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president’s message Share your PMPI story with Michelle. She can be reached at 202-559-1535, or email her at pmpi_michelle@cox.net. Thank You for the Honor to Serve by Michelle Allgauer, CAE, CMM, CMP Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) 2010-2011 PMPI President As I write my last President’s Message for the Potomac Memo and reflect over this last year, I would like each of you to know that I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing chapter. I have been honored to serve as your 2010-2011 chapter president. I continue to be inspired by the leadership and passion of our members. Looking back on this past year, I am very proud of our accomplishments, especially during such an uncertain economy and continued challenges facing our industry. PMPI is very fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers who have worked very hard this past year to develop and produce some wonderful programs for our membership. By the end of my term, PMPI will have offered more than 30 events to our membership. Following are just a few highlights of the chapter’s achievements this past 2010-2011 year: Education – Offered in a variety of formats (face to face, webinars, Grab and Go’s) and elevated content level to meet the diverse needs of our membership (Topics ranged from Working with Volunteers, Understanding the Benefits of Working with CVBs, International Meetings, Advanced Social Media, ROI to Honing Your Facilitation Skills.) The majority of the overall session ratings averaged above a 4.0 on a 5.0 scale! Grab and Go’s – Sold out educational series for both our planner and supplier members, and offered complimentary to members and during the lunch hour to discuss a key hot topic. MACE!2011 – Attracted 240 meeting professionals, including 190 members and 50 non-members from all over the MidAtlantic region. This was our second year featuring a reverse marketplace where 50 suppliers and 49 planners participated in more than 360 10-minute appointments. CMPs – Two (fall/spring) CMP Study Courses were offered, along with a two-day cram session. This past year, 30 of our members earned their CMP certification! Student Relations – Our student relations committee has done an outstanding job, engaging more than 54 student members. They created a student track at MACE, and through numerous speaking opportunities at local colleges (Montgomery College, George Washington University, George Mason and the University of Maryland) they were able to engage and inform students about MPI and how it can assist them in their career path. Strategic Events – Numerous opportunities to network and build business relationships were offered throughout the year, including Summer Safari, Monsters Bash, Winter White, Make A Connection, Final Four and Derby Days. In an effort to reach more members, some events were hosted outside of D.C., in both Maryland and Virginia. Focus Groups – In an effort to help us understand and better meet the needs of our entire membership, PMPI leadership conducted a focus group to gather feedback on our educational programs. These are remarkable accomplishments, and each chapter member should take great pride in part of that success. I am thankful for the opportunity and support that this membership has afforded me this past year. None of this would have been possible without the continued love and support of my husband during my term. I am especially grateful to the 2010-2011 Board of Directors for all of their support, efforts, passion and dedication to the Potomac Chapter. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Kumi Anzalone, CMP, CASE, Carlos Pelham, CMP, Lesly Connolly, Cornelia Horner, CMP, Tom Michalisko, CMP, Shonzia Thompson, CMP, Will Trokey, CMP, Michelle Marie Adams, CMP, Dot Hewitt, Rebecca Hunter, MTA, CMP, Tammy Moore Kockaya, CMP, Kerry Lambert, CMP, Jessica LaVay, David McKennon, CMP, Heather Turner, Matthew Wales, CMP, Jason Watkins, CMP and Chapter Association Manager, Melissa Benowitz, CMP, for an amazing year. Please bestow your incoming president, Kumi Anzalone, CMP, CASE, and the 2011-2012 Board of Directors, the same encouragement and cooperation you shared with me this past year. Please continue to make the most of your membership, stay connected and follow us on: PMPI POTOMAC MEMO MAY/JUNE 2011 VOL. 32, NO. 5 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Potomac Memo - May/June 2011

Potomac Memo - May/June 2011
Calendar of Events
President’s Message
Virtual Won’t Replace Face-to-Face Meetings
Risk Management
Become a ‘Searchinista’ in Four Steps
PMPI’s 2011-2012 Leadership
Preparing for WEC
Potomac Profiles
AIBTM Meets in Baltimore
New Members Spotlight
Community Outreach
Member Recognition
March Learning Experience
Index of Advertisers
Where in the PMPI World?

Potomac Memo - May/June 2011