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Heartland Chapter Q1 and Q2, 2017 Committee Updates


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:


Explore St. Louis (Platinum sponsor)

Louisville CVB (Platinum sponsor)

Travel Portland (Platinum sponsor)

Experience Grand Rapids (Bronze sponsor)

Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau (Bronze sponsor)

Greater St Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau (Bronze sponsor)

Hyatt Hotels Corp. (Bronze sponsor)

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch (Bronze sponsor)

Hyatt Regency Tulsa (Bonze sponsor)

MGM Resorts (Bronze sponsor)

San Antonio Marriott (Bronze sponsor)

San Francisco Travel (Bronze sponsor)

Sheraton Overland Park (Bronze sponsor)

Travel Alberta (Bronze sponsor)

Visit Albuquerque (Bronze sponsor)

Visit Dallas

Visit Kansas City (Bronze sponsor)

Visit Reno Tahoe (Bronze sponsor)

Visit San Jose (Bronze sponsor)

Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater (Bronze sponsor)

  • The 2017/2018 Heartland Chapter Sponsorship brochure has been updated and has been distributed to potential sponsors. The committee sent the brochure, as well as the information on the Golf Classic, to 55 destination representatives that were in Kansas City for the recent Destination Celebration event. We are also contacting all past sponsors to encourage them to sponsor our Chapter again! Do you know of anyone that would like to sponsor one of our events? Please share their contact information with us at
  • The PCMA Heartland Chapter 4th Annual Golf Classic will be held at Top Golf in Overland Park, KS on August 31, 2017. We still have a few sponsorship opportunities available for this fabulous event. Planners will enjoy complimentary registration and will be hosted by suppliers in 16 bays this year. Please contact Craig Deel at to register or for more information. Contact Sandy Wachter at for information on sponsorships.


Contact:  Eric Jacobson at

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Contact:  Hayley Neverve at

There are so many benefits with your PCMA Membership and we thank you for being part of what makes the Heartland Chapter so wonderful! The Membership Committee dedicates time each month to calling members that are up for renewal as well as welcoming new members. Keeping our current members is vital to the Heartland Chapter! We are also working through a list of past members in hopes of recruiting them back to PCMA. Do you know anyone we should add to our prospecting list? Send them our way!


Contact:  Katie Conoyer at

The membership scholarship winner was:

  • Karen Lazowski of Clear Path Events, Inc.

The PCMA Convening Leaders scholarship application will be going out soon. Watch your email for details.


Contacts:  Tricia Grube at and Gina Page at

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 fifty three in attendance not only from Tulsa, but Oklahoma City, Northwest Arkansas and Southeastern Oklahoma.

Cox Business Center in Tulsa was the perfect setting for the launch of the Tulsa series of Lunch and Learns. Danielle and her team carried out an impeccable setting with an over the top lunch.  The format of the Lunch and Learn was a panel discussion on the art of contracting. Moderating the panel was Jen Haggard, CMP of Sweet Adelines International and a Heartland Chapter member. Panelists included Ray Hoyt, President of Visit Tulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission, Shannon Brown, Director of Sales and Marketing, Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown, Michelle Mayfield Gentzen, CMM of ConferenceDirect and Nicole Gore of Hyatt Sales Force.

Following the panel, there was an informal question and answer. The Tulsa chapter members were honored and excited to host this venture.  There were a few inquiries on when the next one will be held and had two venues ask about hosting. Tulsa looks forward to the next one!



Contact:  Sarah Morrissey at and Lynn Gross at

On Friday, June 16th, PCMA 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 Girls Club is a fantastic organization that provides summer day camp and after school care to families and aim to develop the skills, values and self-esteem kids need to reach their greatest dreams.

During the Day of Service volunteers spent their time facilitating fun and interactive activities, playing games, helping kids work on their reading skills with the Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) Program, organizing donated books and enjoying the company of some energetic kiddos.

Furthering the Day of Service, donation checks were delivered to Operation Breakthrough, Kansas City Veterans Center and Unleashed Pet Rescue with the proceeds from the PCMA Heartland Chapter 2017 Auction and Awards Dinner.

We are thankful and proud of the hard work and dedication of our chapter members. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to give back to the community. We are excited to see how the Day of Service expands in the future.

Eric JacobsonHeartland Chapter Q1 and Q2, 2017 Committee Updates