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Puttin’ on the Glitz
The Annual Awards of Excellence was held
on Thursday, June 27 at the Scottish Rite
Library and Museum in downtown Dallas.
This historic venue was a perfect location for
the theme: “Putting on the Glitz.” Members
and guests dressed in their best 1920s,
Gatsby-inspired attire and were greeted
with a classic white Rolls Royce provided
by Romantic Remembrances.
The cocktail reception provided a perfect
networking opportunity for past, current and
future leaders of the meetings industry. “I
would like to thank the committee members for a fabulous job on making the soiree
something that Gatsby himself would have
loved to attend,” said MPI D/FW Chapter
President Alison Kieckhafer, CMP.
The awards ceremony was held in a
beautiful auditorium of the Scottish Rite
Library and Museum. Dave Fleming served
as Master of Ceremonies and welcomed the
crowd. A retrospective video created by
Patty Stern, CMP, DMM Group, highlighted
the chapter’s achievements this past year.
Lauren Dunnaway, CTA, reﬂected on her
year as Chapter president and thanked her
outgoing Board of Directors for their service
before turning over the gavel to Kieckhafer.
Jesh Betra, another former Chapter president, inducted the new Board of Directors.
But the highlight of the program was the
presentation of the Annual Awards.
Following the awards, the crowd enjoyed
a dinner buffet provided by Gil Elegant
Catering in a contemporary version of a
speakeasy. The décor was provided by Shag
Carpet Prop Rentals and The Event Lounge.
Flappers provided by Eclipse Entertainment
added a touch of glamour to the evening,
followed by dancing with music provided
by Carol Marks Music. The Dallas Convention
and Visitors Bureau was the program sponsor and provided gift bags to each guest
in their cars as they drove away with
memories of a wonderful event produced
by the Program Committee.
A special thank you goes out to this year’s
co-chairs: Charlotte Gannon and Michelle
Lemay Patten. Program Committee members included Angela Roberts, CMP, CSEP;
Erin Lucia; Hussain Manjee; Kim Kurk; Lynn
Armstrong; Nicole Stokes; Peggy Naas;
Shanika Davis; Shannon Keil, CFTA; Sherry
DeLaGarza, CMP, CMM; and Tiffany Smith.
Awards Committee Chairs were Neva Fanelli
and Lianne Pereira, CMP, CMM. Committee
members included Tony Cummins, CMP, CMM;
Sherry DeLaGarza, CMP, CMM; Marti Fox,
CMP, CTC, CMM; Bruce Wolpert, CMP; Steven
Foster, CMP, CTA; Dana Rhoden, CMP, CMM;
Peg Wolschon, CMP, CTA; and Bill Reeser,
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2012-2013 Award Winners
PLANNER OF THE YEAR
Bitsy Burns, CMP
Bitsy is a two-time winner. She is a very hardworking and long-standing
member of our community.
Although she rarely seeks
the limelight and won’t be
the loudest voice is the crowd, she is well
known and respected for her dedication and
volunteerism. She frequently steps up to
do the tasks that are mostly invisible – but
so very necessary to make our events and
programs run smoothly.
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SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR
Jennifer Parker, CWC
Jennifer has been a contributing member of the
D/FW Chapter for many, many
years. Whenever called upon
to serve, she is willing and
ready to give her talents and
time. A member of the Board of Directors
for several terms, she continues to give
back to the MPI Community and offers much
needed support and knowledge. She works
effortlessly to secure sponsorships for the
chapter and helped the chapter become
ﬁscally responsible when economic times
impacted the chapter.
Everyone who nominated Shanika all agree she
is a pleasure to work with.
They also shared how eager
she is to learn and participate in many areas. She has
blossomed over the last 18 months into a
strong, creative and active member of MPI
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Current - Summer 2013
Introducing the 2013-2014 MPI D/FW Board of Directors
Puttin’ on the Glitz
Inside the MPI D/FW May 2013 Sales Blitz: A Valuable Proposition
Why You Need a Headshot
A Master-Level Education Retreat
City Talk: Norfolk, Virginia
Meetings at the Beach
May 2013 Monthly Meeting
Index to Advertisers / Advertisers.com
The Last Word
Current - Summer 2013