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Chief Financial Officer, Professional Convention Management Association

Arlis Whalum, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer for the Professional Convention Management Association, responsible for such areas as financial management, strategic planning, information technology, and day-to-day operations. She is key to the strategic planning activities of the organization and responsible for translating major initiatives into workable systems for day-to-day operations.

Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA serves 6,000+ members in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and in more than 35 other countries.

Whalum was previously the Director of Finance for the American Planning Association. She has an extensive financial and operational background, as well as Big 4 CPA and Fortune 500 experience.