Reigning PCMA Pickleball Champ/Visit Indy Chief Leonard Hoops Shares What’s New in Indianapolis

Photo of PCMA's Sherrif Karamat and Leonard Hoops standing on the Visit Seattle pickleball court at PCMA Convening Leaders 2024.
PCMA President & CEO Sherrif Karamat (left) and Visit Indy President & CEO and Chair of PCMA’s 2024 Board of Directors and Trustees Leonard Hoops stand on Visit Seattle's Pickleball court at PCMA Convening Leaders 2024.

Visit Indy’s president and CEO made his debut as the new Chair of PCMA’s 2024 Board of Directors and Trustees known by vanquishing the association’s president and CEO, Sherrif Karamat, on the pickleball court at Convening Leaders (CL).

Rendering of Signia by Hilton Indianapolis.
Rendering of Signia by Hilton Indianapolis. Credit: Kite Realty.

Thus sanctified, Hoops later sat down with Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson to discuss the record-setting attendance and other happenings at CL—including the epic pickleball showdown—as well as the many exciting new developments happening in Indy.

Big Indianapolis meetings and hospitality news includes a new 800-room Signia by Hilton Indianapolis hotel; an expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and the new Eleven Park development right in the heart of the convention district; and why so many high-profile events—both traditional and extra-terrestrial—are choosing the capital of the Hoosier State for their gatherings.

[Related: 10 Photos That Encapsulate PCMA's 2024 Convening Leaders Event]

Marquee 2024 events include:

  • The NBA All-Star Game
  • A solar eclipse
  • The U.S. Olympic Swimming tryouts 
  • 3 Taylor Swift shows

[Related: PCMA Convening Leaders 2024 Sets Attendance Record; New Programs Launched]

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Photo of Leonard Hoops standing with his hand on a desk in the offices of Visit Indy.
Leonard Hoops. Credit: Visit Indy.

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Tyler Davidson has covered the travel trade for nearly 30 years. In his current role with Meetings Today, Tyler leads the editorial team on its mission to provide the best meetings content in the industry.