May 2017
  • Join us tonight at Misselwood in a tent by the ocean at Endicott College!
  • Takin' It To The Streets!  MPINE comes together for our Annual Meeting
    and Awards Banquet!
  • And the nominees are....
  • What's new with the CMP designation.
  • The Inn at Longwood Medical is recognized by the AHLA.
  • We want to hear from you with story ideas and member photos - please let us know if you would be interested in contributing!

Join Us Tonight!

Few things are as fraught with tension, anxiety and the potential or serious miscommunication as the RFP process.

For seasoned as well as beginning planners this is a must attend event. For suppliers who respond to RFPs, you'll want to attend this event as well. Join us on Wednesday, May 31 at the Misselwood at Endicott College for a panel discussion that promises to give both planners and suppliers valuable insights and practical knowledge about driving the RFP to a successful win-win conclusion. Our panel of industry experts, drawn from both the planner and suppler side, will show us how to:
  • Use your MPI membership to increase supplier/planner affinity,
  • Foster a collaborative approach in working together effectively,
  • Simplify the RFP process and make it less time consuming for both the planner and the supplier.
Molly Hudson, CMP, CMM (The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School) will moderate our panel.

Megan Connor (Sandler Training)
Patrick Sullivan (Starwood Hotels Metro Market) Melody Moore (Boston Convention Marketing Center)
Sarah Hamilton, CMP (Current, powered by GE)

June 29th :: Annual Meeting

It will be a magical evening as we share our successes and recognize our stars! 

How do you kick off Summertime in New England?

How do you celebrate and applaud the best in our Industry?

How do you engage and have a blast?

Takin' it to the Streets is the ticket you do not want to miss! 

Takin' it to the Streets will be an evening full of good energy. Feel it as you step into an environment that is edgy yet modern, industrial yet neighborhood, local and hip.  MPI spins a hive of activity that will create a new sense of liberation for this gathering.

Hosted by Boston Park Plaza Hotel and designed by Future Affairs Productions for the 6th Year. Incredible talent and support from many sponsors that together makes Takin' it to the Streets a real stomping success.

Make the time to embrace an amazing environment, while enjoying food & libation, live entertainment, shoot some hoops even ride a Harley and much more.  

Go directly to Registration - you don't want to miss this sure to be sold out event!

Missed The April Meeting? Here's a recap!

"What A Great Party..."

Wow!  Fun, camaraderie and fundraising sums up our MPINE Chairman’s Challenge reception last night at the YMCA of Greater Boston.  Who knew that such a unique event location existed in this iconic Huntington Avenue location? And who knew our entire Office of the President could sing like that?

An invigorating spin class got the event rolling and the energy was amplified through the evening with epic karaoke performances and a battle for the title of Cornhole Champion.  All of this took place while raising awareness and funds for the valuable community programs offered by YMCA of Greater Boston and the MPI Foundation scholarship fund that awards education to our MPI members.

Thank you SO MUCH once again to our awesome sponsors:

  • Boston Cornhole
  • Corinthian Events
  • David Fox, Photographer
  • Fun Enterprises, Inc
  • Max Ultimate Food
  • The Bartending Service of New England
  • VDA Productions
  • YMCA of Greater Boston

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The 2017 Chapter Award Nominees
MPINE is pleased to announce the following nominees for outstanding service to the chapter

Frank Barrett:

Frank is an Account Executive at Tristar Worldwide Chauffer Services, a proud subsidiary of Addison Lee Group. Frank manages client relationships focusing on ground transportation logistics for events, corporate VIPs and full service ground transportation account implementation. He has volunteered with MPI New England on the education, institute and sponsorship committees and is a huge advocate for the MPI brand.

Mark Bice:

Mark is the Regional Vice President for HPN Global, and has been in meeting planning, hotel sales, and hotel operations roles for many years. Mark is a Past President of the MPI New England Chapter, facilitates Board retreats for other MPI Chapters, and frequently speaks at industry conferences on the topics of contracting and contract negotiation.  

Kim Gallagher:

Kimberly Gallagher is a Sales Account Executive at VDA Productions, with a demonstrated history of working in the events industry. Strong sales professional with a Bachelor of Science focused in Hospitality and Tourism Management from University of Massachusetts Amherst - Isenberg School of Management. Kim has been attending MPINE meetings for 3 years and currently serves on the Special Events Committee.

Marjorie Lane:

Marjorie Lane is a Meeting and Event Manager at Maritz Travel. She is responsible for event logistics for national conferences for corporate clients in the tech and investment industries. She has been a member of MPI New England for two years and has been a member of the Education committee since January of 2016. She volunteers her time to assist others through work with her church, Rosie's Place and Dana-Farber.

Rachel Manners:

Rachel Manners is the Director of Sales at the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa where she oversees the catering and group sales efforts. With over 10 years’ experience in the industry she has worked in various capacities from hands on front of the house, to conference and wedding planning, to operations. Rachel has been a member of MPI for 6 years and currently enjoys serving on the membership committee.

Mackenzie Thompson:

Mackenzie is a Johnson & Wales student studying in the Sports/Entertainment/Event Management field. She has worked on campus as a Games Operations Student Assistant and is eager to enrich her meeting and event industry experience every opportunity she gets. Mackenzie sits on the board of  the Student Chapter of MPI New England and helps lead the presence on campus.

Melanie Walton:

Melanie Walton, CMP, currently is the Conference Director at PlanetConnect, where she oversees a small team of industry professionals who create and produce successful events for their pharma clients.  With 20 years in the events industry and 10 years as an MPI member, Melanie's career has been dedicated to bringing people together through meetings and events to make meaningful connections and move business forward.  With experience on both the planner and supplier sides of the industry, Melanie views events as a strategic means to reach organizational goals.  Her focus and personalized service allow her to exceed expectations and produce memorable events that achieve results. Recently moving back to New England in the Summer of 2015, Melanie currently is active in MPI-NE chapter on both the Membership Committee and the Fall Institute Committee.  

Get to Know the Nominees>>>

The Inn at Longwood Medical – Boston Wins American Hotel & Lodging Association
Annual Innovation Award

A Longwood Medical Area hotel was honored at the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AHLA) Stars of the Industry Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. yesterday with the Innovation Award for the hotel’s in-house program that gives hope to families from around the country visiting nearby Boston medical centers. The team at The Inn at Longwood Medical was thrilled to receive this national recognition from AHLA for their beloved Where’s Hope program and Hope the Bear character.

The AHLA Innovation Award is given to the hotel based on what elevates the guest experience and propels it forward. This award honors the property that drives fresh thinking and inspires a culture of innovative guest relations program outside of the normal expected guest experience. 

“Hope the Bear was originally created as a welcome gift for the many patients that stay with us while visiting Boston Children’s Hospital,” said Brian Stiglets, General Manager of The Inn at Longwood Medical. “The name Hope means so much to so many guests who visit us and The Longwood Medical Area, it just felt right. The staff embraced the idea and expanded the program to include the story, coloring books, video, and life size public appearances. The staff and I are grateful for this award and appreciate the AHLA for recognizing the care and commitment to our community that Hope represents.”

Learn more about Hope the Bear at

Introducing the Events Industry Council!

Discover the new name and look for the Events Industry Council

The Convention Industry Council is pleased to announce it is now the Events Industry Council, and revealed a new logo to correspond with its name change. As a leader in the business of events, the Events Industry Council represents a collaborative industry of innovators and thought leaders who drive our profession forward. After a rigorous process to understand the needs of all organizations represented, the Events Industry Council recognized the value and relevance it provides to its members as the global champion for event professionals and event industry excellence.

The Events Industry Council will continue to power the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program, driving and advancing the education, certification and professionalism of the industry. Event professionals with the CMP designation represent the best and the brightest throughout the world, and will continue to proudly display their accomplishment of the CMP milestone.

Learn More Here >>>

MPINE would like to congratulate Brenda Eckler, Bryan Lavin and Melynda Hilliard for having been awarded WEC 2017 scholarships!