VA Voice - April 3, 2017 Print


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Join us on April 6th for MPI Virginia's Global Industry Day event!

What is #GMID? Check out this recap from 2016's GMID!


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Community Service


MPI Virginia’s April Community Service Partner is Avalon Center. Please help us support this great organization by bringing an item from the list below with you to our Global Meetings Industry Day event. If you are unable to attend, you can still send an item with a friend who will be in attendance!

Avalon is the regional state-recognized, funded and accredited agency for domestic violence and sexual assault, including rape and human trafficking. We serve some 600 people a year in Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Poquoson, New Kent, West Point and Charles City.

Common in-kind items of need:

·         Toilet paper
·         Paper towels
·         Deodorant
·         Over the counter allergy/cold medicine
·         Flip flops or temporary slip-on shoes for intake need sizes 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
·         Air mattresses
·         Garbage bags (both “tall kitchen” and 30 gallon black bags)
·         Ziploc bags of all sizes
·         Cleaning supplies
·         Bleach
·         NEW unworn clothing
·         NEW unused full and twin-size sheets and blankets
·         NEW unused pillows
·         Feminine products
·         Full-sized shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
·         Ethnic hair care products

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Calendar of Events

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

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg - Williamsburg, VA

MPI Virginia June Event - MPI After 5
June 1, 2016 | 5:00pm
Hilton Norfolk at the Main - Norfolk, VA

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

MPI Virginia CMP July 2017 Bootcamp
July 17 - 18, 2017
Virginia Tech Richmond Center - Richmond, VA

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

CMP Conclave
November 13 - 15, 2017
MGM National Harbor - National Harbor

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Name: Rosie Bugarin

Organization: Organization Management Group and Meeting Strategies Int’l

Title: Senior Vice President of Conferences & Conventions                               

Best thing about job: There are two best things: No two days are alike so that each day provides me (as well as forces me) with an opportunity to use different skills; and the daily privilege of working with a talented and inspiring team of co-workers.

Volunteer positions: MPI-VA Nominating Committee; Previously served as Director of Fundraising, Vice President of Finance, Co-chair for VAMPI 2012 Annual Conference.                  

Event horror story: Our company contracted with a new client who told us their National Convention was over one month out and they wanted us to attend it just to observe. As soon as we started transitioning in the new client, we (and their leadership) were alarmingly surprised at how little planning was completed. The interim management company announced last-minute that they would not manage the event.  So, although we were not contracted to manage the upcoming convention, we pulled a team of as many staff as we could spare, with numerous sleepless nights to plan a full-blown national convention & expo at a sight-unseen hotel in another state in less than six weeks.  The convention went off well and we still manage this association after that trial-by-fire convention 13 years ago.        

Hobbies: Traveling, reading, new dining experiences and just enjoying time with my husband.

Husband/Wife/Kids/Pets:Husband and best friend, Danny   

Pet Peeve: Greed




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