by Allen J. Sheinman | October 04, 2018
PCMA today revealed its "20 in Their Twenties" class of 2019, a roster that represents "the next generation of business events leaders and 20 of the brightest and most talented young professionals," according to the association. Those on the list come from around the world and work for a variety of organizations both big and small.
"I have no doubt this class of bright, skilled professionals will achieve success, and PCMA is proud to assist them at every stage of their career," said Meredith Rollins, executive director of the PCMA Education Foundation
 
The 2019 honorees, supported by the PCMA Education Foundation and Experience Columbus (Ohio), will be feted at the PCMA Convening Leaders conference taking place Jan. 6-9, 2019, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.
 
Each member of the "20 in their Twenties" was selected by a committee of veteran industry professionals as well as former "20 in their Twenties" honorees. Applicants were required to be full-time employees in the business events industry and no older than 29 on Jan. 9, 2019. They were required to provided examples of industry leadership and a video statement, along with professional references.
 
In addition to their recognition in January, the honorees will receive complimentary registration for the 2019 PCMA Education Conference taking place in June in Los Angeles, plus PCMA membership and educational products.
 
Following are the newly named honorees:
 
Edward Bagsic, CMP, DES, manager, conventions, VIP events and budgets, National Business Aviation Association, Alexandria, Va.
 
Raul Cavazos-Binder, account executive, Development Counsellors International, New York City
 
Jared Chambers, strategic account manager, Experient, Frederick, Md.
 
Emily Dietrich, manager, business events, Niagara Parks Commission, Niagara, Ontario
 
Molly Holt, CMP, manager, meeting operations, Heart Rhythm Society, Washington, D.C.
 
Kara Hsu, convention sales manager, Destination DC, Washington, D.C.
 
Veronika Ivanova, marketing and meeting architecture specialist, Kenes International, Sofia, Bulgaria
 
Andrea Lane, MTA, meeting planner, National Defense Industrial Association, Fairfax, Va.
 
Janelle Lewis, meetings and events manager, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, North Bethesda, Md.
 
Chad Manhertz, MTA, event manager, Events DC, Washington, D.C.
 
Femke Morelisse, sales manager, GES, Alexandria, Va.
 
Greg Morris, CMP, director, meetings and education, Destinations International, Washington, D.C.
 
Laura Neufeld, account manager, meetings and events, MCI Group Canada Inc., Toronto
 
Khadijah Nimrod, convention sales assistant, Destination DC, Washington, D.C.
 
Olivia Pelzer, senior strategic account analyst, Cvent, Delaware, Ohio
 
Gita Pun, client relations team manager, Shocklogic, London
 
Giulia Ineke Sarri, MARCOM and social project assistant, AIM Group International, Milan
 
Erin Simcox, senior manager of housing, Visit Knoxville, Knoxville, Tenn.
 
Kevin J. Thompson, event manager, Events DC, Washington, D.C.
 
Lindsay Williams, sales manager, GES, Chicago