About the Author

Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP, HMCC, is senior director of healthcare compliance for Maritz Travel and is a principal instructor of the HMCC program. She previously served as MPI’s director of professional development, healthcare sector.

She was named the first recipient of Destination Management Professional of the Year by ADME International; was twice recognized as one of the 25 most influential people in the meeting industry by Meeting News magazine; appointed as one of the Magnificent 12 in the hospitality industry by Successful Meetings magazine; and was most recently chosen as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in business by the St. Louis Business Journal. Schaumann also was awarded Meeting Professional of the Year by MPI-St. Louis Chapter, and Event Professional of the Year by ISES-Missouri Chapter.

Schaumann founded the Missouri Chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) and served as president for the St. Louis chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the Missouri Chapter of ISES and the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADME).

Schaumann authored the first and only book on destination management, “The Guide to Successful Destination Management,” which is used in more than 200 universities. She was also a contributing editor to the Convention Liaison Council CIC Manual, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Editions.