PlanIt Tennessee
May 2013


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

Upcoming Events

 May 8 - Knoxville Education Luncheon 


Please join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Oakridge-Knoxville for "Social/Digital & Doing Business Under Fire: Tel Aviv & Jerusalem November 10-19, 2012" Presented by Lisa Skinner.  Click here for more information.  


May 9 - Nashville Education Luncheon 


Please join us at the Adventure Science Center.
It is with great excitement that we welcome Kevin Hinton, Chairman of MPI International Board of Directors, to present at our annual State of the State meeting. Kevin will discuss MPI's approach to being a voice for the meetings industry, actually better defining the meetings industry.  Click here for more information. 


May 10 - Memphis Education Luncheon 


Please join us at the Hilton Memphis as the Chairman of the MPI Board of Directors Kevin Hinton comes to Memphis to present at our annual State of the State meeting. Kevin will discuss MPI's approach to being a voice for the meetings industry, actually better defining the meetings industry.  Click here for more information. 

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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
NetConnect Group Marketing Solutions
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!

Find us on Facebook

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! 



New MPI CEO Announced

By Jason Hensel April 16, 2013

After a comprehensive search, that began in June 2012, the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Board of Directors announced Monday, the appointment of Paul Van Deventer as MPI president and CEO, filling the top leadership role for the largest global meetings and events industry association.

Van Deventer will begin his new role leading the association's global staff, including its offices in Europe and Canada, on April 29, 2013.  "The search committee looked at a broad array of candidates within and outside the industry," said Michael Dominguez, MPI CEO Search Committee chair and senior vice president of sales at MGM Resorts International. "Our primary focus was to find a high-caliber, globally-minded leader with exceptional communications skills, brand building experience and the ability to drive incremental growth and engagement. Paul was that person.  We believe he will prove to be a collaborative leader whose conviction, focus and intensity aligns well with the job at hand at MPI."  Click here to learn more about our new leader!


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

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We need it, you have let's work something out!

PLEASE get those donations in to support education and scholarships for our Chapter!


Gala tickets will be available SOON...



Please start getting your Auction items in - If you are RENOVATING or UPGRADING or made any CHANGES or ADDITIONS to your services, property, etc.  THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO GET YOUR INFORMATION OUT TO over 250,000 people AND our MPI FAMILY on the Bidding 4 Good Website.


Thank you so much for your Support!!!


Click here for the Silent Auction Donation Form


Coleen Cussick, GALA Chair

Jordan Haley and Rachel Oliver, AUCTION Co-Chair

Susan Raque, Dir. Special Projects


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A new episode of Gala Coffee Talk was released recently.  Click here to see the latest!

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MPI:TN extends their thanks to the following organizations for their continued support:  

Welcome new Silver Partner - Clayton Center for the Arts/Maryville College!

Thank you to renewing Platinum Partner Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa!

Check out the new Event Sponsors Page by clicking here



Money Man   


 Please give a ROUSING and HEARTY congratulations to our own MPI TN member and go-getter Angela Layton, CMP, CMM!  She now has "CMM" as part of her title. Way to go Angela! 


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MPI Meeting Madness

Voting for the MPI Meeting Madness Session Contest for WEC continues through this Wednesday, May 8.  Click here for more information.  


Attend WEC 2013 on a
MPI Foundation Scholarship

MPI Foundation, in conjunction with its scholarship Sponsors, would like to help get you to WEC 2013. For planner members who may have been impacted with economic challenges, we don't want that to hinder you from attending our largest Conference.  MPI has twenty (20) WEC 2013 scholarship opportunities to award.  Check them out by clicking here!  Check them out and don't delay, apply today!

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CMP Application Deadline is this week! 


The last day to turn in your CMP Application for the August exam period is Tuesday, May 7th!  But don't worry, you have from May 14 - July 30 to turn in your Application for the November exams.  Of course, all dates are subject to change, so check the CIC's CMP Application Deadlines and Exam Dates website for the most up-to-date info.



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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 April MPI Anniversaries:


22 years

Courtney McGee, CMP, Event Logistics, Inc.

9 years

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

7 years

Velvet Graham, CTC, ServiceMaster   

6 years 

Christopher Sessions, CMP, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa

5 years

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

Rachel Oliver, Marriott International 

4 years

Kimberly Alexander, NSA

Thomas Kenny, NASBA

3 years

Gary Musick, Gary Musick Productions Inc.
2 years
Kathy Roberson, CEO Solutions, Inc.
Rebecca Kauffman, Grand Avenue Chauffeured Transportation
Bridget DiCello, MBA, NHA, Speaker, Executive Coach, Author
Malissa Sergent 1 year
Christine Chenot, M. Gibson Hotels
Brandis Blodgett
James Hobbs, Cumberland Hospitality Group
Jordan Haley
Jennifer Ferris
Jenny Stephenson
Robert McMahon, Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown
Cindy Buck, Lifeway Christian Resources
Jill Coleman, River Inn Hotel of Harbor Town
Veronica Marable Johnson 

New Members
Christina Jones, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Selena Miller, Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa
Laura Schield, Bank Director 
Elizabeth Wasternack, Schizophrenia International Research Society
Paige Watson, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel