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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE #message I Meghan Schilt President, MPIGNY f you were to ask me to sum up what MPIGNY means to me at this moment in time, using only one word, I would choose LeaderSHIFT. Now is the time to engage. Why? Because the leadership team that we have in place today and the new leaders taking office on July 1, 2013 that have committed to providing value to you every change we get. I am privileged to work alongside them, inspired by their achievements of collective success and most importantly I am proud of them for having the courage to transform this chapter into what I knew it was meant to be. While we still have got our work cut out for us...stick with us, cause you ain’t seen nuthin yet! Drum roll, please...I am honored to unveil the inaugural issue of our rebranded publication @MPIGNY which will provide features and news items in both print and electronic formats. In this issue, we take a look back to see how the New York Meetings Industry was affected by Superstorm Sandy, delve into the trends in event F&B and brush up on continuing education. If you have an idea for a topic or wish to contribute to the new publication, don’t be shy, please visit mpigny.org website to submit your interest. We asked, you answered. In the Fall of 2012, our chapter survey results indicated that you wanted stand alone networking opportunities. We are pleased to be partnering with the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach, Long Island for a rooftop networking event on Thursday, May 16, followed closely by the 2nd Annual Genie Awards & Board Installation event taking place on Wednesday, June 19 which tees up our July 31 MPIGNY Destination Québec Golf Tournament at the Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington. You don’t want to miss this MPIGNY hat trick. Have you registered for WEC Las Vegas?? If not, it’s not too late. This premiere industry event taking place July 20-23 will bring together some of the best our industry has to offer and includes an array of educational & networking events. In fact, MPIGNY will once again join forces with our BIG East counterparts to mix & mingle during a regional reception for our collective members only. I invite you to join me in representing the best of Greater New York. In closing, the Board of Directors recently voted to extend my term as President until December 31, 2013 and in turn extend Carvie Gillikin’s term as President Elect until then, followed by his term as President from January 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. This remarkable gift of additional time allows me to do my very best to make you proud to be a member of this community. I am looking forward to finishing this year strong. Thank you for your support, Meghan Schilt, CMP MPIGNY President, MPIGNY Events Manager, Apax Partners, meghan.schilt@apax.com MPIGNY CALENDAR OF EVENTS #happenings JUNE 04 Education Series: Advanced Contract Legal Issues and Negotiation Strategies Presented by Barbara F. Dunn, Esq., Howe & Hutton, Ltd. 5:30 – 8:30 PM Convene at 32 Old Slip New York, NY 06 Board of Directors Meeting 5:45 – 7:15 PM New York, NY 19 Second Annual Genie Awards 6:30 – 9:30 PM Scholastic Greenhouse & Terrace New York, NY 31 MPIGNY Destination Québec  Annual Golf Outing Harbor Links Golf Course Port Washington, NY JULY 10 Board of Directors Meeting 5:45 – 7:15 PM New York, NY 20-23 WEC 2013 Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, NV For more information regarding chapter events, visit www.mpigny.org. mpigny.org 5 http://www.mpigny.org http://www.mpigny.org http://www.mpigny.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY- Spring 2013

President's Message
Force Majeure
Trends in Event Food and Beverage
Meeting and Media
Member Spotlight
Tips for Professional Development
Meetings at the Beach
Destination Niagara Falls
Chapter Survey
New Members
Advertisers Index
Can You Spot Yourself?

@MPIGNY- Spring 2013