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ON-DEMAND EDUCATION: Convening Leaders 2012 may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t revisit—or experience for the first time—the programming that was broadcast as part of PCMA’s hybrid event. Visitwww.conveningleaders.org to view archived content.


WE’LL START THE BIDDINGAT…


PCMA’s 2012 online SilentAuction kicks off on Feb. 15, and will run through April 11 (the “Buy It Now” option closes on March 2). The auction helps fund the PCMA Edu- cation Foundation, which supports PCMA through fundraising and grant-giving focused on scholarships, educa- tion, and research that will ben- efit the meetings industry. Unique packages available dur- ing this year’s auction include a trip to Dubai, with airfare; five different all-inclusive five-night stays at Palace Resorts proper-


ties throughout Mexico and the Dominican Republic; and weekend stays in major U.S. cities, including Orlando, Chicago, New York City, and Las Vegas. For more informa- tion, visitwww.pcma.org/silentauction.


Mark Your Calendar


PCMA Education Foundation Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement Washington, D.C. May 2


PCMA Education Foundation 2012 Partnership Summit Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. May 17–20


PCMA Education Conference San Antonio June 10–13


See You at These Industry Events


AIME (Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo) Melbourne Feb. 21–22


DMAI’s Destinations Showcase Washington Washington, D.C. Feb. 28


IMEX Frankfurt May 22–24


MORE MEMORIES: Do the photos from Convening Leaders 2012 on the previous and following pages have you wanting more? If so, you can check out additional shots from sunny San Diego on PCMA’s Flickr page, atwww.flickr.com/photos/pcmahq.


AWARDS SEASON


The “PCMA prom”—aka the black-tie-optional PCMA Education Foundation Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement—is set for May 2, the night before ASAE Springtime, at theWashington Hilton inWashington, D.C. Those being recognized are Meeting Professional Honoree John Lisack Jr., CAE, executive director of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists; Educator Honoree Amanda K. Cecil, Ph.D., CMP, assistant pro- fessor with the Department of Tourism,


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at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis; and Supplier Honoree George Aguel, senior vice president with theWalt Disney Company. To purchase individual tickets or tables, visitwww.pcma.org/dinner or call PCMA Education Foundation Specialist Erin Shamus at (312) 423-7264.


CHAPTER CORNER Southwest & Pacific: ‘Bobby B. Goode’


On the Saturday before Convening Leaders, Jan. 7, the Southwest & Pacific Chapter held a fundraising event at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in honor of American Hospital Association Vice President of Meetings and Travel Services —and perennial PCMA volunteer—Bob Donovan. In atten- dance were 250 meeting planners and hotel leaders. The evening, which included a reception and dinner, held many surprises, including singer Adam James belting out a couple of parody rock ’n’ roll tunes in honor of Donovan —“Bobby B. Goode,” for one—and generous donations by ConferenceDirect President and CEOBrian Stevens and Freeman CEOJoseph V. Popolo Jr. to two of Donovan’s favorite charities: the National Catholic Partnership on Disability and San Diego’s own Father Joe Carroll/St. Vincent de Paul Village.


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