After a long illness, former PCMA president and CEO Roy B. Evans, Jr., CAE, passed away on July 9. Evans was a highly respected and transformative leader in the meetings industry.
He joined PCMA as a member in 1961. In 1975, after 20 years of service with the Southern Medical Association, where he served as executive director, Evans was named president of PCMA. At the time, PCMA had only 500 members and was focused on providing education to medical meeting planners. He became president and CEO in 1982.
While at PCMA’s helm, Evans was responsible for many achievements. He expanded PCMA’s education, products, services, and membership categories to include those who weren’t employed by nonprofits, as well as CEOs, and included professors and students in PCMA programs. He established the PCMA Education Foundation, created and served as publisher of Convene magazine in 1986, established PCMA’s iconic Party With a Purpose, oversaw the formation of chapters, and launched pcma.org in 1997.