It's in the air. . . it's hope. We as Americans all have it. Some days it's stronger than other days, but it's there...it's inherent in our fiber as citizens of this fine collection of states.
You may have noticed that my messages are filled with optimism and the promise of good days, no matter the circumstance. This optimism stems from how inspired I am by you, the NYPCMA members, who fight to keep America meeting, fight to keep yourselves from being right-sized, fight to keep the human decency in your daily affairs and fight to inspire our next generation to make lemonade out of lemons.
If we take away anything from the last nine months, it is that you cannot put a price tag on human decency. Character is created out of hard circumstances, not when things are easy. Join me as we dust off our fall wardrobes, put our kids in another school year, finalize our Q4 conferences and sales missions and prepare ourselves for the promise of a recovering economy.
Dawn D. Rockas, CMP
National Sales Director
SDCVB-Northeast Sales Office
Planners and Suppliers Share A Piece of
Their Mind at June
by Diana M. Brady, CMP
Manager, Events Marketing, CARTUS
NYPCMA turned the tables,
allowing planners and suppliers to 'have their voices heard and to hear their
colleagues,' at the chapter's June Roundtable Workshop. Networking sessions are great but most
of the time we end up talking about our positions, who's who and what's new
instead of picking each others brains for best practices, valuable learning
experiences and tried and true techniques.
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NYPCMA meeting attendees had the opportunity to participate in up to three roundtable topics.
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Become a Story Teller: How to Increase Your Influence Every Time
by Sue Hershkowitz-Coore, CSP
Imagine this: You're on a site visit and instead of the sales person talking about the square footage of the ballroom, you're listening to a story about how the new carpet was selected because the colors represent peace, earth, and good luck.
Stories (and storytellers) can change skeptics into committed and engaged followers. They can help buyers see the benefits of saying yes to your project or product, and can help you stand out from the competition.
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Lead Your Team to New Levels of Excellence
Hyatt Morristown Hotel, Morristown, NJ
PCMA Best in Class Speaker: Jerry Teplitz, JD, Ph.D., CSP
Is your leadership style damaging your team? Your style can either encourage productivity and energy, or increase negative behavior. Given the amount of stress that meeting professionals and suppliers are under, it is no surprise that sometimes it may be hard to keep your energy levels up. This interactive session will show you how to become a more effective leader when you increase your energy level with these tools and techniques.
not yet available, but coming soon.Sponsored by:
CONGRATULATIONS Photo Ops Winners!
1st Place Winner:
Sundown - San Juan, Puerto Rico,
Rico Convention Bureau
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2nd Place Winner: Little White House - Delaware, August 2009
by Stacey Courtney, Modern Language Association
3rd Place Winner:
Street in Chartres, France, June 2009
Strategic Meetings Group
Upcoming PCMA Event at Wharton
POSITION YOUR ORGANIZATION FOR THE REBOUND:
Make the Right Choices
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 - PHILADELPHIA
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania - Huntsman Hall
your future success strategies now. This rare, value-priced Wharton School experience is
guaranteed to positively impact your organizational results.
LEARN MORE about the curriculum and key takeaways ....
Upcoming NY Area Association Events
SEPT 11 The Lawyer Is In
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Come join us for NYPCMA
Network, gain knowledge
and insight on the latest technology, join industry panel experts to talk about
the latest trends and challenges we face and earn valuable continuing
- Breakfast & Registration
Hot Technologies in The
Your Work. Your life.
Taking the Struggle Out of the Balancing Act
- Industry Panel:
This highly interactive
session will provide attendees with the ability to ask what's on THEIR
minds. Six panelist representing
hotels, airlines and planners will respond to important questions and issues
raised by our audience.
Registration Information ...
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|Education Day Drawing
The PCMA Education Foundation reaches the meetings and conventions
community at many levels to give back to the industry. It is proud to
have funded grants, scholarships, research and educational
programs/products that have helped to elevate and advance the industry
and its professionals.
Being a supporter of the NYPCMA Chapter creates
goodwill between your organization and the membership.
No sponsorship is
considered too small and there are many ways to co-partner with other
suppliers, or even planners, to make your contribution go even
For More Information Contact:
NYPCMA offers opportunities for you to demonstrate your commitment to
the professionalism and development of the meetings and hospitality
industry ... as well as access to a targeted
audience, to showcase your products and/or services.
Rocco La Forgia
NYPCMA Sponsorship Committee Chair
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Year after year, leaders in the industry return to this
meeting for its relevant, valuable education and outstanding opportunities to
Service In Sync at the Bowery Mission
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 6:00 - 8:30 pm The Bowery Mission, Manhattan
Join in the annual tradition of NYPCMA's
Network for the Needy®'s
ongoing mission of service
within our community
by volunteering to work at The Bowery Mission on Tuesday evening,
November 3rd. We have space for up to 10 people. You can sign-up at New.York.Area.Chapter@pcma.org
The Bowery Mission
has been serving the homeless community since the late 1800's. You can
help by preparing and serving dinner, as well as in cleanup. Service
In Sync® (SIS) is a national PCMA program encouraging members to come together
and give back to their local communities on behalf of the meetings
industry during the first week of November.
Our chapter's activities
& community service projects are always worth the effort so please sign up
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Call for Volunteers: Program Committee
As an industry professional in touch with current industry trends and developments, we invite you to participate on the 2010 Program Committee. Volunteers are the heart of the New York Area Chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (NYPCMA).
The Program Committee is looking for members who want to get more involved with NYPCMA. Anyone with fresh ideas is welcome to join. The Program Committee wants your input for developing programs that our members would be interested in and would like to see this year. The goal of the committee is to provide high-quality education to our members and networking opportunities for local industry partners.
With input from the NYPCMA Board of Directors, membership and PCMA headquarters, the Program Committee plans and executes chapter meeting programs and educational content. The committee is also responsible for
- Selecting program topics, speakers and program content
- Confirming speaker requirements and arrangements
- Designing invitations to members for monthly meetings
- Overseeing the coordination of onsite logistics
Jeff Wood, Meetings Director, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
has published his first novel - Lyft Faetels: Inner Peace
is volume II in a trilogy by the author. Essentially a fantasy, the book has a serious aspect to it from which we all could learn a little bit about ourselves and the realization that the planet is a finite place, that if we irretrievably befoul our own nest, there may be no other alternative than total annihilation. The book is now available on Amazon.com
. Work is progressing on the other two volumes: Lyft Faetels, Volume I and Lyft Faetels: The Beginning, Volume III. In addition, he has composed a humorous children's book entitled The Backward Man.
Samantha Bowerman, CMP, Strategic Meetings Group President and NYPCMA Past President
was interviewed by Reuters Television in a July 24th segment
entitled Recession Mauls Events.
Samantha gave a sobering recap of where we stand in the US but with an
optimistic outlook for the future of the meetings and events industry due, in
part, to the intense focus of upper management on how these programs will be
conducted in the future.
President's Volunteers of the Quarter
There is an inherent dilemma with a newsletter that gets published quarterly: what if you have two exceptional volunteers? My mom would say to divide things equally; after all, you can make one half out of any whole. In the spirit of my eighty-year-young mother, allow me...Hannah Wai-Director of Marketing/Communications
If you looked up the word Marketing in Webster's dictionary you might see a picture of Hannah Wai. Hannah embodies the true definition of marketing,
as she is always thinking about who, what, when, where and why. Hannah's devotion and tactical marketing skills have led the way for: Converting the NYPCMA newsletter from word to digital by selecting Constant Contact; redesigning and making the NYPCMA web page more interactive; garnering local and national press coverage for NYPCMA events, Pay What You Can Initiative and Service In Sync annual program and reaching more readers by adding ESSAE, MPINJ, MPIGNY and MPIWEC to our mailing
lists. Thanks for putting NYPCMA on an expanded map, Hannah!!! Rocco LaForgia-Director of Sponsorship
If you looked up the word Chutzpah in Webster's dictionary you would see a picture of Rocco LaForgia. Rocco joined NYPCMA in 2008 as Director of Sponsorship. I was President-Elect and remember thinking,"Whew, another direct and outspoken person!" It wasn't until 2009 that I understood that Rocco cuts to the chase so he can have more time to do what he is known for: helping others, namely NYPCMA. With a strategic mind and hard to resist demeanor, Rocco has single-handedly created and launched the NYPCMA Sponsorship RFP, secured a sponsor for each portion of every NYPCMA program in 2009 (if he could find a sponsor for cell phone and restrooms breaks-he would),
secured the first ever NYPCMA Silver Sponsorship, orchestrated the production of the NYPCMA event
signage, and he continually works to make NYPCMA sponsorships equitable and relevant. Here's to our
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Welcome New Members!
Manager, Corporate Events
Visit Scotland Open
Program Manager Managing
St. Luke's &
Roosevelt Hospitals Scandi
International Destination Management
J. Brennan Seya
Account Director Meeting
Sheraton Puerto Rico
Convention Center SourceMedia
Hotel & Casino
M. Buehier Sherry
Director NA Director,
IEEE Meeting & Conference Management
Business Events Sydney/NA
R. Daly-Szczerba Guiseppe
Senior National Sales
Turtle Bay Resort SourceMedia
Lynn F. Daur Benoit
Sales Manager President
Salem Waterfront Hotel
& Marina Connect
Meetings & Incentive
Tourist Office for
Flanders, Belgium VisitBritain
Vice Presidnet &
Director of Sales Associate
Director of Sales Recruitment
Saddlebrook Resorts, Inc. Starwood
Hotel & Resorts Worldwide
A. Starr, CMP
Senior Conference &
Events Planner Event
Manager, Conference Operations
Lockheed Martin Oracle
Vice President Sales Area
Director, STB Americas
Marriott International Singapore
J. Lerman Don
President & CEO President
Association of Uniform The
Harry Walker Agency, Inc.
Manufacturers & Distributors
New York University SourceMedia
Leader, Global Conferences Conventions
GAF Materials Corporation Pfizer,
Susan C. Yaniero
& Events Specialist
of Management Accountants
CORRECTION: In our last issue we misspelled the last name of new member John Failla of Tesoro Events.
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PCMA New York Area Chapter's main purpose is to represent PCMA on a local level by offering quality educational seminars, along with the opportunity for members to contribute their time, knowledge, and experience through networking and committee involvement to further the professionalism of the meetings industry.
NYPCMA Communications / Newsletter Committee
Director, Marketing/Communications: Hannah Wai, CASE, New York Marriott Eastside
Production Editor: Lynne Nordone, CMP, LAN Events
Copy Editor: Leslie Di Leo, CMP, American Montessori Society
Contributing Editors: Stacey Courtney, Modern Language Association;
Emily Nichols, Metroplitan Exposition Services
JOIN OUR EDITORIAL TEAM ...
Contribute an article and earn CMP application and re-certification points.
Contact Lynne Nordone at firstname.lastname@example.org.