Professional Convention Management Association

Samantha Cuomo poses in front of a fall background.

Students at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics have almost 30 unique student groups that they can choose to join. In each installment of this series, an executive member of one of these student groups will share their first-hand experience choosing, participating in and eventually leading their group.

Samantha Cuomo, Class of 2020 hospitality business management major and event management minor, is the president of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) at the Lerner College. Cuomo shared why she joined PCMA, what makes this group unique and more!


When and why did you choose to join this student group?

Cuomo: I joined last year because I want to go into the events industry post-graduation. I felt that this was a good way to make connections and see what opportunities could arise from being in the club.  


What is the mission of your student group?

Cuomo: Our mission is to encourage events in the business industry and build network connections. We plan to accomplish our mission by working closely with the PCMA Philadelphia chapter as a resource and guide. 


What is your best memory from this student group?

Cuomo: Since our club was pretty inactive until this year, we are still in the process of creating our best memories. Being able to plan events for hospitality students, such as the hospitality fall fest, has been exciting for our group!


What is unique about your student group?

Cuomo: We have members who are all different majors. Our student group brings together various people who share an interest in events as a commonality. 


What has been your proudest moment leading your student group?

Cuomo: My proudest moment was being able to make the club active again and recruit people who share the same passion as me. 


What are your goals for the future of your student group?

Cuomo: My goal is to set up the members for success in the future. Since the club was inactive, my co-president and I are still figuring out a lot of things. I’m hoping to set an example for future members and allow them to use what we’ve done as a club as a guide for more members down the road. 


How has your student group helped you grow?

Cuomo: Our student group has helped me to become more of a leader. As our student group continues to grow, so am I. 


The Professional Convention Management Association has 19 members and meets one to two times a semester in Raub Hall.

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