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CFO named for PCMA

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) named a new chief financial officer. Taking on the role will be Arlis Whalum, CPA.

Whalum brings with her an impressive résumé of 17 years of progressively growing financial and operational experience with an $18 million non-profit association, as well as Big 4 CPA and Fortune 500 experience. She will be a key figure in the strategic planning activities of the organization and responsible for translating these big picture initiatives into workable systems for day-to-day operations.

As chief financial officer, Whalum will take part in the organization’s strategic planning including creating working systems from larger visions.

“Arlis is a tremendous addition to the PCMA executive team,” said Deborah Sexton, president and CEO, PCMA. “She has a proven track record with talents spanning from financial management to organizational efficiencies and process improvements; I have no doubt that she will make an immediate positive impact on our organizational practices.”

Whalum was most recently Director of Finance at the American Planning Association, a national membership association for community planners with more than 40,000 members, 47 affiliated chapters and 20 special interest group divisions, in addition to book publishing and distribution operations, federal and non-federal grants and multiple subscription services.

She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree, with a concentration on not-for-profit management and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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