The Professional Convention Management Association has announced the recipient of the 2017 Global Executive of the Year Award as Roberta A. Kravitz, executive director, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
The award, presented last month by Deborah Sexton, PCMA president and CEO, at the IMEX Gala Dinner in Frankfurt, Germany, celebrates meeting executives who demonstrate a vision, commitment and passion for the advancement and education of the global meetings industry. This is the sixth consecutive year PCMA has presented this distinguished industry award.
Kravitz is a lifelong business events industry professional with a clear passion for global meetings. She was appointed Executive Director of ISMRM in May 2005, after serving the association for a number of years, in a number of escalating roles. Throughout Kravitz’s tenure, ISMRM expanded its global reach by including the Asia/Pacific Rim region to its annual meeting rotation. The ISMRM annual meeting now rotates each year between Asia/Pacific Rim, East Americas, Europe, and Western Americas. Her strong cultural knowledge and global business acumen has been critical to ISMRM’s international event growth and success.
Kravitz is a much sought industry presenter at events both in her home continent of North America and globally. Additionally, she is a prolific writer, penning sector articles to help the industry further professionalize and candidly share her experiences.
Her commitment to serve and give back to the industry is apparent through her involvement as a member of PCMA, American Society of Association Executives and Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. Kravitz is a current PCMA Education Foundation Board Trustee and served on the PCMA Board Directors 2013-2014. The Singapore Tourism Awards also nominated her for the 2017 Best Association Conference Organizer honor.
“Roberta is a well-respected business event professional and luminary” said Sexton. “Her dedication and passion for the global business events sector has been a beacon for many professionals as they endeavor to expand their events’ global reach. Roberta embodies the true spirit of this award through her generosity of time and talent and I was honored to recognize her accomplishments.”
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,700 plus members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization’s face-to-face and online connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 37 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.