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#president's message H Suzanne Medcalf 2016-2017 MPIGNY President IMEX Group appy summer, MPI Greater New York! I'm writing this message fresh off of the MPI World Education Congress in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where I was able to meet and interact with so many of our 96 chapter members and 12 board members who were in attendance. I was so impressed with our chapter members who proved that Greater New York is seriously GREAT! I am excited to begin my year as President of this chapter. I started with MPIGNY four years ago as a Co-Chair on the Genie Committee, working with Vice President of Finance Carly Marotta. I then served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for two years before my President-Elect year working alongside Robert Sanders. I want to take this opportunity to thank Robert for his commitment to the chapter this year - he gave so much to our members. Robert has recently stepped down as Immediate Past President, and we wish him luck and all good things. We are incredibly lucky that Carvie Gillikin, our most recent Immediate Past President, has agreed to stay on for an additional year working with myself and President-Elect Joshua Novick. Our incoming Board of Directors is an amazing group of dedicated meeting professionals from all aspects of our industry. Each of our four vice presidents is completing the second year in his or her role. We have eight directors returning to their positions and two brand new board members joining us for 2016-2017. We had an incredibly successful board retreat in May at the Hotel Indigo in Riverhead, Long Island, where we planned some amazing education and networking events for the 2016-2017 program year. Check out our website for details on our upcoming events, including Auction & Mixology Madness and our recognition event, the Genie Awards. My "real life" job is working as the Senior Regional Manager of Industry Relations for the IMEX Group. For the past five years, I have worked in New York as IMEX's only full-time, U.S.-based employee. It was an amazing five years and gave me my start in the meetings industry. On July 1, I began a new journey with IMEX when I moved to Brighton, England, to take on a new position in our UK office - I am incredibly lucky that IMEX supports my role as MPIGNY President and will be flying me to New York each month so I am able to attend education events, networking evenings, our Mixology Madness event and our board meetings. I hope that I will see you at an upcoming event, connect on social media or chat on the phone - I welcome your feedback and want to know what you need from MPI Greater New York to make your membership worthwhile! Please be in touch at any time - suzanne.medcalf@imexexhibitions.com. I look forward to a fantastic 40th year of Greater New York! I hope that I wIll see you at an upcomIng event, connect on socIal medIa or chat on the phone - I welcome your feedback and want to know what you need from mpI greater new york to make your membershIp worthwhIle! mpigny.org 5 http://www.mpigny.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Summer 2016

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE BY SUZANNE MEDCALF
BUILDING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND
MPIGNY @ WEC
CREATE A HEALTHY HOME OFFICE THIS SUMMER
THE EVOLUTION OF GAMING VENUES FOR MEETINGS & EVENTS
MEET THE 2016-2017 MPIGNY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP A SPOTLIGHT ON TOP MEETING TRENDS
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
FROM THE BEACH TO THE BAY
NEW MEMBERS
ADVERTISERS’ INDEX

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