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Central Florida Education Event – Thank You


While audio-visual may sometimes be considered an afterthought, it is truly a critical pillar that supports the success of meetings and events. OPAV’s Tony Brinkman, Vice President of Business Development and Brian Gordon, National Director of Sales and many others on staff took time on Wednesday, March 30 to showcase the importance of AV to the meeting professionals at PCMA Southeast Chapter’s educational series at their company office/warehouse in Orlando. This “Behind the Scenes” lunch and learn brought into focus a somewhat complex subject matter.  Attendees were provided insight into the vast world of audio-visual vernacular, set up and capabilities including cameras, sound, lighting and special effects. Suffice it to say that every meeting professional should partner with an AV supplier who is knowledgeable about all aspects of the service especially when delving into multifaceted productions. Experience definitely matters! All the OPAV staff were incredibly skilled and well-informed. Learning how to best partner with an Audiovisual Production supplier on developing an RFP was extremely insightful, as well as being introduced to the terminology required to understand a proposal and invoice. This educational series most assuredly shed a lot of light on the world of AV and provided clock hours for attendees.

With Toronto temps hovering around 5 degrees, Destination Toronto’s Vinita Das, Account Director and Meredith Donaghey, Sales Director, U.S. Market, Destination Toronto, were happy to be in Central Florida and shared details of that city’s popularity as a meeting destination. Business events are back and the borders are open. Toronto is vibrant, connected and globally inspired. Transport to Toronto by viewing the video here.

Thank you, to everyone who attended and Brenda Dempsey @ Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp for the longtime sponsorship of the Chapter’s Volunteer of the Quarter and Year program. It pays to Volunteer! Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Quarter 2022, Patty Richbourg, Senior Director, Global Accounts at HelmsBriscoe. Thank you, Patty, for your volunteer efforts at our Charlotte event in February.

Sponsorship is one component that enables the chapter to create educational opportunities like the one held @ OPAV. We gladly acknowledge the sponsors for this educational series: OPAV, Destination Toronto, and Eleventh & Gather.

Sponsor opportunities are available. Please contact Brad Minton, Director of Sponsorships to secure your place now.

Events are often a team effort and this one in Central Florida was expertly crafted by these member professionals: Patricia Henry- APCO International, Alex Bourbeau-CoreNet Global, Frances Maestre- Shepard Exposition Services, Krista Fleming- KF Conference Management Inc., Chris Colbert-Cobb Travel & Tourism, & Bernie Wilke- Eleventh & Gather.

Please reach out to any of PCMA Southeast Chapter’s Central Florida event team to volunteer, host or sponsor.

For those PCMASE members who are focused on broadening their scope of membership and growing their presence in the industry,  please contact Lori Hedrick, Director of Volunteers.

Thank you to our Sponsors and Exhibitors!

Jacky ListonCentral Florida Education Event – Thank You