Patrizia Semprebene Buongiorno, vice president, AIM Group International, received the 2022 PCMA Global Meetings Executive of the Year award. The award is presented annually at the IMEX Frankfurt Gala Dinner.
The Meetings Executive of the Year award recognizes a business events strategist who has demonstrated a vision, commitment and passion for the advancement and education of the global meetings industry.
Noting her initiative and volunteerism, Sherrif Karamat, PCMA’s president and CEO, called Buongiorno a “fearless leader with a drive for continued innovation and commitment to developing our next generation of industry leaders.”
Buongiorno is a 30-year veteran of the meetings industry and is recognized for her unwavering commitment to professional development. She teaches tourism management, event organization, green meetings, marketing and communications at several University Master’s Programs: University La Sapienza and LUISS University in Rome, IULM University in Milan, Business School of Sole24Ore (national economic daily newspaper) in Milan, Glion University in Swiss, Parma and Bicocca University.
In a volunteer role, Buongiorno is secretary general of FIMAC, the International Foundation Doctors for Central Africa, a non-profit organization that aims to improve the health conditions of people in Central Africa through cooperative humanitarian projects.
“I am honoured to receive such an important recognition, especially in these challenging times,” said Buongiorno. “I really would like to thank all the AIM Group team and dedicate this award to them, because what I have been able to do as a leader was inspired by their commitment and creativity and implemented into our daily work practice by them. As event professionals we can be proud of having been able to navigate such stormy seas with courage and determination, giving new future perspectives to our industry.”