Chapter News

NYPCMA President’s Corner – Summer 2017

The first half of the year has flown by and summer is in full swing. Believe it or not, the board has already scheduled our fall retreat for 2018 planning.

Last month New York welcomed all of PCMA during the Education Conference. Collectively, we built 500 care packages for The Bowery Mission and demonstrated how NYC cares for our community. We still have several CSR events this year that are being led by Jeffrey Musumano and his committee as part of the chapter’s commitment to giving back – starting with our Soup Kitchen Volunteer Event on August 21st. We need a few volunteers – hope you can join us!

In July we changed things up with a fitness event featuring mocktails instead of cocktails. With people being health conscious and a focus on mindful meetings, this event was a hit. We knew that we were taking a risk by skipping the alcohol at a networking event, but the feedback was very positive. I’m proud of Victoria Lee and the programs committee for not being afraid to try something different.

Personally, I cannot wait for the Lip Sync Battle on August 9th. My team at Seven Degrees has been rehearsing (costumes and all) and we are ready to show off our moves at Lucille’s Bar & Grill. I hope to see you all there.

The marketing committee is hard at work to make sure that all of the important chapter messages are getting to you. We know that there have been some challenges with communication and we are looking for ways to make the information flow better. Thanks to Chris Achacoso and the entire marketing committee for taking the lead on this.

Also, keep an eye out for information on scholarships coming from Diane Brady and her team. Between support from London & Partners and reinvestment of chapter profit, we are able to help more planners join PCMA and attend PCMA events.

As always, the chapter is only as good as its members. If you have an idea for a program or want to get more involved, please let me know.   We have committee spots available as well as “tiny tasks” for people who have a small amount of time, but want to participate. I can be reached at

Christopher AchacosoNYPCMA President’s Corner – Summer 2017