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Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), a multi-channel professional resource and educator, named the recipient of the Global Executive of the Year Award.

Phelps R. Hope, CMP, vice president of meetings and expositions, Kellen Meetings received this honor at the Gala Dinner held in Frankfurt, Germany, during IMEX, from May 20-22. The award celebrates meeting executives who demonstrate a vision, commitment and passion for the advancement and education of the global meetings industry.

“Phelps’ commitment to the industry is unmatched. He is constantly searching for ways to penetrate new markets and implementing global strategies for his clients and for PCMA. I’m extremely proud he is being honored this year,” said Sherrif Karamat, CAE and chief operating officer, PCMA.

Hope epitomized the spirit of this award, having planned meetings and conferences in 27 different countries on six continents, and overseeing 50-plus global meetings per year. Over his 30-plus year career he has consistently demonstrated the ability to successfully move his clients into new global arenas and help achieve organizational successes.

Hope is also an active member of PCMA serving on a number of committees over the years including the Global Task Force where he served as subcommittee chair and the Annual Meeting Program Committee where he is currently serving as co-chair.

Previous award winners include Ping He, global general manager, APAC and David L. Williams, executive director, International Association for Energy Economics and current PCMA Foundation board of trustee.

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