Deborah Long Sexton FASAE

President and CEO, PCMA

Deborah joined PCMA in March 2005 as President and CEO. In conjunction with this role, she also serves as President of the PCMA Education Foundation and Publisher of Convene magazine. Under her leadership PCMA has become an industry visionary in the digital event space initiating PCMA’s first hybrid event in 2010 and supporting VEI. Deborah is passionate to push the meetings industry forward to understand and embrace digital strategy.

A 30+-year veteran of the meetings and convention industry, Deborah previously served as President of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau [now Choose Chicago]. She is also a past Chair of the Convention Industry Council, and the Foundation Board of Trustees of the International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. She is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives, and on the board of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research [CEIR.]