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#spotlight MPIGNY TALKS WITH MARISSA LYNN PILKU MARISSA LYNN PILKU ASSOCIATE MEETING PLANNER KPMG LLP Role within MPIGNY: I am a new member and team member on the Marketing & Communications Committee. Tell us a little about yourself, your career and current position. My experience with events started in the hospitality industry, but after many early mornings running into late nights, I decided to change the direction of my career and join the corporate side. I joined KPMG LLP in 2010 and have loved every minute. The hospitality industry gave me a great foundation, and KPMG LLP has really fine-tuned those skills. My current position keeps me quite busy. My focus is on end-to-end meeting solutions; I am responsible for all aspects of each meeting. At times it's quite hectic; however, it's always satisfying looking back at a specific month and seeing our statistics. Why did you decide to join MPIGNY? I jointed MPIGNY at the World Education Congress in 2013 in Las Vegas. There was no question after I met so many of the members. Not only did my network grow by joining, but my knowledge of the industry has grown as well. How long have you been a member? Almost one year! What committee are you on and what are you most looking forward to doing this year? I am working with the Marketing & Communications Committee. I am really looking forward to enhancing this skill set and collaborating with MPIGNY members! What is your favorite part of being part of MPIGNY? The education that is offered and, of course, the members. What is your greatest source of job satisfaction? Seeing the meetings come to life and the appreciation from clients! What are your hobbies and what do you like to do in your spare time? I am a fitness enthusiast! I love trying new classes around the city. Recently half marathons have become a tradition for a friend and me, so we are always looking for fun half marathons sign up for! Tennis has been a part of my life since I was 6, so my husband and I have some competitive matches. My godson Frankie, who is about to turn 3, is a great source of comedy for our family.  @ DESTINATION INNOVATION. At Sands Bethlehem, we've assembled the best and the brightest to assure meetings and tradeshows go beyond the expected. Our 12,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 14,000 sq. ft. of tradeshow space merge seamlessly with our exceptional accommodations and exquisite catering. We offer the latest in technology, 10 dining choices, legendary entertainment, outlet shopping, rejuvenating spa services and so much more. Simply stated, we're at the top of our game so you can be at the top of yours. Book your meeting or conference today by calling Patrick Ryan at 484.777.7903 or email Patrick.Ryan@sands.com PaSands.com | Follow Us Must be 21 years of age or older to enter the Sands Casino. GAMBLING PROBLEM? CALL 1-800-GAMBLER. 28 697766_Sands.indd 1 @MPIGNY SUMMER 2014 05/06/14 2:16 PM http://www.pasands.com

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

Ask the Board
President’s Message by Carvie Gillikin
Changing the Conversation – Meetings Mean Business
From Carry-Ons to Conference Shoes – Conference Style at Its Best
What’s in My Travel Bag
Day Trips and Weekend Getaways From NYC
Why It’s Time for a Paradine Shift
Rooftop Refreshment
If Trade Shows Were Uber
Meet the 2014-2015 Board of Directors
28th Annual Auction & Mixology Madness
Member Spotlight a Conversation With Marissa Lynn Pilku
Notes From the Field
New Members
Advertiser’s Index

@MPIGNY- Summer 2014