The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has appointed William J. Myers, CAE, CMP, formerly vice president and convention manager of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), as its chief operating officer, a newly created position. David DuBois, formerly vice president of marketing for the association, moved to Dallas to become COO of Meeting Professionals International earlier this year. Eric Johnson, CMP, left his post as PCMA's director of meeting services to become MPI's director of conferences and meetings shortly thereafter.
Roy B. Evans, CAE, executive vice president and CEO of PCMA, says that the association's budget had grown from $1 million to $6 million and membership had more than doubled since 1990, a growth pattern that "pointed to the need for a chief operating officer to run the association's day-to-day business. Bill Myers' record of accomplishment made him a natural choice." Myers had been with the 84,000-member AAFP since 1970. In his new position he will be responsible for internal staff management, membership growth, chapter relations, and the programs of PCMA's Foundation.
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