November 2016
MPI New England Newsletter
This month we invite you to a speed networking event, get to know one of our longtime members and share an exciting MPI/NE success story!  We want to hear from you with story ideas and member photos- please let us know if you would be interested in contributing!
Time is Running Out.
The Hosted Buyer Program is Back!
Make networking a breeze and build business connections in one hour!
MPI New England is pleased to announce that the Hosted Buyer Program is back for this year’s Fall Institute! 

Due to the success of last year’s event, this program will be even bigger and better with more appointments, more attendees and more networking opportunities! We kick off with a Hosted Buyer Attendee lunch from 11:00-11:30 AM followed by program appointments taking place from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Event highlights:

*Up to 20 suppliers and 20 planners will attend — that’s 20 conversations and 20 opportunities to find your next business partner!


*A thirty minute networking lunch allows you to meet all attendees beforehand to begin building  relationships!


*Share intimate 8-minute appointments with up to eight other attendees and find new business!

*Build on the connections you make during the program and continue the discussions over the   course of the Institute! 

*Join attendees from the pharmaceutical, medical, retail, hospitality, biotech, and a variety of other industries for a power networking event designed to create business leads in under 90 minutes!


Click here to Register!

For More information, please contact Rebecca Lee or Jennifer Ashburn

Rebecca Lee                               Jennifer Ashburn
781-290-5693                              617-628-1200 
rebecca.lee@westin.com            jashburn@vdaproductions.com
SPONSORED BY:
 AfterDark at Forty 1° North

What can you expect at AfterDark  this year?
A taste of Newport’s best!
 

Join us for a memorable night of networking and friends – old and new surrounded by all Newport has to offer.
Newport: America’s First Resort, City By The Sea, Sailing Capital of the World…  from Gilded Age mansions to colonial history, dozens of world-class venues, historic and modern, to stunning sunsets over the Newport Bridge - so many reasons to visit Newport, Rhode Island!  

This year’s AfterDark event will take place at stylish Forty 1° North on Newport’s waterfront. Let Viking Tours take care of navigating these historic streets, as you’re chauffeured to/from the night’s harbor-front venue via trolley.   

At Forty 1° North, interactive experiences await - from local oyster and beer/wine tastings to live music and storytelling. This event will begin in the main hotel restaurant and oval bar and progress downstairs to The Gallery, featuring chef specialties in the chic ambiance that Forty 1° North has become known for.    

AfterDark Monday, November 21st
Forty 1° North, 351 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840
6:30pm–9:00pm Trolley pick up at 6:00pm, Hotel Viking

UPCOMING EVENT
  'Tis the Season to be Jolly!

What: The MPI New England Chapter Holiday Party

When: Monday, December 5, 2016

Where: Capo Restaurant on West Broadway in South Boston

Start the holiday season by raising your glass with your MPI/NE colleagues at Capo, a new speakeasy joint in South Boston. More details to follow but please save the date!

Follow us in merry measure to Capo and join in the festivities!

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Missed the Event?
Here's the October Event Recap!

If you didn't make it out to Brookline on October 25th, you missed a great night of education and networking!

Security expert Mark Herrera held the riveted attention of a robust group of planners and suppliers at the Holiday Inn of Brookline as he talked about situational awareness, how to think about event security and plan for the unexpected.

Mr. Herrera, who has trained over 3,000 airline pilots for the Department of Homeland Security, talked about the cues to look for in being aware of our environment and how to train ourselves to recognize the unusual. He encouraged us to actively think about what types of activities could disrupt our events and to plan three ways to counter that activity.

He encouraged us to raise the issue of venue and event security with our management teams and have a policy in place.

More great education is coming in November- we hope to see you at the Educational Institute on November 21st and 22nd at the Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island!


November Member Profile

This month we get to know Anne Roberts, Destination Expert for Discover Newport! 

Can you tell us about your background?  How did you get involved with Discover Newport?

Being born and raised in Newport, RI, I would never think of living or working anywhere else. When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to represent my hometown as a first class destination for meetings and events.
 
How did you become interested in MPI?  Can you share a memorable experience?

When I took on a role in the Sales Department at Discover Newport, my manager at the time strongly suggested that I join MPI/NE and sit on a committee. It was great advice. I chose Education as the committee to sit on, first as a monthly program co- chair, then as head of the committee. A couple of years later, I joined the BOD as Director of Education, subsequently serving as VP of Education.  As a member of the MPI/NE Community, there have been many memorable experiences. Colleagues have become friends, friends have become clients. There is a sense of loyalty among MPI/NE that is unyielding.
 
The MPINE Fall Institute is being held at the Hotel Viking in Newport this year- what would you like the membership to know about the features and benefits of Newport as a meeting and event destination?

Upon arrival, attendees coming to the MPI/NE Educational Institute will immediately feel the warmth and charm that our city exemplifies. The Hotel Viking is a great representation of one of our convention properties. Just steps away from The Hotel Viking, visitors can experience Cliff Walk, The International Tennis Hall of Fame, the famous Newport Mansions, and our vibrant waterfront. Each visitor, whether for leisure or business, should make Discover Newport their first point of contact. Our unsurpassed services are completely complimentary to meeting planners.
 
What are some of the things that visitors to Newport should put on their to-do lists for the Fall and Winter?

Newport is host to many fun events in the Fall and Winter. Our famed Newport Mansions, aka Summer Cottages, host a Food & Wine Festival each September. Each October right after Columbus Day, Bowen’s Wharf has the popular Seafood Festival. Late November begins the long traditional Christmas in Newport, where events are held through the New Year. February brings our famous Winter Fest, the largest outdoor winter festival in New England. If you’re still in need of things to do, bundle up and skate at The Newport Skating Rink or stroll our world famous Cliff Walk, noted in National Geographic as one of one hundred things to do before you die.
 
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?  What do you like to do in your free time?

At the risk of sounding cliché, I do love spending time with my family. I am completely unbiased when I say, I have the three most adorable grandchildren on the planet. When I’m not hanging with them, I like to play racquetball with my very competitive colleagues, experiment with new recipes and go for long walks. Newport is the perfect place to call home.  
Success Story — Hire MPI
Richard Carroll
Ainsley Onstott

Many of our members have success stories to share, so we thought it would be inspiring to feature one each month.  For November, two of our longtime members have just announced that they will be working together!

Ainsley Onstott will be joining Richard Carroll on the sales team at the Chatham Bars Inn Resort & Spa (CBI) and they tell us how it all came together.

MPI/NE: Please tell us a little about yourselves and your professional backgrounds.

AO: Growing up in Wellesley, I have always loved the Boston area.  After four years living in St. Louis, MO, I could not wait to be back in New England.  I started my career with Conventures, Inc. and Sail Boston 2009, followed by a few years with the American Heart Association, and most recently almost five years at the Museum of Science.  I love to travel, ski, hike, and spend time with my friends and family at the beach! 
RC: I have spent 25 years in the hospitality industry, with a background in Sales & Marketing for the last 20 years.  I grew up in the Starwood Brands in the 90’s (yes the 90’s) and went to work for independent hotels in 2004.  I am currently the Director of Sales & Marketing for CBI and Harbourtowne St. Michaels in Maryland.  I have been married for 20 years and have 2 wonderful kids: Kayla, 16 and Kelley, 14.  I live in Plymouth, MA and grew up in Arlington, MA.

MPI/NE: Why did each of you first join MPI?

AO: When I moved back to Boston after college, I was looking for ways to get more involved in the industry and make some local professional connections.  A family friend (who then became the chapter president) was involved in MPI New England at that time, so I chose to start there!
RC: To make connections, find business relationships and make money for my employer!

MPI/NE: How did you first meet one another?

AO: A year or two after I first joined MPI, I was recommended to join a committee.  I chose Special Events, as this seemed like the most logical place to start with my background.  Richard was the VP of Special Projects at the time, leading the group.
RC: On the Special Events Committee!  I was VP of Special Projects and Ainsley was a chair of the Special Events committee.

MPI/NEHow did the conversation start about working together at CBI?

AO: After almost five years in my former role at the Museum, I was looking for opportunities for growth in the industry.  As a mentor of mine, Richard and I had multiple conversations about my career and his recommendations on what my next steps should be moving forward.  A few weeks later, he called me to talk with me about an opportunity to join his team!
RC: CBI had a Group Sales position open and we were taking our time to find the right fit- it didn’t matter how long it took.  I was at the MPI meeting in September chatting with Ainsley- we had a good conversation and on my drive home it hit me.  I’ve always admired her intelligence, drive, commitment to the chapter and maturity.  We’d known each other for years and we’ve been on the board together for a few years.  I have tremendous trust and faith in all of her abilities.  Why wouldn’t I explore the opportunity to have her join our team?

MPI/NE: What are you looking forward to most about working together?

AO: Richard and his team at the Chatham Bars Inn have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry.  When I went in to interview, I had great conversations and met an amazing group of people who truly love what they do and have fun doing it.  I am very excited to grow my career with CBI while expanding the network at the resort!
RC: Success, balance and fun! In life you may only cross paths with a few exceptional individuals.  I encourage you all to look up from your phones and see if one is standing right in front of you.

Join the MPI/NE Board of Directors!

Share your ideas and help plan our path for the future!

Calling all leaders!  Have you ever felt that you had some great ideas that you’d like to share with our chapter?  Have you ever thought of an educational topic that we haven’t yet explored?  Are you looking to grow personally or professionally and expand your network?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and are an active member of our MPI/NE Chapter, please consider this my personal invitation to apply to our Board of Directors for 2017-2018!  
 
We are looking for strong candidates with invaluable leadership skills just like YOU to help us grow our premier meeting and event industry association.  Please be sure to go to the "Our Chapter" tab on the MPI/NE website for the 2017-2018 Board Application and click HERE for a list of our current Board descriptions.  If you have any questions regarding the application process, please feel free to reach out to me directly at susan.m.prue@gmail.com - applications are due Monday, November 28th
 
Looking forward to receiving your application!
 
Sincerely –
 
Susan Prue
Immediate Past President, 2016-2017


Kudos, Moves and Changes

Here are a few of our exciting member updates!

Kristy Burns is now the Member Events Manager at the Harvard Club of Boston

Mary Desrosiers is now the Director of Group Sales for the Hotel Viking in Newport

Ainsley Onstott is now Sales Manager at Chatham Bars Inn Resort & Spa

Janet Lincoln is now National Sales Manager at Cliff House Maine


Congratulations to Future Affairs Productions on the following awards:

Special Events Magazine
Gala Award
Best Produced Event for a Non- Profit Organization
“ Journey to Serengeti”
 
ILEA – International Live Event Association
Espirit Award
Best Décor
“Journey to Serengeti”
 
ILEA – International Live Events Association
Espirit Award
Best Technical Production
“PHISH- NYE Show” Madison Square Garden
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