Professional Convention Management
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Chicago, IL, April 1, 2015 - PCMA, PCMA Education Foundation, Choose Chicago, Chicago Area Chapter of MPI, Midwestern Chapter of IAEE and the Greater Midwest Chapter of PCMA announced today their support and involvement in Meetings Means Business' first annual North American Meetings Industry Day [NAMID]. On April 16, 2015 the organizations will gather at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, 8:30am-10:00am, to celebrate the unsung heroes who keep the meetings industry's wheels turning in a positive direction and spotlight the substantial value derived from business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions by connecting people and driving positive business results throughout the continent.

The Chicagoland Four Star Awards Ceremony will honor local Chicagoland industry heroes in the categories of:

  • Most Attentive Hotelier (the Chicagoland Hotelier who takes service to the next level)
  • Best Industry Advocate (the Meetings or Trade show Executive who assists in elevating the industry)
  • Four Star Service Award (the Convention/Event Services Professional who has saved the day)
  • Most Tasteful Restaurateur (the Restaurateur who exemplifies hospitality and is a positive representative of the local culinary scene)
  • Positive Footprint Award (the corporation or association whose event or meeting gave back to the local community)

The Chicagoland Four Star Award nominations were submitted by local meeting professionals with finalists, selected by the event sponsors, to be announced on April 6, and the ultimate winner awarded at the April 16 event.

The celebration will be hosted by Choose Chicago CEO, Don Welsh and PCMA President and CEO, Deborah Sexton. Meeting industry professionals and supporters can register to attend the Chicagoland Four Star Awards here.

"Chicago's meetings and convention business is well positioned for the future with more than $6 billion in new, recommitted or extended shows since work rule reforms were implemented at McCormick Place and we have no intention of slowing down," said Don Welsh, President and CEO, Choose Chicago. "We offer an unmatched hospitality community, the country's most talented labor pool and the distinction as the #1 U.S. destination for meetings and events. Congratulations to everyone involved with Chicago's meetings industry - you are all winners!"

Visit NAMID at to learn more about events happening throughout North America on April 16, 2015. Follow and participate in the digital conversations at @MeetingsMeanBiz on Twitter and by using the hashtags #MMBusiness and #NAMID15. Download the MMB app, available on iPhones and Android devices, to access industry resources and to stay updated on NAMID activity.

About Meetings Mean Business
The Meetings Mean Business coalition was created in 2009 to showcase the incredible value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy. Its members span all facets of the face-to-face meeting and events industry, which have come together behind a common goal: providing the resources, tools and information to show the real impact the industry has on businesses, economies and communities. For more information, visit and download our app on iTunes and Google Play