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Galveston Island CVB
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Upcoming Events

March Educational Experience

Join us on March 14 at The Caucus Room for an exciting afternoon of learning. We'll discuss the industry’s hottest topics, build strategic relationships within the meeting and event community and create a common level of understanding among all community members – all while earning 1.75 CIC credit hours!

The topics discussed in this ever-popular round table session will be:

  •  Advanced Meeting Technology
  •  Contract Negotiation
  •  Current Industry Trends
  •  Identifying Sponsors & Sponsor Management
  •  Marketing Trends
  •  Menu Planning
  •  Social Networking & Social Media
  •  Special Events
  •  Exhibitor Sales
  •  Volunteer Management

It's great opportunity to learn from your peers and those who have traveled the roads that you are currently trying to navigate! Want the inside scoop on how to maximize your membership with PMPI? Join us before the program for PMPI Insider.

Click on the event summary and register for the March event.

April Educational Experience

On April 19 we'll gather at the luxurious Hotel Monaco to enjoy a very engaging session titled "The Business of Social and the Social of Business."

Whether you want to be considered a strategic contributor to your organization or enhance your resume value in the job market, it’s time to grow your awareness and involvement in social media networks. Regardless of where the official social responsibility lies, you DO have responsibility for member experience and can benefit greatly by using social to enhance your relationships.

Hear Michelle Lapierre’s story about how social media channels have changed the business landscape forever. She’ll review current events, rehash the arguments for why we can’t ignore social any longer, and lay out practical skill-sharpening steps you must take in order to thrive in our business-social/social-business world.

During her lifelong career in hospitality sales and marketing, Michelle has held myriad professional positions, from on-property operations to corporate strategic development. In her current position with Marriott Rewards & Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Michelle oversees the program's social media presence. She is being a member of Marriott's prestigious Social Media Center of Excellence, whose charter is to set the enterprise-wide investment strategies for the burgeoning social media community worldwide.

As a member of MPI’s CMM faculty, Michelle teaches the strategic marketing course, preparing meeting professionals to position their meetings and events within the organization's strategic framework.

Click on the event summary and register for the April event.

Listen, learn and earn 1 CIC credit hour!

Want the inside scoop on how to maximize your membership with PMPI? Join us after the program for PMPI Insider.

PMPI Cares Scholarship – FREE

As with all PMPI Educational Experiences, if you are having trouble paying for an event, use our money! PMPI Cares about you, and we invite you to attend these event on us. We hope that one day you can pay it forward and help another PMPI member by donating to PMPI Cares.


Are you planning to take the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Exam in July and pass? If so, don’t miss out on the PMPI CMP Study Course, which has a more than 90 percent pass rate. This 11-week study course, scheduled to begin on April 23 and end on July 2, 2012 at the offices of Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association, has limited seating, so sign up now!

Mark your Calendar!

Application Submission Period January 9 – March 27, 2012

CIC Exam Registration April 19 – May 14, 2012

PMPI CMP Study Course April 23 – July 2, 2012

Exam Appointment Scheduling May 28 – July 11, 2012

Exam Period July 12 – July 21, 2012


Please mark your calendars for MPI’s World Education Congress, July 28-31, 2012, in St. Louis. In addition to top-notch education and exciting networking opportunities, MPI will once again offer a Hosted Buyer Program matching buyers and vendors one-on-one through an appointment-based marketplace.

Click here for more information.

ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership
News and Announcements

The PMPI Governance & Nominating Committee met on Thursday, February 16, 2012, to review the Candidate Interest Forms received in response to the 2012-2013 Call for Nominations. After extensive consideration, the committee is pleased to present the following slate of candidates for the available officer and director positions:

Executive Committee:  President Elect (1 year term)
Margaret Miller, CMP, Strategic Sales Executive, Experient

PMPI Leadership Experience: 2011-2012 Board Director, Strategic Events; 2008-2010 Vice President, Membership; 2009-2010 recipient Distinguished Leaders Award. Margaret has served in numerous chapter leadership positions for PMPI from 1998-2010 and was the 1999-2000 Supplier of the Year.

Vice President, Communications (1 year term)
Rebecca Hunter, MTA, CMP, Director, Meetings and Website Management, American Association of Tissue Banks

PMPI Leadership Experience: 2011-2012 Vice President, Membership; 2010-2011 Board Director, Publications; 2009-2010 Board Director, Member Care; 2008-2009 Co-Chair Strategic Alliances & Site Selection Committee; 2007-2008 Co-Chair, MACE Marketplace/Sponsorship Committee; 2006-2007 Chair, MACE Sponsorship Committee; 2006 & 2008 recipient Star Award

Vice President, Education (2 year term)
Tammy Moore Kockaya, CMP, Associate Director, Events & Meetings, KPMG

PMPI Leadership Experience: 2011-2012 Board Director; Leadership, 2010-2011 Board Director, Chapter Special Interest Groups; 2009-2010 Co-Chair, Strategic Alliances & Site Selection Committee

Vice President, Finance (2 year term)
Tom Michalisko, CMP, Association Strategic Account Manager, Experient

PMPI Leadership Experience: 2011-2012 Vice President, Finance, 2007-2008; Co-Chair Professional Development; 2006-2007, Vice President, Education; 2005-2006 Vice President, Community and Industry Relations; 2004-2005, Board Director, Communications; 2003-2004, Co-Chair, Professional Development Committee

Vice President, Membership (2 year term)
Matthew Wales, CMP, Director, Meetings, Events, & Special Projects, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

PMPI Leadership Experience: 2011-2012 Board Director, Strategic Alliances & Site Selection; 2010–2011 Board Director, Strategic Events; 2009-2010 Co-Chair Women’s Leadership Committee, 2009-2010 recipient Star Award



Board Directors (2 year terms):
Emily DeYoung, Special Programs Manager, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

PMPI Experience: 2010-2012, Co-Chair, Marketing & PR Committee; 2009-2010, Member, Women’s Leadership Committee

Katie Hais, CMP, Senior Manager, Conventions & Events, American Hotel & Lodging Association

PMPI Experience: 2010-2012, Co-Chair, Community Outreach Committee; 2010-2011 recipient Spirit of Volunteerism Award

Lesly Rehaut, CMP, Regional Director of Group Sales, Melia Hotels International

PMPI Experience: 2011-2012, Chair, Strategic Alliances & Site Selection (SASS)

MPI Experience: Greater New York Chapter President. Lesly has served in numerous chapter leadership positions for both MPIGNY and MPI.

Sally-Anne Andrew, Executive Producer, inVNT

PMPI Experience: 2010-2012, Co-Chair, Member Recognition; 2009 Chair, Evening of Stars

Tamela Blalock, CMP, National Sales Manager, Team San Jose

PMPI Experience: 2010-2012, Co-Chair, Marketing & PR Committee; 2011-2012 Co-Chair, MACE; 2009 Chair, Evening of Stars, 2010-2011 Recipient, Rising Star Award



Continuing Executive Committee:

President:  Will Trokey, CMP, National Sales Manager, Visit Charlotte

Immediate Past President:  Kumi Anzalone, CMP, CASE, Regional Director, National Accounts, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Continuing Board Members (2nd year of 2 year term):

Laura Finn Gardner, CMP Corporate Sales Manager, Destination DC

Katie Herritage, CMM, CMP, CSEP Project Manager, Highmark Companies

Jessica La Vay Operations Manager, GEP Destination Management

Heather Turner National Sales Manager, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau



As a member in good standing, you have the opportunity to contest the slate of candidates by submitting additional nominations (as indicated below) on or before March 14, 2012. Assuming no position is contested, the submitted slate shall officially be elected. If the slate is not contested, the final and binding list will be sent to MPI headquarters by April 1st.

Contesting the Slate: Additional nominations from the membership shall be permitted if a minimum of ten (10) percent* of the membership has signed a petition to submit each additional nomination to the membership, provided such petitions are received by PMPI within two (2) weeks from original announcement. Petitions for additional nominations must be for a specific seat or office and must reflect the individual being challenged. A member must have applied for the position for which they are petitioning. The petition form must include a printed name, signature and membership number. Each petition must be supported by written notice from the additional nominees of their availability and willingness to serve, as well as a photograph and biography.

If less than ten (10) percent * of the membership contests the slate; the proposed slate will be confirmed. If more than ten (10) percent * of the membership contests the slate, an election for all contested positions will be conducted. If a position is contested, the individuals running for the contested position shall be fairly presented to the membership through an electronic distribution with qualifications of both parties represented. Then the membership shall respond to the ballot. The winner shall be the person receiving the most votes cast. The final and binding list of elected chapter officials will be sent to MPI headquarters by May 1.

Newly elected officers and directors shall be installed at the next annual meeting following election.

*Percentage will be calculated based on the total number of members of the Potomac Chapter as of December for the current chapter year. As of December 31, 2011, there were 998 members.

If you have any questions regarding the process or this slate, please direct them to me. On behalf of the entire nominating committee, we encourage you to support the candidates slated for the 2012-2013 PMPI Board of Directors. Thank you to the committee for taking the time to deliberate on each applicant's submission, qualifications and merits. It has been my pleasure to serve in this capacity.


Michelle D. Allgauer, CAE, CMM, CMP

Chair, Governance & Nominating Committee Immediate Past President, PMPI


If you are an MPI member with your CMP who might be considering taking the next step in your career, we want to tell you about a couple of opportunities you may want to think about. There will are two Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) programs being held this year.

The Mexico CMM program is being sponsored by the Mexico Tourism Board, Riviera Maya Tourism Board and Melia Hotels International. This course will be held in Playa del Carmen in the Rivera Maya of Mexico, April 14 – 19, 2012.

The Canada CMM program is being sponsored by, Tourism Toronto, Le Meridien King Edward Hotel and the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto Hotel. This course will be held in Toronto, Canada, November 3 – 8, 2012.

Because both programs for 2012 are sponsored, MPI is able to bring you these powerful programs at a reduced rate. Your cost to register and attend either program is $300.00 USD plus your round-trip airfare. Non MPI members pay $675.00 plus airfare.

In addition to the reduced CMM program registration rate, our sponsors have generously tied together the following package for the week:

  • Seven nights hotel accommodation
  •  All meals
  •  Round trip transfers to/from the airport

MPI planner members can register upon completion and acceptance of the CMM application. The fee for the application is $75.00 USD, and an accepted application is valid for two years. Click here to find out if you meet the criteria for acceptance into the program and fill out your application today. Registration closes April 2 for Mexico and October 19 for Canada.

Our sponsors in Mexico and Canada are dedicated to connecting driven meeting professionals with superior education through the CMM program. MPI thanks theses sponsors for their dedication to the betterment of the professionals in the business meeting and event industry.


Who do you know that is a PMPI standout? Please submit your nominee for Shining Star!

Nominations for the 3rd Quarter are due no later than March 15.

Click here for the link to the electronic form.Then, be sure to submit a photo of your nominee to  Please put "PMPI Nomination Photo" in the subject line and include the nominee’s name in the body of the mail.

If you have any questions, contact Terri Moore at

It couldn’t be any easier than that!

Mark Your Calendar:
Nomination deadlines:
3rd Quarter — March 15
4th Quarter — May 15


Get the "inside track" at PMPI Insider directly following the March Educational Event! We will welcome new members and highlight opportunities to get involved in your Potomac MPI chapter.

Whether it is joining a committee, becoming a PMPI Ambassador or engaging in dialogue with our chapter’s leadership, the Insider is the fast-track to getting the most out of your membership!



Come join your generous fellow PMPI members in helping those in need by preparing a community Sunday lunch for Martha’s Table families on Sunday, April 1. We need volunteers from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to plate and serve meals onsite at Martha’s Table. The facility is located at 2114 14th Street, NW, between W and V Streets.

Unable to be "hands on" at the event? You can still help! Food donations are needed to make this wonderful meal possible.

Foods needed by Martha’s Table:

  • large pans of macaroni & cheese
  • ready-to-serve dinner rolls
  • green beans, preferably fresh
  • whole hams & chickens
  • grocery store gift cards in any amount

For more information, contact committee member Morgan Giddings at or (202) 204-0055. Sign up today!



Every PMPI member who recruits a new member during this campaign will be entered into a drawing to win a trip to New Orleans (courtesy of The Gulf States Chapter of MPI).  The new members recruited will also have their names put into the drawing for a chance to win!

Please ask the new member to list the recruiter MPI Member ID upon registration to be confirmed for this campaign and drawing!

What are you waiting for?

Apply for a scholarship to participate in events ranging from educational sessions to MACE, CMP classes and WEC. Help us help you succeed! Please visit our website for more information. Come on, we dare you to spend our money instead of your own!
Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Victoria Conference Centre


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