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This month, two of our local board members take their place in the national spotlight. MPI’s The Pulse
e-newsletter recently interviewed Mandy Begley, CMP
and Paulina Van Eeden Hill
, co-chairs of MPI THCC’s 2012 Texas Education Conference, regarding the innovative approach they used to plan TEC 2012 and the refreshing creativity that was apparent in every aspect of the event. Click here
to read the article, and save the date for the 2013 event, November 21-22 at Omni La Mansion del Rio in San Antonio!
Have you been looking for MPI-THCC Chapter Meetings? They’re easy to find on www.mpithcc.org/meetings
. Just look for the new name “Educational Sessions
” and grab those CEU’s!
Have you heard?
The 30th Annual MPI-THCC Banquet will be held at THE W HOTEL on Friday, May 31!
You will not want to miss this MAD MEN themed event. We are encouraging everyone to dress MAD MEN or 1960s style and have arranged for a 10 percent discount on rentals from Lucy in Disguise when you mention the “MPI Banquet” at checkout!
The official invitation hit your email boxes early this week and we hope to have a record attendance at the W! For now, mark your calendars for May 31. The silent auction will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., and dinner and the awards banquet will immediately follow at 7:30.
We have successfully negotiated a courtesy block of rooms (room rate $229) at the W
- Texas Education Conference (TEC): November 21-22, 2013 at the Omni La Mansion in San Antonio
- Southwest Showcase on January 23, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center
The 2013 MPI-THCC Silent Auction is coming up and we need your donation!
The 2013 MPI-THCC Silent Auction is coming up and we need your donation!
Participating as an auction donor in this event is a prime opportunity to showcase your product and services to key meeting professionals. It not only demonstrates your support for our chapter, but also for our industry. Proceeds directly benefit MPI-THCC members and the association, through industry scholarships, educational opportunities, professional speakers and much more. Your company will be recognized on this web site and in the Spotlight as well as the auction program and bid sheets.
The 2013 Silent Auction Committee asks you to consider a donation of a special item that represents you or your organization. Any worthwhile product or service will be gratefully accepted. Some of the most popular items auctioned in past years include:
- Weekend hotel stays with sporting tickets, spa packages or a restaurant gift certificates
- Speaker, tour, transportation or entertainment packages for meeting planners
- Themed baskets with wine, theater tickets, bath/beauty products and other specialty items, etc.
- Service Certificates – printing, photography, technical support, etc.
Please join the partnership and the fun by supporting this exceptional MPI Chapter!
Download the 2013 donation form here
.We already have some great auction items that have been donated by:
Around Austin, Inc.
Austin Convention Center Department
Austin Marriott North
Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau
Courtyard & Residence Inn Marriott Austin Downtown
Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Intercontinental Airport
Embassy Hotel Austin Central
Embassy Suites Austin Downtown
Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa & Conference Center San Marcos
Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Fredericksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hampton Inn Downtown Austin
Hilton Austin Airport
Hyatt Place North
Hyatt Regency Austin
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
La Quinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Convention Center
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Lowes Hollywood Hotel
Marriott Dallas/Plano at Legacy Town Center
Marriott Rivercenter/River Walk in San Antonio
Marriott Waterway in the Woodlands
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
Onion Creek Country Club
Perry's Steakhouse Austin Downtown
Plano Convention & Visitors Bureau
Port Royale - Port Aransas
Pure Barre Austin
Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin
Renaissance Austin Hotel
Rodney Strong Wine Estates
Round Rock Express
San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau
Shell Personal Styling + Closet Therapy
Sheraton Hotel Austin
SuperShuttle and ExecuCar of Austin
The Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport
The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center
Truluck's Seafood, Steak, & Crab House
Westin Galleria Dallas
Westin La Cantera Resort
Leadership Day set for July 19
The second annual Leadership Day, a full-day leadership program designed for meeting professionals, is scheduled for Friday, July 19. Special thanks to our Venue Sponsor, the Renaissance Austin Hotel, where the event will be held.
Leadership Day is a joint program presented by the Texas Hill Country Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI-THCC), and the Central Texas Chapter of the International Association for Events and Expositions (IAEE-CTC). Lunch speaker for this year’s event will be Richard Bowen, a former VP of Citigroup who tried repeatedly to warn executive management about risky business practices and potential losses related to mortgage lending. Bowen testified before Congress and his experiences were part of the 60 Minutes story, “Prosecuting Wall Street.” He will speak on Leadership and Ethics.
Also on tap for 2013 are Opening and Closing General Session presentations from topic experts, targeted concurrent sessions to enhance and reinforce the knowledge gained and the chance to network with industry leaders. Approximately 120 attendees are expected to attend this year’s event.
The first joint Leadership Day program was held last summer at the Bastrop Convention Center in Bastrop, Texas, and earned enthusiastic reviews from attendees. This day of learning and community will be a great opportunity to fine tune your leadership skills, map your career path, and learn from and enjoy fellowship with members of the top two industry organizations devoted to meeting & conference planning.
Online registration and additional information can be found at www.leadershipdaytx.com
Sponsorships for organizations that support the meetings industry are available. For information on sponsoring, contact Charles Gallatin, CAE, CEM at email@example.com
or Lynn Fisher, CMP at firstname.lastname@example.org
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A Thank You to Remember
Thanks for this contribution to our 30th year anniversary archives from our member Tricia Hall, CAE, CMP, who recently moved back into MPI THCC country, “This is a letter written by Chilton Roberts as MPI President for his outgoing banquet in 1996 at the Wildflower Center (when the Center was very new). We had a lovely outdoor banquet that evening and many awards were given out (Did I say many? It was “over the top” and typical Chilton! We miss you dear friend!). The board members each received a lovely gift, and inside the box was Chilton's letter. I think this letter captured the spirit of a very hard-working and dedicated board who, in the infancy of our chapter, accomplished so many wonderful things. There was an incredible team behind the huge scope of work--many, many of the team members who are still active today. I think it is a testament to how strong our chapter has been and how strong it continues to be. I love these memories and hope you do too.” . . . (link to Chilton Roberts letter.pdf)
Dallas Convention Center Renamed for Retired Senator
The Dallas City Council has voted to rename the Dallas Convention Center after retired U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center has 1,018,942 square feet of exhibit space and 88 meeting rooms. From Meetings and Conventions
Waco Meetings Market Place Scheduled for May 22
Annual Waco Meetings Marketplace will take place on Wednesday, May 22 from 10 AM – 2 PM in the Brazos Ballroom of the Waco Convention Center. This is a free tradeshow aimed at bringing together meeting and event planners with the vendors they need for a successful event. Anyone who plans a meeting is invited to attend including those who plan conferences, weddings, quinceañeras, workshops, or sporting events. For more information, contact Carla Pendergraft, CMP at 254-750-5806, e-mail at email@example.com, or visit wacocc.com/meetings-marketplace
Travelers spending less on hotel services, according to new PKF report
Hotel guests are paying higher prices for their rooms in the U.S. But hotel operators are having a tougher time convincing their guests to spend additional money for extra services and amenities, according to a new report from PKF Hospitality Research
LLC. Click here
ISES Austin Presents Event Alchemy – Bringing to Life the Creative Event
David Merrell is an award-winning designer and owner of A00 Events. By combining creative design with sales savvy, he has found great success in the special events industry. David Merrell has earned a reputation as designing some of the most innovative, cutting-edge events in the business. He has worked with clients such as ABC, NBC, Coca-Cola, Gatorade, Paramount and Sony pictures. Click here
to learn more and register.
Industry Needs Less Talk and More Action
By Jason Hensel April 22, 2013
The following is a guest blog entry originally published in MPI’s The Pulse written by MPI Chicago Area Chapter member Kyle Hillman, CMP, who recently participated in the U.S. Travel Association advocacy fly-in to Washington, D.C.
Since the bailout event backlash and the government meeting scandals that include the now legendary US$16 muffin, our industry has been scrambling to put together a cohesive advocacy message to mixed results. So it was with great interest that I found the most recent U.S. Travel Association advocacy fly-in to Washington, D.C., April 10-11.
I am probably not like most MPI member planners in that half of my job consists of legislative tracking and organizing advocacy/educational event efforts for the social work association I work for. I see first-hand every day the power of a vocal and active membership, and it is likely why our industry’s timid approach to advocacy irks me so much. Click here
Red Coat Direct
Marriott International unveiled an app that allows meeting organizers to request onsite services at Marriott-branded properties, according to the hotel company. "Available for all Internet-enabled devices including iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Kindle Fire and laptops," Red Coat Direct "is personalized to each organizer's specific meeting," according to Marriott. Requests submitted through the app are routed to the appropriate event manager "and the department that can fulfill the request." Users can submit requests within three days of a meeting and throughout the event. Red Coat Direct currently is applicable for events at 10 U.S. Marriott-branded hotels. By the end of 2014, it will be expanded to "the brand's entire global portfolio of 500 hotels," and made available in 19 languages, according to the company. From Business Travel News
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown is proud to announce two new sales managers to their team. Yvette Eddleton will be handling the corporate and business travel markets, and Shelly Staff will be handling SMERF.
Zachry Hospitality has made two announcements of new personnel. Tonya Settles is the new Director of Human Resources for Hilton Palacio del Rio hotel and Staybridge Suites Downtown Convention Center in San Antonio and Jennifer Navarro is the new General Manager of Staybridge Suites Downtown Convention Center hotel.
Emily Mathews, CMP
is now the part-time, Austin-based convention sales manager for the McAllen CVB! Emily can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 512/217.6650. Congratulations, Emily!
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
MPITHCC PO Box 49135 Austin, TX 78765-9154