1st Quarter 2010




Last November, the 2009 and 2010 board of directors for NYCPMA met to review the past year and think about programs and initiatives for the year to come. As we shared ideas, we also discussed the importance of involving the membership, working together, and asking for help when we needed it. Well, I confess, there were moments in the past few months when I forgot these key points, especially the last one.

I know that you need to involve members, keep them active, make them owners of the organization - it's how you grow and generate excitement about your group. But we all have days when it seems easier to just do it yourself. Oh, I know what needs to be done, it's faster for me to do it than explain it to someone else, I'll just take care of it myself. Wrong! We all want to share our knowledge, our expertise, our new ideas. And yes, we all need a little help sometimes.
So what happens when we ask for help? Usually we get it. We asked members to lead small group discussions at our last program and you know what? They did! We asked for experts outside of our industry and you know what? We got them! We asked you not only to attend our program but to take an active role in sharing your experiences and expertise and you know what? You did!
I ask you to continue on this path-participate in our programs, be a part of a committee, share your ideas with the board members-involve yourself! Let's make sure we all have the opportunity to learn from each other!
Karin Sig

Karin Bagnall
President, NYPCMA
Associate Director, MLA Convention Programs

Small Group Discussions on Current Industry Topics Featured at February Meeting
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by Anatasia (Stacey) Courtney
Manager, Exhibits and Special Sessions
Modern Language Association

Back by popular demand ... attendees at our February chapter luncheon meeting participated in peer-to-peer round-table discussions covering five industry topics of interest. Most attendees moved as a group from one table to the next, spurring conversation and connections during the 20-minute round-robin sessions while broadening the discussions by allowing attendees to refer to ideas or thoughts generated from a previous topic.

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by Sue Hershkowitz-Coore, CSPEduc Day Panel

Think of the last email you received from someone you didn't know. How quickly did you form an opinion of that person? Whether it was a colleague in another division or a vendor prospecting for your business, within a second or two, you made a judgment call about the writer's credibility and the value of the emessage.
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2010 PCMA Annual Meeting:
Dallas Welcomes with Style & Substance

By Lois Miller, CAE
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President, L.D. Miller & Associates

Every January the meetings industry comes together for the most important event of year. This year the PCMA Annual Meeting took place in Dallas Texas. From the moment I arrived at DFW, it was obvious that PCMA knew how to greet its guests .... It is important when planning to attend the annual meeting that you bring your energy and come hungry!  Read More ...

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NYPCMA Student Members Takeaway
Substance & Sizzle from PCMA Annual Meeting

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by Caitlin Mariano
NYPCMA Student Chapter President
University of New Haven


This was my third Annual Meeting, and I continue to be blown away by PCMA's ability to put on a good conference as well as a good party. The sessions were different than all the other years, and the nightlife was very entertaining and enjoyed by all age groups ...

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Students at Dallas Meeting

  NYPCMA Student Members attending Annual Meeting (L-R):
  Lindsay Melanson, Chelsea Dlubac, Gaby Garcia, Mallory Jensen
  and Chapter President Caitlin Mariano.

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President's Member of the Quarter
Jerry Connors
Director of Sales Worldwide Accounts
Hilton Sales Worldwide

My first memory of Jerry Connors is from December 2000. He'd come to DC to check in on our convention and made a point of stopping by my headquarters office to see how everything was going. From that point on, it seemed as though Jerry was always there when needed. Whether it is a client's meeting or a chapter program, Jerry has supported his colleagues in the industry and by doing so, has exemplified what a true industry partner should be. From calling a local hotel to help resolve an issue, to giving a ride to a planner who wanted to attend a chapter program outside the city, he steps up and takes care of business.

We hear time and again that the hospitality industry is about relationships; Jerry takes that message to heart. He knows his clients, their meetings, and the properties he works with. With all the recent changes in many hotel chains, that knowledge, and desire to use it to further the long-term relationships, has become more valued than ever.

As a planner, I know I count on the relationships I have with suppliers to help me make my meetings succeed. By building long-term relationships, and by supporting his clients, Jerry (and the many partners we have like him) provides both tangible and intangible benefits to his company as well. Knowledge and trust are commodities that will always sell.

As an example of the ideal partner, Jerry Connors is my member of the quarter.

We Are Looking For A Few Good Members - How About You?
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The sponsorship committee has various opportunities for you to assist.  Perhaps you have the ability to reach out to potential sponsors and enlist their support for PCMA NY?

Or, are you a detail-oriented person that could oversee all of the requirements that our sponsors need during the events (A/V, table displays, bag drops, etc)? 

How about just a person with a great smile who loves to welcome and thank our sponsors, sending them a thank you note after the fact? 

Like to stay in the background?  How about coordinating the sponsor signs during an event?    
The committee needs your help!  A little help, a lot of help - we accept all kinds of help!  Please reach out to me if you are interested in becoming a member of the committee!
Director of Sales Worldwide Accounts | Hilton Worldwide
O: 212-820-1715 | rocco.laforgia@hilton.com
In This Issue
Chapter Small Group Discussions
How To Ruin Your Business Reputation! Write Now!
Dallas Welcomes with Substance & Style
Students at Annual Meeting Learn & Hone Skills
President's Member of the Quarter
Looking For A Few Good Members
Welcome New Members!
2010 PCMA Education Conference
Committee Volunteer Openings
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Upcoming Chapter Event Dates


Welcome to twenty new members that have joined NYPCMA in January & February 2010 and December 2009!

They include planners and suppliers .... click here to see Who's Who ...


Being a supporter of the NYPCMA Chapter creates goodwill between your organization and the membership.

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.

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 further.

There are still a few opportunities available for 2010: June's Speaker, Network For The Needy, Educational Sessions during September's Education Day, Meeting Sponsor for November NJ Meeting.

For More Information Contact:

Rocco La Forgia
NYPCMA Sponsorship Committee Chair 
Phone: 212-820-1715

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PCMA Educ Conf
If you're looking for an event focused on shared ideas and solutions to our industry's challenges, this is the event for you. PCMA has enhanced its popular Leadership Conference to a robust three day program designed to gather meetings industry professionals for a highly interactive program based on the hottest issues, topics and trends in meetings today.

June 13-16, 2010
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Montreal, Quebec

Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteering is rewarding both professionally and personally through the connections you will gain and the lifelong friends you make.

Commitments can be on an occasional or ongoing basis. + Plus earn CMP Certification Points!

  • Event Specific Co-Chairs
  • Associate Newsletter Production Editor
  • Contributing Writers
  • Photographers
  • Procurement
  • Event Support

Email: new.york.area.chapter@pcma.org for more information on how to get involved.

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Donate your unwanted store and manufacturer coupons!

2010 Educational ConferenceWe will be collecting them at our
April chapter meeting for
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Coupons for the Community is a volunteer organization that helps local food pantries by using your unwanted coupons to stretch the limited dollars available from government funding and public donations.

Donating coupons costs you nothing; turn them into more food and non-edible essentials like toiletries and hygiene products for the members of our community that need them most. (Note that many necessities of life like soap, laundry detergent and toilet tissue are not covered by food stamps.) 
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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, Marriott International
Production Editor:  Lynne Nordone, CMP, LAN Events
Copy Editor:  Leslie Di Leo, CMP, American Montessori Society
Contributing Writers:  Stacey Courtney, Modern Language Association;
     Emily Nichols, Metroplitan Exposition Services

Contribute an article and earn CMP application and re-certification points.
Contact Lynne Nordone at