PlanIt Tennessee

Is it July already?! It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating our Circle of Excellence Award Winners at the Annual Gala! What an amazing year we've had.


I am honored to be your President for the 2014-2015 year. Thank you for entrusting me to lead our organization; I have big shoes to fill as we've had amazing leadership from our past MPI:TN presidents!


Over the next year, I encourage you to get involved in your chapter. Volunteer for a committee or to complete a small task. Attend one (or more!) of the 30+ Educational & Networking Events that are held statewide. Showcase your business & become an MPI:TN Strategic Partner. Get involved with MPI on a global level by attending WEC 2014 in Minneapolis. This is YOUR CHAPTER!


Please do not hesitate to reach out to any one of our Board Members should there be anything we can do to enhance your membership. Our organization is only as good as its members and we truly have the best.  


In This Issue
Our Sponsors
Platinum Partners

Gold Partners

The Peabody Memphis


Silver Partners
BB King's Blues Club Nashville
Chef's Market
Country Music Hall of Fame � and Museum
DG International
Drury Plaza Franklin
Embassy Suites Nashville South/Cool Springs
Gary Musick Production
Geo Teaming - John Chen
Hard Rock Caf�/Nashville
Hilton Memphis
Hilton Nashville Downtown
Holiday Inn/Fogelman Executive Conference Center
Hutton Hotel
Kix Brooks
Knoxville Airport Hilton
Knoxville Convention Center
Liberty Party Rental
Musicians Hall of Fame
Park Vista a DoubleTree by Hilton Gatlinburg
Rock Bottom Brewery
Ruth's Chris Memphis
SpringHill Suites Memphis
Schenk Photography
The Cannery
Union Station Hotel

Do you want to become an MPI:TN sponsor and partner with the state's largest and most vibrant community of meeting and event professionals?

For more information, contact Colleen Cussick, Director of Strategic Alliances for MPI:TN!
Future CMPs
Interested in the CMP process? Visit the MPI:TN Website, or contact one of the regional representatives below.

MEMPHIS - Cindy Brewer, CMP, DMCP

NASHVILLE - Carol Norfleet, CMP, DMCP
Grow the MPI:TN Family
What do you consider power? Your work connects people, ideas, business opportunities and education while creating relational energy. Use this power to do more through MPI, with thousands of people just like you. If you know someone who could benefit from the MPI community let us know. Our membership team will be happy to reach out to them. Contact Valerie Summers at
Educational Message - Central Region

Don't miss July's Educational Meeting on Introspective Leadership. Dan Markin will be sharing his insights with us on how to becoming better leaders. He is a best-selling author and the president of his consulting and training company. This session take us through goal setting, personal objectives and decision making. It will be a great chance to look inward and make ourselves more productive and remind us of key leadership principles.

Volunteer Fair July 16

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 16 Central luncheon from 11:30am- 11:55am, during our annual volunteer fair to learn more about engagement opportunities through MPI:TN. 


Volunteering on a committee is the best way to build or strengthen relationships with your fellow MPI:TN Members and learn more about leadership opportunities and the many advantages of your membership!  Questions about volunteer opportunities may be directed to Jessica Pfranger,
Educational Message - East Region

Don't miss July's Educational Meeting "Everyone Communicates, Few Connect" with Shari Strong. Learn the secrets of how highly effective managers identify with people and relate to others in a way that increases their ability to influence. To be a successful leader, you need to learn to communicate in a way that connects with others.  


Special Presentation by the TITANIC including Dramatic Reading with Live Actors of some of the TITANIC Passengers and Crew!

2013-2014 Circle of Excellence Winners

The Meeting Professionals International Tennessee Chapter (MPI:TN) held its annual awards gala and silent auction on June 18 to recognize industry achievements, individual excellence and raise money for the chapter's development. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum played host to over 150 guests from across the state.   The evening began with a silent auction raising over $18,000 for the chapter. During dinner the following awards were presented:


Planner of the Year  

Heather Willis, The Journeys Group


Supplier of the Year  

Valerie Summers, Gary Musick Productions


Chapter Leader of the Year  

Jamie Hulet, Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Group


Rising Star  

Kristen Richardson, Emdeon


Pillar Award  

East Region- Erika Biddix, MAC Meetings 

Central Region- Gary Musick Productions

West Region- FedEx


President's Awards  

Kristi Sowards, Knoxville Convention Center

Shannon Yeater, Westhaven Golf Club

Sophia Boulanger, Hilton Memphis


Beth Calveard Volunteer Spirit Award  

Natalie Norris, Meetings and More


Meeting of the Year:

East Region  

"Digital Teambuilding for the Meeting Professional"

Speaker, John Chen

Sponsors, Knoxville Airport Hilton and Anchor Transportation


Central Region  

"Is There a Difference Between a Great Manager and a Great Leader?"            

Speaker, Rick Weaver

Sponsor, Hutton Hotel


West Region  

"Digital Teambuilding for the Meeting Professional"

Speaker, John Chen

Sponsors, Ruth Chris, Nolan Productions Group and Anchor Transportation 

Member News
Do YOU have member News to share? If so, please email it to Jamie Hulet and put "Member News" in the subject line. We cannot promise to run everything, but we'll do our best!
Convince Your Boss that You Need to Be at WEC 2014!

MPI has put together a comprehensive tool kit to help convince your boss that you should attend WEC.  


Check it out at 


From the Communications Team

Hello MPI:TN! Kristen Richardson and I look forward to leading your communications team this year. Our main goals are to update the website and newsletter and we would like your input. What information would you like to see on the website and in the newsletter? What else would you like to see added or improved to chapter communications?

Please feel free to forward suggestions to us at and We would love to have you on our communications team. You can learn more at the volunteer fair before the July 16 meeting.

EDUCATION - CMP Study Sessions
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 at 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



How Your Selfie Can Help You Network

(This is just a summary, to read the full article by Philip Calvert go to LinkedIn)


Who doesn't love a good selfie? We see them on twitter, facebook and maybe even in a text message from your mother - who at her age you didn't even realize owned a smart phone! But selfies are around to stay so why not help yourself or your attendee's better network through this quick pic!


Quick tips to better help your attendee's network at your event:

  1. Promote the conference #hashtag pre, during and post event.
  2. Have attendees upload a selfie during online registration and print on their badge, include their hashtag.
  3. Encourage attendees to take selifes when sitting next to someone they have never met, broadcast on a main screen between sessions or in and around the registration / exhibit area.
  4. Include a selfie wall.
  5. Use selfies instead of place cards at dinner.
  6. Have your speakers take a live shot during their session of the audience, post and let attendees tag themselves.
We are only limited by our imagination so incorporating something fun and interactive can not only get your attendees talking and networking but most likely laughing together.
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