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#president's message Robert O. Sanders Jr., CMP Chairman, Hospitality Resource Group 2015-2016 MPIGNY President H ello MPIGNY members, It my distinct honor to communicate with you today as your new president, and I look forward to serving you in the coming year! As president-elect, I have had the pleasure of working with such distinguished leaders from our industry, including Meghan Schilt, our Immediate Past President (IPP), and Carvie Gilikin, who will serve as our IPP for the next 12 months. I have learned so much from Meghan and Carvie, and I want to say THANK YOU in recognition of their hard work and dedication to our chapter! I am also very excited to announce that Suzanne Medcalf, who has served brilliantly as our VP of Communications the last two years, will be starting in her new role as President Elect on July 1. Suzanne brings an amazing amount of experience, energy and enthusiasm to this position, and I am sure you share my confidence in her ability to lead us next year! As we look to the year ahead, we are excited to be working with a full slate of directors once again this year, as we set about to serve you and all of our members, and continue our efforts to grow our chapter and deliver value. It is always a challenge putting together an engaged and committed board, but we are pleased to share with you that our mission is accomplished! We also have developed an impressive group of new board members who will work with existing members as they move through their MPI volunteering careers. We have spent a lot of time and energy as a team focusing on the needs of our members, and respond to their key requests immediately. You are the reason we are here, and the reason we all volunteer and work so hard to achieve the results we do. Our membership continues to grow under the direction and watch of Tom Andrika, our VP of Membership. He continues to do an amazing job with his team, focusing on the specific needs of our membership and growing and retaining members. We also will continue to focus on our educational events, and we look to our new VP of Education Ramel Kelly to develop innovative and valuable programs. If you have a hot "topic" you want us to take a look at, please feel free to share it with us. Additionally, we will continue working closely with Chapter Business Manager Bryan Lavin to ensure that we remain focused on the key metrics from MPI Global, including new member growth and retention, and keep a close eye on our finances and accounting, our strategic planning and, of course, our fantastic Greater New York events. Our new VP of Finance Carly Roncagloi-Marotta has hit the ground running in managing our finances. And, on the events front: We will continue to offer our golf outing in July, along with Mixology, the Genies and the ever-so-popular After Six Mixes! Finally, we salute the amazing marketing and communication plan led by Josh Novick, as he is moving up to a VP role, working closely with an outstanding committee, and Kelly Fillipone, who will be right there in the director's role supporting all of the great work being done. In closing, I wish to extend a most sincere note of gratitude to our Board of Directors, for its commitment and sacrifice to this chapter, and to our Executive Director Katie Stapleton, who has helped me so much through this transition. I hope everyone has an amazing summer. Please keep us posted on what we can do to serve you better and, of course, if you know of anyone who might want to join us as a member, please let us know. Thank you! mpigny.org 7 http://www.mpigny.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Summer 2015

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
ASK THE BOARD
MPIGNY’S SUMMER BUCKET LIST
MEET THE 2015-2016 MPIGNY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TRAVELING FOR WEC: WHAT WILL YOU DO FIRST IN SAN FRANCISCO?
DAY IN THE LIFE
REDISCOVER ATLANTIC CITY
ADVANCING MEDICAL MEETINGS AND HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE
A GENERATIONAL SHIFT IN EVENT DESIGN
5 SECRETS OF POWER NETWORKERS
THE GENIE AWARDS
SUMMER KICK-OFF PARTY
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
ATLANTA: THE NEW SOUTH
NEW MEMBERS
ADVERTISER’S INDEX

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