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Nov/ Dec 2021 The Bridge Newsletter

Recovery, Relaunch and a Start to the Holiday Season! The Holidays are upon us and hopefully you’re staying busy with events to close out the year! Our Industry continues to recover and I’m even more encouraged by a few major Industry events I was fortunate to attend over the last month.  As we wind down

Chapter Challenge

Chapter Challenge The PCMA Chapter Challenge is here! PCMA Foundation is hosting the annual PCMA Foundation Raffle. To get everyone excited for Convening Leaders 2022, PCMA Foundation has added some extra fun. The Chapter that sells the most PCMA Foundation Raffle tickets wins. PCMA Foundation is giving one lucky Chapter a chance to win all

Sept 2021 The Bridge Newsletter

Orange October and BAMIES 2021 PCMA NCC September 2021 The Bridge Newsletter is now available. Click here to read the latest chapter newsletter with stories from our president, #TahoeStrong, Virtual Events, Sponsor Spotlight from Destination Toronto, Curveballs, BAMIES preview and Bay Area Events Associations’ Joint Mixer.

July 2021 The Bridge Newsletter

Dog Days of Summer and Life After Lockdown! PCMA NCC July 2021 The Bridge Newsletter is now available. Click here for a message from our President, recaps from L.E.A.P. and PCMA EduCon 2021, member and sponsor spotlights, other news and upcoming chapter events.

Our Hybrid L.E.A.P. Event Made the News!

On May 20th, our L.E.A.P. event, titled “360 Wellness for Optimal Success” had the distinction of being the first hybrid program produced by a Bay Area events industry association. Barbara Palmer, Deputy Editor of PCMA’s award-winning magazine, Convene, was there to document this milestone, both virtually on the Goldcast platform and in person at the

Special Next Gen Rate

Next Gen Rate: PCMA now has a member rate for the Next Generation of the Meetings & Events industry! If you’re under the age of 30, join or renew your membership today for just $120 USD! Available to all Professional and Supplier members and you will still receive the same PCMA Benefits! Contact for

May 2021 The Bridge Newsletter

Catch up on Chapter News! PCMA NCC May 2021 The Bridge Newsletter is now available. Click here for a message from our President, recaps, sponsor news and what is coming up.

March 2021 The Bridge Newsletter

The Hybrid World – Your Chapter is Paying Attention PCMA NCC March 2021 The Bridge Newsletter is now available. Click here for a message from our President, recaps, sponsor news and what is coming up.

Student Apprentice Program Opportunity

A New Collective Impact Approach Offers Inclusive Entry-Level Opportunities for the Meetings and Events Industry  Our industry is committed to providing more job opportunities for all individuals. For those interested in pursuing a career in event planning or tradeshow management, an apprenticeship program may be your best first stop to gain hands-on experience working with an

Freeman – When Emerging Trends Become Best Practices – Gold Sponsor Highlight

With the world changing constantly, it’s vital to understand emerging trends. But how do trends affect you, your business, and your brand experiences?  I spoke with Erik Heitmeyer, Senior Business Development Manager, and here’s what he had to say. Freeman has literally created a periodic table on different industry topics, called “Trend Lab.”  This cool

Caesars Entertainment Gold Sponsor Highlight

Caesars Entertainment, a Gold level Sponsor in 2018 is the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment provider and the most geographically diverse U.S. casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, in 1937, Caesars Entertainment has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions and its portfolio of subsidiaries now operate 49 casinos in 13 U.S.

San Francisco Travel Association Diamond Sponsor Highlight

San Francisco has been going through major transformations in the last few years. I had the chance to catch up with Anthony Mancuso from the San Francisco Travel Association to learn about what is in store for the Golden Gate City! Moscone Convention Center has been undergoing a major transformation. What can groups expect from the

Unmasked – PCMA’s BAMIES

The veil was lifted on the newly renovated Palace Hotel, which hosted the 9th Annual 2018 PCMANCC Bay Area Meeting Industry Excellence (BAMIES) Awards, our Chapter’s 25th Anniversary and our remarkable Industry.  Masquerade was the theme, and many of the 350 attendees embraced the idea and donned extraordinary masks for a great portion of the

IMEX America 2018: Recap

The eighth annual and largest ever IMEX meetings convention took place again in Las Vegas, October 16-18, 2018 at the Sands Expo.  With an estimated 13,000 attendees including 3500 exhibitors from more than 150 countries, the convention this year expanded into a third hall with more than 60 new booths.   As with each year, IMEX

Navigating Failure – Back to School Educational Event Remembered

We all fail.  It’s a simple fact of life and sometimes it’s not an easy pill to swallow.  The question is, what do you do AFTER you’ve experienced a “failure”? This question was addressed during September’s Educational event, Navigating Failure, at the Le Meridien Hotel, presented by Richard Cox Braden, Founder of People Rocket and


We love to check in with our members to find out what draws them to PCMA and the value that keeps them coming back.  In this edition, we caught up with Andrea Chang, Director of Group Sales at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District and Jacquie Chapman, Sales Manager at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel

Apply for a Scholarship to Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh

Click here and apply for a scholarship today!!  Deadline is Monday, November 26th.  Winner will be notified by November 30th. Scholarship includes: – Registration – Hotel – Air (up to $400) if you have any questions please contact our Chapter Administrator, Carolynn Santos –

PCMA Northern California Movers & Shakers

Showcasing the achievements and success of our chapter members and community ~ join PCMA NCC in congratulating our Movers & Shakers! Carolynn Santos, Strategic and Intentional Experience Creator Congratulations to Carolynn Santos, who accepted the position of Chapter Administrator for our Northern California Chapter of PCMA, bringing her experience, creativity and industry knowledge to the role.

BAMIES Call for Volunteers and Sponsorships

It’s not too early to start planning on what you want to do for this year’s BAMIES.  The unveiling of the newly renovated  Grand Ballroom at the Palace Hotel will take place on October 25.  Speaking of unveiling, that’s what we’ll all be doing at some point during the evening, with this year’s theme being

Confessions of a First-time LEAP Planner

I recently chatted with Samantha Brown, Outside Sales Manager for Off the Grid, to get her impressions on planning this year’s L.E.A.P. (Learning.Engage.Act.Particpate) day on May 17 at the Walnut Creek Marriott. It was her first time planning this event and also, as a supplier, it was quite a new experience for her. I wanted

Visit Oakland!

I recently had a chance to connect with Rhanee Palma of Visit Oakland, and here’s a recap of a few things she had to share about the latest and greatest in her city. Can you share with us an update on what new developments are happening in Oakland? Yes, the Claremont Club & Spa, a


We asked chapter members Carolyn Yim and Gary Murakami why they joined PCMA: “PCMA is a leading organization in the meetings & events industry that connects business event strategists through relevant and thought-provoking education and provides critical face-to-face networking opportunities.  The organization’s well-recognized portfolio and resources, anchored by the annual convention, Convening Leaders, and mid-year

Schmoozing in a Yacht on the Bay

When President-Elect Elisa Sandoval Wong took the microphone, she said, “When we met at our Board retreat earlier this year, we wondered what we were doing for our members.  We decided that we should be doing something to say ‘thank you’ and give back to them.  Welcome to our first ever Members Only Event for the

L.E.A.P. focuses in on INCLUSION

This year’s L.E.A.P. (Learning. Engage. Act. Participate) program is being hosted by the Walnut Creek Visitors Bureau at the Walnut Creek Marriott Hotel on May 17. The annual day-long educational program’s theme is “INCLUSION: Include Wellness. Include Innovation. Include Each Other.” Dorri C. McWhorter, CPA, Chief Executive Office of YBCA Metropolitan Chicago, is our Keynote


We asked chapter members Roberta Kravitz & Elaine Rothenhaus why they joined PCMA: “As a long-time member of PCMA, I recognize that there are several things that set our community apart – a strong and committed membership, a unique and truly international composition of business events professionals, active and collegial exchange at meetings and a


From Edmonton to Nairobi, from Cleveland to Austin, in Europe and in Asia, April 12, 2018 was Global Meetings Industry Day.  In our little corner of the world, which is Northern California, this multi-continental, multi-association event was held at AT&T Park in San Francisco.  The sun was shining, and the breeze was brisk, but the record setting

PCMA Northern California Movers & Shakers

Showcasing the achievements and success of our chapter members and community ~ join PCMA NCC in congratulating our Movers & Shakers! Ken Edhammer, Associate Director of Sales, Hotel Kabuki | a Joie de Vivre Hotel Congratulations to Ken Edhammer, who accepted the position of Associate Director of Sales at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco this

A Conversation with Platinum Sponsor, Giants Enterprises

We recently had a chance to have a conversation with the good folks at Giants Enterprises.  Have a read at what they have to say. Q: Why is it important to you to be a Platinum Sponsor for PCMA? A: We take great pride in supporting all of our local meeting & event associations in

Visit Walnut Creek; LEAP is!

Scott Slocum, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing at the Walnut Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau ( recently provided an update on new developments in Walnut Creek. Scott says that their partnership with PCMA is a valuable one and that they enjoy being part of great meetings industry associations, which leads to referrals and new

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