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Galveston Island CVB
Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau
Upcoming Events

On April 19 we are gathering 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, as well as 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 organizations strategic framework. Click here to see 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.


The Kentucky Derby is America's original, extravagant springtime sports party. We are building upon our own PMPI tradition and invite you to experience an evening of southern charm and springtime celebration as PMPI teams with the Louisville CVB, and the OMNI Shoreham Hotel to bring the thrills of the Kentucky Derby to DC from 5:30pm - 8:30pm on May 1, 2012! Enjoy such traditions as mint juleps while mingling with your industry colleagues in our very own tribute to Churchill Downs and our own springtime week. Click here for more information.

Horses! No Derby experience would be complete without an actual race. So get ready, and post up as all attendees will get to take part in one of our three electronic horse races that will be staged throughout the night.

Silent Auction! Once you have won your money on the races, you are welcome to spend your money on items in our silent auction. Stay tuned for more information and postings about these fantastic prizes.

"Hat’s On" as we start our own PMPI tradition of a friendly best hat contest. Large or small, contemporary or old-fashioned, big brimmed; feathered, flowery, furry or just plain fascinating...women and men are welcome to top off their Derby duds with a variety of ostentatious head wear. (No hat?) You are welcome to join us with or without a hat.


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

Mark your Calendar for Upcoming CMP Key Dates:

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

Congratulations to the following 2012-2013 PMPI Board of Directors, whose terms will start on July 1, 2012. All members are invited to join us for our Evening of Stars where the board members will be inducted.

Listed below are the members of the 2012-2013 PMPI Board of Directors:

Executive Committee:

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

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

Vice President, Education (2 year term)
Tammy Moore Kockaya, CMP

Associate Director, Events & Meetings, KPMG

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

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

Board Directors (2 year terms):

Emily DeYoung
Special Programs Manager, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

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

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

Sally-Anne Andrew
Executive Producer, inVNT

Tamela Blalock, CMP
National Sales Manager, Team San Jose

Board Directors (1 year terms):

Michelle Marie Adams, CMP                                                                                                                                                                                   Regional Director of Sales, Prestige Resorts & Destinations

Amy O'Malley, CMP 
Associate Director, Sales & Marketing, Waterview Conference Center, Corporate Executive Board

Continuing Executive Committee:

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):

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

Heather Turner
National Sales Manager, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau



Are you thinking about acquiring an industry designation and would like to speak with a fellow member who has gone through the process? Whether a CMP, CMM, CSEP or other we have member volunteers willing to speak with you to share their personal experience and help you learn which designation is the best fit for your career path.

Industry Designation "Human Resource" Program

PMPI has developed a program that will allow our members with industry designations to share their experiences and expertise with the future CMP’s, CMM’s, CEM’s, CGMP’s etc., of tomorrow. In 2012 we are launching the first ever Industry Designation "Human Resource" Program. We will be using our greatest resource; experienced, working industry peers within PMPI, to help answer inquiries, provide direction, leadership, general knowledge and share personal experience with those PMPI members interested in taking ownership of their own professional development by acquiring one or more of the various industry designation and certification programs.

Below is a list of PMPI members willing to accept your outreach with questions regarding their particular designation and industry discipline and resulting in helping to act as a trusted counselor or supporter to guide you through the process. Who best to learn from than from someone who has already gone through the process. Most communication will be via e-mail, telephone, and to a lesser degree, in person if both parties desire and are able to meet face-to-face.

Based on the amount of interest our designation volunteers receive on this initial program we may provide a more formalized program later down the road in which a mentor and mentee are identified and matched for a specified period of time.

CMP – Certified Meeting Professional

Ann Kilian,CMP
Senior Conference Manager International Association of Chiefs of Police
**Request Email Only for initial contact**

Deidre "DeDe" Walsh, CMP, CTS
National Sales Manager
Projection Presentation Technology

Jason Watkins, CMP Director of Meetings
American Anthropological Association 703.528.19.02

CMM - Certified Meeting Manager

Komita T. Primalani, CMP, CMM
Marketing Conference Manager
Surescripts, LLC

Carrie Mitchell, CMP
National Sales Manager
Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority

CGMP - Certified Government Meeting Professional

Mikki Strompf, CGMP, CMP
Meeting Planner
Booz, Allen, Hamilton

Brian Chung, CGMP
National Sales Manager
Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

CAE - Certified Association Executive

Kathleen Cochran, CAE, CMP
VP Meetings National Assn. of Health Underwriters **Request Email Only for initial contact**

Elise Lindsey, CMP, CAE
VP Business Development
Production Associates 703.476.4600

CASE - Certified Association Sales Executive

Sally Slater, CASE
Regional Director of Sales
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau 703.684.0456

CEM - Certified in Exhibition Management

Diana DeJoy, CMP, CEM
International Manager, Operations
Biotechnology Industry Organization

CSEP - Certified Special Event Professional

Cynthia McDowell, CSEP, CMP
Meeting & Event Planner
National Stone, Sand & Gravel Assn. 703.526.1090

For more information please contact one of our Career Development Committee Co-Chairs:

Sekeno Aldred, CMP MTA
Learning Events Specialist
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
15810 Indianola Drive Rockville, MD 20855
Phone: (240) 333-5395

Robin Roane, CTE, CCTE
CMP Senior Sales Manager
Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
625 North Washington Street, Suite 400
Alexandria VA 22314
Phone: (703) 652-5372



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?


If your quest in business is to create and foster human connections in today’s hyper-connected world, and you realize you no longer just plan meetings and events; you design human connectivity; and you would like to learn how you impact your organization and events and change the world then the World Education Congress in St. Louis, Missouri July 28-31 is a MUST for you to attend to find your connectivity inspiration.

Don’t’ have the funds to attend? – WE HAVE GREAT NEWS! PMPI Cares is offering a scholarship to you for the registration and round trip airfare to attend. You will be responsible for your own hotel accomodations.

Apply NOW – you have until June 4, 2012 to apply for this scholarship which will be awarded at Evening of The Stars, on June 14.

Spring Shining Star:

Our Spring Shining "Star" will be announced at the April E2 on April 19, 2012. PMPI shines brighter with each new PMPI Star contributing their talents and hard work to the success of our chapter – we thank you for all of your hard work and contributions!


The warm weather has officially arrived, and it’s time for your annual spring cleaning. What a great time to donate some gently-used clothing to PMPI’s Charity of the Year, Martha’s Table. The Community Outreach Committee will collect items during the upcoming E2 on April 19, and also at Derby Days on May 1. For more information on items needed please click here.

The COC is also accepting nominations for the 2012-2013 Charity of the Year. We’d love to hear what’s near and dear to your heart, so send us your suggestions no later than May 7, 2012. Nominations should include a brief explanation of the charity, and possible ways they could benefit from a PMPI partnership. Send nominations to co-chairs Katie Hais, CMP at and Beatrice Kustarz at .


Remember the days when you were a student, struggling to figure out your place in the world as well as how to pay for that next semester’s textbook? Please consider sponsoring a student member of PMPI. Your $40 sponsorship will offer a student a valuable membership in our chapter and access to our educational & networking events.

For more information, please click here or contact Jessica K. Roberts, CMP, Chair of the Student Involvement Committee at


Many of our members stepped up to the plate giving us another great response to the call for nominations for the Star Award. The Star Award has been established to recognize those individuals whose contributions to our chapter go "above and beyond".

Hopefully you all saw the ballot (6 outstanding nominees!) and voted for your favorite nominee.

Come attend the PMPI event on April 19th to hear the winner announced!

Who do you know that deserves recognition? Keep that question (or the answer) in mind for the next call for nominations!

Greater Raleigh CVB
Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Space Needle


Please visit our website at to learn more and register for all of our events,
as well as information about the resources we have to offer you.