January 28, 2004

The Professional Convention Management Association has appointed a new chairman of the board: Michael L. Payne, a PCMA member for more than a decade and recent vice-chair of the association. Payne is executive vice president at SmithBucklin, a provider of association management services. He is also the executive director for the International Association of Airport Duty Free Stores and serves as a board member for both Starwood Hotels and the International Conference Organizing Network. "In addition to strengthening PCMA's focus on providing education and value to our members," said Payne, "we will be revitalizing our strategic plan so that we consistently stay ahead of the curve in all of our membership offerings."