PlanIt Tennessee
June 2014


In This Issue
Event Calendar
MPI:TN Facebook
CMP Program
Advertisers' Index
We Need Member News
Social Media Links!
President's Message
CONNECT in April!
Connections Campaign
Member News

Upcoming Events


Join us for a night of Fund-Raising, Family, Foliage, Fabulous Live Auction items and the MPI:TN Circle of Excellence Awards.

Bid right from your phone with BiddingForGood at the Silent Auction, allowing for more interaction with your established and future MPI Family while the bids are displayed on monitors throughout the Auction area. Here are the BiddingForGood Links:

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Stay up-to-date on what's happening!


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Anchor Tours
Big Events Inc.
BSA/Brantley Sound Associates, Inc.
Clayton Center for the Arts/Maryville College 
Country Music Hall of Fame� and Museum
Drury Plaza Franklin
Embassy Suites Nashville South/Cool Springs
Gary Musick Productions
Graceful Tables
Hard Rock Cafe/Gatlinburg
Hard Rock Cafe/Memphis
Hard Rock Cafe/Nashville
Hilton Nashville Downtown
Hutton Hotel
Liberty Party Rental 
NetConnect Group
PSAV Presentation Services 
   RiverStone Resort & Spa
 Schenk Photography
Union Station Hotel 
United Airlines    
Do you want to become a MPI:TN sponsor
and partner with the state's largest and most vibrant community of meeting and event professionals!   

For more information contact
Scott WrightDirector of Strategic Alliances for MPI:TN.

MPI:TN FaceBook!

If you're not keeping up with MPI:TN on Facebook, 
become a Fan today!

Find us on Facebook

Future CMPs


Interested in the CMP process? Visit the MPI:TN website, or contact one of the regional representatives below.




NASHVILLE - Carol Norfleet, CMP, DMCP

Advertiser's Index

 Check out MPI:TN's new Advertisers' Index at

MPI:TN Website -- Marketplace Page -- Advertiser's Index



Once you see it, you'll want to be seen and found there! Low-cost, high-value marketing opportunity for year-round visibility on the MPI:TN web site!


For more information, email:

Scott Wright at

Member News (2)

Do YOU have Member News to share?

If so, please email it to and put "Member News" in the Subject Line. 

We can't promise to run everything, but we'll do our best! 


Connect with MPI TN Today!

Your Tennessee Chapter of  MPI is loaded with Social Media Opportunities.... so if you have not  "Liked Us"... Facebook,  "Linked with Us"...Linked In, "Pinned Us"....Pinterest or "Tweeted with Us" .... Twitter

Please use the links below to Follow us TODAY!



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Melanie Clifford


It is hard to believe that is my last message as your president.  This year has gone by too quickly.

The GALA is now upon us.  Please make plans to attend.  We have some incredible items available in our auction.  You can start bidding right now.  Take a look.  You will be glad you did. 


The GALA is also when we give our Circle of Excellence Awards.  This is when we honor you, our members.  As a past winner, there is nothing like it than to be honored by your peers.  The list of nominees and winners is impressive.  And we will induct your new Board of Directors. 


One of things that really stood out to me over this past year is that we are family.  This is the theme for our GALA.  I have watched as you reached out those in need, provided comfort and prayers, helped those needing jobs.  Every one of you has gone above and beyond for each other and for our chapter.


I want to let everyone know that we have selected a new management company for our chapter.  Beginning July 1, Travelink will be our new management company. Lindsay Buchanan will become our new executive director.   We want to say thank you to AEC Management for their 5 years of service to our chapter.  Greg Jewell, Nick Vaccaro and Brian Calvert have been great to work with.  We will be sending out a reminder on the change and contact information the 1st of July.  Lindsay will be at the GALA.  Stop by and meet her. 


Don't forget to go start bidding and register today to attend the GALA.


One final note....I encourage you to get involved.  We cannot do what we do without all of you.  


Thank You MPI: Tennessee!   It has been a pleasure to be your President for the 2013-2014 year!




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Have you made plans to attend the MPI Event of the YEAR? Yes, we are talking about the 2014 MPI:TN Gala, which will be held at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Wednesday, June 18th, festivities start at 5:30 p.m.. We are also offering COMPLIMENTARY VALET PARKING! It's not to late to register, it just a click away ..... (CLICK HERE!) 

This is one of the most important and FUN dates of the year. Please make plans to join us for a night of Fund-Raising, Family, Foliage [you will have to attend to figure this one out ;-) ] ..... and don't forget the Fabulous Live Auction Items.

YOU are an important part of our MPI Family and it would not be the same without you, so please make plans to attend. We promise a night of good friends, family, fun, food, laughter, cocktails, prizes, pictures and MORE !!!!! Guests are more than welcome to attend with you, just make sure they get registered as well. It promises to be an event that will be remembered!

New items are being added every week.  Click here to bid, donate items and support your chapter!

Check out the details for the event and register by clicking here!

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This year's 2014 World Education Congress (WEC) is sure to be the best yet. World renowned spiritual guide and New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra MD is the keynote speaker. Almost 100 educational sessions will be available, most of which will be CIC approved toward your CMP. The Hosted Buyer program will allow you to meet face-to-face with suppliers and decision makers. All this plus the opportunity to network with MPI members from all over the world AND show them why MPI:TN is the best.

To help spread the word about WEC, MPI is challenging Chapters with a fun and rewarding program that will help your members experience MPI's premier professional development and networking events. Research has shown that members who attend WEC are more likely to remain loyal to MPI.

Four chapters with the highest Chapter membership registration percentage for attendance to WEC will win the Chapter Challenge and their choice of USD$1,000 or three registrations to WEC 2015 or EMEC 2015. There will be one winner from each of these four geographic areas: Chapters within reasonable driving distance of Minneapolis-Chicago Area, Heartland and Wisconsin (excluding the host city Chapter); Chapters in the U.S., Mexico and Brazil; Canadian Chapters; and European & Asian Chapters.

The four winning chapters will be determined by having the highest Chapter membership registration percentage for attendance to WEC based on those registered by July 18, 11:59 pm CDT. Chapter membership as of April 1 will be the baseline for calculating the percentage attendance for each Chapter.  
Winning chapters will be mentioned on the WEC 2014 website and inside The Meeting Professional™ Daily published during the event, as well as onsite signage. Progress reports will be issued on a monthly basis.

MPI:TN, we can win this!!! Register now on mpiweb by clicking here. A "Convince Your Boss" tool kit is available if your boss needs a little convincing. See you at WEC14!

Be sure to visit  All the information regarding WEC is online and available at your fingertips. 

Keynote Speaker: Deepak Chopra - Deepak Chopra, spiritual guide and New York Times bestselling author of Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul will introduce us to his concept of "wellness real estate" and discuss the importance of healthy indoor environments for the home, office and meeting spaces. Visit:

  • Education Program: Over 30 education sessions are listed, complete with clock hours. Over 70 are expected. Visit:
  • MPI Foundation Scholarships: Know a member that would love to go to WEC but needs financial assistance? Have them apply for a MPIF scholarship. Visit:
  • MPI Hosted Buyer Program: Suppliers and qualified planners have the opportunity to meet one on one and get business done during pre-arranged appointments (see more below). Visit
  • The Host City: Minneapolis is the city by nature and a wonderful destination with many amenities attractive to the planner. If you have never been, now is the perfect opportunity to "discover" the city. Visit
  • RISE Awards Luncheon: MPI will present the RISE Awards (Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence) for outstanding achievements made by individuals, MPI communities, and organizations. Visit:

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As the outgoing VP of Communications, I would like to say a heartfelt "THANK YOU" to all who supported the various Community Service opportunities that we offered this year. The collection of items for the deployed troops of the 251st Military Police Unit, Second Harvest, Walden's Puddle, Ronald McDonald House, and our hands on event with Nashville Cares. I know the East and West Regions did additional Community Service Projects as well, and again, we THANK YOU!

I would also like to thank my team of Jamie Hulet, Kristen Richardson, Diane Bearden-Enight and Amy guys are AWESOME! It's been a pleasure to work with you this past year.

Scarlett R. Coffman, CMP

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MPI:TN Member Recognized in Connect's 40 under 40

MPI:TN would like to recognize member   Kathryn York from the Franklin CVB who was named in Connect's 40 Under 40 (she's #22)   Click here to see Kathryn!  

Volunteer Fair

Hoping to become more engaged? Think you don't have the time, or resources?


We will show you how volunteering will give you more out of your membership and help you determine where you can volunteer to get the most out of your time and talents!

You can speak with Board and Committee members before the July Central luncheon from 11:30am- 11:55am, during our annual volunteer fair to learn more about engagement opportunities through TNMPI.

Volunteering on a committee is the best way to build or strengthen relationships with your fellow TNMPI Members and learn more about leadership opportunities and the many advantages of your membership!

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CMP Study Sessions Continue!


There is still time to attend the Nashville area CMP Study Groups. 


We are going to try something a bit different this year and offer two different types of study sessions. For the Spring and Summer there will be two Saturday dates for an intensive five (5) hour study.  Each session will cover the recommended study materials so prior reading with be invaluable to the success of the participants. 

CMP Intensive Study:

Saturday, July 12                     9am - 2pm

Note:    Lunch will not be provided but you may want to bring a brown bag lunch.  We will break midday for apx. 45 minutes.


For those candidates working towards the fourth quarter 2014 or first quarter 2015 exam the Fall Study Sessions will follow a series format over a four (4) month period:

CMP Study Sessions:

Tuesday, September 30            5:30pm - 7:30pm

Domain A         Strategic Planning

Domain B         Project Management

Domain C         Risk Management

Domain F         Stakeholder Management


Tuesday, October 28                5:30pm - 7:30pm

Domain G         Meeting or Event Design

                   Domain E         Human Resources

                   Domain D         Financial Management

Domain I           Marketing


Tuesday, December 2               5:30pm - 7:30pm

Domain H         Site Management

                   Domain J          Professionalism


Tuesday, January 13, 2015       5:30pm - 7:30pm

Boot Camp Review


All sessions will be held at the Sheraton Music City.  Exact room locations will be noted on the reader boards at the venue when you arrive.  Thank you Sheraton Music City for your support of the CMP Study Sessions!


Hours spent in the Study Groups do count as classroom hours for the CMP application.  If you have not completed your application and are in need of hours to fulfill the new minimum of 25 classroom hours, the Study Groups are a great way to gain hours.


Pre-Registration is required for any/all of the study sessions.  If you are interested in attending please e-mail me back with the date(s) you plan to attend.

Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me or give me a call.


Carol Norfleet, CMP, DMCP

Executive Vice President and COO

Destination Nashville, A Global Events Partner

(615) 851-9190               Phone

(615) 354-4254               Cell

(615) 851-0941               Fax



 Don't Forget the Connections Campaign!  

The Connections Campaign is a celebration of successful connections between MPI members. How have YOU connected?

Our vision and mission as a member-centric organization are focused on building those personal and business connections for you, connecting you to knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces. It's about supporting each other, and helping each other to BUY MPI. The Connections Campaign is a celebration of those successful connections! Click HERE to submit YOUR entry.

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Check out photos of some of the recent MPI:TN events at our Facebook page by clicking here!






Members Celebrating June MPI Anniversaries:


35 years

R. Harold Hipps, CMP

16 years

Rhonda Thomas, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. 
9 years 

Lyn Sholl, CMP, XMi Association Management

7 years 

Dave Kemper, VP Buildings  
6 years

Christopher Hodge, CMM, Helmsbriscoe
Diane Enright, CMP, Country Music Association
Julie Hurst, CMP, Liberty Party Rental
Vilma Salinas, Hard Rock Cafe Nashville 

5 years

Cynthia Conricode, DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown
4 years 

Abigail Mason, Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity
Mike Henry, Hyatt Place Hotels
3 years
Rhonda Selby, Medtronic Inc.
2 years
Lindsay Buchanan, Travelink, American Express
1 year
Margo Brownson, Bound'ry Restaurant
Melissa Corban, Vivere Health
Angela Hammitt, East Ivy
Emily Cavezza, Lilac Farms at Arrington

New Members

Kristen Elfering, Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Group
Cathy Hill, Belmont University
Ali McQueen, HelmsBriscoe
Marisa McWilliams, Chirrpy Event Management
Jennifer Plisco, Omni Nashville Hotel
Dawn Russell, Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Mark Young, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum