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San Diego Convention Center Corp. president and CEO honored by PCMA

The president and CEO of San Diego Convention Center Corp., manager of the city’s convention center, was named as a 2014 Professional Achievement Honoree for industry leadership by Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

Carol Wallace will be honored at a dinner on May 14, 2014 in Washington, D.C. along with two additional honorees.

“It is a privilege to honor these three tremendous women.  Their leadership has helped advance our industry and continues to ensure the meetings and events space has a bright future,” said Deborah Sexton, president and CEO, PCMA. Sexton’s organization is for meeting and event professionals.

Wallace has had a long and successful career, holding leadership positions across the industry.  She is a current member of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board for the Department of Commerce.  In July, she completed eight years of service on the board of International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), representing North America.  She also served on the PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees and was past president of International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).  In 2004, she received IAVM’s highest honor, the Charles A. McElravy Award, for her exceptional leadership and extraordinary career-long accomplishments.

“San Diego is extremely fortunate to have such a respected and talented leader heading our convention center.  Carol exemplifies excellence in all she does, helping shape our success and with our expansion, positioning the San Diego Convention Center for continued growth and success into the next decade,” said Phil Blair, chair, San Diego Convention Center Corp.

A 30-year industry veteran, Wallace joined the Corporation in 1991. She successfully orchestrated the Phase II expansion of the convention center, which opened in 2001.  Wallace is currently leading the Corporation’s efforts on a Phase III expansion of the facility, which is expected to break ground in 2014. Earlier this month, Wallace was honored locally with the 2013 Johns Fellowship Award in appreciation for her leadership in building strong relationships with organized labor in San Diego.

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