Chapter News


As I begin the year as your new Chapter President, and one of my goals is to communicate more often with members. As we settle into the New Year, I am very excited to share with you my take on the best of 2017, as well as our vision for 2018.


We began 2017 with the chapter reception at “Convening Leaders” in Austin, with the theme of a “Wild Card Tailgate Party”, and by all accounts, it was a resounding success, as well as being the talk among the rest of the chapters!
This was followed by our educational program in February, hosted by the Disney Institute in Anaheim, where we were treated to a unique behind the scenes tour in the California Adventure Park. After lunch we were presented with passes to enjoy the park for the rest of the day and evening.
Over the next six months, there were several social gatherings in Arizona and southern California where our members were able to enjoy networking with each other.
Then in August, our chapter participated in the annual “All Industry Cruise” in San Diego, where people from all parts of the hospitality industry enjoyed an evening cruise on San Diego Bay and the opportunity to meet new friends and make contacts.
In September we held our “Education Road Show” at three locations in Arizona and southern California. The topic of “Disaster Management Planning for Events” was a hot topic and well received, especially coming on the heels of the hurricanes in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico!
The following month, we held our annual chapter fundraiser reception in Las Vegas, in conjunction with IMEX America. The reception was held at the LAVO Lounge, one of the most unique venues in the city, which was very popular with the attendees and well supported by our chapter sponsors. It was great to honor two legends in our industry Gary Schirmacher and Don Welsh.
As you can see, our chapter accomplished a lot in providing industry leading educational opportunities, unique events to promote our industry, and not to forget the many social activities to encourage networking and engagement among our members. I hope that you were able to attend some of these educational programs and socials.


Your Board of Directors and Committee Chairs outlined an ambitious and outstanding strategic plan for this year during our December board retreat. The goal is to build on our 2017 accomplishments, as well as to “raise the bar” in 2018! I’m particularly excited about the new programs and events we’re planning this year.
We already started this year with our chapter reception at “Convening Leaders” in Nashville, and once again, it was a great success.
Looking ahead, we have another fabulous educational program planned in February, this time at the “Porsche Experience Center” in Los Angeles. It will be an interactive, experiential program that will include the opportunity to experience a “ride along” in a new Porsche racing car – something you won’t want to miss!
We’ll continue to have several social “meet-ups” throughout southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and perhaps Hawaii (yes, Hawaii is in our chapter!). August will see us participating again in the “All Industry Cruise”. And after that will be our annual Fall Educational Roadshow, with the topic to be of strategic importance to our industry. And not to forget our traditional chapter fundraiser reception at IMEX America in Las Vegas. It will be a full agenda of educational opportunities and social activities, with something for everyone – so plan to join us!


Finally, there are a few things I would like to highlight. First of all, I want to thank all of our board and committee members who have contributed so much of their time and energy to make our chapter one of the most successful and vibrant within PCMA, and it was all on their own time – the true definition of “volunteer”! Congratulations to Bob Wentworth on a great year as President. And a very special thanks to Neil Johnson (Past President), Lea Zammataro (Secretary), Tracy Judge and Janet Levy, who are leaving the board at the end of their terms. But don’t worry, they have all volunteered to serve on committees this year! Secondly, I like to extend our thanks to Denise Vissat, our chapter administrator, for keeping everything in motion.


Lastly, I want to extend my personal invitation to join one of our chapter committees and participate in making 2018 a big success for our chapter, PCMA, and our industry as a whole. It really all depends on you! Just call me at 415 471 4005 to start the conversation.

With best wishes for 2018,

Kevin Boland
President, PCMA Southwest and Pacific Chapter

Denise VissatWELCOME TO 2018!