PlanIt Tennessee

President's Message  



Well, this is officially my last month as President and I cannot thank you all enough for making this the best year ever.  This chapter has accomplished so much over the past year, which I shared with many of you during our fabulous Auction & Awards Gala that was held last month (if you didn't attend, you missed out!).


But there is still so much to look forward to!  You have an amazing 2015-2016 Board, an upcoming website that is more user-friendly, easier ways to track your education sessions (now that we are an official CMP Preferred Provider)....and the list goes on.


My parting advice to you - get involved!  Join a committee, voice your thoughts and make the most out of your membership.  Again, I'll still be here to support the future leadership as your Immediate Past President so please don't hesitate to let me or any Board member know how we can better serve you.  Thank you again for a great year, and have a great June!

In This Issue
Our Sponsors
Platinum Partners

Gold Partners

The Peabody Memphis


Silver Partners
Chef's Market
Country Music Hall of Fame ? and Museum
DG International
Drury Plaza Franklin
Embassy Suites Nashville South/Cool Springs
Gary Musick Production
Hard Rock Caf?/Nashville
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville
Holiday Inn/Fogelman Executive Conference Center
Knoxville Airport Hilton
Knoxville Convention Center
Liberty Party Rental
Park Vista a DoubleTree by Hilton Gatlinburg
Schenk Photography
Schermerhorn Center
Embassy Suites Knoxville West
Holiday Inn Knoxville West at Cedar Bluff
Titanic Pigeon Forge

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!

Educational Message - East
The Why and How of Event Measurement
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn Knoxville West/Cedar Bluff

You're under increasing pressure to justify the expense of your meetings, but how do you gain credibility for the cause and support from disparate stakeholders?
How do you convey that measurement will help create better outcomes that align with meeting and organizational goals?

The answers come in this interactive "how to" session. Find best practices and practical tools for overcoming barriers, establishing relevant meeting objectives and showing the value of a measurement program.  

Objectives include: 
  • understanding how meetings create business value
  • learning how to set meeting objectives that align with organizational strategy
  • identifying/overcoming barriers to implementing business value of meetings program
Owner of her own company, Maple Ridge Events, Robyn's ability to engage in collective inspiration with clients and her reputation for flawless execution continues to win her many admirers. Named one of the Top Meeting Planners to Watch 2013 by ConventionSouth Magazine, Robyn brings creative intelligence, event originality and a solution orientated process to every program and event she and her team produces. Click here for complete bio.

Today's program is brought to us a result of our chapter being awarded "The Parking Spot" educational grant from the MPI Foundation.

Educational Message - Central
Excelling with Hybrid Meetings
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hotel Preston

You know that hybrid meetings and events are creating new opportunities for meeting professionals in terms of content delivery and attendance. But where do you begin, and how can you best choose among all the options available? You'll get the answers in this interactive session. Become familiar with concepts, building blocks and creative formats, and receive a roadmap (process) for hybrid event implementation. Experience first-hand a simple live streaming demonstration by bringing your own mobile devices! This session will be presented in a simple, easy to understand format designed to help you understand how to implement live video and media streaming as part of your events and meetings.

Learner Outcomes:
  1. Learn why hybrid events are relevant and define the opportunities and benefits for your organization.
  2. Learn the building blocks and new communication functions of hybrid events.
  3. Become familiar with hybrid engagement techniques.
Gary Musick is the President of Gary Musick Productions, Inc., a 34-year-old creative solutions, entertainment, scenic, and full service production support resource. He is also President of Destination Musick City, Nashville's new full service destination management resource. Musick is a former two-time Supplier of the Year for Tennessee MPI, and is an instructor in Belmont University's MEP program. . 

This program on Hybrid Meetings is brought to us a result of MPI:TN being awarded an educational grant from the MPI Foundation!

MPI:TN Now a CMP Preferred Provider   
We have great news for all of our CMPs and aspiring CMPs.  MPI:TN is now a CMP Preferred Provider. The education program(s) identified with the CMP Preferred Provider logo meet the requirements to receive continuing education (CE) credit for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential. All qualifying activities also indicate how many CE credits attendees will receive for participating.   Start watching for this logo on the meeting calendar and invitations.

For more information about the CMP credential or CMP Preferred Provider Program, please visit

Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with the Convention Industry Council or the CMP Program. Applicants may receive CE credit for attending any program that meets eligibility requirements of the CMP Program. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications - selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.
Spring MIX Event!  
Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Dave & Buster's Nashville

Join us at our Spring Meetings Industry Exchange (MIX) event at Dave & Busters. There will be complimentary shoes and bowling, a great spread of Dave & Buster's delicious food, and beer and wine.  Bowling and fun begins at 5:30pm.  This event is open to everyone so be sure to invite all of your industry partners and friends!  The more the merrier!
Regional Meeting Alliance Sponsorship Opportunity 
Very special Regional Meeting Alliance Sponsorship opportunity is STILL
available to an MPI:TN member / Partner for our June Educational Luncheons!

Get your brand out to ALL THREE REGIONS at ONE event!

This exciting opportunity allows you to be present in one of our regions,
but be seen at all THREE regions!!!

We know you want the details!

Contact Colleen Cussick at

MPI:TN Gala and Silent Auction a Success!
MPI:TN held its annual Circle of Excellence Awards Gala and Silent Auction on Thursday, May 7, at the Hutton Hotel.  The event celebrated chapter achievements and recognized members for outstanding contributions as well as raising over $20,000!  The following awards were presented during dinner.

Meeting Planner of the Year - Kristen Richardson, EMDEON

Meeting Supplier of the Year - Rusty Chester, OnStage

Chapter Leader of the Year - Colleen Cussick, Brantley Sound

Rising Star - Erika Biddix, CMP, MAC Meetings & Events

Pillar Award
  • East Region - Angie Campbell, Holiday Inn Cedar Bluff
  • Central Region - EMDEON
  • West Region - Antwone Stigall, CMP, New Memphis Institute
President's Awards
  • Kate Shattuck, CMP, Integrated Solutions & Services
  • Tracy Schenk, Schenk Photography
  • Blair Owen, Big Cypress Lodge
Beth Calveard Volunteer Spirit Award - Julie Woodruff-Hurst, CMP, Liberty Party Rentals

"Thank you and congratulations to all of the Circle of Excellence winners. Your contributions to the chapter are invaluable. And thank you to the MPI:TN membership as a whole for making 2014-2015 a success."  Tammy Gilbert Cardona, MPI:TN President 2014-2015.

Click here to check out the photos from the evening.
CMP Study Groups
The next round of Nashville area CMP Study Groups are forming for 2015.
CMP Intensive Study:
Saturday, September 19               9:00am - 3:00pm
Domain A
Strategic Planning
Domain B
Project Management
Domain C
Risk Management
Domain D
Financial Management
Domain E
Human Resources
Domain F
Stakeholder Management

Saturday, October 17                     9:00am - 3:00pm
Domain G
Meeting or Event Design
Domain H
Site Management
Domain I
Domain J
All sessions will be held at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown.  Exact room locations will be noted on the reader boards at the venue when you arrive.  Thank you Sheraton Nashville Downtown 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 Carol Norfleet,
Congratulations to our newest CMPs...
Desiree Wooldridge, CMP of Caterpillar Financial Service Corporation!
Antwone Stigall, CMP of New Memphis Institute!

We are proud of both of you.