Chapter News

Member Spotlight – Dana Freker Doody

Dana Freker Doody – Vice President, Marketing & Communications, JUNO   How long have you been a member of PCMA? I’ve been a member for about 10 years. I became

Member Spotlight – Selina Cooper

Selina Cooper, Office Manager, Texas Floodplain Management Association   How long have you been a member of PCMA? Over 5 years What do you love most about PCMA?  Or how

Member Spotlight – Samantha James

Samantha James, Event Design & Experience Management Major- PCMA Student Club at the University of North Texas   How long have you been a member of PCMA?  I have been

Member Spotlight – Andy Ramirez

Andy Ramirez, Travel Coordinator – GameStop   How long have you been a member of PCMA? I have been a member since Fall 2021! What do you love most about

Member Spotlight – Lynn Bjostad, CMP

PCMA Gulf States Chapter includes outstanding members all of whom experience many of the same successes and challenges in their professional lives. PCMA has built a community that can share

Recap: Convening Leaders

Thank you to everyone who attended our Chapter Reception and Convening Leaders as a whole! Because of our attendees’ and sponsors’ generosity and support, Gulf States PCMA can strengthen our meeting planning community through educational programming, networking, and charitable giving.

Announcing the Confirmed 2022 Board of Directors Slate

PCMA Gulf States has selected a strong list of individuals whom we believe have the skills, dedication, and integrity to provide outstanding leadership to our chapter during their term of office. The proposed slate has remained uncontested for 30 days. As of this morning, December 10, 2021, the proposed slate has shifted to confirmed.

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.

Fall Letter from 2021 President, Amy Brown

Happy Spring, PCMA Gulf States Members! I hope this finds you well and feeling optimistic. Vaccine rollouts are underway, successful GMID celebrations happened last week and hotels & destinations are beginning to see leisure and group travel increase. We’ve come a long way since this time last year!

Recap: Hotel Vin Networking Event

Gulf State Chapter members enjoyed meeting in person and networking with their colleagues as they gathered at the Hotel Vin last Thursday in Grapevine, Texas. Past chapter president Arron Brooks

Virtual Bingo Happy Hour Recap

B-I-N-G-O led to F-U-N for over 50 players at PCMA Gulf State Chapter’s Virtual Bingo Happy Hour last Thursday. There were 15 individual winners of over $2,500 worth of prizes which included luxury hotel stays, sports event tickets, gift cards and much more.

Mind and Body Wellness Discussed

Mental health and sleep disorder seem to be at the top of many people’s challenges in the meeting and hospitality industry. These were two of the topics focused on by Dr. Taunya Kiefer during her talk, Mind & Body Wellness: Balancing it all in the “New Norm” at a recent PCMA Gulf States Chapter roundtable.

Letter from 2021 President, Amy Brown

Happy Spring, PCMA Gulf States Members! I hope this finds you well and feeling optimistic. Vaccine rollouts are underway, successful GMID celebrations happened last week and hotels & destinations are beginning to see leisure and group travel increase. We’ve come a long way since this time last year!

March Winner for Resume Review

Congratulations to PCMA Gulf States Chapter member Amy Simon of Dallas who is the March recipient of a free resume review as part of a contest for posting on the Gulf States Chapter social media platforms.

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

Recap: Contracting in a Post COVID World

Contracts with facilities and other vendors are usually the most intimidating part of a meeting planner’s job as it relates to selecting a location and event partners. These same contracts

Member Spotlight: Jason Ware

Meet Jason Ware, Vice President, Convention Housing Operations & Contracting When interacting with Jason Ware, one can’t miss his upbeat personality, his passions for many things in life and his

Gulf States Chapter First 2021 Roundtable Recap

Sharing Engagement Successes Shorter sessions, more breaks and chat games were just some of the virtual audience engagement successes Tracy Lake, CMP, shared with the Gulf States viewers at the

Member Spotlight: Alicia Miller

Meet Alicia Miller, Director of Sales and Marketing at Courtyard & Residence Inn, Austin Coming from a family of teachers, educators and family service providers, Alicia Miller saw her future

PCMA Gulf States Reception Kicks off 2021

Using their fingers and phones, participants in PCMA Gulf States Chapter’s first meeting in 2021 enjoyed guessing what each other was drawing as much as their own creation. This activity,

Letter from 2021 President, Amy Brown

Happy New Year and CHEERS to 2021! I am honored to serve as your President, alongside a phenomenal Board, as we adjust to the changes in our industry and the

December Letter from the President

Greetings Gulf States PCMA Members, What a wild ride 2020 has been! Never would I have imagined what the year would have in store, for both our industry and Chapter.

Approved: Gulf States 2021 Board of Directors

PCMA Gulf States Chapter has selected the listed individuals whom we believe have the skills, dedication, and integrity to provide outstanding leadership to our chapter during their term of office.

Gulf States 2021 Proposed Board of Directors

PCMA Gulf States Chapter has selected the listed individuals whom we believe have the skills, dedication, and integrity to provide outstanding leadership to our chapter during their term of office.

Member Spotlight: Lori A. Carper

Meet Lori A. Carper, Director of Meetings and International, Houston Association of Realtors. Lori Carper is in her 22nd year working for the Houston Association of Realtors. She leads a

Member Spotlight: Leslie Petro, CMP

Meet Leslie Petro, CMP, Supervisor, People, Growth and Engagement with HORNE LLP. As an event supervisor for her firm, Leslie Petro really enjoys the meetings and conventions she helps plan

Member Spotlight: Marla Roe

Meet Marla Roe, Executive Director, Visit Frisco If you will drive seven hours for a baseball game or a football game, you probably are a pretty big sports fan. Marla

Member Spotlight: Sarah Kokernot, CEM, CMP

Meet Sarah Kokernot, CEM, CMP, Director of Meetings & Events for Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society. Sarah Kokernot hopes she will be lying on a nice, hot beach in

Member Spotlight: Kimberly Castanuela

Meet Kimberly Castanuela, Senior Logistics Manager, for Vizient, Inc. Kimberly Castanuela has just finished an hour-and-a-half virtual meeting about clinical skills for her members and later today she will be

Member Spotlight: Elaine Williams

Meet Elaine Williams, Director of Sales at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans There is a pretty good chance that if you have ever planned a meeting

Member Spotlight: Brenda Teichroeb

Meet Brenda Teichroeb, Director of Sales and Catering, The RK Culinary Group at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. As San Antonio hits triple digits this week during the usual hot

Member Spotlight: Geraldine Bordelon, CMP

Meet Geraldine Bordelon, CMP, Director of Destination Sales at Visit Baton Rouge. Visit Baton Rouge was feeling really good about 2020 when an event it had been preparing for some