September 29, 2017
The Professional Convention Management Association has announced its annual "20 in Their Twenties" list of rising stars in the industry. Supported by the PCMA Education Foundation and Visit Seattle, this fifth class of top young professionals will be recognized during the association's Convening Leaders conference in Nashville, Jan. 7-10, 2018.  

The winners were selected from a pool of about 50 applicants who were employed full time in the business-events industry, were 29 years old or younger at the time of recognition, and demonstrated ways they considered themselves to be industry leaders. Applicants were not required to be PCMA members. A committee of veteran industry professionals and previous "20 in Their Twenties" honorees reviewed the applications in detail before narrowing down the list to the 20 winners.

"This is our fifth class of the 20 brightest talents in the industry worldwide," said Deborah Sexton, PCMA president and CEO. "Each year, we continue to be inspired by the passion and insights these individuals bring to the business events community. It is our honor to recognize the excellence of these emerging innovative leaders."

The winners will receive a scholarship registration to attend Convening Leaders in January, complimentary registration for PCMA's June 2018 conference in Cleveland, as well as one year of PCMA membership. In addition, recipients will receive membership and registration discounts for the next two years.

"The 20 in Their Twenties program is a great way to recognize and engage rising stars in the industry," said Rob Hampton, senior vice president of convention sales and services for Visit Seattle. "It gives young professionals the opportunity to build camaraderie among their peers and gives us -- the veterans in the industry -- a chance to hear fresh ideas and perspectives and nurture new talent. This is a program Visit Seattle is proud to support."