PlanIt Tennessee
May 2014


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

Upcoming Events

MPI:TN West Region Educational Luncheon on May 13.  

Join us at the DoubleTree by Memphis East on Sandelin Avenue for Shawna Suckow's presentation, "Planners are from Saturn, Suppliers are from Venus: Interpreting the Strange Languages and Habits of Two Alien Species"
Click here for more information and to register.

MPI:TN East Region Educational Luncheon on May 14.

Join us at the Holiday Inn World's Fair Park for Rick Weaver's presentation, "Is There a Difference Between a Great Manager and a Great Leader?"
Click here for more information and to register.

MPI:TN Central Region Educational Luncheon on May 21.

Join us at Gary Musick Productions for Carol Norfleet's presentation, "Food:  A Users Guide".  Click here for more information and to register. 

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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
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!

Find us on Facebook

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

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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


May is a great month for educational events across the state. Two of our most popular speakers are coming back to Tennessee. On May 13th you can see Shawna Suckow, who was our keynote speaker for CONNECT, will be in the West Region. And then on May 14th Rick Weaver, who did our January Central Educational Luncheon, will be Knoxville. We will be at Gary Musick Productions on May 21st in Nashville. If you have not already registered, please take a moment to do so. Bring a friend.

We are just six weeks away from our GALA and Auction. This year we will be at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Our auction is now live on Take a few moments to visit our site. We will be adding items daily. If you can donate items, please contact Karin Eggert at

It is also time to be thinking about WEC. Go to to find out more about it. If you have never been, I encourage you to do so. Making connections is what we all do. What better way than attending WEC.

Congratulations to Katie Rogers.   Jack Edward Rogers arrived at 3:00 a.m. May 6th.  Just adorable!


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


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Community Service Projects for May!

There are several opportunities to serve our community in the month of May.  Here are just a few of them:

The West Region will be collecting items at their educational luncheon on May 13 to support the families at LeBonheur Children's Hospital.  Click here to see what you can bring and how your donations can help the Welcome Wheels Cart make their stay more comfortable.

The Central Region will be collecting items for the Ronald McDonald House Nashville at their educational Luncheon on May 21.    The Central Region will also be assembling Hygiene Kits at the Nashville Cares office on May 22 at 5:00 p.m..  There will be a 1 hour orientation (HIV Education) followed by assembling the kits as a group.  Nashville Cares is located at 633 Thompson Lane and will provide the bags for the items.  All of the items for the bags will be provided by Scarlett Coffman, CMP and Diane Enright.  Please contact Scarlett by clicking here if you are able to help.   
New Member Orientation

The next opportunity to learn more about your new TNMPI membership will be at the New Member Orientation, 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21 right before our monthly educational meeting at Gary Musick. Learn more about educational and networking opportunities, sponsorship opportunities as well as volunteer and service opportunities. Please RSVP to Jessica Pfranger at


CMP Study Sessions Continue!


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                     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




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MPI:TN Gala is Coming!

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. Make sure to check out the BiddingForGood auction.  New items are being added every week.  Click here to bid, donate items and support your chapter!

Registration will be opening SOON!

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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 May MPI Anniversaries:


23 years

Courtney McGee, CMP, Event Logistics, Inc.

10 years

Nyla Davis, DMCP, Embassy Suites Nashville at Vanderbilt
Helen Gleason, M.M., Peabody College Vanderbilt University
8 years 

Velvet Graham, CTC, CTC, Wright Medical Technology

7 years 

Christopher Sessions, CMP, The Omni Gove Park Inn  
6 years

Katie Rogers, CMP, Emdeon
Jamie Hulet, Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Group

5 years

Kimberly Alexander, NSA
Thomas Kenny, NASBA
4 years 

Gary Musick, Gary Musick Productions Inc.
3 years
Bridget DiCello, MBA, NHA, Speaker, Executive Coach, Author
2 years
Robert McMahon, Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown
Jill Coleman, River Inn Hotel Harbor Town
Veronica Marable Johnson
1 year
Benny Baker, The Arlington Resort Hotel &  Spa
Carol Greenwood, Marriott at Vanderbilt University Nashville
Julie Bloebaum, Business and Legal Resources
Nancy Colyar
Eileen Cooke, XMI Meetings
Kate Parrish, TC Restaurant Group, LLC

New Members

Megan Bell, EFT Source
Inna Soifer, University of Memphis
Eliza Straney, Mortons the Steakhouse