1st Quarter 2011
A Ciarlone



We are only a few months into the year, and we have already accomplished so much! 
In January, over 100 of our members gathered in Las Vegas for Convening Leaders.  I had the opportunity to visit with many of our members(including some wonderful student members), and the proudest moment, of course, was seeing our chapter win the Chapter Challenge Game Show.  The Grand Prize was THIRTY complimentary registrations for Convening Leaders 2012 in San Diego.  Every member who volunteers between now and September is eligible to enter into the drawing, and we will award these registrations($500-$700 value) at Education Day in September.
Our Board of Directors met a few weeks ago to begin working on strategic plan that will set the course for NYPCMA to grow our organization over the next 3 years.  We brainstormed about the organization we want to be over the next 12-36 months and will work to develop a plan that will kick off later this year.  The dedication and commitment that your board of directors demonstrated during this process was tremendous.  I am so proud to be associated with such a fine group of people.
Finally, on February 8, a group of nearly 80 meeting professionals gathered at the Marriott Downtown where Travel Portland walked us through the Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, and Profitability.  There was a great energy among the crowd, and our volunteer drive generated some wonderful new volunteers. Thank you to all of our members who accepted the challenge and have made a commitment to give your time, energy, and talents to the NY Area Chapter of PCMA. 
The programs committee is working on developing the program for our next program on April 12, 2011 at the New Yorker Hotel.  Please save the date and look for the invitation in your inbox.
Amanda Sig
Amanda Ciarlone
President, NYPCMA
Director of National Accounts
Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau

What's The Triple Bottom Line?  

Travel Portland focused chapter members on how people, profitability and planet can be addressed in meetings and events.  Read More ... 


Travel Portland

NYPCMA Chapter President Amanda Ciarlone  

and Sponsor Travel Portland Representatives



Social Media

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PCMA's New York Area Chapter keeps you connected to other meeting professionals through our events and newsletter.  Now you can strengthen those relationships and add even more connections to your personal and professional networks by joining our Facebook page and LinkedIn Group as well as follow us on Twitter.

Chapter Links:          Find us on Facebook         View our profile on LinkedIn          Follow us on Twitter
6 Tips To Avoid Presentation Humiliation ... 
by Sue Hershkowitz-Coore, CSPEduc Day Panel

Have you ever watched a speaker bomb so badly that your own heart hurt for her? 


That recently happened in front of 1,000+ of us and you may have been there, too. During lunch at a recent large PCMA meeting, the sponsor of the luncheon was invited to speak to the group. She deserved our respect simply because she was buying (all of us) lunch.  On top of that, she holds an esteemed position of political importance in her country, and she was honoring us by being at our meeting. Most of us intended to listen but after a few minutes lost interest and patience. What happened at that luncheon should have never happened. Here are 6 tips to ensure it never happens to you.

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PCMA Is A High Roller in Vegas 

By Lynne Nordone, CMP2011 PCMA
Managing Partner,
LAN Events



PCMA's 2011 Convening Leaders meeting in Las Vegas debuted a number of firsts in meetings engagement.


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 Chapter Champs
NYPCMA 2011 PCMA Chapter Challenge Champions
Francesco Leboffe, Hong Kong Tourism Board; Rocco LaForgia, Hilton Worldwide;
Sanna Iriti, NYIT; George Kong, Song Division; Amanda Ciarlone, Dallas CVB; Karin Bagnall, MLA; Anne Sheerin, Anne C. Sheerin Inc.; Fleming Fog and Gritt Fog, Wizercise; Andy Sharpe, Song Division; Lynne Nordone, LAN Events  

In This Issue
What's The Triple Bottom Line?
Join Chapter Social Media Platforms
6 Tips To Avoid Presentation Humiliation
PCMA Is High Roller In Vegas
Bagels& Banter: April Breakfast Meeting
Welcome New Members!
Think Sponsorship
Member Spotlight
Students Experience Best of Industry in Vegas
What's In It For Me?
President's Volunteer of Quarter
Looking for ROI from your Membership?
Marketing & Communications Volunteers Wanted

Registration Now Open

APRIL 12, 2011


NY Chapter Breakfast Meeting


Discuss Topical and Timely  

Industry Topics with Your Peers

The New Yorker Hotel

Register Today!

Network For The Needy
Thanks You! 

For your participation in our

Coupons For The Community

February Meeting Drive 
Coupons can be donated throughout the year
by mailing to:
Coupons for the Community
PO Box 156,
Sparta, NJ  07871.




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NY Marriott Downtown 

Visit Our Sponsors
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Welcome to 45 new members that have joined NYPCMA in Nov/Dec 2010!

They include planners, suppliers and students. Click here to see Who's Who


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 new opportunities available for 2011.

For More Information Contact:

Tanya Troyer, Director
NYPCMA Sponsorship Committee
Phone: 646-502-0152
Email: ttroyer@omnihotels.com



Hilton New York

Visit Our Sponsor



Upcoming Chapter Event Dates


Constant Contact All Star


Member Spotlight 
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Lesley Kyle, CMP
Director, Event Management 

Society of Plastics Engineers

By Leslie DiLeo, CMP
"La Confiance Est Payante."

"Confidence bodes well in this industry," remarks Lesley Kyle, CMP, Director, Event Management at the Society of Plastics Engineers.

Born in New York City and raised in the tri-state area, Lesley fell in love with the French language and culture in junior high school - so much so that she majored in French and political science with the idea of becoming a translator.  She continued on to graduate school, but, deciding it wasn't for her, she got a job at a Connecticut-based mortgage company.  And then, as is a common random beginning to a career in the hospitality industry, a friend and colleague tipped her off to a job opening at Groiler Publishing (later Scholastic.) It turned out that there were actually two positions open: administrative assistant to the vice president of marketing and exhibits manager.

Lesley put in her bid to become the exhibits manager.  "I had no experience," she recalls, "but I convinced them to let me have the job for six months.  I gave them my personal guarantee that I would make a success of it."  And she did, indeed. For the next five years, she managed all or part of 400 trade shows, from booth staffing to pre-planning to onsite supervision.

She continued her career in exhibit management as she moved out and up, taking on new challenges by managing more staff and international events.  She was hired by the Society of Plastics Engineers as an event manager, and was promoted to senior event manager and then to director.  She earned her CMP in 2009 and is now in her second year as the program track chair for the annual conference (800 attendees) of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives.

In addition, because of the way Lesley embraced and developed the various social media for use at her organization and in her industry, she has shared this experience as a speaker at Hyatt Caravan, the PCMA Annual Conference 2010 and has her own column as the "Media Mentor" in Conference Direct's publication The Meeting Mentor. Lesley has recently joined our chapter's marketing & communications committee to develop social media.

Frequently in France, Lesley still indulges her love of travel, adventure and, of course, wine and cheese. 
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Hospitality Students Experience the Best of the Meetings' Industry
in Las Vegas 

By Zinet Chaabi, Senior
NYIT Hospitality Management Major

A number of students from the hospitality program at the New York Institute of Technology took part in PCMA's Convening Leaders Annual Meeting in Las Vegas from January 8 through January 13th. As my school's liaison with the New York chapter, I was given the opportunity to participate in this event and to benefit
from this amazing learning opportunity.   Read More ....

 NYIT Group Vegas
New York Institute of Technology Student Representatives (L-R):


Asia Tanner, Vice President; Kiaira Caba, President; Sanna Iriti, Secretary; Zineb Chaabi, PCMA Liaison; Stephanie Langdon, Staff Associate for the Hospitality Department studies; Madi Silva, Treasurer; Dr. Robert J. Koenig, Associate Dean, School of Management/Student Advancement Programs.



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What's In It For Me?
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Quick Tips for Reaching Your Email Readers

Molly A. Martinez, Ph.D.
Executive Director,
Ticket Summit

You spend hours prepping email copy, design, dissemination... and when you look at your stats, no one has clicked through to your site. "What happened?!" you ask yourself.


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President's Volunteer of the Quarter


Karin Bagnall

Associate Director of Convention Programs
Modern Language Association

This quarter I'd like to take an opportunity to recognize our Immediate Past President Karin Bagnall. Karin's leadership was incredibly valuable and effective in guiding our chapter to many successes in 2010. Under her leadership we were able to provide some successful networking and educational programs for our members.  Karin brought many strengths to the table.  She is thoughtful, detail-oriented, and proactive, and  taught me quite a few things about effective leadership.  She is a role model to me and continues to provide valuable input and guidance regarding chapter business. Karin, thank you for your service to our chapter.

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Looking for an ROI from your PCMA Membership? 


Join a Chapter Committee!


This year there's an added incentive to get involved as a chapter volunteer.


Volunteers will be entered into a drawing per every hour they contribute for a chance to win a full conference registration to next year's PCMA Annual Meeting in San Diego.


And there's no better way to meet both planner and supplier members than through your volunteer efforts!   


We are looking for enthusiastic members like you to assist on one of the following committees:

  • Community Outreach | Network For The Needy 
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Membership
  • Programming
  • Sponsorship  

If you would like to more information on a specific committee please email: new.york.area.chapter@pcma.org.

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Marketing & Communications Volunteer Opportunities  



NYPCMA is looking for a volunteer to keep our events and activities in the news.  This is ideal for anyone who is interested in public relations - preparing press releases and photos for release and building relationships with our news network.

Constant Contact



Enjoy graphic layout? ... the marketing and communications committee can use your help with the quarterly compilation of our chapter newsletter. Experience with Constant Contact email marketing platform a plus or, this is a great opportunity if you have a interest in learning.  

                                      Contact: nypcma.news@gmail.com
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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: Lynne Nordone, CMP, LAN/events
Production Editor:  Position Open 
Copy Editors:  Leslie DiLeo, CMP
                       Molly Martinez, Ph.D. 
Contributing Writers:  Leslie DiLeo, CMP  
     Molly Martinez, Ph.D., Ticket Summit
Social Media Managers:  Matt Davis, ALHI
                                      Lesley Kyle, Society of Plastics Engineers
Public Relations Specialist:  Position Open
Student Correspondents:
Zineb Chaabi, New York Institute of Technology
                                        Sanna Iriti, New York Institute of Technology

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