Chapter News

PCMANCC Rallying Cry

To elevate is to lift up, rise, ascend.   We intend to lift up our membership, rise as a committed group of volunteers and help ascend to a new level of recognition in our community.   We will elevate each others words, actions and deeds in this newsletter this year to honor those of us who work

Convening Leaders 2018 Nashville Recap

For those who have contemplated attending PCMA’s Convening Leaders Conference but have yet to do so, we wanted to share just a few highlights from our trip this past January. NETWORKING From the minute you land at the airport and hit the conference registration desk in baggage claim, you can hear welcomes and chatter among

PCMA Northern California Movers & Shakers

Showcasing the achievements and success of our chapter members and community ~ join PCMA NCC in congratulating our Movers & Shakers! Sammy Ramos, General Manager, The Lexington Ridge Inn   Congratulations to Sammy Ramos, who accepted the position as the General Manager of a wonderful new property, The Lexington Ridge Inn, Los Gatos, CA!    

PIPO Shares Some Words to Plan By…

Pipo was a very busy mascot at this year’s Convening Leaders in Nashville.  Floating from one event to another, check out a few of the great tidbits that Pipo took away from the meeting. “Experience first, challenge second” (Deborah Sexton) “The month is the new year.  Set your goals for each month, be strategic, and

PCMANCC’s  25 Year Anniversary – You’ve come a Long Way!

In 1993, a small group of intrepid bay area meeting industry leaders set out to form the Northern California Chapter of what was then known as the Professional Convention Management Association.  Led by Anthony Provine (Executive Director of California Society of Anesthesiologists) as the Chair of the Chapter Formation Committee and first Chapter President, Ann

An interview with Zorianna Smith, 2018 PCMANCC President

We had a chance to talk to our new Chapter President, Zorianna Smith.  Here’s how our conversation went: Q: Hey Zorianna, I think our readers would like to know a few things about you, and what we can expect from your leadership this year.  To start, why and when did you join PCMA? A: I


We asked chapter member Sammy Ramos why he joined PCMA: “PCMA has stayed cutting edge and relevant to the trends on what drives changes to our industry.  PCMA does a better job on the national level and keeps members up to date.   On the local level, the networking and connections I have made both on

What’s Happening in Monterey?

I recently had the opportunity to interview Mark McMinn, VP of Sales at the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Monterey County is one of the top destinations for meetings and events, and there are so many amazing choices, from locations to venues. Mark has provided us an update on the most recent happenings. First, can you tell

BAMIES 2017- Oh what a night…

It’s no easy feat pulling off an event as amazing as the BAMIE’s, but this year’s event exceeded expectations thanks to a great team and the great leadership of Alex Capitolo, our BAMIE’s Chair.  Our newest contributor, Karen Grayson, had the pleasure of interviewing Alex to learn more about her experience. Q: Alex, Great Job

Behind the Lens – A Conversation with Katelyn Tucker

You’ve seen her at our PCMA NCC events and many other industry events around the bay area, Katelyn Tucker, Staff Photographer at Orange Photography captures the essence of our events. A Southern California native, she has traveled the world and lived also in Chile and Peru.  When her stepfather presented Katelyn with her first camera

Wine Country Is Open For Business

In a year that has seen multiple disasters, due to an act of nature or domestic terrorism, the effect on which these events have had on their respective communities has been devastating. The healing process is underway in each region, and for those of us in Northern California, it means helping out our friends and

The State of the Industry in the Bay Area

Anthony Mancuso, SF Travel Association The Bay Area has seen its share of growth over the past year and its share of challenges like any other area across the country.  How is our area managing the ups and down?  I had the privilege today, of chatting with Anthony Mancuso, Manager, Convention Sales at SF Travel

Vote for your 2018 Board

Vote today to approve your 2018 Board. We want to hear what you think.  Please take this time to vote and provide feed back on how we can better serve you in 2018. Executive Committee: Immediate Past President: Alexandra Carvalho-Luchova President: Zorianna Smith President Elect: Elisa Sandoval Wong Secretary: Yael Rosenwald Treasurer: James Threkheld Board

Experience Design at Education Conference June 2017 in NYC

Ken Edhammer, CMP, Senior Sales Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions we had about EduCon.  What did you like most about the PCMA EduCon this year? The high quality education, the amazing networks/bonds that are built over the course of 4 days, but mostly

A Moment With Noelle Boesenberg From Caesar’s Entertainment

Resident writer, Neil Adams,  spent some time with Noelle Boesenberg from Caesar’s Entertainment recently, she shared a little about Caesar properties and the customer and event professional experience.  Here’s what she had to say. Hey Noelle, I’ve read that Caesars Entertainment Group has been investing a lot in renovations at their properties.  Can you tell


On Thursday, May 18th, over 100 industry professionals from our PCMA Northern California Chapter, gathered at the Oakland Marriott City Center for the 3rd Annual LEAP Conference entitled “Design in Action”.

Face to Face:  Catherine Simmons, Salesforce

Catherine Simmons, Vice President, Strategic Events at Salesforce was Keynote Speaker at the third annual LEAP Conference on May 18 where she shared her take on the strategic, practical and creative processes required to build Dreamforce, the world’s largest software conference. Learn more...

JW’s Hot Seat

Have a seat at JW’s corner table – each month I will be visiting with one of our illustrious members for a one on one chat. You never know who will join me and what they might share while on the Hot Seat! Click here to read more.

Did someone say “Networking”?

If you ever wondered what the vibe is like at a PCMA networking breakfast, first-hand experience is the way to go.  Learn a little more about what these events can provide for you!