President's Corner by Kristy Burns, President-Elect
Educational Program on February 13th, "What To Do When Things Go Wrong"
CMP Corner by Joanne Dennison
Strategic Volunteering by Robbie Samuels
Member Corner, Welcome to all of our New Members
New Member Spotlight, Steve Markman, Markman Speaker Management, LLC
Upcoming Chapter Events
Missed the Meeting? Don't Let the Ball Drop January Educational Program
By Kristy Burns, CMP President-Elect
As I sit writing this letter it is 62 degrees in Boston and we have just finished watching our 2nd Championship Parade in the span of 4 months. Seems like a great time to be in New England!
To continue this sports related streak I’m so looking forward to attending our February Educational event at the Warrior Ice Arena. I, like many of you, have driven by many times and I cannot wait to see what this space has to offer as an event venue.
We as the New England MPI community are so lucky to have such amazing venues and partners to work with on our monthly programs. It takes a lot to put these events on from a member volunteer standpoint but I don’t want to forget how important our sponsorship partners are to us as well. In February, make sure to find those members who are our monthly and annual sponsors and say hello and thank you! #buympi
February Educational Program
Think you could learn a thing or two about event planning from the man who was Senior Vice President, Events for the National Football League and was the head of the National Hockey League's Events & Entertainment Department?
We learn more from the things that go wrong than when things go right. "What to Do When Things Go Wrong" is your opportunity to learn from someone else about things that went wrong for Frank.
Frank will take us inside the Super Bowl and the Stanley Cup with his entertaining and informative multimedia presentation to show you how to solve any event related crisis with skill and confidence.
A friend of mine was considering going for a certification in the industry she was in. At the time she was at a company that was very supportive and would pay for all of it. She put it off and put it off again. Then she got another job that was a big step towards where she wanted her career to go. They too would support her, including financially, to obtain the certification. Now she put it off because she had a new job and she figured she would do it later.
Then the economy began to slide. Professional development money was cut. Then her job was eliminated. Now she had to do a job search where the certification would have helped her stand out. She did eventually find another position, but it did not include money for professional development. Eventually she paid out of her own pocket, to do the certification. She told me more than once how she regretted not doing it when the money was there.
The next testing period to take the CMP exam is May 1-31, 2019. Have you started studying? There is a class scheduled for Saturday, March 23 - Sunday, March 24, 2019 at AVFX in Brighton, MA.Register HERE
By Robbie Samuels, Professional Speaker | Podcast Host | Coach
You probably already know that one of the best reasons to volunteer for your association is to build stronger connections with others in your field. This is true if you are new to the meetings industry, a recent transplant from another region of the country, or planning to switch gears from working in a completely different industry.
Showing up at association meetings is the first step, you can’t get far in your career if you never leave your office to meet leaders in your field. Strategic volunteering is a great way to make a name for yourself in your industry and a way to give back once you’ve gotten that name recognition.
Laura Gallagher, Lucky Strike Entertainment, Event Sales Manager
Kasandra Jenkins, S&P Global Platts, Associate, Event Operations
Cindy Juskiewicz, University of New England, Director, University Events & CS Department
Herb McReynolds, Soho Grand Hotel, Area Director of Group Sales
Stephanie Pappas, Greater Boston CVB Co-Op, Director of International & Sports Sales
Tamieka Peralta, Boda Borg Boston, Corporate Meetings & Event Manager
Zach Sarner, Brand Fuel, National Accounts Director
Brett St. Gelais, Gateway Productions, Production Coordinator/Sales Executive
Want to Strengthen a Friendship in the Industry? Refer a Friend!
When a new member joins and uses the MyFriendMPI promo code, they will receive $50 off their membership. The referring member identified on the application will also receive a $25 credit that may be applied towards their next renewal. The Refer a Friend voucher can be found HERE.
Steve joined MPINE in December and he is already a valuable contributor. Keep your eyes open for his articles to be featured in our future publications!
I joined MPI because as the owner of a speakers bureau, MPI allows me networking opportunities with other industry professionals, both in person and through the various online forums.
For anyone thinking of joining I would encourage becoming a part of MPI by pointing out the breadth of the membership – meeting professionals from all industries and sectors who come together for camaraderie, networking and education.
Upcoming Chapter Events
Add these events to your calendar and stay tuned for updates on all of our Upcoming Events.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Topic:What To Do When Things Go Wrong
Speaker: Frank Supovitz, President, Fast Traffic Events & Entertainment and former Senior NFL and NHL Events Executive
Location: Warrior Ice Arena Boston Landing, 90 Guest Street, Brighton, MA
“Don’t Let the Ball Drop” was pioneered by Event Co-chairs Kim Randall and Nichole Baldwin in 2017 and this year, the two of them collaborated again to deliver another outstanding educational program.
Powered By PechaKucha. This rapid fire “20 images x 20 seconds each” format was taken on by each of our subject matter experts with excitement and ease delivering the most high quality content in the shortest of time-frames. We were fortunate to have all of these knowledgeable industry professionals step up to the podium: