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NEW Heartland Chapter Board Installed


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Unique Venues: March Event Emerging Leaders UPDATE Heartland Chapter in Des Moines for April Program Around the Industry & Region Upcoming Events PCMA Member Dave Fellers launches Association Consulting Firm

Welcome to our New Members! In 2009, arguably the toughest year in recent history, our chapter managed to GROW. That’s right. In 2009 we grew from 191 to 220 members. That’s impressive.

2010 Heartland Chapter Committee Chairs Annual Meeting Missy Johnson, CMP

Awards and Scholarship Robert Wilson Executive Meeting Sites Resource Gary Ellegood Swank Audio Visual Debbie Jennings Applied Measurement Professionals Cathy Phillips HelmsBriscoe Kolbie Johnson Kansas State University Liron BenDor George Washington University Alisha Ernst Kansas State University Tracy Green Kansas State University Angela Wright HelmsBriscoe Arron Brooks Austin CVB

John Rolfe Go Wichita CVB Jennifer Bergsieker Four Seasons Hotel Kendra Dekat Kansas State University

Miranda Lyons Northeastern State University Stephanie Penner Northeastern State University

Jill Stone Kansas State University

Rylee Williamson Northeastern State University

Jessica Minehan Cambridge Investment Research

Joyce Peterson National Auctioneers Assoc.

Christy Marks Fort Smith CVB

Alicia Miller Hilton Americas Houston

Alyse Glesmann Kansas State University

Michelle Good Harrah’s St. Louis Casino and Hotel

John Seibolt TriStar Publishing Chris Lee Northeastern State University Amanda Lawson Northeastern State University

Rebecca Burgess National Assoc. of Electrical Distributors Libby Huff Crown Plaza, Kansas City Jacob Quinn Kansas State University

Kristin Smith Kansas State University

Tyler Adkins Agenda: Kansas City

Communications & Newsletter Editor TBD Co-chair: Christine Pennel-Jones, CASE Experient, Inc.

Community Service Chair Stephanie Palmer Deel, CASE San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter & Riverwalk

Membership Karin Robinson, CMP American Academy of Family Physicians

Nominations Teresa Hellman, Experient

Programs Chair Jennifer Lion, CMP Experient Co-Chair: Sherie L. Howell, CMP, CMM

Sponsorship Chair Michelle Murdock Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa Co-chair: Teresa Hellman, Experient

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Emerging Leaders Kristen Kimbrel, CMP American Academy of Family Physicians

Heartland Chapter Board Installation & Awards Dinner Heartland PCMA Chapter members gathered on Thursday, February 4 at the Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza for the Annual Chapter Installation and Awards Dinner with Auction. Unfortunately, many members in the St. Louis area and the surrounding region were not able to attend because of poor weather. Congratulations to our 2010 Heartland PCMA Chapter Board:

2010 Heartland PCMA Chapter Board President

Missy Johnson, CMP, American Academy of Family Physicians President –Elect

Robin O’Connor, Helms Briscoe Secretary

Mike Rowan, Experient Treasurer

Mary Ryan, Kansas City Convention &

Board Members on stage From left to Right-Amy Harper, NAIC, Sherie L. Howell, A-S-K Associates, Marilyn Kohler, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Teresa Hellman, Experient, Mary Ryan, Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association, Missy Johnson, AAFP, Kati Quigley, PCMA Chair

Visitors Association

Missy Johnson, AAFP and 2010 Chapter President, Kati Quigley, CMP with Microsoft and 2010 Chairman of the Board for PCMA National, Teresa Hellman, Experient and Immediate Past-President.

Immediate Past-President Teresa Hellman, Experient Directors

Jenny Conrad, CMP, Gateway Center in Collinsville, IL

Vicki Comegys, Des Moines Convention & Visitors


Marilyn Kohler, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ronda Vaughn, CMP, Optimist International Sherie L. Howell, CMP, CMM, A-S-K Associates, Inc. Amy Harper, CMP, National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Teresa Hellman, Experient & immediate Past-President passes the Gavel to 2010 Heartland Chapter President, Missy Johnson, AAFP

Chapter National Board Liaison

Jim Goodman, American Optometric Association


CHAPTER AWARDS CONTINUED CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT Dale Shuter, Electrical Apparatus Service Association

“Agenda: KANSAS CITY has given countless hours and numerous in-kind gifts in support of the chapter. The leadership of this organization has encouraged employees to be involved and graciously supported them on giving their time and commitment.“

MAKES IT HAPPEN Kristen Kimbrel, CMP, American Academy of Family Physicians



Immediate Past President Teresa Hellman, Experient and Awards Committee Chair Tyler Adkins, AGENDA: KC presents Sherie Howell, CMP, CMM with A-S-K Associates with the “Chapter Member of the Year” Award

Immediate Past President Teresa Hellman, Experient presents “Heartland Chapter Supporter” Award to Bobby Riggins and Tyler Adkins representing AGENDA: KC

“Sherie Howell stepped into one of the most challenging and time consuming of all of the Board positions right from the beginning. She is known for her outstanding professionalism as a meeting professional and as a volunteer.“

Immediate Past President Teresa Hellman, Experient and Awards Committee Chair Tyler Adkins, AGENDA: KC presents Emerging Leaders Committee Chair Kristen Kimbrel, AAFP with the “Makes it Happen” Award

PCMA Heartland Chapter raised $9,770 during the Silent & Live Auction. Thank You to all who supported the Chapter & Operation Breakthrough!

Unique Venues – March Event The Heartland PCMA Programs Committee organized two successful unique venue events held in both Kansas City and St. Louis in March. The Kansas City program showcased several venues along Main Street to include Level 5 (3829 Main Street), Midland Theater, AMC Main Street Theater, which is AMC’s flagship theater.  A reception was held at Hobbs Building, hosted by Feasts of Fancy to finish the tour. The Kansas City event drew several attendees from K-State’s hospitality program.  Our St. Louis program highlighted several locations in the unique Central West End neighborhood.  Many thanks to our venues in both cities who participated, as well as Agenda Kansas City & Destination St. Louis for the sponsorship of venue transportation. 

A HUGE Thank you to Tyler Adkins, Agenda: KC for organizing the event and to Agenda: KC for providing transportation in Kansas City and Destination St. Louis for providing venue transportation in St. Louis!

Emerging Leaders Update The Emerging Leaders Committee ended 2009 with a bang! We had a record setting student segment that attended the November ‘State of the Industry’ meeting in downtown Kansas City. We also heard from both the students and chapter members that the newly created Mentor Program, was a huge success. We are working currently on how to develop the program even further, details to come. During last month’s Unique Venue’s program, 7 KSU students attended and from what we heard, enjoyed the variety of venue’s they were able to tour. “I thought the experience was very interesting! It allowed us, as students, to see venues that professionals in our industry are currently using for various events. We were also able to gain concrete information about each venue like pricing, capacity and the different purposes each

Attendees at the March KC Unique Venues Tour

venue could serve. As an added benefit, we were able to interact with industry professionals throughout the day!” – Amy Davidson, KSU. Another student had this to say, “The unique event venue tour was an incredible opportunity for my fellow students and me. We were able to experience things we normally would not be able to experience. The Heartland Chapter is wonderful at providing opportunities for students to learn and network. The tour made me even more excited to be a part of this industry.” – Lyndsay Coad, KSU. The 7 students that attended are members of the newly created PCMA K-State Student Chapter. Currently they have 15 students signed up and have created their board. They meet twice monthly and are looking for opportunities to volunteer in the community and have industry professionals visit and speak to the group. If interested, please contact Kristen Kimbrel,, Emerging Leaders Committee Chair.

Heartland Chapter in Des Moines for April Program By Ronda Vaughn, Optimist International

The recent PCMA educational event held in Des Moines, Iowa April 15-16 was educational and FUN! There were 25 planners and 19 suppliers from IA, NE, MN, MO and KS networking at the event. A huge thank you goes out to the Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau for their overwhelming financial support and coordination of this extremely well organized event sponsored also by the Des Moines Event Center, the Holiday Inn Downtown the Des Moines Marriott, The Embassy Suites and the Renaissance Savery Hotel. Overall, the program was lively and creative affording the attendees many opportunities in which to be engaged. The best part was we kept moving and when we did stop to sit we enjoyed a lively panel discussion that kept everyone interested. The panel discussed Creative Ways to Manage Attrition with the following speakers:

Facilitator: - Mike Rowan, 2010 PCMA Heartland Chapter Secretary; Strategic Account Manager, Experient

Panel: - Samuel J. Erkonen, Esq. Attorney and Partner, Howe & Hutton, Ltd. in Chicago - Missy Johnson, CMP, Manager, Meeting Services, American Academy of Family Physicians - Andrea Tyler, CMP, Director of Market Strategy, Iowa/Nebraska Marriott Hotels

The Thursday lunch program Negotiating Your Way Through the Recovery with speaker Samuel J. Erkonen, Esq. Howe & Hutton, Ltd kept everyone intrigued with pointers on how to cover your association’s interests and assets by way of hotel contracts and negotiations. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the hotels and restaurants that participated in the Dine -Around Thursday evening - It was so much fun! We went to a different location for each course, split into groups and each group had the opportunity to create a video doing a taste test with the hotel chef or banquet staff. We then were able to view our videos at the Friday morning training session before going on to the city tour and wine tasting. It was the perfect finale to a wonderful event! Thank you to our PCMA Heartland Chapter Programs Committee and our friend, Vicki Comegys and her staff from the Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau! They’ve got the kind of hospitality any group will appreciate!

Upcoming Events June 10, 2010 - 9am-12noon

August 5, 2010 - 5pm-9pm

Deanna Rose “Day at the Farm” with Operation Breakthrough

Annual PCMA Bowl-a-thon & School Supply Drive with Operation Breakthrough

Overland Park, Kansas

Mission, Kansas

July 8, 2010 PCMA Educational Event: “Best in Class Speaker” at Argosy Hotel & Casino

November 4, 2010 - 12n-4pm

Kansas City, Missouri

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Around the Industry & Region Good Signs for Economic Recovery Marriott International has posted a 16 percent increase in business traveler guests in North America during the 1st Quarter 2010 according to the Dow Jones Newswire. Transient demand also remained strong.

Other Industry Indicators The U.S. hotel industry posted improvements in two out of three key performance measurements during March 2010, according to data from STR.

In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy was up 5.9 percent to 57.9 percent. Average daily rate dropped 2.0 percent to finish the month at US$97.90. Revenue per available room for the month increased 3.8 percent to finish at US$56.67.

Kansas City Kansas City’s Convention Center Hotel Steering Committee voted unanimously to select the 1.96-acre site at the northwest corner of 14th Street and Baltimore Avenue as the site for a proposed 1,000-room convention headquarters hotel. The site is under contract by a partnership led by developer Ron Jury, who proposes a $285 million complex incorporating the historic Power & Light Building.

Tulsa Facilities & Destinations magazine awarded the Tulsa Convention Center its Prime Site Award after a $52 million addition to the Tulsa Convention Center was unveiled on January 12, 2010. An 83,000 square foot addition now raises the center to approximately 310,000 square feet. This ballroom is the largest ballroom in Oklahoma.

Little Rock The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau recently took over management of the Riverfest Amphitheatre. The Bureau is currently undertaking a review of the downtown venue’s rents as well as the city’s past agreements to offer the space for free to a select few.

PCMA Member Dave Fellers launches Association Consulting Firm Dave Fellers, CAE, former executive director of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and president of the convention industry consulting firm, ethnoMetrics, recently formed Dave Fellers Consulting, LLC in the Kansas City area. Join us in congratulating Dave on his new venture! For more information, visit, which includes a “Resource Library” with articles and power point presentations.

Dave Fellers

PCMA Heartland Spring 2010 Newsletter  

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