February 2018
Special Features In This Issue
  • "Leadership, the Role of Hosts" by Robbie Samuels

  • Melanie Smith of Amadeus in the New Member Spotlight

  • Kay Ritter of Light Magic Event Photography in the Star Volunteer Spotlight

  • The Educational Institute Committee in our Committee Spotlight
President's Corner
By Bryan Lavin, President-Elect

Ok, Ok, Ok, I know it seems a little hokey with Valentine’s Day this month, but for this installment of the President’s Corner, I can’t help but think of love. Don’t tell my wife, but I’m thinking about asking MPI New England to be my collective Valentine! Seems crazy? But, for the past 11 years MPI as a member I have always said with MPI you will get back far more than you give and that roughly 86% of my professional accomplishments have been in some way connected to MPI involvement; so yeah, I love MPI!
Think about it this way, where else can you volunteer (at least one hour) of your time a month to gain experience and hone skills making you a better professional, attend an event to learn industry insights, build a network of like-minded industry colleagues, find a new strategic business partner, give back to your community through a CSR initiative, gain valuable leadership experience as a Committee Chair or Board Member, and have a ton of fun while doing it? The answer is, no-where. 

Speaking of leadership skill development, we have an amazing program on tap this month - Checkers vs. Chess: Unlocking the Keys to Authentic Leadership with Michael Dominguez, Senior VP and Chief Sales Officer for MGM Resorts International at the Colonnade Hotel on Wednesday, Feb 21 st . I’m a little biased for all of our programs, but this one is a “can’t miss” meeting. 

If you are interested in showing MPI some love, I would, well, love to talk to you! Please feel free to email me directly at [email protected] or stop and chat with any of the amazing members of the Board of Directors in the 21 st . Thank you all for being part of the MPI New England Family – and one last question, will you be my Valentine?  
Leadership: The MPI/NE Board of Directors
By Richard Carroll, CMP
Immediate Past President

Happy February to all, I hope your year is off to an amazing start! I’m sure by now you have all seen our communication of the 2018 / 2019 Board of Directors Slate and I must say how impressed I am with the talent, passion and years of MPI volunteerism on this board who to be inducted this coming June.

Molly Hudson has done an amazing job this year and I feel lucky to be able to call her “friend”. More so, I think we should highlight the Presidential track for the years to come. Bryan Lavin without a doubt will bring his years of board experience and more importantly his Chapter Business Manager experience to once again bring our entire chapter to the next level! The trio of Bryan, Kristy Burns and Molly in the Office of the President will surely set an exciting year to come. Get your popcorn ready!

Lastly, I’d like to thank the outgoing and incoming board members for the work they’ve put in over the years and they work they will perform in the next year as well. Without this board of passionate volunteers and you, our Membership. We couldn’t provide the top notch education, networking, business opportunities and most of all friendships that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. 
Leadership: The Role of Hosts
Robbie Samuels, Professional Speaker | Podcast Host | Coach

This month, Robbie has contributed valuable tools that we can all practice to become better Leaders at an event. The full article can be found on www.mpine.org with the direct link below.

Leadership is not limited to those at the front of the room; it’s possible to step up into informal leadership roles by having a host mindset even when you have no formal connection to the event. Doing so evolves your participation from passive to active and increases your visibility and value within your network.

February Event
Presented by Michael Dominguez, Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer for MGM Resorts International

We all understand that the world is quite complex today and the need to demonstrate authentic leadership has never been more challenging. In a world of multiple generations, multiple communication platforms and numerous distractions, team leadership has become complicated. This session will help you identify the necessary skills to excel at authentic leadership.

•Learn what leadership looks like today
•Understand the importance of culture, humility and authenticity in leadership
•Learn to focus on behaviors versus demographics to build thriving teams

Event Time:
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Registration & Reception: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

The Colonnade Hotel
120 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Thank you to this months venue sponsor, The Colonnade Hotel and our Annual Education Sponsor, Las Vegas.
When You Buy MPI , So Do Our Members!
To connect with Jenn Allard, our Advertising Sales Representative , on marketing opportunities through MPI New England, click Here .
New Member Spotlight
Melanie Smith,
Marketing Events & Programs Coordinator, Amadeus

Melanie joined just a couple months ago and is already making her presence felt within the Chapter. Welcome!

After a few years as a corporate planner, I joined MPI to connect with others and be more involved within the industry. As a new member, you're so welcomed and you'll look forward to participating at every event moving forward. Immersing yourself in the full experience allows for so many learning opportunities and fresh perspectives to bring back to your role. 
Member Corner 
Welcome to these Members that joined in January

Valery Barreto                                 

Peri Bial , Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina, Sales Manager                

Shelby Burnham , The Verve Crowne Plaza, Senior Corporate Group Sales

Deirdre Cahill                                   

Andrea Campbell, The Verve Crowne Plaza, Corporate Group Sales          

Olivia Hamilton , VDA Productions, Account Relationship Manager               

Bonnie Kerrigan , Medtronic, Meeting Planner          

Mark Look , Sunday River Resort & Conference Center, Director of Sales    

Debbie McDermott , Meetings & Events Manager              

Sally Miller Reiser, Marketing Specialist          

Robbie Samuels , Speaker, Coach & Consultant                

Christine Sherman , CMP CIS, Event Travel Management, National Director of Operations 

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Star Volunteer Spotlight
Kay Ritter, Light Magic Event Photography

Kay is a long time member as well as experienced volunteer on numerous committees. Currently, Kay is the Co-Chair of the March Membership Meeting.

Q - How did you first become involved with MPI?
When I started the Light Magic phase of my career about 12 years ago I was entering a new market. For my initiation, I started exploring the various networking organizations to learn my way around. I met a lot of people, found out about the wide array of businesses and services in the industry,“what’s hot and what’s not!” 

Then I went to an MPI event. I wound up in a conversation with a very nice man who asked me about my business. It seemed like a casual conversation, but he asked more questions, listened thoughtfully, and then ended by giving his assessment of what I was doing and some very positive encouragement.
MPI members tend to take each other and their businesses seriously, offer an environment of mutual respect and mutual support. I enjoy professionalism of MPI members and the camaraderie that develops into friendship. 

Q - What do you love most about MPINE?

Sponsorship at MPI events and working with the membership committee has been both fun and rewarding, offering me the opportunity to work with creative people. Each time I gain more understanding and respect for my fellow members
Want To Volunteer? Committee Spotlight 
In advance of the March Membership Meeting, why not consider being part of the Educational Institute?

The Educational Institutes committee collaborates and strategizes every component required to create and execute a successful fall Educational Institute. The Educational Institute is MPI New England’s keystone event and held annually over the course of a day and a half, typically the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving Week.
Here is a testimonial from our 2017 Logistics Chair: Melanie Walton, CMP, Conference Director, Planet Connect Inc.

“When I moved across the country, I didn’t have much of a network. I immediately got involved with the MPI’s New England Chapter and found a wonderful resource of colleagues and friends. MPI is a great community and has been an important part of my network building. What I tell you is true: the more you put in and get involved, the greater/more valuable the experience.”

To read more details on available volunteer opportunities with the Educational Institute and contact details for Melody Moore Henriquez and Katrina Holmstedt, click here.
MPI Global Satisfaction Survey
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Complete the survey by March 6th and be automatically entered into raffle to win either a One Night Stay with Breakfast at the Wylie Inn and Conference Center or a $100 membership renewal voucher.
Upcoming Chapter Events  
Add these events to your calendar and stay tuned for updates on all of our Upcoming Events.

March 21, 2018 - Free Membership Event. Read below. Registration opening soon at www.mpine.org.
March 23-24, 2018 - Studying for your CMP? Read below and for more information and to register, click here.
April 12, 2018 – Global Meetings Industry Day , location to be announced coming soon! Boston, MA, 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM

May 16, 2018 - MPI Red Sox Game Day at Fenway Park, 7:10 PM - 10:00 PM

November 19-20, 2018 - Fall Institute , location to be announced soon!
January Instant Replay 

Don't Let the Ball Drop:
A Countdown to Event Success in 2018
We welcomed the new year of Educational Programs with round 2 of "Don't Let the Ball Drop", this time at The Harvard Club of Boston.

One of the most storied ballrooms in the city is also one of the most beautiful as we experienced that night. Speaking from first hand experience, the food was delicious!

Co-Chairs, Nichole Baldwin and KIm Randall, assembled 8 industry professionals who delivered rapid fire tips on topics ranging from understanding kosher and never try to shake a Rabbi's hand to live event entertainment and public restrooms are never acceptable as dressing rooms for performers to how to form a successful partnership with a charitable organization.

MPI/NE would like to extend sincere appreciation to all of our valued event sponsors:

  • The Harvard Club of Boston
  • David Fox Photography
  • Party Rental, Ltd.
  • Tristar