Industry icons Martin Balogh, Deborah Sexton to be honoured at PCMA awards in October

Screenshot of the PCMA 2018 Industry Icon Awards landing page.
Screenshot of the PCMA 2018 Industry Icon Awards landing page.

PCMA Southwest and Pacific Chapter will be presenting awards to hospitality and meetings industry champions, Martin Balogh and Deborah Sexton, at the 2018 Industry Icon Awards, at TAO at the Venetian, Las Vegas on October 15, 2018.   

The event brings together hospitality, travel incentive and meeting professionals to celebrate the highly regarded honorees who have dedicated years to the industry.

As the associate director of the Meetings & Travel Group for the American Bar Association (ABA), Martin Balogh has served on both the PCMA Board of Directors and the PCMA Foundation Board of Trustees. Balogh served the ABA for decades rising through the ranks to hold one of the top positions. He exemplifies the importance of building balanced relationships between meeting organisers and the supplier community, and has shown consistency in holding up his organization and staff to high standards while supporting their efforts in being engaged in PCMA.

Deborah Sexton is principal of DLS & Associates and past president & CEO of PCMA. A 30-year veteran of the meetings and conventions industry, Sexton has routinely been selected as one of the industry's most powerful people by trade magazines. She has received numerous awards including the prestigious Asia - Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo Outstanding Contribution Award, MPI's Kathy Osterman Award, and in 2008, she was inducted into the BizBash Chicago Hall of Fame. Sexton is passionate about stirring up positive change for meetings and hospitality industry programmes in high schools and colleges. She is president of the PCMA Education Foundation and serves on advisory boards of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and Kendall College, a Chicago institution focusing on hospitality management and the culinary arts.

"We are thrilled to recognise these two esteemed professionals whose contributions have been pivotal to so many people in the meetings and travel industry and beyond" stated Kevin Boland, president, PCMA Southwest and Pacific Chapter. "This is our first year renaming the event the Industry Icon Awards.  It's only fitting that we are honouring two major icons in our business.  Like many in the industry Deborah and Marty have shaped my career. Their dedication, ongoing participation and willingness to share their experience are a true inspiration to us all."

The 2018 Industry Icon Awards reception begins at 4:00 p.m. at TAO at the Venetian, Las Vegas. Tickets are available for $150 before September 30, 2018 and $175 beginning October 1, 2018.  

To purchase tickets and learn more about the PCMA Southwest and Pacific Chapter Industry Icon Awards, visit

Proceeds from this event go towards PCMA Southwest and Pacific chapter programs, education and scholarships for industry professionals.

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