The banquet is over, the awards have been awarded, the gavel’s fallen on the auction items, and the sponsors have been thanked, and now…It’s time to get familiar with your new 2012-2013 Board of Directors!
This organizational chart
and list of directors
are “musts” for your office bulletin board. When you know who’s in charge of what, you’re on the road to getting involved…and the chapter needs you! Also see the latest chapter annual report
for an interesting snapshot of the 2011-2012 year.
With Father's Day around the corner and the new board installation right behind us, this week the Spotlight shines on Layton Rasco, a new board member and proud Papa.
How long have you been a member of MPI?
Almost 4 years. I should always remember that because it is the same as my wedding anniversary. What committee’s have you served on?
Although I have officially only served on the Registration Committee, I feel a part of the Spotlight and Communication Committees through my work on the newsletter and the website. What board position are you taking on this year?
I will be coming on to the board as Director of Finance and Investments. Luckily, Sherry Palmer has done a great job in her term and will still be around as VP of Finance to show me the ropes.
What do you do? What do you love about your job?
I am Chief Operations Officer for Attendee Management Inc. In a small company, this means that I do a little bit of everything but with a focus on how we can use new technology to provide better service to our clients. The best thing about my job is that it is a family company, so I get to work with my dad, sister, and a couple of aunts every day. Officially, we have more people on our team named something other than Rasco, but they all feel like family. With Father’s Day coming up, we want to know what was your "A-ha! I'm a dad" moment?
The first time I held my daughter. Yes, it's a pretty obvious answer, but 30 seconds before that, I wasn't a dad. Then, A-ha! What is the most important lesson you want to teach your kids?
"Father knows best" The sooner she learns to follow my every command without question, the better life will be. But since that will never happen, I'll say to always find the fun in life. If you want to ride on the back of the shopping cart down the hill in the parking lot to the car, do it. However, after a certain age, it is inappropriate to scream "WEEEEE!!". What's the hardest part about being a dad?
I've only been a dad for 18 months, and so far it has been pretty easy. I'm lucky to have the happiest, smartest and cutest daughter ever. If I had to pick something, it would be trying not to get frustrated when I want her to sleep but she has other ideas. Tell us the most important thing you have learned from your kids.
Patience and flexibility. You can try to have a plan or a schedule, but the more important it is to you to follow that plan, it is inversely that much less important to a kid. Do you find yourself talking to your daughter and thinking, “I sound just like my dad?”
All the time. I think is it unavoidable to emulate your role models, but most people in the chapter would agree that my dad, Jeff Rasco, is a pretty good person to sound like.
Want to be featured? Don’t be shy, contact Mandy Begley, CMP or Emily Mathews, CMP.
2012 MPI THCC Annual Awards Banquet Recap!
On June 1, more than one hundred MPI-THCC members and their guests traveled "Back to the Future" in style …radical 80's style, that is! Attendees were “Pretty in Pink” and “Footloose” in their best 80’s fashions. Through the magic of the RK Group and Freeman, the Historic Sunset Station in San Antonio was transformed into an amazingly over-the-top, neon-filled tribute to all things 80's. From Pac-Man to pop stars; from MTV to Madonna; from DeLoreans to divas…the banquet had it all and certainly paid tribute to one of our most… colorful decades ever.
A gnarly silent auction and tubular food and drink added to the excitement of the evening. The festivities culminated with the swearing in of our 2012-2013 Board of Directors
(we’ll skip the “Goonies”
joke here!). Here’s hoping that their upcoming year is “Some Kind of Wonderful.”
Congratulations to all the totally awesome nominees and award winners! Everyone who was nominated is truly a “Top Gun!” Your 2012 Award Winners
(a separate list is available here
)Planner of the Year:
Julie Courtney, CMP
Supplier of the Year:
Jeff Rasco, CMP
Mandy Begley, CMP
Elias Aguirre, CMP
Silver Platter Venue Award:
Four Seasons Austin
Committee of the Year:
Austin Community Outreach Committee
Committee Chairs of the Year
: Mandy Begley, CMP and Emily Mathews, CMP (Spotlight
Cherry Kay Abel and Nancy Reeves, CMP
A huge “thank you” to the banquet committee, the silent auction committee, the sponsors, and all our members who made this year’s banquet a massive success. And, of course, a special thank you to our resident “Real Genius” Joe Bedsole, CTA, for his devotion and commitment to the chapter this year. Thank you, Joe! We hope you will remain active with our chapter for many strange decades to come!
Hail to the Sponsors!
Gratitude beyond words to the following suppliers and members who donated generously to the 2012 silent auction. This year’s auction and raffle ticket sales generated over $8,100 for chapter CE programs and scholarships. We sincerely beyond grateful for this display of support, unity and friendship.
Adentro Designs - Austin
Artist Studio 12
AT&T Conference Center - Austin
Austin Convention Center
Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau
Austin Marriott North
Austin Marriott South
Boudro’s Texas Bistro on the Riverwalk - San Antonio
Bryan/College Station CVB
Caesars Entertainment Properties - Las Vegas
Corpus Christi CVB
Crowne Plaza Austin
Crowne Plaza Dallas
Crowne Plaza Houston Northwest
Doubletree Guest Suites - Austin
Doubletree by Hilton - Dallas Campbell Centre
Embassy Suites Downtown - Austin
Embassy Suites Austin Central
Embassy Suites - Las Vegas
Escalante Xscape Spa - Austin
Bill and Debbie Farnum
Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Gruene Mansion Inn - New Braunfels
John Harris, CMA /Falconhead Golf Course
Hilton Anatole - Dallas
Hilton Austin Airport
Hilton Fort Worth
Hilton NASA Clear Lake
Hilton Palacio Del Rio - San Antonio
Hilton Post Oak - Houston
Hilton Downtown Portland - Oregon
Hilton Houston Westchase
Holiday Inn Arlington
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
Holiday Inn Northwest/SeaWorld - San Antonio
Holiday Inn Town Lake
|Hotel Allandale - Austin|
Hyatt Place Dallas/Arlington
Hyatt Regency Austin
Hyatt Lost Pines - Bastrop
Inn of the Hills - Kerrville
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel
Marriott Courtyard & Residence Inn Downtown - Austin
Marriott Courtyard - Houston Medical Center
Marriott Courtyard - Houston Westchase
Marriott Dallas/Plano at Legacy Town Center
Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle - Dallas/Fort Worth
Marriott Rivercenter/Riverwalk - San Antonio
Marriott Solana - Dallas/ Ft. Worth
Omni Bayfront Hotel - Corpus Christi
Omni Downtown Austin
Omni Southpark - Austin
Port Royal - Port Aransas
Radisson Hotel and Suites Town Lake - Austin
Renaissance Austin Hotel
River Oaks Country Club - Houston
St. Regis Hotel - Houston
San Antonio CVB
Sheraton Austin at the Capital
Sheraton Dallas - Galleria
Sheraton Gunter Hotel - San Antonio
Six Flags Over Texas/Hurricane Harbor - Arlington
Southfork Hotel/Southfork Ranch
South Padre Island CVB
Staybridge Suites - Sunset Station
SuperShuttle and ExecuCar of Austin
Texas State Aquarium (Trulucks)
Trace Restaurant (W Hotel) - Austin
Westin at the Domain - Austin
Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa - South Carolina
Westin La Cantera Resort Westin Riverwalk - San Antonio
The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center
Hilton Hotel Austin Airport
Hilton Hotel Anaheim
Congratulations to Casey Cotton (Marriott and Renaissance Hotels of Texas) on winning the raffle grand prize!
A special shout-out to Monique Romero-Green with SuperShuttle and ExecuCar of Austin for donating her own time, a van and a driver to pick up auction donations around Austin prior to the event. You are the reflection of a true team player.
It would be crazy to not recognize the silent auction team who spent hours recruiting, organizing and implementing this very successful event. None of this would have been possible without the efforts of the following:
Liz Austin, Chair
Andrea Davis, CMP
Penny Dikeman, CMP
Karen Fogle, CMP, CTA
Ellen Forsythe, CMP
Brenda Hoffman, CMP
Ed Howard, CMP
Shirley LaVergne, CMP
Denise Steusloff, CMP
InTouch Recruitment Project Update:
Thank you to everyone who participated in the InTouch Recruitment Project. We had 23 members assist in recruiting 28 new members! Congrats to our grand prize winner, Eva Leos. Enjoy your trip to Las Vegas!
For industry events, details and information, visit our online calendar.
The next Noontime Network in Austin
will be on Thursday, August 2nd
and hosted at Coal Vines located at 314 West 2nd
Street. Watch your inbox for your Cvent invitation for this lunch event.
We want to hear from you! In an effort to offer the very best for your membership, the NTN committee is curious about what we could do to make the Noontime Networks more advantageous for our members. We know schedules are busy and it is hard to make all the events our chapter has to offer, but we’d love to hear what ideas you have to enhance NTN events. Email Michele.Freeman@tasb.org
IAEE and MPI-THCC will joinforces
to present the 2012 Leadership Day Conference on July 13, 2012. This day of learning and community will be a great opportunity to fine tune your leadership skills, map your career path, earn CEU's, and enjoy networking with industry leaders. Stay tuned for Cvent registration details!
Friday, July 13, 2012
9 am to 5pm
Located at and sponsored by the Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center
Want to contribute to the success of this event? We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:
- “Day of” logistics
- Promoting registration
Southwest ShowcaseJanuary 24, 2013
We’re looking for the best and brightest ideas and presentations for the 2013 Southwest Showcase to help attendees succeed in their careers and advance their organizations. We want presentations that engage and challenge seasoned professionals.
The 2013 Call for Presentations
Congratulations to the members of the fall study group who are now Certified Meeting Professionals (chapter members are bold). We applaud them mightily for their commitment to excellence in the industry, and to their dedication to their professional development. Cheers!
- Erika Brulé, CMP
- John Harris, CMP
- Nicole Kovacs, CMP
- Shirley LaVergne, CMP
- Tiffany Mendenhall, CMP
- Celina Mendieta, CMP
- Nestor Nuñez, CMP
- Donicio Rubalcava, CMP
- Kate Strause, CMP
The Education Committee is looking for “Table Hosts” for future educational programs. The goal is for table hosts to engage members at each banquet round by starting introductions and giving chapter updates. If you are willing to step up, contact Irma Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Austin CMP Study Group is desperately
in need of venue sponsors for the study group meetings from July through mid-October. We’re sure there are hotels or other locations that would love to host a meeting and just haven’t let us know! Current available dates are:
- Monday, July 16
- Monday, July 23
- Monday, July 30
- Monday, August 6
- Monday, August 13
- Monday, August 20
- Monday, September 17
- Monday, September 24
- Monday, October 1
- Monday, October 8
Please view the CMP Study Group RFP
and respond to Lisa Gallo
MPI THCC Spotlight News
A personal thank you goes out to Emily Mathews and Mandy Begley, our two 2011-2012 Spotlight Committee Chairs for their hard work this year. Publishing this newsletter twice each month is a huge undertaking – their work to publish relevant, timely, new, and fun information is greatly appreciated! Congratulations on your award as Committee Chairs of the Year- so deserved! Emily, your wit and humor will be greatly missed on this committee, we hope you return as a guest contributor when time permits!
As a committee, we’ve decided to make a slight change to the newsletter. The Spotlight will be published once a month beginning in July. We hope to be able to provide more and even better articles in these Spotlights and hope you enjoy more impactful, less frequent email. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to reach out to Paulina van Eeden Hill, email@example.com
When John was promoted to his first management job, his boss gave him a book about twelve traits a leader must have. His father gave him a different book about the characteristics of great leaders. His sister sent him an article about the new leadership. And his brother-in-law sent him a different article on the same subject, but with different advice.
Houston’s iconic Astrodome may face the wrecking ball. It was once the envy of other cities, a fully air-conditioned facility with a translucent roof that kept out the heat and humidity, gave synthetic grass its name, made Houston a sports entertainment destination and sparked the imaginations of baseball lovers, concert-goers and some of the country's most creative minds. Read about it here
The Westin Memorial City
in Houston celebrated its first year of operation in March and has already received the following accolades: Convention South Annual Reader’s Choice Award for Top New Hotel in the South (1 of 23 hotels) and a AAA 4- Diamond Rating.
One of the great features of the THCC website is the Job Line
. Are you looking for a new position? Be sure to visit the Job Line often... jobs are posted frequently and the list is ever-changing. If your perfect next job isn't currently posted, you can even post your resume and get your name before potential employers! Are you looking to hire someone? Then use the Job Line to advertise your open position. Take advantage of this great feature and take your career to the next level!
Like it or not (and who does?), hurricane season
is beginning. Here are a few useful links:
TxDOT will continue to use Twitter feeds
to deliver storm preparedness, road condition and evacuation information to social media users. Follow these for up-to-the-minute transportation news and local traffic information.
Storm-related Twitter hashtags
will be provided for an easy way to find important hurricane information. A new feed, @TxDOTalert
, is also available exclusively for emergency-related information. If you believe you will not be evacuating during a hurricane, please prepare a survival kit
Want flying to be less of a hassle? (yeah, right!). Check this
Try the free SecureSafe app for the iPad and iPhone (and probably other devices). It’s…safe. And…secure. It holds all of your user names and passwords alphabetically (example: Chase Bank) and no more having to retrieve and reset passwords. All. The. Time. 503 out of 594 gave it five stars, and the rest were mainly four stars. That’s pretty good!
You (possibly) heard it here first: Our beloved Mandy Begley, CMP and her husband Jim are expecting their first baby on December 5, 2012. Congratulations to you both!
Congratulations as well to Susan Greenberg, CMP, CASE. Her appointment to MPI International’s Chapter Advisory Council has been extended another year! Straight from Dallas HQ: “You have been a tremendous asset to this council, and I sincerely look forward to the coming year. Thank you for your continued loyalty to MPI and to the MPI Texas Hill Country Chapter.” No surprise there…way to go, Susan!
Immediate Past President Joe Bedsole, CTA has now earned his CTA certification. He is now an official certified tourism ambassador for the Arlington/DFW area. Love those three little letters, Joe!
Have dirt you want to share? Whether it’s a job change or you adopted another cat, let us know what’s new. Mandy Begley, CMP at Mandy.Begley@tasb.org or Emily Mathews, CMP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have breaking news? MPI-THCC is eager to spread all the good news about our members and our industry. We want to hear from you! Send your news to email@example.com.
If you’d like to send a press release, there is an easy form available on the web
Reach out! If you are interested in advertising in the Spotlight or on the MPI-THCC web site, click here
for information or call Jeff Rasco
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MPITHCC PO Box 49135 Austin, TX 78765-9154