PCMA Southeast Chapter
June 2012 E-Newsletter

President's Message

The first official day of summer is June 20 - however we are so lucky in the Southeast to experience warm summer weather in early May or sometimes even April.  Thank goodness for the invention of the Air Conditioner!    So what's hot in the meetings industry?  New technology is always a hot subject.  During our May 2 Educational Luncheon, we enjoyed the presentation "Smart Clicks - Event Success Through Social Media" given by Emma Loggins.  We learned how to harness the power of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to increase the attendance at our future company events.  Oh, and let's not forget the delicious food at the Georgia International Convention Center and the outstanding Audio Visuals from Tech Rentals!  


Next week the PCMA 2012 Education Conference will take place in San Antonio, TX (my hometown!).  It will be focused on what you need to know to improve the bottom line of your meetings.   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.  Several of your PCMA Southeast Chapter Board Members will be attending the Education Conference and the Chapter Leadership portion of the conference beforehand.  We look forward to sharing what we learn with the membership at future programs.  


The PCMA Southeast Chapter ends the summer with a very hot ticket.  Join us for an industry update during our August 7 Educational Program!  Our panel will include Deborah Sexton, President and CEO of PCMA, and Susan Katz, Immediate Past Chairman of the PCMA Board of Directors, and moderated by Ann Godi, CMP, President & CEO of Benchmarc360.  Save the date - We look forward to seeing you there!  


Please contact me directly if I can help support your membership needs and expectations at patty-kieffer@mobile.org.

Happy Summer!



Patty Kieffer  

2012 PCMA Southeast Chapter President                                   


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 (one of Successful Meetings' 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry) and moderated by Ann Godi, CMP, President & CEO of Benchmarc360.  


Deborah Sexton


Susan Katz

Registration open soon! 
Mark Your Calendar to Attend!

Choose your educational path at SEA: The Alliance (Summer Educational Alliance)! 


At this year's MPI Georgia Chapter SEA at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico, you get to choose your educational path to best meet your career needs. You can choose to Emerge or Renew. Whether you are a seasoned planner (Renewing) or just starting your career (Emerging), there is a path for you! 


2012 SEA: The Alliance will feature:


  • a pre-conference Case Study session
  • two educational paths
  • two Consult Your Peers Breakfast Sessions
  • two Face OFF general sessions
  • potential of 10 CEUs
  • and much more...
View the full agenda and learn about all of the great sessions this year's conference has to offer.  
Visit the conference web site today to register for only $89!
Showcase Your Expertise!

The PCMA Learning Lounge at the 2013 Convening Leaders in Orlando is ready for your brief and brilliant insight-what do you have to say?




Let PCMA know by completing the short submission form;  clicking this link will take you to a sign-in page and then on to the site where you can submit your proposal.  

PCMA is looking for savvy professionals who have amazing nuggets of information to share with fellow Convening Leaders attendees, in a fun, engaging and yes, brief-only 15 or 30 minute segments-format.


The PCMA Learning Lounge has been one of the highlights of recent Convening Leaders programs, offering a blend of informal and formal learning on a range of topics that are delivered in intimate formats.


Submissions are being accepted until 5:00 PM CDT on June 21.

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



Latest Chapter Photos
Chapter President Patty Kieffer, Kathy Hasselwander, and Chapter Secretary Karyl Hanisch at the 2nd Annual Career Exploration /The World of Hospitality on April 2 at University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

Check out more of our chapter's photos on our chapter website photo gallery
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)
Call for PCMA Award Nominations

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

Attn CVB's!  Bid to Host Future PCMA Events
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.

Also...PCMA is now accepting proposals for Convening Leaders 2016.

Email events@pcma.org to receive the RFP.

PCMA Southeast Chapter's Newest Members

  • Olivia Stroia, Masters Student/Graduate Assistant, University of South Carolina  
  • Kimberly Von Reay, Event Coordinator/Student, University of Central Florida  
  • Daryka Reeves, CMP, National Director, Conferences & Conventions, Church of God in Christ Convention Services  
  • Kelli Lusk, Client Relations Manager, Destination South Meetings & Events  
  • Marguerite Moore, Assistant Division Office Manager, Norfolk Southern Railway
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.


Thank You to Our Sponsor -
Renaissance Mobile Battle House Hotel & Spa!


Renaissance Mobile Battle House Hotel & Spa Lobby


The Renaissance Mobile Battle House Hotel & Spa - be swept away by the grandeur of this restored historical hotel, located in vibrant downtown Mobile, Alabama. Offering 238 spacious, state of the art guestrooms, including 31 suites. Amenities include the 10,000 square foot European Spa, 4 Diamond Trellis Room, and Joe Cain Cafe. The 27,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space offers a variety of large and small meeting options. For information, contact Karyl Hanisch at 251-415-3074 or email karyl.hanisch@renaissancemobile.com.