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Continued from page 17 and, in just an hour, they constructed and tested almost 400 mechanical hands for individuals who had lost their hands due to things such as landmines and disease. In just one hour, our team created a device that would put a smile on the face of a child or adult that would once again have the ability to grasp a cup or write with a pencil. We all joined MPI with different expectations. Perhaps it was to enhance our professional network, to satisfy a work requirement or to give back to those who are where you were 10 years ago just beginning their career. Some of these expectations were fulfilled for me at WEC and when I have attended chapter events. No matter the expectation, what my time at WEC also showed me was that when you combine simple resources, such as a pen and nametag-like sticker, or a small amount of time with individuals and teams that are engaged, the return on your own personal involvement is infinite. Candy Chang may have started a transformation, but it was the entire neighborhood that got engaged to make the change happen. I joined MPIGNY earlier this year because my peers saw I wanted to be part of a transformation that not only can impact my own goals and expectations but also impact others as well. Now, taking what I learned at WEC and as one of our chapter leaders, I would like to extend that same helping hand to all MPIGNY members. Do you have an hour? Do you have resources to share? Do you want to be part of the MPIGNY transformation? I hope so. For me, it was as simple as saying yes and then being actively engaged in an event such as WEC 2013. @ #spotlight MPIGNY TALKS WITH BEN CARIZZO BEN CARRIZZO PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER COMMAND PERFORMANCE ENTERTAINMENT, INC. BCARRIZZO@GMAIL.COM @COMMANDTALENT Tell us a little about yourself, your career and current position. I am a 26-year veteran of the entertainment industry. I started Command Performance 21 years ago. Most of my business involves representing talent who work primarily in the corporate event and meeting planning industry.  Why did you decide to join MPIGNY? How long have you been a member? Do you volunteer with MPIGNY? I joined on the suggestion of an associate who is a long-time member. I am looking to network and stay current with industry standards and practices. I joined in May 2013. I will be joining the Leadership Committee.  What is your favorite part of belonging to MPIGNY? I enjoy the fact that you can network and 18 @MPIGNY FALL 2013 socialize at the same time. I’ve met many great people as some of the recent MPI events I’ve attended.   What is your greatest source of job satisfaction? When a client calls after an event to thank me for assisting them with the right talent or speaker for their event. What is something else you would like to share with our readers (i.e., a recent accomplishment, a personal note, hobbies, interests, etc.)? I am an avid fisherman and also love to golf and play poker. Also, I enjoy traveling and have visited Italy several times. What are your future goals? I hope to continue to represent talent who appeal to the corporate and meeting planning industry, maintain my reputation for honesty and integrity and assist planners with their talent needs.  @ I ENJOY THE FACT THAT YOU CAN NETWORK AND SOCIALIZE AT THE SAME TIME. I’VE MET MANY GREAT PEOPLE AS SOME OF THE RECENT MPI EVENTS I’VE ATTENDED.   Get in the Member Spotlight! In the “Member Spotlight” column for the @MPIGNY printed magazine, MPIGNY members like you are the stars! If you would like to be featured in a future installment, please contact Suzanne Medcalf at suzanne.medcalf@imexexhibitions.com.

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

ASK THE BOARD
HAPPENINGS
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
T HE RISE OF HOSTED-BUYER PROGRAMS
CRISIS MANAGEMENT FOR MEETINGS
A PITCH, A PUTT AND A PERFECT DAY
MPIGNY @ WEC
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
MOBILE SOCIAL NETWORKING IMPROVING THE ATTENDEE EXPERIENCE
ACROSS THE POND – AN MPI UK AND IRELAND CHAPTER MEMBER VISITS MPIGNY
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
GOLF + MEETINGS = GREAT BUSINESS
DESTINATION: THE CATSKILLS
NEW MEMBERS
ADVERTISER’S INDEX

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