PlanIt Tennessee
April 2014


In This Issue
Event Calendar
The Inside Scoop
MPI:TN Facebook
CMP Program
Advertisers' Index
We Need Member News
Social Media Links!
President's Message
CONNECT in April!
Coffee Club
Connections Campaign
Member News

Upcoming Events

MPI:TN CONNECT Education and Marketplace on April 16.  Click here to register and for more information about this event!  Make sure you read all about it in the Education Section this month, too!

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Stay up-to-date on what's happening!

The Inside Scoop

At Emdeon's recent National Sales Meeting held at the Franklin Marriott, planners Katie Rogers, CMP and Kristen Richardson used this event app to take their event to the next level. The app allows them to keep in contact with their attendees in real time via SMS, gives the attendees the ability to see/edit their personal calendars, navigate to meeting rooms, check in to sessions, exchange contact information and share on social media. The app is customizable to your theme and you can add as much or little information as you like. The setup is pretty easy and syncs with Cvent so any changes you make to your attendees or agenda on the registration site, automatically updates in the app. Post event, the planner can track metrics such as how many attendees downloaded the app, peak activity, items bookmarked, and lots more! 


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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
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
Scott WrightDirector 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.




NASHVILLE - Carol Norfleet, CMP, DMCP

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:

Scott Wright 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! 


Connect with MPI TN Today!

Your Tennessee Chapter of  MPI is loaded with Social Media Opportunities.... so if you have not  "Liked Us"... Facebook,  "Linked with Us"...Linked In, "Pinned Us"....Pinterest or "Tweeted with Us" .... Twitter

Please use the links below to Follow us TODAY!



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Melanie Clifford


We are just a few months away from our GALA and Auction. This year we will be at the Country Music Hall of Fame. This is the largest event that we do. We need your help!

First, we need you to nominate your peers for Planner of the Year and Supplier of the Year. Please email your nomination to Tracy Wray, VP of Membership by clicking here.

And we also need your help in securing items for our auction. We will soon be going live on with items. This is a great way to promote your business. If you have any questions or can donate items, please contact Karin Eggert by clicking here.

Please don't forget to register for CONNECT, our education and tradeshow event coming April 16 at The Cannery.

We have many opportunities to be involved. There are some committees that are looking for new volunteers. If you are interested in being involved, please contract Jessica Pfranger at

It is a pleasure to be your President for the 2013-2014 year.



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CONNECT Education & Marketplace

Are you a professional meeting planner looking to gain more continuing education hours?  Are you charged with booking meeting destination services in and around Tennessee?  Or are you a supplier who would love to have some dedicated face time with prospective planners?  Then Connect Education & Marketplace is the event for you! 


Planners: apply now for a complimentary VIP Planner Pass to attend the 2 morning educational sessions and marketplace appointments.  Note - there is a fee to attend the monthly educational luncheon with speaker Shawna Suckow, CMP, Founder of the Senior Planners Industry Network (SPIN).


Connect Lunch Education: Planners are from Saturn, Suppliers are from Venus: Interpreting the Strange Languages and Habits of Two Alien Species
Shawna Suckow, CMP, Founder of SPIN

Planners and suppliers often think they speak the same language, but three years of research has proven quite the opposite to Shawna Suckow, CMP, author of the book Planner Pet Peeves and the follow-up book, Supplier Pet Peeves 
(published in 2013). Planners are people-pleasers by nature, and may not always be forthcoming if relationships can be damaged. Suppliers want to put their best products and services forward, but they most often are left to guess at what the market really wants and expects from them.  Then there's the trend of planners not answering the phone, not responding to emails, and generally making it harder for suppliers to build relationships.

Join Shawna as she pulls back the curtain and shares what each side is doing-and how it is interpreted by the other-in a funny but impactful look at how we all can do better and drive each other a little less crazy. 

Registration is open!  Click here to register and for more information about the event! 

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CMP Study Sessions Announced!


The next round of Nashville area CMP Study Groups are forming for 2014. 


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, April 12                    9am - 2pm

Saturday, July 12                     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

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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



Membership Recruitment Contest


We need your help in bringing in new members! We all know someone that would benefit from being a member of our great MPI:TN Chapter! Be the member to recruit the most new members between now and April 30th for your chance to WIN! Contest is statewide and you must have a minimum of 3 recruited new members to be eligible.

1st Place Grand Prize: One-night stay at the Omni Nashville Hotel with breakfast for 2 at Kitchen Notes plus a gift card to Pinewood Social

2nd Place Prize: One-night stay at Hyatt Place Downtown Nashville plus $100 gift card to The Farm House


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MPI:TN Gala Announced!

The 2014 MPI Gala is NOT to be missed as we celebrate MPI achievements, raise money for the chapter, welcome the new board, and HAVE FUN! Make sure to mark your calendar for June 18th, grab some colleagues, friends and/or spouses and join your MPI Family at the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

Registration will be opening SOON!

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Spring MIX Event Date Announced!


Mark your Calendars and SAVE the Date!!!  Our Spring Mix Event will be a Gulch Pub Crawl!

When: April 30th from 5:30pm-8:00pm

There will be complimentary valet parking at Sambuca, where we will start off with Appetizers and cocktails, Crawl on down to Rumours for a Wine tasting and more delicious appetizers and then crawl over to The Pub, where you can pour your own beer!

This event is open to both members and Non-Members, so be sure to invite your friends and potential new members.

$30 per person

Registration will be open the week of 04.07.14! 

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Coffee Club


For those members that cannot always attend the monthly luncheons, we will be hosting a 'Coffee Club' on Monday, April 28th at 7:30a.m.  Even if you are able to attend the monthly luncheons but love coffee and MPI, please join us!!  At the last coffee club we had a special guest- Keith Urban.  Join us at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel.  Please RSVP to Shannen Stewart via email by clicking here.

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 Don't Forget the Connections Campaign!  

The Connections Campaign is a celebration of successful connections between MPI members. How have YOU connected?

Our vision and mission as a member-centric organization are focused on building those personal and business connections for you, connecting you to knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces. It's about supporting each other, and helping each other to BUY MPI. The Connections Campaign is a celebration of those successful connections! Click HERE to submit YOUR entry.

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






Members Celebrating April MPI Anniversaries:


18 years

Sheryl Baker, Peabody Hotels

15 years

Rebecca "Taffy" Ashley, Caesars Entertainment
11 years 

Sharon Hill, Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Marilyn Johnson, CMP, Independent Contractor

9 years 

Aaron Mayo, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel  
4 years

Vicky Ballard, CMP, The Inn at Opryland
Lisa Skinner
Julie Rule, CMP, ServiceMaster
Sophia Boulanger, Hilton Memphis

3 years

Kimberly Bean, KBC Creative Support Services
Natalie Branham, Hyatt Place Nashville/Downtown
2 years 

Tara Fleisher, Hilton Brentwood/Nashville Suites
Hilda Pope, Conference Direct
Amy Kelly, Business and Legal Resources
James Hagy, Chef's Market Cafe and Take Away 
1 year
Christina Jones, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Nashville
Selena Miller, Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa
Laura Schield, Bank Director
Julie Johnson, Cumberland Hospitality Group
Paige Watson, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

New Members

Nery Duarte, Plan Ahead Events Nashville South
Lydia Jennings, Medtronic, Inc.
Samantha Mazzuca, Franklin Marriott Convention Center
Haley McCormack
Elizabet McDonald, Sheraton Downtown Nashville Hotel
Suzanne Myatt
Angela Richmond, Medtronic
Tiffani Wilson, Marriott International