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MAKING A DIFFERENCE Luck of the Cards For Kevin Hinton, it was a very big deal. And come next summer, he will be bluffing with the big guns at the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas. The CEO of event firm hinton+grusich won a US$10,000 seat to the tourney during The Big Deal, a fundraiser for the MPI Foundation, sponsored by Las Vegas Meetings by Harrah’s Entertainment, Hilton Worldwide and Encore Productions. The 2010 World Education Congress featured the event’s debut, which was free to WEC attendees and resulted from a three-year partnership with the sponsors. There, Hinton took out John Chen of Playtime Inc. during the last hand, as 1,000 of his peers looked on. The tournament played out in the Vancouver Convention Centre’s West Building, where attendees extended their opening evening fun with gaming tables, prizes, food, entertainment and celebrity poker player appearances. The second Big Deal will be held at WEC 2011 in Orlando. Prior to entering the hotel business, Hinton volunteered for the Peace Corps and served for two years in Mali. He also studied finance and German at Marquette University. In March 2005, Hinton earned an executive MBA from the University of Chicago. Hinton began his industry career with Hilton Hotels in 1997. He is the second son of company founder Dave Hinton. In addition to a long industry career, Hinton has a history of volunteer service. He currently holds a three-year term on MPI’s board of directors and previously served as the MPI Chicago Area Chapter president. The MPI Foundation thanks the following organizations and individuals for their generous support. U.S. CORPORATE Platinum AT&T Park AIBTM Reed Carlson Hotels Dallas CVB Detroit Metro CVB Fairmont Raffles Swissotel Hilton Worldwide Hyatt Hotels IHG Las Vegas CVA Las Vegas Sands Corp. Loews Hotels Omni Hotels PSAV Swank Audio Visuals Universal Orlando Resorts Wyndham Hotels Bronze Accor Hospitality Associated Luxury Hotels Benchmark Hospitality Conference Direct Destination Hotels & Resorts Dolce International Experient Hello USA! Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Walt Disney World Resorts Balance Design CACBSO Gaylord Palms Gaylord Texan Hattie Hill Enterprises Interactive Visuals Land O’ Lakes Leadership Synergies National Speakers Bureau Strategic Marketings Inc. Destination Halifax Direct Energy Centre IncentiveWorks Niagara Convention & Civic Centre The Conference Publishers THE PLANNER Tourisme Montréal Bronze Key Donor Visit London CHAPTERS Arizona Sunbelt Atlantic Canada British Columbia Carolinas Chicago Area Dallas/Fort Worth Georgia Greater Calgary Greater Edmonton Greater New York Gulf States Heartland Houston Indiana Japan Kansas City Kentucky Bluegrass Manitoba Minnesota Montréal New Jersey Northeast New York Ohio Oregon Ottawa Philadelphia Potomac Rocky Mountain Southern California Tennessee Texas Hill Country Toronto Virginia Washington WestField Wisconsin Chapter Special Donor Accucom Corporate Communications Inc. Centre Mont-Royal Calgary Exhibition & Stampede Cantrav Services Inc. Fletcher Wright & Associates Gelber Conference Centre Greenfield Services Inc. Groupe Germain Hotels Naylor Publishers Ottawa Convention Centre CANADA CORPORATE Platinum Small Business 4th Wall Events Attendee Management Incorporated Best Meetings Inc. Kinsley and Associates Meeting Site Resources One Smooth Stone OnTrack Communications Passkey, a Landry & Kling Co. Site Solutions Worldwide Song Division Swantegy SYNAXIS Meetings & Events Inc. Fairmont Raffles Swissotel Gold AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions Caesars Windsor Convention Centres of Canada Delta Hotels InterContinental Hotels Group Canada Starwood Hotels and Resorts Gold American Express AV Concepts Encore Productions Freeman Freeman Decorating HelmsBriscoe Maritz MGM Mirage San Antonio CVB Small Business aNd Logistix EMEA CORPORATE Silver AV-Canada Calgary Telus Convention Centre Coast Hotels Evolution Presentation Technologies Hilton Canada Marriott Hotels & Resorts Canada Ottawa Tourism STRONCO Group Tourism Calgary Tourism Toronto Tourisme Québec VIA Rail Canada Heritage AIBTM IMEX Silver Aimbridge Hospitality Atlanta CVB Cvent Fort Worth CVB Global Hotel Alliance hinton+grusich LXR Luxury Resorts Philadelphia CVB PRA Salt Lake City CVB Walt Disney World Resorts Weil & Associates Special Donors BBJ Linen Boca Resorts Folio Fine Wine Partners Jet Blue KSL Resorts Little Rock CVB Passadena CVB Production Plus Inc. SAS Institute Visit Charlotte Visit Raleigh Diamond mci Platinum Key BTC Starwood Hotels and Resorts Gold Key Fairmont Raffles Swissotel IHG Malaga CC Vancouver CC INDIVIDUALS Alan Pini Allison Kinsley Ann Godi Anna Lee Chabot Anne Clarke Friends 7th Wave Communications Bronze D.E. Systems Barbara Cummins Beverly W Kinkade, CMP, CMM Bill Boyd Bradley Martin Brian Stevens Brian Reaver C. James Trombino, CAE Carl Winston Carla Benckert Carol Krugman, CMP, CMM Carol Muldoon Charles Bowling Cheryl Renzenbrink Chris Gabaldon Chris Meyer Christine Duffy Christopher Chung David DuBois, CMP, CMM Dave Gabri Dave Johnson Dave Scypinski Diane Schneiderman Didier Scaillet Doug Bolger Evelyn Laxgang George P. Johnson Gus Vonderheide Hattie Hill, CMM Heather Milliken Helen Van Dongen, CMP, CMM Herb Zeilinger Ivan Carlson Janet Victor Jeff Wagoner Jennifer Brown Jerry Wayne Joe Nishi JodieAnn Cady John Meissner Jonathan Howe, Esq. Joseph Lipman Katie Callahan-Giobbi Ken Sanders Kevin Olsen Kevin Kirby Kristen Robertson Mackenna Lawrence Luteran Linda Swago Lisa Baadsvik Mamiko Hayashi/Michael K. Stein Marianne Demko Lange, CMP, CMM Margaret Moynihan Mariela McIlwraith Mark Komine Mark Sirangelo Matthew Schermerhorn Melanie Cook Melvin Tennant Michael Massari Mike Deitemeyer Mike Beardsley Mike Stawiarski Mitchell Beer, CMM Moon Civetz Paul Fogarty Ping Liu Richard Harper Rick Smith Rob Scypinski Robert Payne Robin Lokerman Robyn Byrd Powell Ron Guitar Sandra Riggins Sara Torrence Sebastien Tondeur Steve Kemble Susan Buntjer Terri Fisher Theda Jackson Tim Brown Tony Lorenz Unni Soelberg-Claridge Vito Curalli William Gilchrist NORDICA PHOTOGRAPHY >> 91

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of One + September 2010

One + September 2010
Energy of Many
Share Your Mind
Thoughts + Leaders
Five Years Later
What You Missed
Top Spots
TMI at Your Peril
Men Behaving Badly
You Can Go Your Own Way
Falling for Food
Breaking Bread
Community Service
Controlled Chaos
The Quick Guide to Keeping Your Top Talent
Generation Why
What’s the Right Risk?
Let’s Talk
Get an (Economic) World View
Your Community
Making a Difference
Until We Meet Again

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