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Galveston Island CVB

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

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

Greater Raleigh CVB
News and Announcements

Do you enjoy the critically acclaimed Shark Tank Show? If so, we need you to be our judge at our November monthly educational experience.

Because your meeting attendees are diverse and dynamic, it is your responsibility as a meeting professional to understand and accommodate your attendee’s distinct learning and engagement styles, and to offer them a variety of learning/educational experiences. How an individual learns goes beyond the simple lecture format he or she prefers or whether the learner is a Boomer, Gen X or Gen Y; the fact is, there are infinite expectations to learner outcomes.

This "Shark Tank" session format will be divided into distinct learning segments in which attendees will experience four different delivery methods that can be used to transform a mere lecture hall into a vital learning environment.

The best distinct teaching style which will be presented and you will experience and learn how these distinct teaching styles can be used at your meetings.

This presentation is a command performance of a presentation our very own members of our chapter presented at MPI WEC and got rave reviews.


Thursday, November 29, 2012
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM


SunTrust Washington/Executive Dining Room
1445 New York Avenue, NW 9th Floor
Washington DC
Metro: McPherson Square/Metro Center

For more information or to register please click here.


Whether you are taking a future exam, kick-starting your CMP studies or making final preparations to take the exam we are here to help set you on the right path during this intensive session with PMPI’s experienced facilitators and most-recent test-takers.

PMPI CMP University Winter ’13 Boot Camp

  • January 12 & 13, 2013
  • Hyatt Regency Bethesda
  • Registration is now open

PMPI CMP Spring University

  • Mondays beginning March 4, 2013 – May 6, 2013
  • Location: TBA

Important 2013 CMP Dates (subject to change)

CIC Application Submission

  • February 19 ‐May 7, 2013
  • May 14 ‐ July 30, 2013

CIC Exam

  • Registration February 27 ‐ March 20, 2013
  • May 22 ‐ June 5, 2013
  • August 14 ‐ September 4, 2013

CIC Exam Dates

  •  May 9 ‐ May 18, 2013
  • August 8 – August 17, 2013
  • November 7 – November 16, 2013

For more information, click here or contact: Sekeno Aldred, CMP at or Robin Roane, CMP, CTE, CCTE at



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.


This past Award was presented to a member and a sponsor who happened to be one in the same!

Congratulations to Kimberly Reyes and the Capitol View Business & Conference Center for winning our second star award of the year!

Our next set of Star Awards will be presented in early January, but put on your thinking caps because nominations officially open on November 29. Who do you know that deserves recognition?


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
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.