MPI Potomac FYI
New Member & Volunteer Spotlight

Brian Chung, Visit Baltimore, Marketing/PR Committee received the latest Star Award at the December e2 event.

Chung manages MPI Potomac's Facebook and Twitter pages. As the committee was re-organizing, Chung took the lead in using new platforms and software to keep the chapter's social media presence to continue growing followers. Brian is a committed leader and steps up to challenges and changes. He is a valued member of the committee and the chapter!

Virginia Beach CVB
You deserve a new perspective on meetings
Virginia Beach is more than a top meeting destination with unbeatable service. It’s a real game-changer in how you see a great meeting experience. Offering an abundance of modern amenities, unique venues, and timeless coastal appeal, Virginia Beach will give you a new perspective on meetings excellence– all just a short drive or train ride away.
Plan your Virginia Beach meeting today!
Galveston Island CVB
News & Announcements

The January promo code for $50 off MPI Potomac membership renewals is ... JanRenew. Consider it a late stocking stuffer!

The annual membership survey for MPI will be hitting your inbox next month! We look forward to hearing from you!

~Building Teams around Value

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~Stop Compromising and Make All the Money You Want!

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GBTA Legislative Summit

Registration for the 17th annual GBTA Legislative Summit will be opening soon. This event will be a unique opportunity for business travel professionals to meet face-to-face with new Congress members to share your opinions and help to set the emerging legislative agenda. The issues identified now will be the basis for the legislation that will govern our industry for years to come.

Join your peers not only to make your voice heard, but to discover how you can navigate the political landscape now and in the future. No advocacy experience is necessary, just a passion for the work you do and a desire to defend it. 
GBTA Legislative Summit 2019 takes place May 14-16 in Washington, D.C. 

Detroit Metro CVB
The Hotel at the University of Maryland
Upcoming Events

Interested in enhancing your career in meetings and events? Consider achieving the certified meeting professional (CMP) credential.

MPI Potomac will offer its CMP Winter Bootcamp in a weekend format to review the body of knowledge covered on the exam. 

When: Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan. 13

Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (both days)

Where: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia

Register here!


Time to sign up for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Study Group – 10-week session

Are you ready for the next step in your career?

Have you submitted your CMP application and been approved to take the exam? 

Need some study tips and tactics?

MPI Potomac will provide its CMP Study Group to review the body of knowledge covered on the exam.

When:   One night per week* between Feb. 25 – April 29

*Monday nights with three exceptions; see registration link for full schedule

Time:     5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. each night

Where:  Financial Services Institute, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Metro Stop: Metro Center (Red line); Federal Triangle (Blue line)

More information/Register

Visit Alexandria
Get off the beaten path & meet in the unexpected

Consider a waterfront destination just minutes from D.C. alive with over 200 restaurants, boutiques and museums set amongst centuries of history. Nestled in the heart of it all, four-star boutique and conference hotels accommodate groups up to 700. Alexandria, VA, named a 2019 #3 Best Small City by Condé Nast Traveler is a destination guaranteed to excite attendees and ignite a spark in your next meeting.

Take a quick peak at Old Town’s new vibe
MACE! 2020
Join the 2019 Mid Atlantic Conference and Expo #MACE

Start 2019 right and register to join an exciting day of education and networking at MACE! Mark your calendar for Friday, Feb. 22 at the MGM National Harbor and visit to learn more. 

The Mid Atlantic Conference and Expo (MACE) is a one-day educational conference and business forum for the meetings and events industry presented by MPI Potomac. This year, we are excited to offer seven (7) CEC credits and a series of diverse sessions for everyone. We will again be using the AgendaPop app to view the entire agenda conveniently and make connections. Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect: 

Schedule at a Glance 
8 a.m.        Registration and breakfast with exhibitors
9 a.m.        Opening general session and keynote presentation
                  It’s a Multigenerational Workforce! Get Ready! by Sonia Aranza
10:30 a.m. Morning break with exhibitors
11 a.m.      Breakout sessions on effective feedback, safety, data protection and industry trends 
Noon         Luncheon session and keynote presentation
                  Eating at a Meeting: How to Create Safe & Inclusive F&B Environments by Tracy Stuckrath
2:15 p.m.   Breakout sessions on inclusion, crisis communication, time management and AV 
3:15 p.m.   Afternoon pick-me-up break and dessert with exhibitors
3:45 p.m.   Breakout sessions on social medial, menus, marketing and women in leadership 
5 p.m.        Closing general session and keynote presentation
6 p.m.        Closing cocktail reception

Top Three Reasons to Attend
1. More for your money: For both event planners and suppliers, you will have more access to business opportunities and more access to diverse sessions (for seven approved clock hours). All in one day! 

2. Friday fun day: Spend time with hundreds of your colleagues in our new expo showcase as you check out all the services and suppliers, not to mention the endless entertainment available at the MGM National Harbor! If you make it a “staycation,” we won’t blame you. 

3. Represent: Develop your reputation as the expert and invest in your own career this year. You never know – next year you could lead a breakout session! 

Questions about MACE? Please email us at 
We are looking forward to this being our best year ever and need your help! Click here to review the sponsorship opportunities. Please know that we work with each of our sponsors to ensure that their sponsorship package meets their needs and is mutually beneficial to them and the conference. If you are interested in one of these packages, or an individually created custom package, please contact Melissa Benowitz at
Click here for more details and to register today!
Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau
MGM National Harbor
The Cavalier Virginia Beach