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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE #message I Carvie Gillikin MPIGNY President hope you had a fantastic holiday and your new year is off to a great start. Mine certainly is as I step into the role of president of the greatest chapter within MPI. Before I speak on what's upcoming, I would be remiss if I did not take time to thank Meghan Schilt, CMP, for an outstanding 18-month term as president. In September 2008, I attended a volunteer/committee fair at the Hard Rock on 7th at 42nd. I had only been in NYC for about a year and did not know that many people. What I did know was I had transferred my MPI membership to the Greater New York chapter and I needed to get involved. It was at that event where I met Meghan, and she recruited me to sit on the NYMix committee. Since that day, I watched Meghan make very strategic decisions that would eventually land her in the role of President for one of MPI's largest and most prominent chapters. She quickly made connections within the MPI Global organization, and we soon saw very prominent people - Cindy D'Aoust, Mike Dominquez and Brad Shanklin - personally supporting our chapter. Meghan's talent of recruiting interest, increasing awareness and driving involvement is rarely found. I am confident I speak for the entire board when I say, we have all learned from Meghan over the past few years. So, what's next you may ask, and that would be a great question because we are only going to increase the momentum within our chapter. Meghan has assumed the role of Immediate Past President and will lead the charge for nominations into the 2014-2015 fiscal year. She will also be working to review and update our bylaws. As your President, I will be working to fully execute the business plan we created last May. This includes our education programs, our revamped Auction/Mixology fundraiser, our Genie Awards and many other initiatives. By the time you read this, your board of directors will have just met in New York City for a two day mid-year retreat at the newly renovated Park Central Hotel. We reviewed our metrics, our financials, our membership and most importantly, planned for the mid-year satisfaction survey. THIS is where you come in! Each year, MPI Global sends out a satisfaction survey to all members. This survey is used to determine your satisfaction with the direction of your chapter. With that said, one of the biggest issues chapters across the U.S. have is getting people to respond. I would like to ask each of you to take the five minutes and rate your chapter on the progress we have made. Part of the funding we receive from MPI Global is directly tied to the number of responses AND our scores. Please remember, our progress is ongoing and we need your reinforcement and support. In closing, please allow me to say thank you! Thank you for putting your trust in me to guide the chapter to an even higher level. We have a great team in place, and I am thrilled to be working with each of them and for you. Wishing you the happiest of New Year's! Carvie Gillikin MPIGNY President Vice President/Partner, Fourth Wall Events carvie@fourthwallevents.com info@mpigny.org 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Winter 2014

ASK THE BOARD
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
14 MEETINGS TECHNOLOGY TRENDS TO WATCH FOR 2014
10 EVENTS IN NORTH AMERICA YOU SHOULDN’T MISS IN 2014
SPORTS INCENTIVES AND MEETING PLANNING A WINNING TEAM
HOSTED-BUYER PROGRAMS: A PLANNER AND SUPPLIER Q&A
#stickwithmpigny
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT A CONVERSATION WITH JULIE GREEN
TECHNOLOGY CORNER BY WALTER J. RECHER
TIME. WARPED.
LEGAL REVIEW BY BARBARA F. DUNN, ESQ.
FITNESS FOCUS BY KELLY FILIPPONE
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
NEWS
DESTINATION: MANHATTAN
NEW MEMBERS
ADVERTISER’S INDEX

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