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Member Spotlight – David Almond reflects on 20 years with GMC PCMA

David Almond
Regional Vice President of Sales | Associated Luxury Hotels International
20 Year GMC PCMA Member

  1. Why did you join PCMA? I originally joined the PCMA Greater Midwest Chapter because I was always given advice to be involved, to work with others, and to build relationships through collaboration.  Message doesn’t really ever change.  What an amazing chapter and group of people to have known and grown with over the years.
  2. What committees have you served on in your time with the chapter? The committees I have served on during my 20-year membership include: Community Service, Student Membership, and Chapter Relations.  Was also fortunate enough to be able to serve on the Board of Directors and as Chapter President during my time with the chapter.
  3. What is your favorite moment or memory with the Greater Midwest Chapter of PCMA? Really enjoyed all those March Meetings at Kitty O’Sheas!
  4. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Treat others the way you want to be treated.  Pretty simple – whether a business relationship, leading a team, or in your personal life – if you do the right thing and be honest good things will come.
  5. How have you changed as a professional since joining the chapter? The biggest change in me as a professional since joining the chapter 20 years ago is the understanding that we need each other to be successful.  No one person can do it alone.  We have an awesome community to access and be involved in.  We all benefit from sharing different perspectives, utilizing our unique strengths, and working together.
  6. Who has been the most influential person in your career and why? I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many great leaders and team members … would be impossible to choose the most influential as all make a difference.  Feel the best way to grow in your career, and it ties back to quote above, is to try and take all the good things you’ve appreciated from your leaders and pass those along while remembering/not doing the things that didn’t sit well.
  7. Do you have any advice for young professionals in the chapter? My advice to a young professional embarking on their business event strategist journey is to not just be a name on a committee list but to get out there, share who you are, and truly get involved.
Jacky ListonMember Spotlight – David Almond reflects on 20 years with GMC PCMA