PCMA Southeast Chapter
July 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 (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!  
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The Atlanta Day Shelter for Woman and Children relies on the generous donations of companies and members of the community. 


As summer comes to an end and the beginning of the school year draws near, school supplies are needed in order for the children to succeed.


Please consider donating any of the items below at the Chapter Program on August 8:

  • Backpacks/Book bags
  • Pencils, pens, and crayons
  • Notebooks and paper
  • Rulers, erasers, calculators, etc...
Additionally, please bring your extra unopened mini hotel toiletries from your travels to donate to the Day Shelter.
Mark Your Calendar to Attend!

Choose your educational path at SEA: The Alliance (Summer Educational Alliance) from August 16-19, 2012! 


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!
2013 Convening Leaders Scholarships Available


PCMA Southeast Chapter has three scholarships available for chapter members only to attend 2013 Convening Leaders in Orlando, FL from January 13-16, 2013.  Two registration scholarships; and one Planner Only scholarship that includes airfare, lodging, and conference registration will be awarded.


Click here to obtain the scholarship application.  The deadline to submit applications is October 19, 2012.  The winners will be chosen by the Scholarship Committee - chaired by Immediate Past President Megan Maharry.


Questions?  Contact Megan at megan.maharry@disney.com or (407) 566-1946.


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*Chapter offers two scholarships per year  -  annual meeting registration is paid. 


Your $795 scholarship sponsorship offers you: 

  • Logo and link on chapter website for one year
  • Sponsor ribbon for one year
  • Recognition & Highlighted in one Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Podium Time at Annual Meeting Chapter Reception
  • One complimentary registration to two educational programs
Register for PCMA Global Professionals Conference

The 2012 PCMA Global Professionals Conference (formerly International Summit), is conveniently co-located with IMEX America. This highly anticipated annual global conference brings planners and suppliers together to collaborate on solutions and current challenges when managing their global meetings.  

Planners from PCMA's Global Task Force as well as industry trends have helped us shape this year's content for what is predicted to be the best global meetings think tank.

Topics on the table include:

  • Training your volunteers and staff to understand multiple cultures
  • Country-specific insights on key topics you need
  • Local hotel and venue negotiations
  • Effective delegate marketing for growing attendance
  • Social media tactics and new technology offerings

Registration for planners is now open. Please contact Katie Yandell for registration information at (312) 423-7257.


Dates: October 11-12, 2012

Location: Las Vegas, NV - co-located with IMEX America

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 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)
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.
Call for PCMA Award Nominations

In preparation for the 2013 Professional Achievement Dinner, PCMA is now soliciting nominations for honorees.  We encourage you to nominate your fellow industry professionals for this very prestigious recognition.


PCMA will honor three individuals that represent significant contributions in the following categories: Meeting Professional, Supplier Professional, and Educator.  Please be sure to note the Selection Criteria and Eligibility requirements prior to your nomination(s).


Deadline for nominations is July 31, 2012. 

PCMA Southeast Chapter's Newest Members

  • Steve Alexander, Director of National Accounts, Etech  
  • Lindsay J. Uckar, Student  
  • John R. Sears, Business Development Manager, Bags Inc.  
  • David Robinson, Director & Event Manager, Event Medical Services LLC   
  • Michelle Glasgow, CMP, Global Account Executive, ConferenceDirect  
  • Diane H. Renko, Student, University of South Carolina  
  • Adam Kerth, Senior Sales Manager, Hilton Atlanta
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.