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A Note From The President

Director of Education, Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)
2010-2011 President, MPI Potomac Chapter

This month we hope you plan to join us at PMPI’s Mid Atlantic Regional Conference (MACE), February 14 – 15, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center. This regional conference is a great way to learn all the secrets of the meetings industry; this incredible two-day event weaves an outstanding education program with unparalleled networking opportunities featuring a reverse marketplace. Register today at .

Also be on the lookout, at the end of this month, for a membership satisfaction survey from the national headquarters of MPI. This will give you an opportunity to express how you feel the PMPI leadership is doing and the overall health of the chapter. The national survey will hold us accountable to MPI for your overall satisfaction of our Chapter’s offerings.

I look forward to seeing you at one of the many opportunities highlighted in this month’s Potomac Connections. Continue to make the most out of your membership, stay connected and engaged and follow us on: , , and .

Galveston Island CVB
Joe was recently honored by the MD Hotel & Lodging Association at the 22nd Annual "Stars of the Industry" Awards celebration with Hotelier of the Year!

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"This is the tenth year our company has been chosen by the First Night Alexandria board of directors to lead this wonderful event" stated Ann Dorman, CMP, president of Meetings & Events of Distinction

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Site Solutions Worldwide
Upcoming Events
PMPI’s best-attended, most efficient educational and networking event of the year is just 4 days away! And there is still time to sign up! MACE! 2011 is going to reveal secrets for your professional advancement that you never expected, so make sure you don’t miss out. MACE! is taking place on February 14th & 15th (main conference day) at the beautiful Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center.

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Pose Ultra Lounge at the Gaylord National Hotel & Conv Center

If you can’t make it to MACE! please join us anyway for this separate ticketed event. No need to register again if you signed up for this party when you registered for MACE.

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Collected at MACE! February 14th + 15th
Thoughtful Treasures: A Mailbox Project for the Children’s Inn

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Next Thursday February 17th MPI Chairman Eric Rozenberg and MPI President & CEO Bruce McMillan will join leaders from 14 other meeting industry organizations and experts from PricewaterhouseCoopers ("PwC") at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to release the long-awaited study on "The Economic Significance of Meetings to the US Economy."

This US study, the first of its kind in North America, was inspired by the depth and credibility of a study undertaken in Canada. The Canadian study was conducted in 2008 and paid for by the MPI Foundation Canada. The study became a model around which further studies around the world were designed.

Learn more and post your comments now!

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PMPI has officially caught the "fever," and wants you to help us celebrate the "March Madness" that is the NCAA Final Four! The event is just as thrilling as the tournament – PMPI West 2011!

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ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership
News and Announcements
Are you looking for a way to assist student members, but are not sure just how to go about helping? If you are interested in encouraging tomorrow’s leaders, consider sponsoring a student membership to Meeting Professionals International.
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The COC is also pleased to announce its spring charity event, a "Family Dinner" for residents of the Children’s Inn at NIH. The dinner will be held the evening of April 18th. We’ll need volunteers to assist with the dinner along with donations of food, paper goods, and decorations.

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Well now’s your chance! PMPI is teaming up with the Southern California Chapter for a recruitment campaign.

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Please review the PMPI Shining Star program with your committee members and help us generate nominations for many of our very deserving volunteer members.

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All positions are open until filled!

The best way to get work experience and learn some responsibility is through an internship. It is a great way towards career development and getting a job after college.

Current Openings:

E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc.
American Land Title Association

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PMPI has many opportunities for you to showcase your company.

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In each issue of Potomac Memo, look for Where in the PMPI World? If you can identify the place in the photograph, simply submit your answer and your name will be entered to win in a random drawing!

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PMPIs One-stop, Education & Event Registration. P.O.W.E.R. your team for a whole year! Invest in the PMPI P.O.W.E.R. Pack

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Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Marriott Hotels of New Orleans
PMPI Strategic Partners



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as well as information about the resources we have to offer you.