Chapter News

Successful Hybrid Event Brings Key Lessons Learned Takeaways

PCMA Heartland Chapter member, Kristin Malek, shares her key takeaways from a very successful hybrid event earlier this month: What was your event’s name and what date was it held? “Level Up Your Event Game” – April 1, 2021. This was a hybrid event for meeting professionals that was planned by the Advanced Event Operations

Focus on a Member – Sarah Morrissey

This week for our Focus On A Member series, we hear from Sarah Morrissey,  Director of Meetings and Events, Distinctive Meetings Inc. What was your favorite Netflix binge during 2020? Ozark and Bridgerton…and Disney Plus…SO MUCH Disney with the kids. Personally, or professionally, were there any positive things that came out of the pandemic (i.e. more

Sponsor Spotlight: Visit Manhattan

Today we spotlight Visit Manhattan Kansas – one of the Heartland Chapter’s valued sponsors. What is recently new in Manhattan, KS? The Manhattan Conference Center was expanded in 2020 by more than 11,000 square feet. Also, the Courtyard by Marriott will be opening in July 2021, located in the heart of Aggieville, across from Kansas

Focus On A Member: Vicki Baker

  This week for our Focus On A Member series, we hear from Vicki Baker, Senior Account Executive, US Account Sales, Marriott International What was your favorite Netflix binge during 2020? Queen’s Gambit. Where is the first place you will travel when the pandemic is over? To the Beach. What is the best recipe you

Focus On A Member: Ashley Taber

This week, we focus on Heartland Chapter member, Ashley Taber PCMA Heartland Chapter Administrator. What was your favorite Netflix binge during 2020? Schitt’s Creek for sure! Where is the first place you will travel when the pandemic is over? Hopefully a tropical destination cruise with the family! What is the best recipe you tried in

Focus on a Member: Cheri Jones

This week we focus on Heartland Chapter member, Cheri Jones, CMP Cheri Jones Meetings.     What was your favorite Netflix binge during 2020? The Crown, Heartland. What is the best recipe you tried in 2020? Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, Grilled Artichokes, Zucchini Rollatini. Personally or professionally, were there any positive things that came out of

Congratulations to Our Chapter’s 2020 Award Winners

The Chapter awarded four members during the February 18 virtual Annual Installation and Awards Banquet. The event kicked off 2021 for the Chapter with the Induction of the Chapter’s Board Members and then, emceed by André Valk, presented these awards: Emerging Leader Award – Vicki Baker This award is for a member within our Chapter

Focus on a Member: Caitlin Condie

This week, we focus on Heartland Chapter member, Caitlin Condie, Manager, Meetings and Expositions Kellen Company.   What was your favorite Netflix binge during 2020? Oh gosh – I watched so much Netflix in 2020! I watched all 6 seasons of Schitts Creek at the beginning of the year (and then when season 6 aired)

Sponsor Spotlight: Encore (formerly PSAV)

Today we spotlight Encore (formerly PSAV) – one of the Heartland Chapter’s valued sponsors.   What is recently new at PSAV (Encore)?     Our rebrand! After the initial announcement of our global brand change in 2020, in January we moved forward with our organization’s official name change to Encore. Please check out our new website

Focus on a Member: Hayley Neverve

This week, we focus on Heartland Chapter member, Hayley Neverve, Regional Sales Manager, Caesars Entertainment Corporation   What was your favorite Netflix binge during 2020? Oh man, so many! Schitt’s Creek, Bridegerton, Love Life, and Yellowstone which wasn’t Netflix but a MUST watch.   Where is the first place you will travel when the pandemic

Recommendations for Physical Events/Exhibit Floors in the Foreseeable Future

Check out these ideas/recommendations for a physical meeting/exhibit floor during these COVID-19 times and what may be needed in the foreseeable future post-pandemic. These ideas are from a 2020 NY IAEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers professional association) webinar. 1. Use wider aisles. Consider all 15-foot aisles. 2. Use one-way aisles. 3. Consider expanding

Scholarship Winners Share Their PCMA Convening Leaders Experience Takeaways: Rhonda Chesney

Seven Heartland Chapter members attended last month’s PCMA Convening Leaders conference using their scholarships awarded to them by the Chapter. This week, we hear from Rhonda Chesney, consultant, and feature her key takeaways from her Convening Leaders (CL) experience. What is the best thing about attending Convening Leaders virtually this year?   Rhonda: Gratitude to

Focus on a Member: Eric Jacobson

  This week, we focus on Heartland Chapter member, Eric Jacobson, Vice President, Business Development at Ascend Media in the Kansas City metro.   Did you create a new tradition for a holiday? Because I didn’t travel for Thanksgiving or Christmas last year, our family spread throughout the country connected via Zoom on both days.

Scholarship Winners Share Their PCMA Convening Leaders Experience Takeaways-Vicki Baker

Seven Heartland Chapter members attended last month’s PCMA Convening Leaders conference using their scholarships awarded to them by the Chapter. This week, we hear from Vicki Baker and feature her key takeaways from her Convening Leaders (CL) experience. Vicki Baker Senior Account Executive, US Account Sales  Marriott International     What was the best thing about

Scholarship Winners Share Their PCMA Convening Leaders Experience Takeaways: Annie Tebow

Seven Heartland Chapter members attended last month’s PCMA Convening Leaders conference, using their scholarships awarded to them by the Chapter. In this week’s newsletter, we feature Annie Tebow’s highlights and key takeaways from the conference.  Annie Tebow, CMP, DES  Senior Event Planner Meetings and Conventions American Academy of Family Physicians   I’m so thankful for

Scholarship Winners Share Their PCMA Convening Leaders Experience Takeaways: Steve Donlin

Seven Heartland Chapter members attended last month’s PCMA Convening Leaders conference, using their scholarships awarded to them by the Chapter. This week, we hear from Steve Donlin, Regional Sales Director, Encore and highlight his key takeaways from his CL experience. Stay tuned for future issues of The Pulse to hear from the other scholarship winners.

Update from Chapter President- Sandy Wachter

When did you become involved in the PCMA Heartland Chapter and what made you want to join? I became involved with the PCMA Heartland Chapter about 17 years ago. I was new to the industry and saw it as an opportunity to learn from others.   What are you looking forward to in 2021 as the

Sponsorship Spotlight: Little Rock

Today we spotlight Little Rock AR- one of the Heartland Chapter’s valued sponsors. What is recently new in Little Rock? In 2020, Little Rock embraced the outdoors with the opening of a new mountain biking trail at nearby Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Work has also continued on the reimagined Arkansas Arts Center and it’s currently

Heartland Chapter By-Laws Changes Final Revision

HEARTLAND CHAPTER of the PROFESSIONAL CONVENTION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION BYLAWS (Revised October 22, 2020) ARTICLE I NAME The name of this organization is the Heartland Chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and will be referred to as the “Chapter” in these Bylaws. ARTICLE II OBJECTIVES Section 1. The principal purpose of this Chapter shall

Sponsor Spotlight: Louisville Tourism

Today we spotlight Louisville Tourism: one of the Heartland Chapter’s valued sponsors.   What is recently new in Louisville?  “We are excited about the following new attractions and venues that have recently opened,” shares David Kinney, Director of Midwest Sales:   Louisville City FC Stadium (Lynn Family Stadium) A new 10,000-seat soccer stadium, home to

Spotlight: Cox Business Convention Center

Today we spotlight Cox Business Convention Center, Tulsa OK: one of the Heartland Chapter’s valued sponsors. Cox Business Convention Center (CBCC) offers over 275,000 square-foot of event space in downtown Tulsa, OK. Voted Best Event Venue in Tulsa* and a top 20 convention center in North America,** CBCC opened in 1964 and has modernized and

Tips For Effectively Using Zoom

  Tips For Effectively Using Zoom Thank you to Heartland Chapter member, Kristin Malek, for hosting a variety of recent webinars on how to use Zoom effectively. Kristin is an Event Management Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Lincoln; Lincoln. She is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and a Digital Event

Tips, Advice and Memories From Our Long-time Chapter Members: Cassi Connors

Impressively, our Heartland Chapter has 13 members who have belonged to the Chapter 20 or more years. Their contributions to our Chapter have been, and continue to be, invaluable. We benefit from their shared wisdom, experience and advice. In today’s edition of The Pulse, we feature one of our 20-plus-years members, Cassi Connors. Read on to

Tips, Advice and Memories From Our Long-time Chapter Members: Dale Shuter

Impressively, our Heartland Chapter has 13 members who have belonged to the Chapter 20 or more years. Their contributions to our Chapter have been, and continue to be, invaluable. We benefit from their shared wisdom, experience and advice. In today’s edition of The Pulse, we feature one of our 20-plus-years members, Dale Shuter. Read on

Tips, Advice and Memories From Our Long-time Chapter Members: Kate Turner

Impressively, our Heartland Chapter has 13 members who have belonged to the Chapter 20 or more years. Their contributions to our Chapter have been, and continue to be, invaluable. We benefit from their shared wisdom, experience, and advice. In today’s edition of The Pulse, we feature one of our 20-plus-years members: Kate Turner. Read on

Tips, Advice and Memories From Long-Time Chapter Members: David Peckinpaugh

Impressively, our Heartland Chapter has 13 members who have belonged to the Chapter 20 or more years. Their contributions to our Chapter have been, and continue to be, invaluable. We benefit from their shared wisdom, experience and advice. In today’s edition of The Pulse, we feature one of our 20-plus-years members, David Peckinpaugh. Read on

Meet Dr. Kristin Malek

Dr. Kristin Malek has over ten years in event management experience to include third-party, corporate, hotels, food service, and retail. She had the honor of being named a Hilton Merit Scholar and MGM Resorts International Scholar and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of South

Tips, Advice and Memories From Long-Time Chapter Members: Belinda Waldo

Belinda Waldo Director of Sales, Midwest Region ALHI (Associated Luxury Hotels International) Impressively, our Heartland Chapter has 13 members who have belonged to the Chapter 20 or more years. Their contributions to our Chapter have been, and continue to be, invaluable. We benefit from their shared wisdom, experience and advice.   In today’s edition of

Tips, Advice and Memories From Our Long-time Chapter Members: Tanya Lowery

Impressively, our Heartland Chapter has 13 members who have belonged to the Chapter 20 or more years. Their contributions to our Chapter have been, and continue to be, invaluable. We benefit from their shared wisdom, experience, and advice. In today’s edition of The Pulse, we feature one of our 20-plus-years members: Tanya Lowery Read on to

Tips, Advice and Memories From Our Long-time Chapter Members: Missy Johnson

Impressively, our Heartland Chapter has 13 members who have belonged to the Chapter 20 or more years. Their contributions to our Chapter have been, and continue to be, invaluable. We benefit from their shared wisdom, experience, and advice. In today’s edition of The Pulse, we feature one of our 20-plus-years members: Missy Johnson Read on

Working from Home? How to Relieve Aches and Pains in Your Neck, Back and Shoulders

The following tips are from an article by Stacey Colino’s June 11, 2020 article on the AARP website.Colino states that “thanks to stay-at-home orders and office closures, people may be having new aches and pains because they’re less active than usual, they have a different work setup at home or they’re doing more cleaning and

Reflections from Libby Dischert – 2020 Convening Leaders Scholarship Recipient

I’ve been the Director of Meetings at the American Association of Orthodontists for about 18 months.  And, somewhere around the middle of 2019, I learned that my department’s budget for continuing education had been drastically cut from what had been spent in year’s past.  Immediately it registered that this cut meant some of us would

Inside Look at KC Chiefs Super Bowl Parade Webinar

Register here for our upcoming webinar, June 25th 11:00 am- 12:00 pm CDT as we hear from our speakers Keli O’Neill and Kathy Nelson about an Inside Look at KC Chiefs Super Bowl Parade! A webinar link will be emailed out after registration. Meet The Speakers: Keli O’Neill Wenzel: CEO and President of O’Neill Events

Meet New Heartland Chapter Member Lizzie Oxley

The first concert I went to was: Hannah Montana with the Jonas Brothers! My favorite holiday is: New Year’s Eve What you would be surprised to know about me: I was part of a dance team in college for a while! My favorite food is: Green Olive Pizza My next dream trip is to: Ireland

Meet New Heartland Chapter Member Hanna Roberts

The first concert I went to was: Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers Tour.   My favorite holiday is: Christmas!   What you would be surprised to know about me: I started college as a Criminal Justice Major.   My favorite food is: Pasta and anything Italian.   My next dream trip is to: Greece.

Meet Heartland Chapter Member Crystal Walker

Member Spotlight: Crystal Walker   Name: Crystal Walker, DMin, CMP, CHSP Director of Sales and Services, Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dayton/Indianapolis   The first concert I went to was: The Jackson Five (yes I am that old).   My favorite holiday is: Easter.   What you would be surprised to know about me: I

UPDATED MAJOR INDUSTRY EVENTS

Pharma Forum June 15-19 Financial and Insurance Conference Planners Education Forum New dates: June 22-26, online Professional Convention Management Association EduCon New dates: canceled ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition August 8-11 Las Vegas, NV Cvent Connect August 8-11 Las Vegas, NV IMEX America Septemeber 15-17 Las Vegas, NV MPI World Education Congress November 3-6 Grapevine,

Resources and Tips for Coping with These Unprecedented Times

Resources and Tips for Coping with These Unprecedented Times Recently furloughed or temporarily between jobs? Feeling stressed? Have more time to exercise? Among all the resources you’ve tapped into since stay-at-home orders took effect, perhaps these articles will also prove helpful to you: COVID-19 Layoff Tips: What to Do When You’re Let Go https://www.pcma.org/layoff-tips-covid-19-coronavirus- unemployment/?utm_source=pardot&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=news-

Staying Current

Staying Current By Cheri Jones, CMP, The Roark Group Amid this time of COVID-19, furloughs and layoffs, so many of the event industry organizations are stepping up to offer education complimentary or at a discounted rate. My problem is that I want to watch all the webinars, read all the articles, and listen to all

David Kinney Reflects On His Distinguished Member of 2019 Award

David Kinney Reflects On His Distinguished Member of 2019 Award 1. What does winning the award mean to you? David: It means a great deal to me personally, because this Chapter has meant so much to me over the many years of service. Volunteer leadership is something I’ve always cared so much about. And most

GMID goes virtual

Join #EventProfs from around the world on April 14, 2020 to virtually celebrate #GMID20 and break the Guinness World Record for largest audience for a virtual conference!   Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) was created to be an international forum for advocacy, awareness and celebration for the events industry, and why events mean business. In

The Ethics of Epidemic by Yonason Goldson

The Ethics of Epidemic 3 practical insights from the coronavirus outbreak   It was my pleasure to address the PCMA Heartland chapter last month. In my program, I identified the three enemies of ethics, the third of which is: Heal thyself. Just as we are responsible for our own physical health, we also have to