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#events 18 Shades of Green BY FRANK STAPLETON T he headline might be a bit deceptive, but I am referring, of course, to the 24th Annual MPIGNY Golf Outing, which will take place on July 16 at The Harbor Links Golf Club in Port Washington. If you haven't attended this event in the past, you should definitely put it on your calendar. Don't be intimidated by the word "golf" ... all skill levels - including "I've never even swung a golf club" - are welcome. The format (best ball) takes all the pressure off those who don't want to let their foursome down. While there are some very competitive individuals, the majority of attendees come out to network and socialize with colleagues. I've often referred to the outing as a trade show on wheels. Every hole is sponsored, and our sponsors can get very creative, offering players anything from a cold beverage to a chance to win a new car. The Hilton Halfway House has been a staple at this event for years, providing players a place of respite where they can enjoy a bite to eat and a creative cocktail. After 10 years and $100,000, Destination Quebec has stepped down as the Marquee Sponsor for the golf outing. They were a great partner, and we look forward to working with them again in the future. However, we are happy to announce that Hard Rock Café has signed on as the 2015 Marquee Sponsor. Last year, we sold out every sponsorship opportunity, and it looks like 2015 will be no different. In addition to our Marquee Sponsor, all 18 holes have been sold. Having said that, there are still a lot of great opportunities available. But, hurry because they will go fast. If you are a supplier, and not able to sponsor, consider taking a foursome. Invite 2-3 planners as your guests. On average, we have between 200-225 attendees at the golf outing, including sponsors and players. Approximately 75-80 of the players are meeting planners. What a great way to build relationships! With it being so difficult to get appointments these days, why not join us at the golf outing where you will have a captive audience for the entire day? If you are a planner, the good news is that we have suppliers who would be happy to sponsor you for golf. We all know how hard you guys are working these days, but, as they say, "all work and no play ..." This is the perfect opportunity to combine a bit of business and pleasure. You'll have an opportunity to meet colleagues and representatives from some of the finest hotels and meeting facilities in the world. If you are interested in being sponsored, please contact Kathie Stapleton at kstapleton@mpigny.org. As one of the chapter's major fundraisers, we are also looking for prizes for our raffle, which takes place at the Awards Dinner immediately following the golf. If you able to make a donation to the cause, that would be great. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Committee Chair Patrick Colomer at patrick.colomer@sheraton.com.   @ mpigny.org 19 http://www.mpigny.org

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

Ask the Board What Is Your Ultimate Travel Destination?
President’s Message by Carvie Gillikin
Building a Strong Team
Healthy Habits for the Home Office
Incentivize Me: The Road to Incentive Trip Recovery
Glamping Across the Usa and Abroad
14 Personal Branding With Ceci Johnson
Member Spotlight a Conversation With Alesia Lawson
Meeting and Event Trends: Let’s Get Engaged!
Day in the Life Exploring London With Deborah Kelly
Meetings Industry Building Global Momentum
18 Shades of Green
Ibtm America Launches a New Show Format This Summer
Notes From the Field
Javits Center Debuts a New Look, Feel for Nyc Meetings
Meeting in Detroit
New Members
Advertiser’s Index
Iceland Offers Endless Ideas for Events

@MPIGNY - Spring 2015