Chapter News

2019 Call For Awards Nominations – Deadline January 30th!

Click here to submit a nomination. Click here for a fillable PDF form, please email to The deadline to submit is January 30, 2020. The 2020 RMPCMA All-Hearts Awards Auction to be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Hilton Denver City Center.  We will announce the winners for the 2019 RMPCMA Awards

PCMA Rocky Mountain Leadership Fund

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of PCMA believes in education and the growth and development of its diverse membership. The Chapter Leadership Fund was created in partnership with the PCMA Foundation and provides RMPCMA members an opportunity to advance their learning and career by providing financial assistance to attend certain meeting and event-related educational opportunities. Rocky

September Member Spotlight

Melissa Flygare National Program & Event Specialist – Ethos Veterinary Health Why did you join RMPCMA?  I have worked in the event field for a handful of years now, but in April 2018 our company created an Event Management team that I was lucky enough to be a part of. I have wanted to join

Serving Up Hope Luncheon

  Serving Up Hope (SUH) Luncheon Sponsored by the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado benefiting The Food Bank of the Rockies Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 11:30am – 1:30pm Join  your industry colleagues at a unique event to network and reconnect, while exploring creative food stations in a fun, progressive atmosphere.  Sample cuisine showcasing the talents

August Member Spotlight

Elke Opsahl Director of Convention Sales – Visit Salt Lake Why did you join RMPCMA? I LOVE PCMA and learn a great deal at EduCon and Convening Leaders. I expect nothing less from RMPCMA. What do you love about your job? I’m extremely passionate about what I do because I know the positive impact I have

RMPCMA Community Volunteer Events Just Announced!

Join Us October 3 at Food Bank of the Rockies! October 3, 2019 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Volunteers must be at least 14 years old (accompanied by an adult) or 16 years old to volunteer on their own 10700 E. 45th Ave. Denver, Colorado 80239                 Join your fellow

May Member Spotlight

Michael Kwiatkowski Group Sales Manager – The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa RMPCMA Member since 2017 Why did you join RMPCMA? I joined RMPCMA after a year of being a non-member joinging the Emerging Leaders events when the group (not an official committee at the time) was organized. As a brand new sales manager with

RMPCMA Emerging Leaders Event

RMPCMA Emerging Leaders Networking Event Thursday, May 9, 2019 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Downtown Art Gallery & Axe Room (DAGAR) 2000 Lawrence Street Denver, CO 80202 Move over bowling… Axe Throwing is the new team sport in town! Join members of the Emerging Leaders in a fun and engaging environment while competing for the

RMPCMA Community Volunteer Event Just Announced!

Plant A Vegetable Garden for Local Residents Join RMPCMA Members & Volunteers at Denver’s Observatory Park for a special opportunity to assist Grow Local by planting a Community Garden for area residents. While Grow Local will maintain the garden throughout the summer, the vegetables harvested in the Fall will be donated to local residents in

April Member Spotlight

Morgan Basham Senior Meetings Manager – Conference Direct RMPCMA Member since 2015 What have you found to be most beneficial being a member of RMPCMA? Being able to connect with a community of people that share similar goals and interests is hugely beneficial.  It is like having an extended “work family” that you can share

A Big Year for Boston Hotel Development

Known as a hub of innovation with a revolutionary spirit, Boston offers the perfect mix of history, invention, and hospitality to inspire your attendees and produce event results beyond your expectations. Boston has a dedicated hotel relations team and more than 35,000 hotel rooms that enjoy unmatched proximity to the airport, convention centers, and major

RMPCMA Emerging Leaders Event @ MIC Conference & Trade Show

RMPCMA Emerging Leaders Luncheon Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa Join members of the Emerging Leaders Committee to enjoy lunch and a guided discussion prior to MIC’s Planner Only session and the MIC Opening General Session at the Colorado Convention Center.  Network with other industry professionals

March Member Spotlight

Janet Randles Association Sales Specialist – Keystone Resort & Conference Center RMPCMA Member since 2014 Why did you join RMPCMA? Sheila Ryan on the membership committee invited me to attend an educational meeting.  Henry Rosales was so welcoming at that first meeting and it made a huge impression.  I joined the organization and membership committee

December Member Spotlight

Scott Queen Executive Meeting Manager – Sheraton Denver Downtown RMPCMA Member since 2017 Why did you join RMPCMA?  I originally joined RMPCMA in an effort to revive the Student Chapter through Metropolitan State University of Denver. My professor, Dr. Shinyong (Shawn) Jung, and I were determined to get more students involved in the association. We wanted

All Hearts Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Our Annual All Hearts Auction & Membership Celebration will be at the Ritz Carlton Denver on February 7, 2019! benefitting: Sponsorship opportunities Available! All Hearts 2019 Sponsor

November Member Spotlight

Bob Christie President – Christie’s Photographic Solutions RMPCMA Member since 2018 Why did you join RMPCMA?  I joined due to the wonderful experience I had with the PCMA Capital Chapter. I knew that by joining I have the opportunity to surround myself with quality, like-minded people, to network through. What have you found to be

October Member Spotlight

Matthew Kalb Sales Manager – GES RMPCMA Member since 2017 Why did you join RMPCMA?  I joined the RMPCMA mainly because I was new to the Denver area. I had just recently relocated from the DC Area, Annapolis to be specific, and I didn’t know anyone. I was starting a new job and had heard

September Member Spotlight

Elizabeth Kretchmer CMP, CMM, HMCC Strategic Meeting Manager LLC – RMPCMA Member since 2013 Why did you join RMPCMA? I joined the RMPCMA Chapter to stay connected professionally with Industry peers through networking opportunities, attend their Educational Programs and become involved as a volunteer. What have you found to be most beneficial being a member

Serving Up Hope Registration is Open!

Plan to attend the 25th Annual Serving Up Hope (SUH) Luncheon sponsored by the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Tuesday, November 8, 2018 from 11:30am – 1:30pm   Plaza Building A unique opportunity to network with your industry peers and partners while exploring creative food stations in a fun, progressive atmosphere.  Sample cuisine highlighting the

Board of Directors Nominations Open for 2019!

RMPCMA is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Board of Directors! Know someone who would be a great addition to the 2019 Board of Directors?  Nominate them!  We are accepting Nominations through August 24, 2018, so get those suggestions in to our committee! OPEN POSITIONS AVAILABLE: President Elect Secretary Emerging Leaders Community Service Membership Golf

August Member Spotlight

Yurii Land – Director of Strategic Accounts Experient – RMPCMA Member since 2003 What have you found to be most beneficial being a member of RMPCMA?  When I first moved to Denver from Los Angeles in 2003 I didn’t know too many people in the Denver meetings industry.  RMPCMA gave me that opportunity to bond

July Member Spotlight

Jim Walter – Director of Sales & Marketing Visit Cheyenne – RMPCMA Member since 2013 What have you found to be most beneficial as a member of RMPCMA?  This industry has some of the best people in the world. I’ve met life-long friends through my work with RMPCMA. Those friends have helped me learn more about

June Member Spotlight

Gary Schirmacher – Senior Vice President, Industry Presence & Strategic Development Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company – RMPCMA Member since 1996 Why did you join RMPCMA?  In January of 1996 I took a job with Conferon and moved from Chicago to Denver. Having been a member of the Midwest Chapter for a few years, it

May Member Spotlight

Regan Robertson – Conference & Events Manager Housing Colorado – Member since 2014 Why did you join RMPCMA?  I joined RMPCMA  to stay current in our industry and to keep in contact with previous colleagues as we all progress in our careers. Have you attended the National Convention?  If so, # of times and what did

RMPCMA Announces The Joy Drive for 2018

RMPCMA and partners Little Flower Assistance Center have teamed up for The 2018 Joy Drive!   Who is Little Flower? Little Flower is a non-profit assistance center supported by caring volunteers who offer their time to help people in need as well as receiving support from  generous businesses, agencies, churches, and organizations in the community.

RMPCMA Announces Free Events for Planner Members

A Valuable Membership Benefit Now Available for RMPCMA Planner Members! Now, Planners can attend all (4) education events for free! April 19, 2018 July 12, 2018 September 21, 2018 December 6, 2018 What are you waiting for?  If you haven’t signed up for your RMPCMA membership, you are missing out!

April Member Spotlight

Beth Croll Director, Conferences and Events EDUCAUSE   What have you found to be most beneficial being a member of RMPCMA? The relationships I’ve built with other members and learning from their experiences (successes and failures).  It’s gold. Can you share a life lesson that you have learned in this industry? Oh so many, but

March Member Spotlight

March 2018 Member Spotlight Meredith Merrill Manager DaVita Inc. RMPCMA member since 2016 What have you found to be most beneficial being a member of RMPCMA? I have found the networking opportunities during Emerging Leaders events to be very beneficial.  I feel that I’ve started to build a solid peer group with other event professionals in

January Member Spotlight

January 2018 Member Spotlight Megan Finnell, CMP Assistant Director, Meetings and Conferences MGMA RMPCMA member since 2011 Why did you join RMPCMA? I wanted to meet the others in the industry in Denver. What advice would you give a person just entering this profession? I would advise someone new to the industry to get involved. When

November Member Spotlight

November 2017 Member Spotlight Carly Crosby Deputy Director Obesity Medicine Association RMPCMA member since 2017 Why did you join RMPCMA?I attended a few Emerging Leaders events and the Education Conference and wanted to get more involved. What advice would you give a person just entering this profession? Make a plan for continuing education and get involved.

2018 Proposed Slate

2018 RMPCMA Nomination/Board of Director Information! Below is the purposed slate for the year 2018. President- Raya Roll- Vail Resorts President Elect- Jim Walter- Visit Cheyenne Past- President- Jodi Church- Destination Residences Snowmass Treasurer- Megan Finnell, CMP- MGMA Secretary- David Rayment- Visit St. Louis Emerging Leaders Director- Megan Martin- NCSL Communication Director- Kelly Kucera- Multimedia

September Member Spotlight

September 2017 Member Spotlight Raya Roll Associate Director of Sales Keystone Resort/Vail Resorts In-coming RMPCMA President RMPCMA member since 2005 Why did you join RMPCMA?I joined PCMA 12 years ago and loved how inviting the organization was. I was asked to join a committee and have been actively involved ever since. What have you found to

MIC Speaker RFP

2018 MIC Speaker Request for Proposal    RFP Overview The RFP process serves to identify speakers for the 2018 Meetings Industry Council of Colorado (MIC) Educational Conference and Tradeshow March 13 and 14, 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.MIC is excited to provide an exceptional learning experience rich in innovative ideas and

August Member Spotlight

August 2017 Member Spotlight Henry Rosales Vice President, Strategic Events Corenet Global RMPCMA member since 1995 Why did you join RMPCMA? I joined PCMA because of the learning and networking opportunities. Some of the best in the business! What advice would you give to a person just entering this profession? Your reputation is most important. Can you

July Member Spotlight

July 2017 Member Spotlight Carrie Abernathy CMP, CEM, CSEP Director, Meetings Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) RMPCMA member since 2016 Why did you join RMPCMA? I was VolunTOLD by the President at the time (Jamie Shelley) that I was going to join practically as soon as I entered the state last summer. I agreed right

PCMA Education Foundation Raffle: Win a Trip for 2 to Paris

    Bonjour! Join the PCMA Education Foundation’s 2017 Tour with this year’s Ride with the Foundation raffle. Treat yourself to a chance to win a VIP Tour De France package complete with: Colnago C60 Italian Road Bike (pictured below) Cycling Kit $500 Gift Certificate to Trip to Paris for the Tour de France,

June Member Spotlight

June 2017 Member Spotlight Nicole Marsh, CMP, DMCP Partner AXS Group RMPCMA member since 1998 I always say that I have a Cinderella story when asked how I got into this business.  I found the company I worked for, and eventually bought just two years later, in the yellow pages.  That makes me sound very old! 

May Member Spotlight

May 2017 Member Spotlight Kevin Lepine Co-President MP Associates Inc. RMPCMA member since 1999 (I think not sure about this) How did I get into this business is one of my favorite questions.  I got into the Business the old fashioned way, I married into the Business.  I asked my wife’s father(Pat Pistilli) for permission

Serving Up Soap

Rocky Mountain PCMA and Meetings Industry Council of Colorado are working together to provide families in need in Colorado with a 365 day community service project. Raid your closets for miniature toiletries you have collected from hotels, then bring to any Rocky Mountain PCMA event throughout 2017. So every time you stay in a hotel please think of

April Member Spotlight

Meet Megan Martin. Rocky Mountain PCMA member since 2015. She is also the Director of Communications serving on the Rocky Mountain chapter Board of Directors.