PCMA Convening Leaders 2013 (PCMA2013)

Organization: Professional Convention Management Association

Venue: Orange County Convention Center

Location: Orlando, Florida, United States

Event Date/Time: Jan 13, 2013 End Date/Time: Jan 16, 2013
Registration Date: Jan 16, 2013
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The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is excited to announce the site for its 2013 Annual Meeting. Orlando will host the 2013 Convening Leaders. The last time the PCMA Annual Meeting was in Orlando was in 1999.

"We are extremely excited to work with Orlando for this future meeting," said Deborah Sexton, PCMA president and CEO. "Orlando put together a terrific package and so much has happened in Orlando since PCMA was last there. It's certainly time to return and see the convention center expansion, the new hotel development and all of the great things Orlando has grown to offer. It's clear that Orlando is very serious about winning our members' business and the opportunity for everyone to see the latest is great."

The Annual Meeting will take place in Orlando Jan. 13th - 16th, 2013.

"Orlando is thrilled to welcome this prestigious industry event back to our great destination. PCMA has a long-standing reputation for and commitment to providing new ways to stimulate creative thinking for the industry and with Orlando's creative heritage, there's no better location for inspiration, imagination and innovation. Holding the PCMA 2013 Annual Meeting in Orlando is a win-win for everyone and certainly an honor for us," said Gary Sain, president and CEO of the Orlando/Orange County CVB.

"The Orange County Convention Center and our partner, the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, are honored that we have been chosen as the host venue for the prestigious PCMA 2013 Annual Meeting," said Tom Ackert, executive director of the OCCC. "We look forward to supporting our partners in our joint mission of serving and growing the meetings industry."

Each year, the PCMA Annual Meeting attracts more than 3,000 attendees. At the 2010 PCMA Annual Meeting in Dallas, Convening Leaders continued its growth. The meeting is touted as one of the industry's most comprehensive educational and networking events. The economic impact of the PCMA Annual Meeting is traditionally felt for years in the host city, as PCMA members often return to host cities for their future meetings.

For more information about PCMA and the PCMA Annual Meeting, visit pcma.org.


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Conference Speakers

Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist—the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books. Friedman is a foreign affairs expert who has been called “the country’s best newspaper columnist.” Friedman has been covering some of the world’s biggest stories for The New York Times since 1981. Don't miss your chance to hear one of the country's top .

Claire Smith has built a strong reputation as an involved and informed leader in the Global Meetings Industry for over 20 years. As the Vice President, Sales & Marketing at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Claire is responsible for strategic business development, leading and directing the sales and marketing team, as well as positioning the facility in the global marketplace. Through various industry affiliations, Claire has been a featured speaker and session facilitator at meeting industry conferences in both North America and Europe. She is sits on the EIBTM Advisory Board, Chairs the PCMA Annual Meeting Program Committee and the GMIC Board of Directors. Be sure to check out her on new pricing at convention centers.

Nancy Morrell Swanson is President of Global Marketing Services, Inc. (GMS), founded in 1993. GMS is a marketing company whose mission is to help organizations develop stronger relationships with their customers through ongoing communication. GMS’s core business is the formation and facilitation of customer advisory boards and focus groups. The company manages the boards for twelve major Convention and Visitors Bureaus as well as six major hotel companies. Prior to establishing her own business, Nancy spent twenty-one years in the resort segment of the industry as a hotel Sales & Marketing executive. Independent planners join Nancy on Tuesday and learn the best ways to .

Stéphane Garelli is widely considered to be one of the top lecturers on economic and business matters. He has a unique ability to analyze and describe the world economic environment as it evolves, and to draw conclusions about what changes in the world economy actually mean for companies and individuals alike. Find out what the recent changes in the mean for you.

Joanne L. Smikle moves minds with insightful keynotes, workshops and retreats. An expert on Leadership, Collaboration and Customer Satisfaction, she delivers learning that lasts. Her high energy style blends substance, humor and practicality…you will leave with ideas you actually use! Joanne uses the real-world experiences drawn from her thriving consulting practice to develop case studies, assessments and other interactive tools that make her sessions memorable and meaningful. Learn to with Joanne on Tuesday.

Gina Rudan is the President of Genuine Insights Inc. a conntemporary professional development and training practice whose mission is to leverage the genius within every individual and organization. Before launching her own practice, Gina held management positions at Fortune 500 companies including Avon Produc ts and PR Newswire, where she was responsible for spearheading multicultural and international marketing efforts.

Join Morten Hansen, co author with Jim Collins of Great by Choice, for a General Session focused on a surprising look at what it takes for you and your organization to succeed in our fast paced, always changing world. Hansen, Collins and a team of 20 researchers spent nine years studying companies that rose to greatness despite difficult environments and rapid shifts.....and how they differed from companies that floundered. Get in on their provocative findings and discover how you and your organization can thrive in uncertain times. Learn to at the Opening General Session.

At that crucial moment when it's most important to be convincing nine out of 10 times we miss the mark. Join Oren Klaff, author of Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal, for a step by step process for getting people's attention, communicating your ideas succinctly, and winning their support or business. Whether you're a supplier or planner, student or industry veteran, you'll walk away with a scientific approach for persuading others and sealing the deal. Become a with Oren on Tuesday.

David C. Novak is chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc. Novak has been recognized as one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. He is also the recipient of the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. Learn to from this top CEO at our closing general session.

Additional Information


Saturday, January 12

Sunday, January 13


Monday, January 14

Exhibits included

Supplier Events Guidelines to hosting a supplier event


  • Organizations planning meetings or events during PCMA 2013 Convening Leaders in Orlando must submit the Supplier Event Form for approval prior to securing space and planning the event.  In addition, submission of the Supplier Event Form constitutes agreement to the .
  • Events may not be held, nor may transportation be scheduled during official PCMA Convening Leaders events listed below:

Sun, Jan. 13                 12:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.    Mon, Jan. 14  7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.   Tues, Jan. 15  7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Wed, Jan. 16  7:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Recommended Schedule for Supplier Events

Sun, Jan. 13        8:30 p.m.- 12:00 a.m. Mon, Jan. 14          6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Tues, Jan. 15   9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.              



  • Traditionally most supplier client events are held Monday evening, making it difficult for planners to attend multiple events. Based on planner feedback, consider hosting your event Sunday or Tuesday.

Venues at Official Hotels & Orange County Convention Center You must complete the Supplier Event Form to request space. Requests may not be made directly to any PCMA hotel or the Orange County Convention Center. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upon approval of your request, PCMA will secure appropriate space and confirm the space with you and the facility.  You will then be put in direct contact with the facility to finalize all details and billing arrangements. 

Other Venues

You must complete the Supplier Event Form to request space. PCMA will forward event requests to Visit Orlando and they will contact you to discuss locations.  If you have any questions pertaining to venues contact: Carolyn Martin, CMP, Sr. Destination Manager, Visit Orlando via email at



Transportation cannot be scheduled during PCMA event times. 

When planning transportation, consider your pickup and drop-off location. For example, after PCMA’s Opening Reception event on Sunday, have transportation pickup at Sea World at 8:30 p.m..

PCMA will contact you with specific transportation details as it pertains to pick up and drop off locations at official PCMA events.

Questions? Contact Mandi Kasper Williams, CMP, Specialist, Meetings & Events at 312.423.7287 or .