Pam Ballinger Appointed Senior Director of Meetings and Exhibits for the American Association for Cancer Research
PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has appointed Pam Ballinger, CMP, as senior director of meetings and exhibits. In her role, Ballinger will oversee the planning and implementation of all meeting logistics for more than 25 AACR annual conferences and educational workshops, including the AACR Annual Meeting, which attracts more than 18,500 attendees, making it the world’s largest scientific meeting in cancer research.
“I am extremely pleased to welcome Pam to the AACR’s senior management staff. Her extensive experience and expertise in coordinating large-scale meetings for medical professionals will be invaluable in our efforts to ensure the seamless operation of the AACR’s expanding meetings and events program,” said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the AACR. “Pam’s innate creativity and innovativeness, coupled with her outstanding leadership skills, will further enhance the experience of participants in our meetings and help the AACR to accelerate the dissemination of new research findings to the cancer community as well as the public at large.”
Prior to joining the AACR, Ballinger served for 14 years as vice president of meeting services at Association Headquarters (AH), an association management company for nonprofits in Mount Laurel, N.J., where she managed AH’s largest meetings, including the American Transplant Congress and the joint annual meeting of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Society of Transplantation. Previously she was director of meetings at Slack Inc., a medical publishing and communications company.
“I am excited to accept the challenge of developing innovative ways to help scientists share their findings, learn from each other, and advance the cause of cancer research,” Ballinger said. “I hope to build upon and improve what is already a world-class meetings program.”
Ballinger holds the designation of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) from the Convention Industry Council and is past president and a member of the board of directors of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association. She serves on the customer advisory boards of convention and visitors bureaus in several cities.
Before going into association meeting management, Ballinger was a medical editor for J.B. Lippincott and Slack Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine.