PCMA Names 2015 Achievement Award Recipients

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced the winners of its 2015 Professional Achievement Awards, who will be honored for their contributions to the meetings and events industry at the 59th PCMA Convening Leaders annual meeting, taking place Jan. 11-14, 2015, in Chicago.

"Our 2015 honorees each have career paths and accomplishments that both inspire and guide their peer communities," PCMA President and CEO Deborah Sexton said in a statement. "While their past leadership has been instrumental in advancing our industry, their present and future leadership endeavors will help us ensure conventions, trade shows, and conferences continue to serve as the critical adult education channel."

PCMA will recognize the following three individuals:

• 2015 Meeting Professional Honoree: PCMA's 2015 Meeting Professional Honoree is Kati S. Quigley, CMP, senior director, partner community marketing, for Microsoft Corp. During her 25-year career in the meetings industry, Quigley has worked in both the association and corporate worlds. Today, she is responsible for Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, which has more than 15,000 attendees from 156 countries, and serves as a trustee and former chair of the PCMA Education Foundation.

• 2015 Educator Honoree: PCMA's 2015 Educator Honoree is George G. Fenich, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Hospitality Leadership at East Carolina University. A practitioner in the hospitality industry for 15 years, he has published more than 40 research articles and studies, including the Millennials study released by PCMA in 2012. Fenich has taught more than 15 courses in the meetings, tourism, and hospitality field in higher education, has authored/edited more than 10 textbook publications, contributed to chapters to six other textbooks, written and published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, contributed more than 20 articles to conference proceedings, and presented papers at more than 70 professional meetings.

• 2015 Supplier Honoree: PCMA's 2015 Supplier Honoree is Anne Hamilton (pictured above, left), vice president, resort sales and services, Disney Destinations. Hamilton leads a team of 170 representatives responsible for sales and services efforts related to meetings, conventions, and theme park events held at Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and Disney's Aulani, a Resort and Spa, in Hawaii. She has been instrumental in growing the Disney Destinations sales organization while continuously balancing the company's goals along with the customer's desires, enabling both to achieve a high level of success.

For more information about PCMA and its Professional Achievement Awards, visit www.pcma.org/awards.

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