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The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced today it is to appoint its first international board director, choosing the SECC’s Head of Sales, Ben Goedegebuure, to become the first board member outside of the US and North America.
Ben has been instrumental in building close industry relationships across the Atlantic that saw the SECC partner with PCMA earlier this year, as part of the venue’s strategy to attract the meetings and conference industry in the US and Canada to Scotland.
Deborah Sexton, president and CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) said: “We are delighted to appoint Ben as a board member and are confident he will make a valuable contribution to the board given his extensive conference, events and exhibition industry experience.
“To date Ben has been extremely supportive of PCMA and its global education initiatives, this coupled with his experience and his active involvement in the international meetings management scene, make Ben an obvious choice and an important addition to our Board of Directors.”
SECC Director of Sales, Ben Goedegebuure, comments: “PCMA are an exceptional organisation providing high quality education and setting the agenda for the global meetings and events market. Over the years we’ve made some good friends through PCMA and they have been a key contributor in the SECC’s success in North America. This is a genuine honour for me personally and a great opportunity for the SECC to continue to build on our growing US business.”
Ben Goedegebuure heads up the SECC’s sales team responsible for all aspects of the venue events sales and marketing as well as being a member of the SECC’s management team. After joining the SECC in 2005 as Director of Conference Sales, Ben was promoted into the new Director of Sales position in 2008.
Founded in 1957 PCMA represents meeting management executives from a variety of sectors and currently has over 6,100 members in 36 countries.