4th Quarter 2011
Happy Holidays
A Ciarlone





It is very hard to believe that 2011 and the opportunity that was given to me to lead PCMA Greater New York is coming to a close. It has been a privilege to learn and grow serving as a volunteer for the PCMA Greater New York Area Community.  I am proud of what we were all able to experience and accomplish in 2011, and look forward to being involved as Immediate Past President in 2012.   


I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the board members and volunteers in organization that gave their time to PCMA in 2011.  Some of the greatest industry friendships and learning experiences of my career were forged as a result of my association with such a fine group of people in our chapter over the past three years.  It was an honor to get to know so many of you well.


I am looking forward to passing the baton to Rocco "Rocky" LaForgia, your 2012 President. For everyone who knows him, it's not surprising that he is off to a running start.  With the help of other chapter volunteers 2012 already has a great line up of programs and other enhancements that I believe will be a hit in 2012!  Look for a save the date soon listing tentative dates for all 2012 programs.


Best wishes to every member of organization for a wonderful holiday season and successful 2012!


With Sincere Gratitude To My PCMA New York Area Family,

Amanda Sig
Amanda Ciarlone
President, NYPCMA
Director of National Accounts
Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau

Education Day Engages with Social Networking Apps: Face to Face & Virtual  


Keynote Thom Singer addresses NYPMCA members in the Millennium Broadway Hotel's Hudson Theater 

What an amazing day -- informative panel sessions, motivational keynotes, product demonstrations ... the NYPCMA Education Day was a "brain-tickling" experience like none other.

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Travel Portland
Travel Portland representatives accept award from NYCPMA
Awards Chair Dean D'Anna


Jessica Levin,President & Chief Connector, Seven Degree Communications, discusses social networking solutions.

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PCMA Annual Meeting: Convening Leaders

January 8, 2012 - January 11, 2012 

Convening Leaders

As you tackle a new year of bigger expectations on increasingly scrutinized budgets, whether you're a meeting professional or a supplier, you need innovative approaches, solutions and resources. PCMA's 2012 Convening Leaders delivers new and different ways to ignite your audience's imagination and win their passionate advocacy.
6 Powerful Tips To Say Thank You 
by Sue Hershkowitz-Coore, CSPEduc Day Panel

"The question used to be, 'Is it appropriate to send holiday wishes in an email?'" says Sue Hershkowitz-Coore, known affectionately as "SpeakerSue" to fans around the world. "Of course it is," she says. The issue isn't if you can, it's figuring out how to do it well.


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2012 Chapter Leadership


The 2012 New York Area PCMA chapter board is already hard at work planning chapter activities for the upcoming year.


Incoming president Rocco LaForgia conducted a planning session in October with an emphasis on member engagement through the development of professional resources, program content and volunteer opportunities.






Don't miss the NYPCMA Chapter Reception
at the Hilton Bayfront Sunday night, January 8th 5:00-6:PM.

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In This Issue
Education Day Engages Attendees Through Networking
Still Time To Register for PCMA Annual Convening Leaders Conference
6 Powerful Tips To Say Thank You
Meet Your 2012 Chapter Leaders
NEW! 2012 NYPCMA Events Package
Welcome New Members!
NJ Nov Program: Revenue Management
Denver: One City Seven Reasons
Stuff Happens
Volunteer of Quarter
Wanted: LinkedIn Moderators






special offer
BUY 4  


For the very first time, NYPCMA is offering an opportunity for you to make a one time purchase at the beginning of the year that will last throughout 2012!   


For $225.00, you can "pre-buy"  

all of the 2012 NYPCMA programs, including Education Day - normally,  

a $295 value (or more, if you did not make the early bird deadline).  Essentially, giving you one program for free!


This "bundle" includes the February 14, April 24, June (TBD), November 2, and September Education Day (tentative for Sept. 14) events hosted by the NYPCMA.   


A one-time payment, easy to budget, easy to register, and a savings to your company.  Details will be sent via a Cvent email.  No need to continually get approvals to register.  Do it once, and you are set for the year.




Welcome to our new members who have joined NYPCMA in September-October 2011!

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 to make your contribution go even further.

Opportunities available
for 2012!

For More Information Contact:

NYPCMA Sponsorship Director
Blanca Ferreris
Phone: 212-655-6058
Email: bferreris@rims.org 


 NYPCMA On The Web


The PCMA Annual Meeting will have some sessions available live on-line. Even though you can't be there in person, PCMA still believes in bringing value to you, their members, in any way possible.

Simply use the link below to access the sessions. Please note sessions are listed in PACIFIC TIME -- 3 hours earlier than the East Coast.
To access the programs, click here to register.

NYPCMA Members Meet in New Jersey


2011 NJ Speakers
NYPCMA President-Elect Rocco LaForgia; Speakers: Dean D'Anna, Starwood Hotels;  Susan Hennig, United Airlines; Mitchell Heymann, Marriott and Programs Chair & Moderator Elizabeth George, New Orleans CVB.


NYPMCA's Rocco LaForgia with Meeting Sponsors Susan Proffitt, KeystoneResort & Conference Center; Pattie Bradley, RockResorts Coastal Collection;

Pam Dixon, RockResorts Mountain Collection and  

Margaret Victor, Director of National Accounts, RockResorts and Vail Resorts



2011 Venue Sponsors
NYPCMA President-Elect Rocco LaForgia and Sheraton Parsippany Staff




























Rock Resorts  





Hilton New York
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Stuff Happens - Anticipating & Adapting  
by David GabriDavid G, President & CEO
Associated Luxury Hotels International

I once heard the statement, "The key to success is how well you adapt to Plan B."


While this can apply to life, it also is relevant to the meetings, incentives, and hospitality marketplaces. After all, one of the greatest challenges many of us face is the need to be prepared for the unexpected, and to handle it with anticipated clarity. We're particularly aware of this these days with the highly publicized environmental, weather-related and natural disaster events, and of man-made threats and security issues.


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President's Volunteer of the Quarter


Stephanie Langdon
Staff Associate, Hospitality Studies Department
New York Institute of Technology


I first met Stephanie Langdon at a PCMA program in 2010 and then had the chance to spend some time with her at Convening Leaders 2011.  She is the type of young person that blows you away the moment you meet her with poise and professionalism that is impressive beyond her years.  Stephanie is a very busy individual.  She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Communication Arts at the New York Institute of Technology, and also serves as Staff Associate for the Hospitality Studies Department at the University. She also plans the School of Management's Student Advancement Events.


Stephanie's positive attitude is infectious. This year at Education Day, Stephanie showed up early in the morning to volunteer at Education Day, and within 10 minutes she mastered her volunteer role and went above and beyond in assisting us with some critical components of some very important moving parts on site for the program.


Stephanie's passion is creating special moments for people to enjoy, and eventually would like to be an event planner for a company that specializes in weddings, galas, and charity balls.  I have complete confidence that Stephanie has a bright future ahead of her in the special event business, and I wanted to take an opportunity to shine the spotlight on a young person deserving of a very special thanks for her contributions and influence to students and the PCMA community at large 

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Social Media

Call for Chapter  

LinkedIn Group Moderators

Do you enjoy LinkedIn and the networking opportunities and industry discussions it presents?  Why not become a PCMA Chapter Group Moderator? 


Moderating the Group is easy and fun!  The responsibilities are few: monitor the Group's activity on at least a weekly basis to ensure that questions are being answered and that inappropriate content hasn't been posted.  Moderators are also asked to post a "Question of the Week" designed to pique the interest of our Chapter's members: be they planners or suppliers.  The commitment is for just one month, you'll network with colleagues and PCMA members and further engage in our industry!  You'll also be featured and recognized on the Group page as the monthly guest moderator.


Interested?  Contact Lesley Kyle, CMP (lskyle@4spe.org  ) to learn more.  The month of December is the next available month for a guest moderator.  Activity and membership in the LinkedIn Group is starting to gain momentum:  why not be part of its growing success?



Chapter Links:          Find us on Facebook         View our profile on LinkedIn          Follow us on Twitter


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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

Production Editor:
Position Open 

Copy Editors: 
Leslie DiLeo, CMP
                       Molly Merez, Ph.D. 

Contributing Writers:
Leslie DiLeo, CMP
                                   David Gabri, ALHI
                                   Sue Hershcowitz-Coore, CSP  
     Molly Merez, Ph.D., Ticket Summit

Social Media Managers:  Matt Davis, ALHI
                                      Lesley Kyle

Public Relations Specialist: 
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