Chapter News

Q4 2017 Committee Updates

Compiled by: Cheri D. Jones, CMP, The Roark Group SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE: SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE: Contact: Sandy Wachter at The Sponsorship Committee worked hard finding sponsors for our events this year. A special thanks to Kerry Kerr for all of her help! We are in the process of updating the 2017 Heartland Chapter Sponsorship brochure. Our sponsorships will

Q4 2017 Around the Region

By:  Cheri D. Jones, CMP, The Roark Group If you have events happening in your city, please email them to Cheri Jones, CMP at  We would love to highlight exciting things happening in your town. The information below is gathered from Chapter members, CVB websites, Meetings Today and Meeting Focus. Arkansas – The Natural

Forecasting the Evolution of Business Events

By: Brad Plumb, CMP, Senior Sales Manager, Visit Overland Park The experts gathered along with over 90 Chapter members and guests for Heartland’s annual “State of the Hospitality Industry” program this past November at the Sheraton Overland Park. The meeting was insightful, informative and maybe even a little frightening. After all, who could have predicted

St. Louis Arch Recap

By: Brad Plumb, CMP, Senior Sales Manager, Visit Overland Park For over 50 years St. Louis’ the Gateway Arch has been known throughout the world as a symbol, not only of westward expansion, but as a gateway of hospitality beginning at the Mississippi river. The structure is as spectacular today as it was on opening

Nominate Your Fellow Chapter Members

The PCMA Heartland Chapter is pleased to recognize those outstanding individuals or organizations that generously contributed their time and efforts to the PCMA Heartland Chapter during 2017. Nomination deadline is January 5, 2018. Awards will be presented at the Chapter’s February 8, 2018 Annual Officer Installation and Awards Banquet. Please provide no more than one

Meet Heartland Chapter Member Jodie English

Meet Heartland Chapter Member Jodie English, Director of Sales – Crescent Hotel & Spa – Eureka Springs, Arkansas My favorite food is: Oh, so hard to pick only one!  I love to cook and food and beverage is such a big part of my life because of my job, that it is hard to pick

A Positive Workplace Creates Positive Results

By: Heidi Smith, CINHC, CCWS, CMP at the Integrative Wellness Studio As we move into a new year, let’s look at ways that we can celebrate the best in the workplace by creating a more positive work environment which, in turn, creates a more powerful and positive workforce. In turn, when employees are happy, your customers,

Veterans Community Project/Tiny Homes

The Heartland Chapter has selected Veterans Community Project/Tiny Homes as the charity the Chapter will support during 2018. Veterans Community Project (VCP) is dedicated to supporting every man and woman who took the oath for our country. They provide a variety of services that make a difference in the lives of homeless Veterans; a task

January 4 Past Presidents’ Reception

On Thursday, January 4, 2018, the PCMA Heartland Chapter Past Presidents will host the “Ring In” Reception. As a way to say happy New Year, the past presidents created this annual networking event several years ago to gather the members together in Kansas City before heading to Convening Leaders. Without a program at the January

Your Heartland Chapter Leaders and Committee Chairs for 2018

Here are the Heartland Chapter’s Officers, Board of Directors and Committee Chairs for 2018. Thank you for your volunteering and we’re looking forward to a great year under your guidance and leadership! Officers President – Kerry Kerr – HelmsBriscoe President Elect – Caitlin Arnold – Kellen Company Immediate Past President – Liz Huston – Visit

Thank You to All New and Renewed Heartland Chapter Members

A big “Thank You” to the following individuals who either became a new Heartland Chapter member or renewed their membership during the second half (June through December) of 2017. Our apologies if we inadvertently missed anyone from this list below. Members who joined or renewed prior to June 2017 were listed in the Heartland Chapter’s

Chapter’s Second Hospitality Career Exploration Day Attracts Nearly 40 Students

By: Teresa Hellman, Senior National Account Manager, Experient The PCMA Heartland Chapter’s second Hospitality Career Exploration Day took place Saturday, November 4th at the Marriott Overland Park, Kan., and by all accounts it was a huge success! The nearly 40 students in attendance were enrolled in hospitality-related programs from even more college programs in our six-state

Food Trends – How to Bust Your Sugar Addiction

By Heidi Smith, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist, CMP, Author Are you addicted to sugar? Do you find yourself craving sweet foods or sugary drinks during the day? According to Dr. Mark Hyman, there are five clues to look out for that may signal you are addicted to sugar: You consume

Plan Now to Attend Heartland Chapter’s Reception at Convening Leaders 2018

The PCMA Heartland Chapter reception will take place from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018 in the Omni Nashville Hotel, Cumberland 2 (Level 3). Each sponsor will have a table where they will conduct a prize drawing during the event. Two drink tickets per guest and a cash bar thereafter. Light hors d’oeuvres to

Thank You to Our 2017 Heartland Chapter Reception Sponsors at Convening Leaders

A big “Thank You” to all our 2017 Chapter Reception sponsors at Convening Leaders 2017. They represent an impressive list from within our six-state region. Here they are: Visit KC Explore St. Louis Visit Omaha Visit Oklahoma City Visit Wichita Little Rock CVB Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (venue sponsor) Our reception attracted more than

Former Heartland Chapter Presidents Host Dine with Destinations

Co Hosts Missy Johnson and David Kinney, former past presidents of the Heartland Chapter, hosted the fifth annual Dine with Destinations event at Lidia’s Restaurant in Kansas City on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. An impressive 15 CVBs, and various hotel brands, including global sales representatives from ALHI and Hyatt, all were part of the event

Lisa Boon Wins Scholarship to Attend Convening Leaders 2018

Grab your boots and cowboy hat Lisa Boon because you’re going to NASHVILLE! Congratulations Lisa, Event Planning Manager at Retail Confectioners International. You are the recipient of the 2018 PCMA Convening Leaders Scholarship to attend Convening Leaders coming up in January 2018 in Nashville, TN! “My sincerest thanks to the PCMA Heartland Chapter for this scholarship.

2nd Annual PCMA Hospitality Career Exploration Day

Plans are being made for the 2nd Annual PCMA Hospitality Career Exploration Day, sponsored by the Heartland PCMA Chapter. This year, the event will take place on Saturday, November 4 at the Overland Park Marriott from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you are a Chapter member and you would be interested in speaking at

2018 PCMA Convening Leaders Scholarship – Apply Today

The PCMA Heartland Chapter is delighted to announce the following scholarship to attend the 2018 PCMA Convening Leaders taking place in Nashville, TN, January 7-10, 2018.  The award nomination deadline is September 8, 2017. The recipient will be notified via telephone and email by September 15, 2017. Description: This scholarship, sponsored by PCMA Headquarters, is

Heartland Chapter Q1 and Q2, 2017 Around The Region

By: Cheri D. Jones, CMP, The Roark Group If you have events happening in your city, please email them to Cheri Jones, CMP at We would love to highlight exciting things happening in your town. The information below is gathered from Heartland Chaptermembers, CVB websites, Meetings Today and Meeting Focus. Kansas – Sunflower State Wichita

Heartland Chapter Q1 and Q2, 2017 Committee Updates

SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE: For more information on sponsorship for the Heartland Chapter, please contact Sandy Wachter at The Sponsorship Committee has been hard at work finding sponsors for our events. A special thanks to Amy Roberts and David Kinney for all of their help! 2017 Sponsors to date include: ALHI Explore St. Louis (Platinum sponsor)

Kerry Kerr Recaps PCMA Education Conference in NYC       

By: Kerry L. Kerr, Director, Global Accounts, HelmsBriscoe
 I attended PCMA Education Conference (Educon) in New York City this June, representing the Heartland Chapter at the Chapter Leadership session prior to Educon. The weekend kicked off with a board dinner at Charlie Palmer at the Knick, an iconic restaurant and hotel that have been completely

Q1 and Q2, 2017 President’s Report

By: Elizabeth Houston, Senior Sales Manager, Visit Indy Happy summer, my fellow PCMA Heartland Members! I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe September is already just around the corner. Our Chapter has been hard at work; time has just been flying! I guess that’s the case when you’re hard at work! Have you heard? Our

Meet Heartland Chapter Member Amy Westerman

Meet Heartland Chapter member Amy Westerman, Director of Meetings, International Association of Assessing Officers in Kansas City, MO.  My favorite food is: Potatoes. My next dream trip is to: Go rafting on the Futaleufú River in Chile. Recently read book I recommend reading is: The Greg Iles trilogy – Natchez Burning, The Bone Tree and

Meet Heartland Chapter Member Elisabeth Baluh

Meet Heartland Chapter member Elisabeth Baluh, Global Events Meeting Planner at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) in Tulsa, OK. My favorite food is: Today, my favorite food is homemade sushi. My next dream trip is to: I would love to visit Italy. I think seeing the caves and grottos would be a lot of

Thank You to All New and Renewed Chapter Members

A big Thank You to the following individuals who either became a new Heartland Chapter member or renewed their membership during the first half (January – June) of this year. Our apologies if we inadvertently missed anyone from this list. And, a hearty WELCOME to all our new Chapter members! Pamela Hoffmann, CMP, Senior Meetings

Have You Lost Respect for Your RSVP?

By: Missy Johnson, Principal, MJMeetings, LLC I’m bothered by a current and growing trend in our society. It seems that the public is numb to the meaning of the RSVP for parties, events or invitations to just about any occasion. RSVP is a widely known acronym for Répondez s’il vous plait, which is a French

Let’s Get Social

If you haven’t Liked us on Facebook or aren’t yet following the Chapter’s Twitter, it’s time get social! The Heartland Chapter uses both its Facebook page and its Twitter account to communicate important Chapter news and updates – important information that supplements what you read on the Chapter’s website. More than 115 people already have

Tulsa Hosts Chapter’s First Lunch and Learn

By: Michael Farr, CASE, CGMP, Senior Sales Manager, Hyatt Regency Tulsa Tulsa hosted the first ever PCMA Lunch and Learn Wednesday, March 21 to much excitement and success. Produced by Chapter members Michael Farr and Danielle Wright, the event had 53 in attendance not only from Tulsa, but also from Oklahoma City, Northwest Arkansas and Southeastern

Plan Now for These Upcoming Chapter Events

Heartland Chapter Networking Reception September 14, 2017 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Fontaine, 901 W. 48th Street Kansas City, MO Mix and mingle with your industry colleagues at The Fontaine (formerly Hotel Sorella) on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.   Heartland Chapter State of the Hospitality Industry Presentation & Reception November 16,

Heartland Chapter Creates Regional Day of Service

By: Sarah Morrissey, CMP, Director of Meetings and Events, Distinctive Meetings Inc.  On Friday, June 16, the Heartland Chapter formed a regional Day of Service by volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in four different cities within the region. Over 20 volunteers in Tulsa, St. Charles, Kansas City and Olathe participated. The Boys and