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#feature Genie Awards Spotlight the Best of MPIGNY BY KELLY FILIPPONE M PIGNY Genie Awards took place on Wednesday, June 19 at Scholastic Event Services in Soho. The building operates as a book publishing company but also doubles as a unique venue, complete with an auditorium, conference space and rooftop terrace. Award nominees and VIPs mixed and mingled at the pre-awards President’s Reception, sponsored by On The Marc Catering. Awards and celebration were the focus of the evening, spotlighting the outstanding members and leaders from our Greater New York Chapter. MPIGNY is only as strong as its members, and the Genie Awards are to recognize the leadership and hard work within the ever-growing Chapter. Leading the show was emcee Wali Collins with Command Performance Entertainment. The first award of the evening was “Outstanding Contribution by a Young Professional,” which went to Carly Roncaglio of ZAK Events. Next was “Outstanding Contribution by a Planner Member,” which was presented to Lannise Galbraith of LRGEvent Management. The “Outstanding Supplier Contribution” was awarded to Laura Mulholland of Live Nation New York. The MPIGNY “Committee of the Year” went to the Education Committee, whose members have consistently developed and executed top-notch programs for members. Vice President of Education Jim Alkon accepted the award on the committee’s behalf. In an effort to recognize MPIGNY members celebrating a milestone anniversary with the Chapter, a special thank you and pin presentation was included in the ceremony. Most notably, Miriam Ludmer accepted her pin for her 30 years of membership to MPIGNY. Ted Schlect, a long-time dedicated member of the Greater New York Chapter, who left an impression on members and friends throughout the years, was honored by the Chapter posthumously with an induction into the MPIGNY Hall of Fame. Close friend and colleague Jessica Spence Boykin, who described him as a dear friend who made a name for himself during his very successful career, accepted the award on his family’s behalf. President Meghan Schilt surprised the crowd and presented three “President’s Awards” to recognize outstanding members. These included PresidentElect Carvie Gillikin, Vice President of Education Jim Alkon and Vice President of Membership Robert Sanders Jr., CMP. Immediately following the awards ceremony, members made their way up to the spectacular Greenhouse rooftop for a festive reception. The Gatsby Garden 1920s theme was complete with a jazz band and décor by Fourth Wall Events, transforming the rooftop terrace into a glitzy and glamorous atmosphere. The drinks flowed, featuring the “Downtown Marriott Genie-Tini,” an award-winning cocktail from the highly successful MPIGNY Mixology Auction Event, which took place in May. On the Marc Catering delighted the crowd with the most delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Live entertainment, provided by The Hot Sardines, kept everyone in the 1920s spirit with their high energy traditional jazz and tap dancer performance. It surely was a wonderful night to celebrate all the members of this Chapter! The Board of Directors and Genie Awards Committee would like to thank all of the members who came out to celebrate an important evening! @ Congratulations to This Year’s Award Winners: Outstanding Contribution by a Young Professional Carly Roncaglio, ZAK Events Outstanding Contribution by a Planner Member Lannise Galbraith, LRGEvent Management Outstanding Contribution by a Supplier Member Laura Mulholland, CMP, Live Nation New York 12 @MPIGNY SUMMER 2013 Committee of the Year Education, Jim Alkon MPIGNY Hall of Fame Ted Schlect President’s Award Carvie Gillikin, Fourth Wall Events Jim Alkon, Meetings and Media Robert Sanders Jr., CMP, Hospitality Resource Group, Inc. Also, thank you to this year’s sponsors: http://www.naylornetwork.com/mny-nxt/

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

President's Message
10 Powerful iPad Strategies for Meetings & Events
Revolutionized By Technology
Spotify At Events
Introducing The 2013-2014 MPIGNY Board of Directors
2013 MPIGNY Genie Awards
Member Spotlight
Destination New Jersey
The Summit
New Members
Can You Spot Yourself?

@MPIGNY- Summer 2013