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Announcing the 2020 GMC PCMA Awards Recipients

Congratulations to the GMC PCMA 2020 Award Winners! Stay tuned for special emails this spring, sharing more about each of this year’s award recipients.


Richard A. “Dick” Daignault Award Winner:

Leslie Sargent
Caesars Entertainment
Chicago, IL 

Robert J. “Bob” Donovan Award Winner:

Angie Silberhorn, CMP
Warehousing Education and Research Council
Oak Brook, IL

The GEM Award Winner:

Kara Patten, PMP
Maritz Global Events
Palatine, IL

Outstanding Service to the Chapter Award Winners:
The 2020 Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Task Force

Jatare Barrett
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Chicago, IL

Willie Benjamin
Credit Union National Association
Cottage Grove, WI

Colleen Donohoe
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Chicago, IL

Jon Hixon, CMP, CDME
Visit Indy
Indianapolis, IN

Aileen Laracuente Rivera, MS, CIS
In Transition
Chicago, IL

Cherai Lewis, CMP
Formerly with Steelcase Events Experiences
Grand Rapids, MI

Morgan Prewitt, CMP
Large Tech Company
Chicago, IL

Alli Shebek, DMCP
Chicago, IL

Yolanda Simmons-Battle, CMP
Chicago, IL

Pillar Award Winner:

Dionne Maniotes Hulsey
Total Hospitality Industry Solutions (THIS)
Munster, IN 

The Spirit Award Winner:

Joni Opperman
Hilton Worldwide Sales
Sunbury, OH


Please save the date for the Annual Awards Ceremony and Celebration , taking place Thursday, June 24 from 3-5:30 p.m. at The Old Post Office in Chicago! This year we will be honoring our award winners with a networking reception following all protocols and with plenty of space to be safe. The Awards Ceremony will be available to stream for those who aren’t able to join us in person. More details to come. We hope to see you there as we recognize several members’ achievements throughout 2020!


Nominations for the GMC 2021 Awards will open this summer. Start thinking of who you’d like to nominate this year and if your nominee wins, you get a free ticket to the celebration! Check out the GMC PCMA Awards page for a complete list of awards and past winners.

Jacky ListonAnnouncing the 2020 GMC PCMA Awards Recipients