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I am very excited to being leading this incredible chapter, and I feel very fortunate to have some great mentors in PMPI who helped unleash something in me. This chapter year I am challenging each of you to use PMPI to unleash YOUR inner Rock Star.

Yes, you heard me right, Rock Star! We all want to be successful in our jobs. We all want to move to that next level in our career, whether it is at our current company or at our dream job on the horizon. We want our bosses to think of us as their professional Rock Stars – the individuals who always do incredible work and look good doing it. I want to give back to the chapter that has helped to shape me as a leader and a successful meeting professional today by helping each of you to tap into your inner talents and resources – your Rock Star.

PMPI should be a key tool to help you reach this level of stardom. I am surrounded by a very talented Board of Directors who will be working extremely hard to deliver the tools that you need to move you to the next level. We will strive to provide higher levels of education and great networking events for you to connect with peers and potential business partners. We will continue to grow our social media presence, and we hope you will become part of the dialogue. We will work to better communicate with you, our members, about all the opportunities to connect and be a part of our chapter.

Now, I challenge each of you to discover what you want to get out of PMPI. Get involved and let us know how we can help you tap into those undiscovered inner resources. If you look a little bit deeper, you will see your inner Rock Star just waiting to get out.

PMPI President
Will Trokey
National Sales Manage
CRVA/Visit Charlotte
2012-2013 PMPI Chapter President


Monday night, June 18th was a good night for star gazing in Washington, DC. PMPI chapter members, friends and family met at the Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel, to honor those who went the extra mile in our chapter.

We gave a heart-felt send off to six exiting board members and said goodbye and a thank you to our out-going President, Kumi Anzalone, CMP, CASE, with VisitRaleigh. We offered a warm welcome to new board members and our in-coming President, Will Trokey, CMP, of VisitCharlotte, who reminded us that PMPI Rocks as he outlined what his goals were for the chapter and the exciting initiatives and education that awaits us next year.

Congratulations to ALL Our Stars!

The highlights of the evening, of course, were the annual awards. These awards recognize the essence of volunteerism and leadership at its best. Congratulations to all the recipients—members and committees who contributed to the growth and success of our chapter:

  • President’s Award - Lesly Connolly, Director of National Associations, The Homestead 
  • Committee of the Year - Strategic Events
  • Marketplace Excellence -Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
  • Planner of the Year -Kate McCarthy, CMP, Courtesy Associates
  • Supplier of the Year - Chuck Fazio, chuckFAZIOMEDIA
  • Member of the Year -Sally-Anne Andrew, inVNT
  • Rising Star -Katie Hais Moore, CMP-American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Distinguished Leader -Cornelia Horner, CMP – American Land Title Association

Clicke here to see the winners.

Congratulations also went out to our Chapter Manager, Melissa Benowitz, CMP, Lets Meet. The day to day running of PMPI depends on her support and dedication. Melissa was recognized for her 20 year commitment to PMPI.

In closing, we would like to recognize our generous sponsors. Evening of the Stars could not have been the success it was without them:

  • The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel
  • CVB Reps
  • LogoMotion, Inc.
  • Team San Jose
  • inVNT
  • Senoda Inc.
  • Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association

A great night was had by all!

Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau
Upcoming Events

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.

Coming soon to location near you AUGUST 23, 2012!
Phoenix Convention Center
News and Announcements

Nominations for the 1st Rock Star Award of the Year are due no later than July 26, 2012.

Click here for the link to the electronic form, and 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 for Future Nomination Deadlines:

2nd "Rock" Star Award — September 17
3rd "Rock" Star Award — December 17
4th "Rock" Star Award – March 15


We thank all of you for your support this year.

Every $1.00 you give to this fund or any additional monies you decide to contribute will continue to assist and support our members, many who have been struggling during these tough economic times. As a result of your generosity, PMPI was able to provide numerous scholarships for members to participate in many chapter events this past year.

Additionally, through this fund, the Member Recognition Committee wanted to give one recipient an opportunity to experience the highest level of education that MPI provides with a scholarship to attend the World Education Congress in St. Louis, MO. The WEC Scholarship was also generously supported and sponsored by American Airlines that provided a round trip airfare.

Also a very special thank you to Katie Heritage who was our main contributor for this Award. The recipient of this year’s PMPI Care Fund WEC Scholarship is Michelle Allgauer, CAE, CMM, CMP.


The PMPI CMP University is facilitated by local, experienced CMPs and includes handouts for each section, complete information about the exam, and test taking tips. Some of the many benefits of being a part of the study course include:

  • Clarification of complex material and concepts
  • Great time management assistance
  • Learning CMP test-taking tips
  • Support and encouragement

The eleven-week courses take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings at DC-area Metro accessible locations.

PMPI Members: $250
Nonmembers: $359

Click here to register for the CMP University

Please note that, while the exam pass rate for participants of past PMPI CMP University is excellent, participation in the study course is not a guarantee of passing the CMP exam. CMP University provides up to 20 CIC clock hours.

If you would like to apply for scholarship to a PMPI event, please download this PMPI Cares Application Form

You've spent years refining your skills as a meeting professional. Now share your experience and knowledge by submitting a presentation for consideration at a PMPI education event. PMPI invites all speakers to submit presentations for our educational initiatives and MACE 2013! We are very interested in innovative presentation formats including case studies, panel discussions and other cutting edge adult learning formats. We welcome all new ideas and encourage forward thinking presentations. Our Call for Presentations is continually open, and reviewed biannually in March and September. To submit your presentations, please click here.
PMPI wants your input to provide compelling education throughout the year. Please take this survey by July 20 to let PMPI know what YOU want to learn about. Also, new this year we have created an Education-Only P.O.W.E.R. Pass. Learn more and sign up by September 3 to receive guaranteed admission to all six Education Experiences.

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 experiences 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 CMPs, CMMs, CEMs, CGMPs 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



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

Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa


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.