One of our goals this year for the chapter was to try new
formats and new times for our programs. February's program took place at the
usual lunchtime hours but had a roundtable peer-to-peer discussion format.
April saw a totally new event (for us) -- speed meeting in the late afternoon.
June's program will take place over breakfast with a single speaker. Education
Day in September will feature a number of new features including a live Web
broadcast of our state of the industry panel. We'll be on the road again in New
Jersey in October.
I hope you've been able to attend these programs and are
planning on making the upcoming ones. Your attendance is a crucial contribution
to the success of these events - even when a program doesn't suit everyone, your
feedback on what worked and what didn't is vital to our evaluations.
of you who completed the surveys on April's program, thank you. We've heard
your comments and have already thought about the changes we'd make if we try
this again. I'd ask all of you to give us your feedback and
suggestions - remember, as a membership organization this is your chapter. Help us create the programs and events you want to
attend by contacting us at email@example.com and let us know
if you can volunteer on a NYPCMA committee!
As we approach the summer months, I hope you have a chance
to catch your breath, rejuvenate your spirits, and relax your body.
Associate Director, MLA Convention Programs
Are You An "Idiot" When It Comes To Email?
You Are If ...
SpeakerSue by Sue Hershkowitz-Coore, CSP
If you're a fan of the television show, The Office, you
probably remember Dwight Schrute's conversation with his boss, Michael Scott:
Michael : "What's the most inspirational thing I
said to you?"
Dwight: "Don't be an idiot. It changed my life."
Dwight (as an aside): "Whenever I'm about to do
something, I think, 'Would an idiot do this?' and if he would, I do not do that
Great advice for email writers! Here's more ...
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Inaugural 'Working The Network' Meeting ...
April chapter 'Working The Network' meeting debuted a totally new event format
and time for us - speed networking in the late afternoon. The concept was to provide planners and
suppliers with uninterrupted one-on-one time - on a quick rotation to connect,
learn and create business opportunities - in one convenient location.
Venue sponsor The
Grand Hyatt provided the perfect setting with wine and light food fare to get
this inaugural event had some time management kinks and
was a bit light on
planner attendance (possibly due to the (3:00-5:30pm time slot), many of the
attendees surveyed said they liked that there was lots of time to network and
the opportunity to have a real nuts and bolts conversation without doing the
'networking chitchat dance'.
board is reviewing participant feedback and formulating improvements to provide
greater opportunities locally for planner and supplier engagement.
TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS ...
Visit Detroit's Cheryl Ollial & Karin Bagnall
Tobias & Shawna Wellman, Travel Portland;
NYPCMA's Karin Bagnall;
Julie Deweese, Oregon Convention Center; Doug Macgowan, Hilton Portland.
SPEAKER SPONSOR VENUE SPONSOR
Members Sound Off
Which Time of Day Do You Prefer to Attend
We are trying a variety of meeting times this year and would like you to weigh in on your preference.
Click here to let us know when is the best time for you to attend a chapter meeting ... morning breakfast, mid-day lunch, late afternoon or evening reception ... and your comments are welcome!
September 10, 2010 ~ Hilton New York
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Great sessions are in store for this year's Education Day! Plan on joining us for a day of networking, knowledge
and insight on the latest technology, and industry experts talking about
the trends and challenges we face. More information to follow.
STATE OF THE INDUSTRY PANEL
Gregg Talley, CEO Talley
Deborah Sexton, President
and CEO, PCMA
Gus Vonderheide, Senior
VP Sales - Group, Hyatt Hotels
Monisa Cline, Staff VP
North American Sales, Continental Airlines
Kati Quigley, PCMA
Chairman of the Board &
Director of Event Marketing, Microsoft
Mary MacGregor, VP, Business
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
Leadership Conference to a robust three day program designed to gather
industry professionals for a highly interactive program based on the
issues, topics and trends in meetings today.|
- Welcome to sixteen new members that have joined NYPCMA in March & April 2010! 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
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
There are still a few opportunities available for 2010: Network For The Needy,
Educational Session during September's Education Day, Meeting Sponsor for
November NJ Meeting. For More Information Contact:
Rocco La Forgia
NYPCMA Sponsorship Committee Chair
Join PCMA's Official LinkedIn Group, become a fan on
Facebook, follow PCMA on Twitter, read Chairman John Folks' Blog
(un)Conventional, and view the latest photos and videos from PCMA events.
Join PCMA Social Media
Member Spotlight: Richard Lerman
Richard Lerman loves the curmudgeons.
By Leslie DiLeo, CMP
Director of Conferences, American Montessori Society
"When people are outspoken, you learn what the issues are," he explains. "This applies especially to membership organizations like PCMA and membership associations like mine." As President of the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD), he hears a wide range of opinions: his members make and distribute everything from postal and police uniforms to flight attendant, hotel staff and grade school kids' uniforms. Richard wants to hear what all of his members have to say, and acts on their concerns accordingly. "It's not just about what the larger members need. There needs to be a way for everyone to be heard. That's one of the benefits of taking an active role in an organization. That's why PCMA is so valuable, too. It's important for
people to participate on the local and national levels."
Richard and his wife Sharon live on Long Island and would like to travel more for leisure when they can find the time. A social worker at the outpatient oncology department at Long Island Jewish/North Shore Medical Center, Sharon's intensely personal work helps to give Richard a sense of perspective. "When a meeting planner or hotel staff makes a mistake, someone doesn't get a sandwich. Of course we want to do our best for our members and clients, but other people deal, literally, with life and death every day."
The tagline on NAUMD's logo is "where function meets style." Go to their website at www.naumd.com to read about the different kinds of uniforms created by NAUMD's members.
You can contact Richard Lerman, President of NAUMD at (212) 736-3010.
Meet Your Neighbor Chapter Members In Upstate NY
you know that NYPCMA has 14 members in various areas within upstate
By Dawn D. Rockas, CMP
National Sales Director, SDCVB-Northeast
Here's a shout out to Albany, Ithaca, Lewiston, Poughkeepsie, Rexford, Rochester, Saratoga
Springs, Syracuse and Verona!!!
early June, a few of us will get together in central New York - Ithaca or
Syracuse - for an informal NYPMCA reception ... the first ever!!! Look for an update in our 3rd
hello to your neighbors in New York State:
Deborah Goedeke, Albany Convention Bureau
Heider, NYS Bar Association, Albany
Donna Barsotti, DMG & Association, LLC,
Nika Hsiao, Cornell University Hotel School Student
Edward Friel, Niagara University Professor
Hamill, IAOP, Poughkeepsie
Jennifer Colindres, Int'l Center for Leaders in
Wendy Ford, Visit Rochester
Kathlyn Denkenberger and Marie
Moynihan, Saratoga CTB
Sandra Baker, OnCenter Complex, Syracuse
Magnarelli, Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Convention Center
Elisabetta Metot, Syracuse CVB
Charlene Edwards, Turning Stone Resort and
President's Volunteer of the Quarter
Anne Sheerin, CMP
C. Sheerin, Inc.
I'm a big fan of
people who pitch in and do what needs to be
done. Anne Sheerin has fulfilled that role on the NYPCMA board on a
occasions, stepping into whatever role we needed to have filled. This
job was treasurer. She's dealt with the challenges of opening a new
an organization with a board that changes every year, coordinated data
chapter administrator, and kept our finances in order. For those of us
never balance our checkbooks, this last task alone is impressive!
more than just our treasurer though -- she's also good
at asking the tough questions. Why are we doing this? What's our goal?
we improve our offerings to our members? Anne will step back and
matter at hand as an outsider. During times when we all get
overinvested in one
particular aspect of a project, that is a skill crucial to making sure
larger mission of providing great content to our membership is met. For
her service to the chapter, Anne Sheerin is the president's volunteer of
Make A Difference by Volunteering!
INVITES YOU TO JOIN OUR TEAM
contributors and short-term
volunteers are welcome!
The Marketing/Communications Committee
is always looking for enthusiastic members to keep the information pipeline flowing between our members, and the industry at-large.
We produce the quarterly chapter e-Newsletter and welcome members to contribute articles, help with editing, take photos at chapter and/or national events, or use your social media and marketing expertise to expand connectivity with our members.
Are you interested in interacting with people, have
creative ideas or an opinion to express, enjoy digital graphic design, have the ability to meet deadlines? This could be the ideal opportunity to get involved -- and the time commitment is can be as little or as much as you'd like.
What's In It For You?
- Earn CMP Points - did you know that
you can earn points towards your CMP application or recertification for
either authoring published meeting management articles and/or serving
the chapter on a committee?
to meet new people -- both planners and supplier partners;
- Work independently on
the task of your choice;
opportunity to do something different from your normal work day;
Please contact Hannah Wai, Director of Marketing/Communications Committee, at 646-228-2321 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
, if you are
interested in becoming a member of our committee!
Account Executive | Marriott International
O: 646-228-2321 | email@example.com
University of New Haven
PCMA Student Members Walk for Autism
by Mallory Jensen
NYPCMA Student Chapter Member
University of New Haven
Autism Walk on May 2nd in Wallingford, CT was a wonderful experience. Everyone that attended the event was
able to open themselves up to the challenges in the lives of people touched by
autism. It was emotional for some because they actually knew an individual with
autism. Others were there for general support. Either way, participating in the
Walk was a very specific way to "give back" to the community.
students had our own team called PCMA Sweat Peas. Our team name came from the
original Team Sweat Pea, a team who walked for a person a member of ours was
close to. It was a really touching experience to watch the children that did
have autism because this event was in their honor and put a face on to the
cause. This event put smiles on their faces, and that's what the event is
really about: being able to support individuals with autism, whether it's by
walking, donating, having a table set up for the children. Every act of
generosity is for a truly good cause. I believe that the PCMA members enjoyed
their time at this walk. It was a two-mile walk, and we were there for a couple
of hours; everyone was so thankful for our support. Participating in community
events like the Autism Walk means something to the community and gives
something back to the participant: because you're taking action to show that
you care. And I believe that everyone in PCMA can say that they care.
'PCMA Sweet Peas' Student Member Team Walks For Autism
2010 NYPCMA Student Sponsor
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
JOIN OUR EDITORIAL TEAM ...
Contribute an article and earn CMP application and re-certification points.
Contact Lynne Nordone at firstname.lastname@example.org.