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A Note From The President

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

PMPI strives to offer you a variety of ways to become engaged in the chapter. To highlight just a few of these opportunities taking place in the next month, we will be kicking off our spring CMP (11 week) study group on April 18 for those preparing to take the CMP exam. On April 27, be sure to invite your friends and colleagues who are in town for ASAE’s Springtime to the House of Sweden for our luncheon educational program on Accelerating Your Business Innovation.

Last but not least, on May 3, prepare to be wowed as PMPI, in conjunction with our friends at the Louisville CVB, bring all the action and excitement of the Derby to DC.

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

Mr. Wooten’s presentation provided students with tips for transitioning into the workforce, including dos and don’ts for resume writing and interviewing. To conclude the session the students were separated into groups led by PMPI members Tamala Blalock, Tammy Kockaya, Amy O'Malley and Katie Herritage to have their questions answered. The small groups allowed the members and students to have pointed conversations and establish relationships. All in all this was a very successful event. If you wish to contribute to future Student Information Sessions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Student Relations Committee Chairs.

Attendee Interactive Services
Upcoming Events

The Membership Recognition Committee invites you to recognize the BEST OF THE BEST in our membership and industry! Volunteerism is the heart of PMPI’s success. We need your assistance to recognize our wonderful members who contribute by going above and beyond. The 2010-2011 Awards nominations are now being received by the committee. This is YOUR opportunity to determine who will be recognized for their efforts.

PMPI Awards Follow the Technology Age

After a great success with online voting last year, PMPI members will once again be asked to cast their votes for candidates online during the week of April 26. To take it one futher step, we have now created the nomination application online as well.

This is your opportunity to determine who YOU feel has done an exceptional job for PMPI and should be recognized for their efforts. So please let us know who should be under consideration by submitting an application. You can submit nominations for any category, but are not obligated to submit a candidate for each.

Annual Awards include: ·

Member of the Year – (on line member vote)

Supplier of the Year – (on line member vote)

Planner of the Year - (on line member vote)

Distinguished Leader

Rising Star - (on line member vote)

Spirit of Volunteerism

Marketplace Excellence Award

The deadline to submit your application is April 22nd, 2011.

Click here to access the application forms

The winners will be announced at the "Evening of the Stars" PMPI Annual Meeting & Awards Reception on June 16th at The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Washington, DC.

Please save the date and join us for this exciting event. If you have any questions or need assistance in completing an application please contact PMPI at 301-948-4600 or


You are invited to participate in determining which of the 22 chapter-submitted programs will be presented at WEC. Vote now.

Voting will happen three times a week April 13 – April 25, where four sessions will go head-to-head in a battle. When you visit the Meeting Madness section of the MPI website, you will see the description of each program and be able to submit your vote, followed by a confirmation screen. Once that round of voting is finished, an email announcing the winner will be sent, along with a reminder to vote in the next round. MPI

Events Coming Up:

July 23-26 WEC 2011 - Orlando, Florida October 11-13 

IMEX America - Las Vegas, Nevada


MPI is bringing the energy of attendee-generated content to WEC 2011 through March Madness, a bracket-style system where members can vote on the programming they want to experience during Brain Time at WEC 2011.

MPI chapters submitted sessions for consideration that were held in their respective areas. PMPI’s November LE, "Something Needs to Change Around Here – You!" was selected as one of the 22 sessions represented in March Madness! This highly praised learning experience will go head to head with "4 Generations in the Workplace" in Match 1 of the contest, and we need your vote to help push it toward becoming the overall winner of March Madness!

Voting begins on April 13 and a new voting period begins each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. CDT. Voting is open to members only and you may only vote once per voting period.

The chapter with the most votes cast will receive $500.00 toward chapter education as well as Meeting Madness recognition on-site at WEC. In addition, for every vote you cast in each voting period, you will receive one entry into the grand prize drawing

For more information about March Madness and how to cast your vote click here: "Something Needs to Change Around Here – You"

Don’t delay, as the voting for this match-up begins on April 13!  You have a voice for the content represented at WEC 2011 so vote today! Are you game?

Send an e-mail to Dot Hewitt, board member for SASS at

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News and Announcements

SHINING STAR AWARD – 4th Quarter Deadline – Nominations must be received by May 15.  Our chapter isn't at the top of MPI for no reason...we have fantastic and engaged members! Please take a minute to think of your committee members who help make your lives easier with our chapter tasks and responsibilities. NOMINATIONS WELCOME!

Please review the PMPI Shining Star program with your committee members and help us generate nominations for many of our very deserving volunteer members. Download the form, complete it and send it to Jessica La Vay!

Take a moment to nominate ASAP.  The deadline for submission is May 15, so get your nomination in early! Jessica La Vay 703.796.0085


Information Required: Name of Organization, Mission or description of organization, contact name and information, and website. Please also list potential activities or ways we might be able to partner with this organization for the year.

All nominations must be submitted to Laura Gardner by May 16th!



For every new member you recruit to join PMPI, you’ll receive an entry into a drawing for an all-expenses paid trip to Hollywood, California! When you recruit a new member, tell them to insert your name or MPI Member Number on the membership application. Send an email to with the name of the new member and you’ll be entered into the drawing! It’s that easy!

So start telling your friends and colleagues about the benefits of joining could just be your ticket to Hollywood.


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