PlanIt Tennessee
June 2013


In This Issue
Event Calendar
MPI:TN Facebook
CMP Program
Advertisers' Index
We Need Member News
Gala 2013 News!
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Professional Education and Member Support
Member News

Upcoming Events



July  - Nashville Education Luncheon 


Look for more information soon about this event on the MPI:TN web site at 


July 9 - Memphis Education Luncheon 


Look for more information soon about this event on the MPI:TN web site at

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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´┐Ż and Museum
Dancing Bear Lodge/Townsend, TN
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
Marilyn Johnson, CMP
 Director of Strategic Alliances for MPI:TN.

MPI:TN FaceBook!

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

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Future CMPs


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


MEMPHISCindy Brewer, CMP


NASHVILLE - Carol Norfleet, CMP

Donna Thomas, CMP

 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:

Marilyn Johnson at


Karen Morrissey 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! 


No Turning Back Now!

This is a momentous time to be in the meetings and events business in Tennessee.

Meeting is back en vogue. Granted, it's still a slow climb to the budgets of yesteryear, but we're getting there and our destinations are primed to benefit. From grand openings to re-openings...from new venues to expanded venues...we are ready for the masses to roll in.

Our industry is are our destinations, our employers and our Chapter. Internationally, MPI announced a new CEO and partnered with HSMAI this year. Brian Calvert, CMP took the reins as Executive Director of our Chapter from Nick Vaccaro and is doing SUCH a fabulous and humorous job of it. And in just days, our brave and enterprising leaders will take a step back to allow fresh faces and renewed focus take center stage as your new Board of Directors.

It's impossible for this bunch to slip away quietly, however, and if you'll humor me I wish to make a toast: 

Cheers to Laura Schimmel for planning our luncheons with a newborn babe on the hip.

Cheers to Katie Rogers, CMP who executes when she hears a great idea and calls a spade a spade.

Cheers to Janice McCallen, CMP for managing an intense travel schedule all the while not missing a beat leading the Memphis committee.

Cheers to Tracy Wray who stepped up as VP midstream, turned action items into initiatives & is a beloved leader.

Cheers to Colleen Cussick who joined the BOD mid-year bringing her va va voom and fearlessly and for reminding us that what we do is FUN.

Cheers to Adam Spivey for adding testosterone and always availing himself to take one for the team even if the results are public, self-humiliation.  

Cheers to Jamie Hulet for introducing new social
media concepts & taking the reins of a laboring communications committee only a few months ago!

Cheers to Marilyn Johnson, CMP who ensures every sponsor takes full advantage of their partnership benefits & receives ROI.

Cheers to Susan Raque who puts on one heck of a party and has a flock of volunteers.

Cheers to Robin Jones who led the East Region like she's been doing this thing for years, all the while acting as interim "wearer of all hats" at her property.

Cheers to Tammy Gilbert Cardona, CMP who immediately proved to be a natural leader & honed in on areas to improve.

Cheers to Natalie Norris, CMP for organizing us all & being persistent about due dates.

Cheers to Brian Calvert, CMP for his sunny disposition and being up for the challenge called the BOD.

Cheers to Sheryl Baker for being a mentor to me. We all deserve a Sheryl in our lives.

And finally, cheers to Melanie Clifford, your incoming Chapter President, who should tattoo I AM MPI somewhere secretive and fun. She's going to deliver and you are just going to love your MPI community next year, so keep your hands and feet in the vehicle at all times! Here we go!!!  


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Gala/Auction - June 12, 2013 - Music City Center

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Are you Goin' GaGa for The Gala yet?!?!
You should, since it is just around the corner, and it is going to be a ROCKIN' GOOD TIME!  Don't forget to RSVP, include your fave songs and whether you'd like a guided tour of the MCC prior to the event.


We still need donations, so to avoid the cluster of Cadillacs with NJ plates pulling up to your door to "assist you with providing THE BLING", get some items IN!!!  
See you on June 12th!


Thank you so much for your Support!!!


Click here for the Silent Auction Donation Form

 Click here  to to register for the event! 



Coleen Cussick, GALA Chair

Jordan Haley and Rachel Oliver, AUCTION Co-Chairs

Susan Raque, Dir. Special Projects


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MPI:TN extends their thanks to the following organization(s) for their continued support:  

Welcome new Silver Partner and Ad Index Subscriber - Liberty Party Rentals!

Check out the new Event Sponsors Page by clicking here



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The Blount Chamber Foundation recently elected its new 2013 officers, which includes as Vice Chair: MPI:TN Member, Lisa Hood Skinner, Senior Vice President, Ackermann PR. Aided by charitable contributions, the Foundation supports important educational, cultural and philanthropic programs for Blount County.  Congratulations Lisa!

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Meeting and Event Planning Certificate Program



The Center for Executive Education at Belmont University, in partnership with TN:MPI's Meeting and Event Planning Certificate Program starts October 4th. If you plan social or corporate events for your organization this five session certificate program will give you new skills to work more effectively and more efficiently. For more information or to register click here.




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CMP Study Sessions Announced!


CMP Study Sessions for 2013 will be held at the HCA Headquarters, Building 2 at 2515 Park Plaza Nashville, 37203.

Participants for any/all of the sessions will need to register with Carol Norfleet, CMP at the email address below.


Please contact Carol Norfleet, CMP with any questions.


CMP Study Sessions - Session 2

August 27 - Athena Room - LL East Conference Center

September 24 - Building 2 - Conference Room 1 West - First Floor

October 15 - Iris Room LL East - Conference Center


Intensive CMP Boot Camp

August 1 - Building 2 - Conference Center 1 West - First Floor

October 29 - Nashboro Room - LL East Conference Center


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




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




Members Celebrating June MPI Anniversaries:


34 years

R. Harold Hipps, CMP

15 years

Rhonda Thomas, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. 
10 years 

Teri McAlister, CMP, CHSE, Music City Center   

8 years 

Lyn Sholl, CMP, XMi Association Management

6 years

Dave Kemper, VP Buildings 

5 years

Rick Steiner, Premier Event Group, LLC
Christopher Hodge, CMM, Helmsbriscoe
Julie Hurst, CMP, DMCP, Liberty Party Rental
Diane Enright, CMP, Country Music Association
Vilma Salinas, Hard Rock Cafe Nashville 

4 years

Nick Vaccaro, AEC Management Resources
Cynthia Conricode, DoubleTree Hotel Nashville
3 years 
Abigail Mason, Alpha Omricon Pi Fraternity
Mike Henry, Hyatt Place Hotels

2 years 
Rhonda Selby, Medtronic Spinal and Biologics Business
Christopher Grano, Tennessee Performing Arts Center Management Corporation
1 year
Lauren Farmer, Lifeway Christian Resources
Lindsay Buchanan, Travelink, American Express
Jillian Farley, Sheraton Music City Hotel Nashville 

New Members
Benny Baker, The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
Julie Bloebaum, Business and Legal Resources
Virginia Cochran, Strategic Hospitality 
Nancy Colyar
Eileen Cooke, XMI Association Management