MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 6

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

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Thank You, MPINCC

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My smile says it all! What a fantastic year this has been. I can't believe this is already the last
issue of Perspective for this program year, as it seems just like yesterday that I was writing my
first President's Message. I need to begin this last message by thanking Perspective Chair Rose
Stanton, Co-Chair Jennifer Brown and the entire committee for their continued dedication to
producing amazing content and highlighting the chapter throughout the entire year.
As I write this message, I am still reeling from the innovative Annual Conference and Expo
that was led by a huge group of volunteer leaders. I know many of you left ACE with new ideas,
amazing connections and perhaps even a dip in the ball pit. I can't begin to thank all attendees,
partners, speakers, exhibitors and volunteers for making this event possible. ACE is a huge
undertaking, and it was an incredible success because of all of you.
As we continue through the rest of the year with Corks and Forks, GMID, the May educational
program and, of course, the Gala, I am just thrilled with the number of engaged members,
the increase in overall membership and the various fun activities that we have incorporated
throughout every event. From our wacky videos to challenging the Chicago Chapter to
connecting with the Italia Chapter, this year has been all about making the most of who we are
and what we do.
And we could not have done all of this without all of our amazing volunteers. I want to thank
all of our volunteers for everything that you did this year. I am so proud and honored to have
served alongside you as your Chapter President. You are the best and brightest in the industry,
and it was incredible serving with you.
Here is to an amazing rest of our program year. Let's finish strong as we continue to
Innovate.Together. ●

LUCY GIOVANDO WATTS,
CMP, CMM
LASSO40
2017-2018 MPINCC PRESIDENT

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EDITOR'S NOTE

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The Future of Meetings
in Northern California

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April showers are so welcomed this year. The beautiful green covering our hills in Northern

ROSE STANTON, CTA
WINE COUNTRY DESTINATIONS
2017-2018 PERSPECTIVE EDITOR

California are healing the pains of last year. Our destination is ready for business, and we have
been welcoming back travelers. Never have we felt the blanket of love and strength of our fellow
colleagues here, rebounding, having each other's backs and thriving. Read more about our
destination from Napa Valley and Sonoma County experts.
Corks & Forks showed us what amazing chefs and wineries we have. This event will forever
have a place in my heart, and it is rewarding to see it so successful. Don't miss the article about
the tasty appetizers, award-winning wines, plus pictures of your favorites and the fun we had
this year.
In this issue, we take a look at cannabis tours and events. Yes, you read that right! We are
tackling the newest trend that follows the historic decision legalizing recreational marijuana
in the state of California. Some of us have incorporated cigar and cognac options for clients,
whiskey tasting and cocktail competitions, but are you ready to offer a cannabis connoisseur
pairing with wine and weed? Experts in their fields share the challenges and perceptions of
this new industry. This is not reflective of Cheech & Chong's "Up in Smoke" experiences - these
thoughtfully produced tours and educational events look to be in our future. ●

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MPI Perspective - Spring 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
Innovation Corner
Marijuana Tours & Events: Challenges & Perceptions
MPINCC’s 2018 Annual Conference & Expo
Wine Country Open for Business
Corks & Forks: A Culinary Art Experience
Meetings Minute
Member Spotlight
MPINCC New Members
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Intro
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - cover1
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - cover2
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 3
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 4
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 5
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - President’s Message
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Innovation Corner
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 8
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Marijuana Tours & Events: Challenges & Perceptions
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 10
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 11
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 12
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 13
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 14
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 15
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - MPINCC’s 2018 Annual Conference & Expo
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 17
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 18
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Wine Country Open for Business
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 20
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Corks & Forks: A Culinary Art Experience
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Meetings Minute
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 23
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 24
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 25
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 26
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 27
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Member Spotlight
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - MPINCC New Members
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - cover3
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - cover4
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - outsert1
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - outsert2
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - outsert3
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - outsert4
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