May Educational Luncheon

May 12, 2015
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Anthony's at Currents Riverview Bistro / The Aetna Bldg
841 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL

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Tallahassee May Educational Luncheon

May 13, 2015
11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Hilton Garden Inn Tallahassee Central
1330 BlairStone Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32301

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Annual Awards Banquet

June 16, 2015
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

TPC Sawgrass: Clubhouse
110 Championship Way
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Join us to celebrate our successes, install our new board & for fabulous networking!

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Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant Jacksonville Beach Florida

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Mandie McKenzie, CMP

EDU-CON MPI North FloridaSpring has arrived along with new opportunities for you to take your education, networking and professional development to the next level!  On Monday, April 13, our annual education day, EDU-CON, is presenting suppliers with the chance to be in the Sweet Spot letting meeting professionals know the value their business provides and presenting everyone with high quality educational content and meeting trends and networking opportunities.  We cannot thank our EDU-CON venue sponsor, the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, enough for their tremendous support of MPI North Florida.

NAMID 15 MPI North FloridaIn February we included a press release in the newsletter from MPI about the first annual NAMID, North American Meetings Industry Day, April 16, 2015.  MPI North Florida is proud to be able to celebrate NAMID with our industry at EDU-CON.  We have invited members from NFHLA, NACE and HSMAI to join us at EDU-CON and our keynote speaker, MPI International Board Chair Kevin Kirby will also talk about the Meetings Mean Business coalition leading NAMID events in the US. Check out #NAMID15 on Twitter to learn about how others across North America are supporting NAMID.

MPI North Florida March Educational LuncheonLast month, at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel, our Director of Leadership Development, Edye Wright, kicked off our March Educational Luncheon with Committee Table Hosts.  Attendees had the chance to learn about MPI North Florida's various committees, share their interests and ask questions about what's involved in volunteering.  

If you have been considering joining an MPI North Florida committee, let me encourage to get involved as soon as possible.  Our board members have various roles on each of their committees that could use your time, talent & treasure, even if you have 1 hour per month.  Help support the educational programming, networking opportunities and professional development MPI North Florida presents to our industry and you will soon see your own professional development growing!  Contact me or another of our board members for more information about the volunteers opportunities available to you.  Photo courtesy of our annual photography sponsor, New Energy Productions, we thank owner Erica Benson for her generous support of MPI North Florida.

Josh Hoce, Misty Beasley, Susan Wiley, MPI North FloridaMPI North Florida's Nominations Committee has worked diligently over the past months accepting nominations for the 2015-2016 Board of Directors, reviewing applications and conducting interviews of the nominees.  We appreciate those of you that served on the committee for your dedication to taking MPI North Florida to the next level.  I am pleased to announce your 2015-2016 Board of Directors, who will begin in these roles July 1, 2015.  Save the date of Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse for the Member Awards & Board Installation.

2015 - 2016 Board of Directors
President: Kristin Thompson, CMM, CMP, The Meeting Pro
President-Elect: Susan Wiley, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
VP of Finance: Jaya Larkin, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau
VP of Membership: Kim Wygle, Proforma Northpoint
Director Strategic Partnerships: Josh Hoce, Visit Jacksonville
Director of Administration: Peggy O’Brien, SPHR, CMP, Independent Planner
Director of Leadership Development: Edye Wright, TPC Sawgrass 
VP Communications: Becky Lowry, CMP, Casa Marina Hotel
VP Education: Lisa Perry, CMP, Meeting Creations
Dir Spec Events: Misty Beasley, Renaissance Resort World Golf Village
Director of Northwest Florida: Tony Fabrizio, Creative Staging Services, Inc.
Immediate Past President: Mandie McKenzie, CMP, Friday Musicale

 Please join me in congratulating these individuals leading the meetings industry in North Florida!

Daymond John MPI SEC 2015Hopefully you have received and seen the e-mail and postcard from MPI SEC 2015 announcing keynote speaker Daymond John from ABC's Shark Tank.  MPI SEC presents top quality education, networking and professional development and you don't want to miss this year's conference at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, August 26-29, 2015.  MPI North Florida has a goal of having at least 50% of our members attend SEC 2015.  Outside of the Early Bird Registration Fee ending on April 26, there's also another incentive for you to get registered as soon as possible!  Check it out in the SEC section of the newsletter!

Let's take it to the next level,

Mandie McKenzie, CMP


MPI North Florida EDU-CONThe North Florida Chapter of Meeting Professionals International announces EDU-CON, coming April 13 at the Renaissance World Golf Village in St. Augustine. The 2015 EDU-CON offers interactive sessions led by subject matter experts giving attendees the tools to take meeting and events to the NEXT LEVEL.  This one-day event is your one stop to learn about new and exciting meeting trends, how to maximize your effectiveness in communications, create new, impactful business relationships and more. Open to industry professionals and vendors. For more information click here or contact Lisa Perry, CMP at 850-566-0021.

This program has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education.  

The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Pre-Check logo is not an endorsement by the Convention Industry Council of the quality of the session. This logo means that this session has met the criteria to be pre-approved for CMP certification credit.





Don’t miss out on your chance to cash in on a FREE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL!! The renewal will be awarded as a scholarship based on a point system derived from both financial need and active participation/achievements in the chapter. This scholarship will be paid to MPI Headquarters for a renewal membership in the North Florida Chapter. Please refer to the Scholarship Guidelines and submit the application by May 15, 2015 in order to be  considered!  The winner will be announced at the June Annual Gala. 

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