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Pharma Forum 2022
Delivered as a Hybrid Event September 11-14, 2022
In-Person: September 11-14 ● Virtual: Live-Stream September 12-14North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center ● Bethesda, MD

James Vachon, CMM
Principal and Managing Partner at Michael Gerard and Associates


James Vachon is an industry leader fluent in the strategic management and planning for domestic and global travel, events, meetings and conventions with particular expertise in navigating the very regulated pharmaceutical industry.  With a long and broad scope of experience, James has excelled in the medical congress, hotel, third party planning and corporate planning aspects of the industry.

James has developed and implemented congress and meetings programs and is positioned so that stakeholders value his opinion and refer to the successes he has helped institute when recommending him to colleagues. He has been a critical part in their success and ability to achieve their own objectives for meeting outcomes, marketing messages, healthcare professional engagement and process improvement, particularly in regards to the strategy and execution of congresses.

Many describe James as “dedicated,” “passionate,” and a “strong communicator” with “excellent interpersonal skills.” He also has a solid reputation for inspirational leadership, resolution development, proactive planning, resource allocation, being an informed decision maker, budget management, strategic thinking and true professionalism; all while exercising passion and care and establishing strong, lasting relationships. He is also known for his ability to motivate, providing open and honest communication and serving as a model that proves striving for excellence should always be at the foundation of the role you play.

Being committed to the industry is another strength of James’. He is a highly sought-after public speaker, has chaired many industry educational events and serves on the advisory boards of several organizations. His versatility and personal commitment to the healthcare industry is apparent in the way he engages within his company and across the life sciences sector.

Currently, James service as the Principal and Managing Partner for Michael Gerard and Associates, a consulting firm that helps pharmaceutical companies navigate their way through medical congresses and establishing a 360 degree and cross-functional approach that will lead to success.

Agenda Sessions

  • Senior Third-Party Planner Strategy Session