PCMA announces 2019 20 in their Twenties class

5th Oct, 2018

PCMA has announced the 20 in their Twenties class of 2019, as the next generation of business events leaders and twenty of the brightest and most talented young professionals.

PCMAs 2019 class of 20 in their Twenties come from around the world and from boutique to global organisations.

This passionate group inspires me every year as they represent the future of the business events industry, said Meredith Rollins, executive director of the PCMA Education Foundation. I have no doubt this class of bright, skilled professionals will achieve success and PCMA is proud to assist them at every stage of their career.

The 2019 class, supported by the PCMA Education Foundation and Experience Columbus, will be honoured at the PCMA Convening Leaders conference taking place from 6-9 January 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Each of the 20 in their Twenties class members is selected by a committee comprised of veteran industry professionals and 20 in their Twenties alumni. Applicants were required to be full-time employees in the business events industry and no older than 29 on 9 January 2019. They must have provided examples of industry leadership, a video statement and professional references.

Members of the 2019 20 in their Twenties class will receive recognition as the next generation of industry leaders and a scholarship to attend Convening Leaders, PCMAs annual signature event. Individuals will also receive complimentary registration for the 2019 PCMA Education Conference in June in Los Angeles, PCMA membership and educational products.

The 2019 20 in their Twenties class will also be featured in PCMAs Convene magazine and other PCMA communications.

Here is the PCMAs 20 in their Twenties class for 2019:

  • Edward Bagsic, CMP, DES

Manager, Conventions VIP Events and Budgets

National Business Aviation Association

Alexandria, Virginia, USA

  • Raul Cavazos-Binder

Account Executive

Development Counsellors International (DCI)

New York, New York, USA

  • Jared Chambers

Strategic Account Manager

Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company

Frederick, Maryland, USA

  • Emily Dietrich

Manager, Business Events

Niagara Parks Commission

Niagara, Ontario, Canada

  • Molly Holt, CMP

Manager, Meeting Operations           

Heart Rhythm Society

Washington, D.C., USA

  • Kara Hsu

Convention Sales Manager

Destination DC          

Washington, D.C., USA

  • Veronika Ivanova

Marketing and Meeting Architecture Specialist         

Kenes International

Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Andrea Lane, MTA

Meeting Planner

National Defense Industrial Association

Fairfax, Virginia, USA

  • Janelle Lewis

Meetings and Events Manager

Foundation for the National Institutes of Health        

North Bethesda, Maryland, USA

  • Chad Manhertz, MTA

Event Manager

Events DC

Washington, D.C., USA

  • Femke Morelisse

Sales Manager


Alexandria, Virginia, USA

  • Greg Morris, CMP

Director, Meetings and Education

Destinations International

Washington, D.C., USA

  • Laura Neufeld

Account Manager, Meetings and Events

MCI Group Canada Inc.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Khadijah Nimrod

Convention Sales Assistant

Destination DC

Washington, D.C., USA

  • Olivia Pelzer

Senior Strategic Account Analyst


Delaware, Ohio, USA

  • Gita Pun

Client Relations Team Manager


London, England

  • Giulia Ineke Sarri

MARCOM and Social Project Assistant

AIM Group International

Milan, Italy

  • Erin Simcox

Senior Manager of Housing

Visit Knoxville

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

  • Kevin J. Thompson

Event Manager

Events DC

Washington, D.C., USA

  • Lindsay Williams

Sales Manager


Chicago, Illinois, USA


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