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Learn more and sign up by Sept. 14 to receive guaranteed admission to all six Education Experiences.
Drawing on the success of teaching communication for more than 28 consecutive semesters, University Professor Gail Alofsin walks the talk when it comes to best practices in professional and personal communication. Join us on Sept. 20 and you’ll leave with communications strategies that you can put to use right away. See the PMPI website for details.

Save the Date for PMPI’s 2013 Mid-Atlantic Conference and Expo!!

 February 5-6, 2013

 Washington Marriott Wardman Park 2660 Woodley Road, NW Washington, DC 20008

Mark your calendar now for PMPI’s 2013 Mid-Atlantic Conference and Expo! Our 2013 conference will feature 1 ½ days of high level education focused on strategic business proficiencies for meeting professionals. It will include five educational tracks, two in-depth workshops, twenty interactive sessions, the Reverse Marketplace, an Expo, and so much more. The educational sessions will provide attendees with instantly applicable tangible skills; while the workshops, Reversed Marketplace, and Expo will deliver the tools planners and suppliers need to advance their professional life and career. This will be a conference you won’t want to miss!

Interested in Shaping the Content?

PMPI invites all speakers to submit presentations for the Mid-Atlantic Conference and Expo through our Call for Presentations link. 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. Click here for more details.

If you are not interested in speaking but have a great idea, please contact the MACE Content/Speaker Chair, for more details.

Deanne Davis, CMP, CGMP


Phone: 202-994-4809

Interested in Sponsoring?

PMPI’s Mid-Atlantic Conference and Expo is the perfect place for you to showcase your products and services to the meeting community. Check out the Sponsor Benefits! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of PMPI’s 2013 Mid-Atlantic Conference and Expo, please contact Melissa Benowitz, MACE Sponsorship Chair, for more details.

Melissa Benowitz, CMP


Phone: (301) 948-4600

Phoenix Convention Center
News and Announcements

Having been nominated for the Rock Star Award last time, I am aware of what a thrill it is. I am asking each member of PMPI to consider nominating another member who you see is working hard to benefit this organization. There are so many deserving volunteers!

It is so nice to be recognized in front of the entire organization— winning is not even the issue.

So!! Nominate, nominate nominate!!

The nomination process is open through Monday, September 17 and the form is up and running on line. Submit a photo of your nominee(s) to Please put "PMPI Nomination Photo" in the subject line.

Mark Your Calendar:

Nomination deadlines:

2nd Star — September 17

3rd Star — December 17

4th Star — March 15

Upcoming events to showcase your talents include: Monster Bash, Derby Days, Evening of the Stars, and a medley of Education Events. These upcoming events are all in the planning stages, but that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of these Rockin' Sponsorship deals NOW by contacting your Sponsorship Committee Co-Chairs Kim Reyes ( and Elizabeth Makkai ( ) for more details.

PMPI members are invited to help by packing and sorting food donations for the hungry at the Capital Area Food Bank’s Distribution Center located at 4900 Puerto Rico Avenue, NE. Email Kimberley Palmese, to sign up for an open volunteer spot.

Nearest metro: Fort Totten (green and red lines). Interested in carpooling or need a ride from the metro? Include your request in your registration email to Kimberly Palmese.

Event dates and times:

Wednesday, September 26th, 6:30-8:30 PM

Wednesday, October 24th, 6:30-9:30 PM

For more information or to get involved with PMPI’s Community Outreach Committee contact co-chairs Tabatha Gilmore at or Allison Sayer at


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 11-week course takes 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.


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 and provide direction, leadership, general knowledge and share personal experiences with those PMPI members interested in taking ownership of their own professional development by acquiring one or more of the various industry designations and/or certifications.

Below is a list of PMPI members willing to accept your outreach with questions regarding their particular designation and industry discipline and to act as a trusted counselor or supporter to guide you through the process. Who better to learn from than someone who has already gone through the process? Most communication will be via email, telephone and, to a lesser degree, in person if both parties so 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

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

CASE - Certified Association Sales Executive

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

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.

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

Robin Roane, CTE, CCTE
CMP Senior Sales Manager
Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
625 North Washington Street, Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314



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


These events are scheduled for September, October and November 2012 and January, March and April 2013. We are looking for venues to host one or more of these events. If you are a venue looking to gain exposure to Greater Washington DC meeting and event professionals, please consider hosting one of these events. With both education AND networking incorporated into these events, you get the best of both worlds by showcasing your business and fun side.

Click here view the 2012-13 Education Program RFP.

Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism


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.