CHICAGO, IL — The 62nd edition of PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) Convening Leaders, which took place Jan. 7-10 at Music City Center in Nashville, TN, welcomed 4,457 participants from 45 countries – a year-over-year increase of 7 percent — setting a new attendance record for the annual event.
Of the total attendance, 54 percent were Business Events Strategists — PCMA members and non-members drawn from the association and corporate sectors (80 percent and 20 percent, respectively) — and 43 percent industry suppliers. In addition, 65 percent of the total attendance was made up by PCMA members coming together to enjoy four days filled with educational sessions, industry insights and networking opportunities.
On top of the attendance in Nashville, 1,604 participants followed Convening Leaders LIVE online and, in collaboration with SACEOS, an additional 109 meeting professionals in the APAC region tuned in to a delayed rebroadcast of content on Jan. 9, online or at the Singapore PSB Academy City Campus and Suntec watch parties.
Each year, the Convening Leaders Content Committee (CLCC) focuses on collaborating with the PCMA education team to create inspiring content that delivers on the organization’s statement of purpose to educate, inspire and listen, creating meaningful experiences where passion, purpose and commerce come together. This year’s event was created under the central theme of “Amplifying Engagement,” specifically chosen for its Nashville (Music City Center) location.
Attendees were able to help hundreds of classrooms across the Metropolitan Nashville Public School District (MNPS), which received school supplies during this year’s PCMA Giving Good’s Hospitality Helping Hands (HHH) event. The event supported nonprofit PENCIL’s LP Pencil Box project, which donates school supplies to teachers and students in need across the area. In addition to filling over 600 backpacks with $70,000 worth of school supplies, $13,000 was donated to the charity.
Next year’s PCMA Convening Leaders will take place in Pittsburgh, PA at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from Jan. 6-9, 2019.
Look for an in-depth interview with Sherrif Karamat, PCMA’s new CEO, in the inaugural F&D Digital edition, publishing later this month.