minute appointments with
PCMA Partners throughout the conference. A customized San Antonio tour will be hosted for those planners who have qualified business for San Antonio.

Join the Southeast Chapter in Social Networking!
Join a discussion; meet industry colleagues; and reconnect with new and old PCMA friends!

(Click on the logos to be directed to the PCMA Southeast Chapter pages)

PCMA Southeast Chapter February 2012 New Members

  • Rebecca Binder, Senior Director, Content Development, Corenet Global
  • Kim Wright, CMP, Global Account Executive, Conference Direct
  • Kerrie Rebmann, Marketing & Meeting Manager, National Assocation of Elevator Contractors
  • Brian Doty, CMP, Executive Vice-President/COO, Agentis Management, Inc.
  • Alexis Rosica, Student, University of South Carolina
  • David Crory, Vice President, Business Development, Cendyn
  • Lisa Miller, CMP, Associate Sales Manager, Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village

PCMA Southeast Chapter February 2012 Member Anniversaries

  • George Fenich, Professor, Department of Hospitality Mangement, East Carolina University - 18 Years
  • Susan Holtzman, President, Complete Conference Management - 18 Years
  • B.J. Enright, President, Tradeshow Logic - 13 Years
  • Lisa Sellers, Conference Manager, University of Alabama - 13 Years
  • Todd Lambert, President & CEO, EventSphere -12 Years
  • Matt Brody, Director of Sales & Marketing, JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort - 11 Years
  • Eric Jellson, Area Director of Sales & Marketing, Epic Hotel-Miami - 11 Years
  • Jamie Pagels, User Group Manager, SunGard Public Sector - 10 Years
  • Kathleen Metts, President & Principal Owner, Impact Associates, Inc. - 4 Years
  • Brooks Atwater, Senior Sales Manager, Omni Nashville - 2 Years
  • Jennifer Ingle, Associate Regional Vice President, HelmsBriscoe - 2 Years
  • Julie Billado, VP Conferences and Events, Managing Partner, The Transcend Group, LLC - 1 Year
  • Teresa Devereaux, National Accounts Executive, Multi Image Group (MIG) - 1 Year
  • Michael Mantovani, Chief Executive Officer, Show Partners - 1 Year