PCMA Southeast Chapter
April 2012 E-Newsletter

Don't Miss the May Educational Luncheon!!
Wednesday, May 2
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Georgia International Convention Center -
Atlanta, GA


Smart Clicks - Event Success Through Social Media
Emma Loggins, LNP Studios


Sponsored by:
Georgia International Convention Center
Tech Rentals, LLC 


MEMBERSHIP DEAL: All new members who sign up at the May 2 luncheon or by May 16 will receive $100 off a PCMA Annual Membership!  This does not apply to renewals.
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!

A Letter from Our President
Happy Spring PCMA Southeast Chapter Members!


Thank you for your continued support of the PCMA Southeast Chapter.  Your board is working hard to deliver quality educational programs every quarter.  Our March program "Contract Essentials for a Recovering Economy and Meeting Industry" was presented by one of PCMA's "Best in Class" speakers, Joshua L. Grimes, Esq.  We were so pleased with all of the positive reviews by everyone.  It was certainly a successful event, and thanks to all of you that joined us.


On April 2, we were excited to offer a new event in an effort to reach out to those of you outside of the Atlanta area - LERN (Lots of Education, Resources, and Networking). This membership initiative took place in Birmingham, AL and educated the meeting professionals in attendance on the benefits of becoming a member of PCMA and provided networking time for PCMA Southeast members.  Thanks to our hosts - Birmingham CVB and the Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort - for a wonderful evening.  We are planning to hold a similar event in Raleigh, NC in the near future.


Our next Educational Program will be presented by Emma Loggins on May 2 at the Georgia International Convention Center - registration is now open. Be sure to mark it on your calendar!  This is your opportunity to obtain CEU's towards a certification, as well as enjoy some valuable networking time before the program.  We are asking all of those attending to help us in supporting the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women & Children by donating desperately needed toiletries.

I look forward to seeing all of you there! Please contact me directly if I can help support your membership needs and expectations at patty-kieffer@mobile.org.


Patty Kieffer

PCMA Southeast Chapter President

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
Scholarship Chair
Megan Maharry, CHSP
Director/Sponsorship Chair
Sarah Bigorowski
Sponsorship Co-Chair
Ali Brown
Director/Volunteer Chair
Susan Rawlins, CMP Emeritus
Call for PCMA Board and Award Nominations

Nominate one of your colleagues to join the 2013 PCMA Board of Directors.  Submit a nomination by May 31, 2012!


Also - don't forget to nominate the next PCMA stars for a PCMA Achievement Award today!  Deadline for nominations is June 30, 2012. 

Thank You!
PCMA Southeast Chapter received a wonderful thank you letter from Atlanta Day Shelter for Women & Children for the donation from the chapter and all of the support from chapter members.
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)
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.


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.


PCMA Southeast Chapter March 2012 New Members

  • Olivia Figary, Student, University of South Carolina
  • Meghan Carnovale, Student, University of South Carolina
  • Lindsey Paige Shell, Student, University of Alabama
  • Lynda L. Garvey, Tradeshow and Events Director for Resort Sales and Services, The Walt Disney Company
  • Luis A. Mendez, Director, Meetings & Incentives, Karisma Hotels & Resorts
  • Katie Curran DiGiacomo, National Sales Manager, Caesars Entertainment
  • Jenna L. Hildner, Student, University of South Carolina
  • Heather N. Lightsey, Student, University of Alabama
  • Erin D. Cook, CMP, President, E Squared Meetings and Events
  • Ben Swartz, CMP, Publications and Program Coordinator, Kentucky Bar Association
  • Barbara J. Stroup, Vice President, Business Development, CEPI
  • Amanda Beyer, Head of Coatings Events, Vincentz Network GmbH & Co. KG
  • Daniel A. Gennari, President, Venue Quest Global Meetings & Travel
  • Tracy Lu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky 
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.


Thank You to Our Sponsor - Mobile Bay CVB!

Historic and colorful, the Mobile Bay area is an exciting destination for meetings and conventions due to the wonderfully diverse amenities, accommodations, services and experiences to be found in this 300 year old port city. Contact Patty Kieffer at patty-kieffer@mobile.org  for information regarding $$ incentives $$ being offered to organizations booking 500 rooms or more.