PCMA Southeast Chapter
May 2012 E-Newsletter

August Educational Luncheon
Wednesday, August 8
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Cobb Galleria Centre - Atlanta, GA


Join us for an industry update from a panel including Susan Katz, Immediate Past Chairman of the PCMA Board of Directors, and Deborah Sexton, President and CEO of PCMA and moderated by Ann Godi, CMP, President & CEO of Benchmarc360.  

Registration open soon!
Attn CVB's!  Bid to Host Future PCMA Education Partnership Summits
The PCMA Education Foundation is accepting proposals for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 PCMA Education Foundation Foundation Summits.

Click here for details and how to obtain the RFP.
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. 

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.


PCMA Southeast Chapter March/April 2012 Member Anniversaries

24 years

  • Larry Feinberg, Vice President of Hotel Services, AVI-SLPO
21 years
  • Susan Rawlins, CMP Emeritus
18 years
  • Randall Miller, Vice President, Sales, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
13 years
  • Freida Brady, Sr. Director of Sales & Marketing, Savannah Int'l. Trade and Convention Center
12 years
  • Janet Jones, M.Ed., CASE, Sr. Convention Sales Representative, Kissimmee CVB
  • Pattsie Rand, Director of Sales and Marketing, Georgia World Congress Center
11 years
  • Brian Ambuehl, Sports Sales Manager, Greensboro Area CVB
  • Newana Williamson, CASE, Citywide Sales Executive, Marriott International
8 years
  • Joseph DeMille, Sr. Director of Business Development, Dolce Hotels & Resorts
6 years
  • Mike Michel, President, InLine Meetings 
5 years
  • Suzan Bunn, CMP, CHSP, Instructor, University of Central Florida, Rosen School of Hospitality Mgmt.
3 years
  • Rose Greeff, M.Sc., Events Coordinator, California State University - East Bay
  • Harvey Grotsky, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Coastal Communications Corporation
  • Bonnie Long, Manager, Meetings & Events, Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
2 years
  • Robert Chambers, Director of Conference Services, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
  • Eli Gorin, Vice President of Global Client Relations, ABTS Convention Services
  • Pat Watson, Convention Director, American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
1 year
  • Jill Canty, Student, University of Central Florida, Rosen School of Hospitality Mgmt.
  • Mark Galvin, Director, Client Events, Collinson Events
  • Meghan MacLeod, Account Executive, EPIC
  • Jennifer Scott, Student,University of Central Florida, Rosen School of Hospitality Mgmt.
  • Natasha Williams, Key Account Manager, InterContinental Hotels Group Americas
Check Out...

photos from all of this year's PCMA Southeast Chapter events!


Visit our chapter's News web page to see yourself or fellow chapter members!!

PCMA Southeast Chapter 2012 Board of Directors
Patty Kieffer, CASE
Mobile Bay CVB 
President Elect
Sharon Collins, CMP, SMMC
American Cancer Society 
Brenda Dempsey
Nashville CVB 
Karyl Hanisch
Renaissance Hotels of Mobile 
Immediate Past President/Scholarship Chair
Megan Maharry, CHSP 
Disney Destinations 
Director/Communications Chair
Michele Sawka
Director/Community Service Chair
Kim Maling, CMP, DMCP
InLine Meetings 
Director/Membership Chair
Jennifer Smith Hicks, CASE, CMP 
San Diego CVB 
Director/Programs Chair 
Mike Whittington
Miike Whittington & Associates 
Director/Sponsorship Chair
Sarah Bigorowski
Georgia Pharmacy Association 
Sponsorship Co-Chair
Ali Brown
Eventions of Florida 
Director/Volunteer Chair
Susan Rawlins, CMP Emeritus
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)
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.


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.


Register for PCMA Education Conference

PCMA's 2012 Education Conference is focused on what you need to know to improve the bottom line of your meetings.


From attendance building and new ways to generate revenue, to saving money on face-to-face and virtual events, to improving your leadership skills and business acumen.


This conference facilitates the sharing of challenges and solutions with senior professionals in the industry so you can walk away with immediately usable practical tools to improve the engagement and ROI your meetings.


Dates: Sunday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 13

Location: San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter



Thank You to Our Sponsor - Georgia International Convention Center!

GA Int'l. Convention Center