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Planners are winners!
By Charles Waddell CMP, CHSP

MPI Virginia Board of Directors has an exciting new opportunity for all MPI Virginia Member Meeting Planners. If you attended the January meeting, hosted by the Omni Richmond, you heard in advance that we have an exciting promotion for you. Every meeting planner who attended the January 5th meeting was automatically entered in a drawing to win complimentary registration to the MPI World Education Conference in Las Vegas June 2017! Now the value of registration is $799, your Board felt like we should make it a little more exciting and included a travel voucher worth $250, that’s over $1,000 in prizes available just by attending our meetings!

If you missed January, you may feel like you missed out. Well don’t despair, there is still time for you and your Planner friends to enter into this amazing opportunity for world class education, comradery and of course travel to Sin City. All you have to do to secure your entry is register and attend the monthly meetings between now and April. Every time a planner registers and attends a monthly meeting you will be entered into the grand prize drawing.

Anticipating that you might be hungry for this opportunity we decided to make it a little more enticing. For every non-member Meeting Planner, you bring as a guest you will receive an additional entry into the drawing. Our winner will be announced in early May via the VOICE, and of course contacted directly, so you have time to make travel arrangements. This amazing opportunity affords you the chance to see and hear from world leaders in our industry, gain valuable CE units and of course visit fabulous Las Vegas! This prize is only open to our Planner Members to enable more of you to attend, benefit and become more engaged in our MPI Virginia community. 

If you want to know more, please email me or reach out to any MPI Board Member. But really all you need to do is register for our events and attend between now & April 2017. Speaking of registering, our next event is something very different and fun, paint night at Dave & Busters in Richmond. Have you registered? Click here for more information!

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Upcoming Events

MPI Virginia Paint & Game Night
February 2, 2017 | 5:30pm
Dave & Busters - Glen Allen, VA

MPI Virginia March Monthly Education Meeting
Event Security: It Takes a Village
March 2, 2017 | 11:00am

Capital Ale House - Downtown Music Hall - Richmond, VA

MPI Virginia April Monthly Education Meeting
Conference Refugees: Why the Hallway is More Appealing than the Ballroom
April 6, 2017 | 11:00am

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg - Williamsburg, VA

MPI World Education Congress - WEC 2017
June 19 - 22, 2017
MGM Grand - Las Vegas, NV

MPI Virginia Annual Education Conference & Awards Dinner
August 16 - 18, 2017
Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront - Virginia Beach, VA

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Membership

MPI – VA Chapter Member Profile - Diane McKinnon

Name:
Diane McKinnon
Title: Director, Corporate Meetings & Events
Organization: CI Azumano Travel – Headquarter Offices in Virginia Beach, VA., with a Portland, Oregon West Coast office            

Best thing about job: Beginning with a concept and objective and creating a successful client event

Volunteer positions: Annual “Walk MS – Stronger together Campaign”; MPI-VA Chapter Community Service Committee; MPI-VA Education Committee; Fight Like a Girl Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

Event horror story: I’m just going to say “If the client never knows, then it never happened!” 

Hobbies: Travel (of course!), SEC College Football, Reading, Dining Out on Fresh Seafood – New Orleans, Mobile, Biloxi (Deep South is in my blood!)

Husband/Wife/Kids/Pets: Jim, Spouse; Three Girls - Tiffany, Kate, Maddie – Pets; any turtle, fox, rabbit or bird that honors us by visiting our wooded back yard       

Pet Peeve: Grammar snafus…..their/there/they’re – your/you’re, etc.  

 
Atlantis Bahamas with Jim and our friend Jamal, Conference Services Manager – Atlantis Paradise Island 

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