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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


Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau
Upcoming Events

The Phantom will be in the air (and your mind) that night, so who knows what could happen! Light the stage with your best Halloween attire. If you’re not in diva or il divo costume mode that night, just come as yourself. Your presence there will make this a spook-tacular evening!

PMPI asks you to be responsible. If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, please drink responsibly, and take advantage of the metro-accessible location. Please don't drink and drive.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Opera Ultra Lounge
1400 Eye Street NW
Washington, DC
Metro: McPherson Square

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

For more information or to register, please click here.



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

Don’t miss the opportunity to cast your vote for one of our outstanding nominees. Voting is currently underway for the 2nd PMPI Rock Star Award of the year.

Check your email for the link to the ballot—voting closes Friday, October 12th. Then be sure to attend the October E2 event (Wednesday, October 17th, 11am-2pm at the North Hall of Eastern Market) to see which of our Rock Stars is called to the stage!


On October 24, join the COC as we pack and sort food and household items at the largest nonprofit hunger and nutrition resource in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. It’s a fun and fulfilling opportunity that allows you to network with fellow PMPI members while giving back to our community.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Capital Area Food Bank
4900 Puerto Rico Ave, NE
Washington DC 20017
Metro: Fort Totten


Click here to learn more or to sign up today!

RSVPs are requested by Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

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


Have you been thinking of becoming more of a Rock Star with three key letters behind your name – CMP? Whether you are taking the exam to kick-start your studies or make final preparations to take the November exam, we will not abuse you, but set you on the right path at PMPI CMP University Boot Camp, November 3 – 4 in Arlington, Virginia.

During an intense 13 hours of PMPI CMP University Boot Camp, you will get to have all your questions answered with the most experienced CMP Facilitators and most-recent test-takers. Don’t delay, register today as seating is limited.

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.

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.


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
The Boar's Head


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.