Chapter News

April 2020 Letter from the President

April is here!  I love the longer days and hope it gives you energy as we go through a very challenging time. As we settle into our new reality whatever it may be as there are so many stories…newly working from home, being furloughed/laid off, kids being schooled at home, filing for unemployment for the

Sponsor Spotlight: Visit Salt Lake

From Jeff Gassaway Director of Convention Sales – Midwest Region at Visit Salt Lake Virtual can be fun, but the real experience is better. First and foremost, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy while adhering to the guidelines to stay indoors to slow down the COVID-19 pandemic.  Like you, I am anxious for

June 2020 Webinar

How can you protect your business and still be a good partner? How has COVID-19 forever changed the way we do business? How are we planning for the rest of the year and early 2021 in the absence of a crystal ball? Join us on June 4 for a free virtual education event to reflect

PCMA Industry Relief Fund

The PCMA Foundation Industry Relief Fund will support individuals in the events industry whose health has been impacted by COVID-19. Funds will be distributed through our partner, SEARCH Foundation. We will track these donations separately from Australia/Puerto Rico collections.   Text to: 41444 Keyword: COVIDFUND Sample: COVIDFUND 50 Jane Doe

Thank You Sponsors

The sponsorship committee would like to thank all of our sponsors who make everything we do for GMC possible. Times are tough right now, but we are all in this together and will get through this all together. Check out our current sponsors.

March 2020 Letter from the President

Happy Spring GMC!   As I write this letter, I am reflecting on the week we have all had.  So many adjectives and not enough space in this article. Thank you to everyone who attended the March Education Program and Awards Luncheon on Tuesday.  It was a true testament to our industry by showing up.  We

Vendor Spotlight: Visit Anchorage

Direct Flights, Diverse Wildlife Make Anchorage a Larger-Than-Life Meeting Destination   Finding the ideal meeting venue means answering a long list of key questions: What potential locations are both within reach and within budget? Which of those destinations features both high-quality urban accommodations and an exhilarating range of unique entertainment and recreation opportunities?   The

February 2020 Letter From The President

Happy February Greater Midwest Chapter! Time flies when you are having fun. We have done so much in the last month to get ready for a fun year. The Board of Directors and Committee Chairs/Co Chairs have been hard at work for the Chapter. For the month, we have been focusing on Calendar of Events

January 2020 Letter from the President

Happy New Year Greater Midwest Chapter!   Can you believe it is 2020?  I am honored to serve as your President in this new decade.   There are so many things to look forward to in 2020 for GMC and I can wait to share these experiences with you – the greatest chapter within PCMA.  I wanted

Meet the 2020 Board and Committee Chairs

This Month’s Featured Leader: Becky Svienteck Meeting Planner at American Academy of Sleep Medicine GMC Education Committee Chair Fun Fact about Becky: I’ve been to 14 zoos in 9 states (plus one internationally!) and I’m hoping to visit a zoo in each of the 50 states during my lifetime.    Executive Committee President Rachael Riggs,

Convening Leaders Recap

Nearly 5000 business events professionals gathered in San Francisco from January 5-8 to kick of the year at the industry’s premier event of the year, PCMA Convening Leaders. The Greater Midwest Chapter was well represented at our reception on Sunday night, with over 400 members in attendance at the InterContinental San Francisco. For highlights from

Mark Henry Scholarship Recipients of 2019

Mark Henry was a friend to many in the meetings industry. He was a long time GMC member and a wonderful volunteer leader. Sadly, he passed away in December 2017. To honor his legacy, GMC PCMA has created the Mark Henry Scholarship, the purpose of which is to help members new to the industry (10

December 2019 Letter From The President

Season’s Greetings to all GMC PCMA members! It was terrific to see many of you at the Holiday Mixer as well as Holiday Showcase.  It is always befitting this time of year for us to assemble, celebrate and finish the year on a delightful note. This will be my final letter as President of the

Vendor Spotlight: Visit Fort Worth

Three Experiences. Fort Worth VIP Style. You Choose! Meeting planners, enter to win one of three Fort Worth VIP experiences! Music lovers, hang out at Niles City Sound, the studio that launched Leon Bridge’s career then spend an evening backstage at Billy Bob’s Texas—the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk. Adrenaline junkies, fulfill your need for speed on

Vendor Spotlight: San Francisco Travel Association

Why Chicago Meeting Planners Still Choose San Francisco   San Francisco is a premier meeting destination famous for fostering new ideas and drawing record-breaking attendance. The city is always changing, and now The Moscone Center has also changed, too. Its expansion, which created more than 500,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space, is mindful of

Vendor Spotlight: Business Events Montreal

The Backstory of Montréal’s Ground-Breaking New Guarantees Montréal is one of North America’s most creative cities—and they’ve innovated once again. With the recent launch of a new pledge that offers guarantees to event professionals, the charming Canadian city is planting a firm flag as one of the best destinations in the world to host events.

Vendor Spotlight: Visit Anchorage

Data Scientists, Lawyers, Cranes, and Police All Fit in Anchorage, Alaska Anchorage, Alaska is the best of both worlds. The city’s meeting venues have the versatility to host a wide array of groups, each with specific needs. At the same time, being the largest community in Alaska makes it an alluring spot for delegates as

Chicago Student Day Update

Chicago Student Day at Wrigley Field and Hotel Zachary On Friday September 27, 2019 over twenty students and industry professionals enjoyed a unique Student Day at Wrigley Field and Hotel Zachary. They were given a behind the scenes tour of Wrigley Field and saw the new event spaces including Club 1914 and the Catalina Club.

November Members on the Move

November 2019 Members on the Move Join us in welcoming our new or renewing GMC members! Jocelyn Guertin Laura Lutter Cole Lissa Salvatierra Mary Patton Darren Mendola Emily Eppelheimer Joyce Paschall Kris Delas Armas Colleen Neubauer Deborah Ross Noreen Burke Kim Stephenson Selena Quiroz Christopher Fortini Rose Dubrovich Joan Kulikowski Bill Lemmon Danielle Roesmann Angie

November 2019 Letter From the President

Greetings GMC! I hope everyone is staying warm and your Halloween was spooktacular!  Onward to November and the Holiday Season.  We at GMC have been working hard continuing the momentum and have great events coming up as we finish out the year. FIRST – We will see you tonight at WhirlyBall for our amazing and

Award Nominations Are Open

It’s that time of year again! Nominations for the GMC 2019 Awards are OPEN! You can nominate someone (or yourself) for four awards: the Richard A. Daignault Award, the Robert J. Donovan Award, the Pillar Award and the brand new Spirit Award! Once again, Shepard is generously sponsoring award nominations by making a $25.00 donation

Indiana Student Day Recap

The GMC Student Committee recently had the pleasure of meeting with students of IUPUI’s Department of Tourism, Event & Sport Management for 2019 Indiana Student Day. The program brought hospitality students and industry professionals together to discuss career paths, resume building and interview tips. A panel of bright, young professionals talked about their experience in

Vendor Spotlight: Meet in Vancouver

Vancouver is globally recognized as a health and wellness hub. Book your next meeting in Vancouver and see for yourself how memorable and unique the attendee experience can be when you add a little creativity and a lot of natural inspiration. How to Host a Mindful Meeting in Vancouver

October 2019 Letter From the President

Greetings GMC! I am so proud of all we have done thus far in 2019!  It’s truly a new day for us and things keep getting better and better.  I’m so happy with the Board, the volunteers, chairs…all of us.  Being under PCMA Management was unquestionably the right move and there is still so much

Community Services Update: It’s Wine Pull Time!

It is that time again and we need your help!  The Greater Midwest Chapter of PCMA is sponsoring our charity fundraiser as part of the 2019 Annual Signature Event! The event will be held on Thursday, November 7th at WhirlyBall in downtown Chicago.  It’s going to be a great event, and we ask for your

Detroit. It’s GO time.™

Detroit. It’s GO time.™ It’s time to take a closer look at Detroit for your next meeting. You’ll be amazed by the city’s energy and vitality. The D continues to transform with unique boutique hotels, dynamic residential developments, innovative restaurants, an ever-changing art scene and thriving local businesses. Detroit offers so much to see and

Member Spotlight: Morgan Prewitt

NAME:  Morgan Prewitt EMPLOYER: McCormick Place SMG   WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT OR MEMORY WITH THE GREATER MIDWEST CHAPTER OF PCMA? I went to Convening Leaders a few years ago in Austin, TX and received the PCMA 20 in their Twenties award. Having the full support of everyone in the GMC chapter to people

September 2019 Letter From the President

Hello GMC! Many exciting things are on the horizon for our chapter in the coming months. Two things that I am very much looking forward to are the upcoming Student Days in Indianapolis and Chicago. Our committee has done a fabulous job coordinating these programs for our university level members which will give them an

GMC 2020 Volunteers

GMC PCMA is seeking nominations from chapter members for the 2020 Board of Directors and Officers.

Signature Event Sponsorship Opportunities

The Greater Midwest Chapter is bringing you a new and fresh Signature Event! On November 7, GMC PCMA will be hosting the Annual Business Meeting and Signature Event at WhirlyBall Chicago in Bucktown! See below for exciting sponsorship opportunities and contact Sarah McKinney ( for more information. And don’t forget to register here! TITLE SPONSOR

Help Us Select The 2020-21 Chapter Charity

2020 will be here before we know it.  We select a new charity to support every two years.  The Community Services Committee needs your help in selecting our charity for 2020 and 2021.  Do you work with a charity that could benefit?  Or have you heard of one that is doing some great stuff?  We

August 2019 Letter From the President

Hello GMC! I am so proud, honored, excited and thankful we are now officially managed by PCMA.  Partnering with our parent organization is already bringing a new level of positive energy to the Chapter and a brighter future is on the horizon.  Streamlining our systems is only the beginning.  GMC will have access to all

GMC Member Spotlight

GMC PCMA member Racheal McDonald answers questions about the Chapter, her career, and more!

GMC Member Spotlight

GMC PCMA recognizes member Greg Bogue for being named the 2019 Supplier of the Year from PCMA's International Visionary Awards.