2017 Convening Leaders

Meetings Mean Business Coalition

Industry Alliance Talks Global Growth and the Future   The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) held a press conference yesterday morning to highlight its 2016 accomplishments and preview its 2017 priorities. MMBC’s purpose is to demonstrate the importance and value of face-to-face meetings and the entire business-events industry. Co-chairs Richard Harper, executive vice president for […]

Early Bird Gets the Worm — or a Taco

5K Supports PCMA Education Foundation, Fitness, and Fun   Everyone has heard of a turkey trot, but what about a taco trot? Yesterday morning, as most Convening Leaders attendees were sleeping in after Monday night’s Party With a Purpose, more than 200 people ran the streets of downtown Austin for a good cause and a […]

All Over the World

New Regional Advisory Boards and Regional Business Director – EMEA Help Drive PCMA’s Strategic-Growth Plans   PCMA’s vision to inspire, connect, and innovate with the business-events community globally has been in development over the past two-and-a-half years, and has gotten a major boost with the establishment of two regional advisory boards — one in Europe and […]

Gearing Up for a Grand Ole Time

2018 Committee Co-Chairs Discuss Next Steps and Nashville   As you leave PCMA Convening Leaders 2017 inspired and invigorated for the year to come, mark your calendars for Convening Leaders 2018 — slated for Jan. 7–10 in Nashville, Tennessee. Music City is excited to host this flagship event that brings together more than 4,000 business-event […]

Collaboration Is a Longstanding Tradition for Uber Partner Freeman

For more than a decade, Freeman has collaborated with PCMA with a shared goal of helping organizations demonstrate the true value of face-to-face meetings and events. This year, Freeman, a leading provider of integrated services for experiential marketing in event marketing and management, serves as an Uber Partner for Convening Leaders 2017. Uber Partners are […]

‘The Future of Our Industry’

PCMA Offers Students an Advance Glimpse Into Their Careers   Students preparing for a career as business-events professionals can fast-track the learning curve by attending PCMA Convening Leaders 2017. From its PCMA U program to sessions and socials, Convening Leaders has students in mind with education and events suited for the industry’s future leaders. “Our […]

THE DAILY TALK: Mary Pat Heftman

The Chair of the 2017 PCMA Board of Directors Is Bullish on Meetings and Trade Shows, and Excited to Continue the Board’s Work Moving PCMA Forward   Mary Pat Heftman • Executive Vice President, Convention and Strategic Alliances, National Restaurant Association • Chair, 2017 PCMA Board of Directors   How did you first get involved […]

Singing About Convening Leaders 2018

Nashville’s authenticity and music have led to the rise of a premier convention and leisure destination. And with so many exciting additions and renovations in the works — and with PCMA Convening Leaders 2018 on the horizon — there’s even more to sing about! The growth throughout the city has been nothing short of stunning. […]

3 Reasons to Meet in Toronto

It matters where you meet. Here are just a few reasons why Canada’s Downtown is the perfect destination to host your meeting or event. 1. THE FACILITIES From popup shops to conventions centers, food trucks to ballrooms, there is no end to the unique facilities and venues available for your event or meeting. Always growing […]

A Scene as Legendary as the Music

Austin is filled with music venues from classic live-music joints to up-and-coming hot spots — much like the artists playing in them. There are more than 250 live-music venues that feature everything from rock and blues to country and jazz every night of the week. A trip to Austin just isn’t complete without a little […]