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member profiles SUPPLIER PROFILE Bill Adams National Sales Manager Visit Norfolk Bill is truly a rare breed: He is a native of the Washington, D.C. area, having grown up in Prince George’s County, and is a graduate of Fairmont State College in West Virginia – now known as Fairmont State University. He has been in the hospitality industry for 16 years and a member of PMPI for six years. Before joining Visit Norfolk just over a year ago, Bill worked with the Newseum and the Spy Museum in downtown Washington, D.C., in group sales. Because Bill was new to the meetings side of the industry, he joined PMPI for the networking opportunities. Today, Bill is a prolific networker and loves to walk into a room where he does not know anyone and make new friends within moments. He loves the one-on-one interaction and getting to know others to learn how he can help them. As the National Sales Manager for Visit Norfolk, Bill loves the freedom that his position brings. He says, “It is like running my own business.” Bill was once involved in planning a meeting for a military group that had a unique request to hold one of its events at a firing range. Always up for a challenge, Bill and his team were able to locate one and win the event. Now residing in Bowie, Maryland, Bill loves the game of basketball. Standing at 6’5” tall, he still plays in an over-30 league three to four times per week as well as coaching his 6-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter. He says that he still plays as much as he does for the love of great food. year’s anticipated attendance near 18,000. IHMRS is not new; in fact, it has been held for more than 90 years and always in New York City. Obviously, an event this size takes a dynamic team. We all have specific aspects of our jobs we love, and for Katie it is the fact that every event is different. In her experience, they range from the elegant black tie affair to sporting events and board room meetings. A creative planning idea Katie has utilized recently has resulted in avoiding overwhelming members with vendors. Increasing sponsorship costs, securing sponsorship from a smaller number of vendors, and closing the event to any other suppliers has kept events from becoming too vendor-heavy. This works especially well for high-level events, she notes, where you want to give premier sponsors exclusive access to your members. While Katie is currently serving on the Board with PMPI as Vice President of Communications, she recalls that her primary reason for joining PMPI five years ago was to assist in garnering credits for her CMP. She quickly realized the powerful networking capabilities of becoming involved on the local level. Now she recognizes as the greatest value of her membership those relationships and leadership opportunities she has nurtured and developed locally. Katie says, “PMPI has been a true asset in helping me get to this point in my career by allowing me to establish myself within our industry and stay current with great education.” She credits its excellent networking and leadership opportunities with strengthening her management and communication skills: “I truly consider my membership with MPI to play a key role in my success professionally and personally.” PLANNER PROFILE Katie Moore, CMP Director of Conventions & Events American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) This month’s featured planner has extensive experience in the industry as well as with PMPI. Katie began working with the AH&LA eight years ago at the coordinator level and has risen to Director of Conventions and Events. Katie produces 10 major events per year, the largest being the AH&LA Fall Conference, held with the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS), with this 12 PMPI POTOMAC MEMO www.pmpi.org http://www.pmpi.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Potomac Memo - September/October 2013

Calendar of Events
President’s Message
Legendary Service on the Horizon in 2014
What’s Wrong with Your Event Badge Design? More Than You Think By Dharmesh Dayabhai
Member Profiles
Old School Demands Meet New School Suppliers By Tom Michalisko, CMP
PMPI’s Mentor Me Program Kicks Off By Angelica Bravo
PMPI on Facebook
Full Circle Certification By Shannon Nelligan, CMP
Alexandria: A Capital Location for Meetings and Events
Meetings at the Summit By Amy Drew Thompson
Members on the Move
PMPI Dashboard
New Members
Index of Advertisers

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