Chapter News

PCMA Foundation Raffle Chapter Challenge

PCMA Foundation is hosting the annual PCMA Foundation Raffle!  To get everyone excited for Convening Leaders 2022, the Chapter that sells the most PCMA Foundation Raffle tickets will win several prizes.   The PCMA Foundation funds individual scholarships and critical projects for the future of the business events industry. But what can YOU win if you

Chapter COVID Policy for Live Events

In the interest of ensuring the safety of all guests, vendors, and venue employees, we ask that all guests wear masks when not actively eating or drinking.  Additional requirements may be mandated by the host venue.   In addition, please review the Be Well Agreement. Any public space where other people are present holds an inherent

Make an Impact: Mentor a Student

Share your knowledge with a hospitality student Looking for more ways to stay connected? The PCMA New England Chapter has launched its first Mentorship Program! This will give industry professionals the opportunity to pair up with a local hospitality student to share career experiences, provide support to an emerging leader, and make a new connection.

Apply for Hospitality Student Scholarships

November 5th is the deadline to apply for the Don Lawrence Student Scholarship and the Marisa Federico Memorial Scholarship.  Each scholarship awards $2,000 to deserving hospitality students in the New England area.  More details and the application are available at our Student Page.

Marisa’s Mission Trivia Fundraiser Recap

The New England Chapter and Marisa’s Mission co-hosted an exciting virtual Trivia Night Fundraiser on October 7 in recognition of breast cancer awareness.  Donations totaled almost $1,000! Marisa’s Mission responds to the needs of individuals diagnosed with cancer through a multifaceted supported approach with the goal of helping patients and families lesson their stress and

Summer Social Soiree Recap

On July 30, more than 75 event professionals tuned in to make custom cocktails, compete in a trivia contest and catch up at our Summer Social Soiree…at a Distance!  Casual conversation among participants, both live and in live-chat, kept the energy up.  It was so nice to see you! Martin and Alden Dluzansky of Swizzle

June 2020 Webinar Recap

Thank you to the Port Lighting Systems team for hosting our June educational webinar, “Increasing Production Value in Virtual Events.” With a live introduction by our Chapter President Micha Brooks and a live Q&A session following the demonstration, participants got an overview of what is possible in virtual events.  We even got a tutorial on

Charity Oktoberfest 2019 – What You Missed

On Monday afternoon, 10/28, PCMA New England hosted their Oktoberfest Social at Night Shift Brewery on Love Joy Wharf. In light of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the chapter decided to donate all proceeds from the event to Marissa’s Mission, their 2019 Charity of Choice. Many of the attendees wore a touch of pink as an

GMID 2019 – What You Missed

Our second joint program with MPI New England in celebration of GMID was a lively afternoon of networking, raffles and an amazing display of international delicacies set under a canopy of umbrellas.  It was a lovely taste of spring from the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (representatives pictured above)! If you missed it, Levy’s Andy Lansing’s

Fireside Chat Photos

The sell-out Fireside Chat to celebrate International Women’s Day was a huge success!  Thank you to our event host, The Hampshire House, and speakers Martha Sheridan (Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau) and Joyce Leveston (Massachusetts Convention Center Authority) and Moderator Carrie Campbell (Fenway Park Events).  Chapter President Cara Pratt is shown here on the


The New England Chapter Nominating Committee has selected the following individuals whom we believe to have the skills, dedication and integrity to provide outstanding leadership to our chapter during their term of office. As a member in good standing, you have to right to challenge this slate as indicated in the Chapter bylaws. If positions

Welcome the Newest Chapter Members!

Shira Brandt, Event Manager, Corinthian Events Patricia Smurro, Destination Expert, Discover Newport Jill Cavanaugh, Conference Coordinator, Infusion Nurses Society (INS) Theresa Dupont, Regional Sales Director, PSAV

Member on the Move – Lindsay Welch

After nearly 10 years working in the special events industry, Lindsay decided to make the move to CSI Boston (formerly DPI Events) in July and enter the world of destination management!  Her previous roles include corporate event sales at New England Aquarium and catering sales at Marriott hotels throughout the Boston market.   Years of working in

PCMA New England was busy this Fall!

What you missed this Fall… PCMA New England hosted a Lunch & Learn this September at The Social Register in Boston’s exciting Seaport District. Our keynote speaker was Nicole O’Leary from The Expo Group. Nicole spoke to our audience of about 65 participants while they enjoyed a fantastic lunch. Nicole talked about “Designing for Many Generations”

New Member Spotlight: Meagan Prescott, CMP

Meet our Newest PCMA New England Member: Meagan Prescott, CMP. Meagan joins us from the NY Chapter and will be taking on a Director Role in 2019. We are thrilled to have her in our Chapter! Where do you currently work?  I work for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), which is a

A Farewell Message from our 2018 President, Jason Ward

Greetings PCMA New England! If you are like me, you are likely scratching your head right now wondering where this year went and how are we possibly about to start another crazy holiday season!?  They say the years go by faster and faster the older you get and 2018 was one of my quickest and

“Where are they now?”

Damaris Messina, Student Recruitment Chair spoke to the 2016 PCMA Don Lawrence Student Scholarship recipient; Jeremy McFadden on life after college and how the scholarship helped with his travels abroad in Australia. Here is what he had to say: Please tell us a little bit about yourself? Born and raised in Georgetown, MA, Attended UNH

President’s Message, Fall Newsletter 2018

Greetings PCMA New England! I hope you all had a wonderful Summer!  As hard to believe it may be over, we New Englanders know that there are still plenty of warm days and comfortable nights ahead in early Fall to get out and enjoy all our region has to offer before those leaves drop and

Discover a Resort Style Experience Less than an Hour Away

Picture this…the sun is shining, you and four of your best friends are relaxing by a glorious outdoor pool that connects to an indoor pool, in a private cabana. Island music plays softly in the background as your server brings you crisp, cool mojitos and tells you about how the mint was picked fresh that morning from the Chef’s Garden. Can you guess where you are?

A Message from our President

We have all survived another New England Winter and Summer is finally here!  Which means so is our signature Red Sox Summer Social event on Tue. July 10th!  If you have not yet purchased your tickets, then you will want to do so right away by visiting our chapter website  Limited tickets are available for reception/game and reception only. 

Planning for attendees with dietary restrictions

Every year, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) plans an educational conference for families and professionals managing food allergies. That means planning meals for hundreds of attendees with dietary restrictions that include not only the Top 8 allergens and gluten, but everything from chicken to rosemary to food dyes. So where do we start? Here

2017 Proves to be a Successful Year

PCMA New England held their Annual Meeting at the newly renovated Revere Hotel Boston Common on December 5, 2017. Over 80 PCMA New England Members and Non-Members gathered at the Hotel for education and networking. Our speakers, MaryAnne Bobrow & Jonathan Howe, discussed the Top Ten Things Planners Need to Know NOW regarding Cybersecurity. The content was very insightful

Don Lawrence Scholarship Recipient

Dear PCMA Members, I would like to thank the members of the board of PCMA for choosing me as the Don Lawrence Memorial Scholarship recipient. I am truly honored and grateful to be accepting this award. I would also like to thank everyone from PCMA for inviting me to the New England Annual Chapter meeting at the Revere

PCMA NE Convenes in Nashville!

PCMA held its Annual Convening Leaders in Nashville, TN in January 2018. The New England Chapter was well represented in Nashville, and had over 40 attendees at our Chapter Reception. This year’s theme was “Amplifying Engagement” and focused on new, unique ways of engaging both attendees and partners in our industry. Main stage sessions were

Member Spotlight: Alanna Joyce

Member Spotlight: Alanna Joyce, Event Manager for the Watson & Cloud Platform team at IBM When did you first get involved with PCMA? I joined PCMA in March 2017. How did you first get involved with the PCMA New England chapter? When I first joined PCMA, I only took advantage of the online education, Catalyst forum, and Convene

Socializing at the brand new Kings Seaport!

PCMA NE kicked off 2018 with its first Social at the brand new Kings in the bustling Seaport. King’s Seaport had just opened and PCMA NE Members were thrilled to be one of the very first events held at the venue. Kings provided fantastic food, drinks and entertainment for all. Included in their entertainment package,

Spring 2018 President’s Message

Hello PCMA New England! I cannot believe that we are about to close the 1st quarter of 2018! It seems like just yesterday that we were all gathered for our Annual Meeting at the Revere Hotel celebrating our 2017 successes and raising money for the Don Lawrence Scholarship, Marisa’s Mission and other chapter initiatives through

Triple Crown Night May 19

The Chapter’s 2018 Charity of Choice, Marisa’s Mission, is hosting their 2nd Annual Triple Crown Night on Saturday, May 19th at the Quincy Marriott Hotel. This event will sell out again and we don’t want you to miss it. Can you help honor Marisa by volunteering the night of the event?  Click here for contact information and more details.