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A Note From The President

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

As we approach spring, lots of things are starting to blossom, including the new January 2011 class of CMPS! On behalf of Meeting Professionals International, Potomac Chapter, I’d like to congratulate all of our members that just earned their CMP! I am thrilled that several of the new CMPs are also PMPI board members; Kumi Anzalone, Will Trokey, Tammy Kockaya, and Jason Watkins. We will be acknowledging all of our new CMPs at our upcoming April 27th Learning Experience, stay tuned for details.

Upcoming this month, MPI National Headquarters will be sending out a membership satisfaction survey. 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.

Later this month, we will share the proposed slate of candidates for the PMPI Board of Directors, for your consideration. All unopposed nominees assume the offices for which they are slated effective July 1, 2011. For those members that would like to get more involved in the chapter, we would like to invite you to join one of our committees. Please visit for committee descriptions and sign up form.

We are planning lots of great events, this month and 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 .

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Congratulations to Cornelia Horner, CMP, Past President of PMPI and Director of Meetings and Marketing, American Land Title Association, Washington, DC, for being nominated to the MPI 2011‐2012 International
Board of Directors! We wish you much success on your continued leadership path!
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Applications for scholarship grants for the Future Leaders Forum (FLF) at the MPI 2011 World Education Congress (WEC) in Orlando, Florida are now being received. Click below for timeline and application instructions.
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Attendee Interactive Services
Upcoming Events
National Conference Center
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Leesburg, VA

Andrea Sullivan, President of BrainStrength Systems, will lead an interactive workshop on food as an integral part of the meeting experience. Lunch will include the Copper Skillet Competition – an Iron Chef-like competition featuring IACC chefs from around the world and a delicious sampling of treats from IACC conference centers.
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Westin Tysons Corner
Friday - 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Gerard Panaro, Esq. of Howe & Hutton, Ltd. facilitates an open discussion on negotiation strategies for success in today’s marketplace as well as the key legal issues which should be addressed in every contract. Come prepared to share your questions and negotiation experiences.
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Executive Conference and Training Center, Dulles
Thursday - 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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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Have you always wanted to show off your space to hundreds of meeting professionals? Are you currently undergoing renovations and looking to show off your results? Well contact the Strategic Alliance and Site Selection committee to see what programs we have coming up for next year.
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ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership
News and Announcements
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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Well now’s your chance! PMPI is teaming up with the Southern California Chapter for a recruitment campaign.

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Examination Date is July 23, 2011

PMPI CMP Spring 2011 Study Course
Monday, April 18, 2011 - Monday, June 27, 2011
The Westin Arlington Gateway

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Preparing for the CMP exam just got easier ...Introducing the MPI CMP Online Study Guide. A new study aid to guide CMP exam preparation. Designed with busy schedules in mind, the Study Guide efficiently assists in the preparation of an effective study plan.
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Hyatt Regency Washington, DC on Capitol Hill
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See Photos from PMPI's extraordinary Mid Atlantic Conference & Exposition, and all PMPI Events!

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Congratulations to Community Out Reach Committee co-chair, Katie Hais and Chris Moore on their recent engagement!

Warm congratulations to VP of Education, Shonzia and husband, Connie Thompson who are the proud parents of a baby girl, Taylor Alexis Thompson, born March 8 weighing in at 6 lbs and 6 oz and 18 inches in length. Mom, Dad, and Baby are all doing well and enjoying their new family.

If you are looking for some financial assistance - please apply for a scholarship WWW.PMPI.ORG - go to Career Resources heading and the PMPI Scholarship - PMPI Cares tab and fill out the application.

Apply now for these scholarships or let us know what you need!
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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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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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Silent Auction
Free Webinars
Getting Business Done
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PMPI has many opportunities for you to showcase your company.
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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.