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INDUSTRY SPEAKS What are the TOP join MPI? reasons to 5 "My top reasons for joining and remaining an MPI member are the multiple networking and business connection opportunities the chapter offers and the ability to give back to our industry by volunteering with a committee and the board of directors. Both of these reasons lead to the next one which is my professional and personal development by attending Professional Development sessions, the Toronto Education Conference and the World Education Congress." - Marcelo DeOliveira, The International Centre, Director Operations of MPI Toronto Chapter "Being part of MPI allows you to keep your finger on the pulse of all that is new. Whether it's through working together on a committee, attending meetings, workshops and conferences, or utilizing social media sites, you can make many connections that can lead to increased knowledge and valuable relationships. Sharing that experience/knowledge with others is the greatest reward and benefit." 4 10 - Phyllis Shelton, Director, Fundraising & Special Events of MPI WestField Chapter "Being able to go to any state or almost any country and have a MPI friend." - Debb Childs, CMP, Member of MPI Orange County Chapter "Getting to know the meetings industry by creating and nourishing individual relationships with other passionate meeting professionals." - Miguel Neves, President of MPI United Kingdom and Ireland Chapter "To make connections in the industry." - Matina Kalkounis, CMP, Blackbox Communications, Member of MPI Toronto Chapter "It's all about Connection. Being able to connect with industry professionals for idea sharing and business transactions. MPI is the best place to do this!" - Tim Whalen, CMP, Fallsview Casino and Resort, Director of Communications of MPI Toronto Chapter 18 * MEETING | MAY/JUNE 2014 3 9 8 2 7 6 1 "The MPI Toronto Chapter listens to its members, customizes events, tries new things, you can earn clock hours for education, and you build amazing relationships that build strong friendships and ultimately generates business for suppliers and saves planners money." - Marcelo DeOliveira, The International Centre, Director Operations of MPI Toronto Chapter "My top reason for joining MPI more than 20 years ago was to gain access to the best industry-related education available. There are far more event and hospitality courses available now than there was back then, but having access to industry-related education that is topic specific is still important to me." - Les Selby, CMP, CMM, Event Spectrum Inc., Past President, MPI Toronto Chapter "Let's cut to the chase for many suppliers ... "to fill the funnel." The ironic thing is that they are right! Suppliers can get tremendous business opportunities once they realize how to engage. Once you learn how to engage, you then reap the benefits of continuous education, building trust, gaining credibility and learning new skills by developing them in doing roles outside your comfort zone." - Darryl Nielsen, Hyatt Regency Toronto, Chair of Communications, MPI Toronto "The reasons I stay involved in MPI and encourage others to join the fun: * Create relationships with incredible people in the industry. * Maintain the relationships MPI has introduced. * Learn about all of the different sectors from both planner/supplier perspectives. * Work together to change the world for the better through a very powerful and influential association. * Challenge yourself as a professional and continue to perfect your craft." - Courtney Stanley, Stiletto Empire, Member of MPI Toronto

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2014

The Evolution of Meetings: Top 10 Changes in the Past Decade
Load ‘Em Up: Top 10 Considerations For Offsite Events
Crossing Borders: Top 10 Things to Consider When Planning an International Event
Location, Location, Location: Top 10 Reasons Why Venue Selection is Key
Student Spotlight: Top 10 Ways to Elevate the Overall Event Experience
Create a Buzz: Top 10 Event Marketing Tips
Think Outside the Meeting Room: Top 10 Ways to Create Experiential Learning
The Generational Divide: Top 10 Differences You Need to Know as a Team Leader
President’s Message
Upcoming Events
Welcome, New Members!
Industry Speaks
Blast from the Past: 35 Years of MPI Toronto
Advertisers’ Index &
The Last Word

Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2014