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feature Awards of Excellence 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, CMP, CTS. View photos from the Awards of Excellence on Page 10. To view the entire photo gallery, go to 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. 8 current 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. RISING STAR Shanika Davis 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 D/FW Chapter.

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
Member Spotlights
City Talk: Norfolk, Virginia
Meetings at the Beach
May 2013 Monthly Meeting
Index to Advertisers /
The Last Word

Current - Summer 2013