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Featured News

Announcing the Events Industry Council!

Last week the Convention Industy Council announced a new name and a new look - the Events Industry Council. There is also a new look for Certified Meeting Professionals (CMPs).

"To be truly representative of our industry, it became apparent a name change was needed to better reflect the direction of the industry and the organizations we represent. ‘Events’ consistently came to the forefront as the most universal, progressive, and preferred descriptor." said the Events Instustry Council.

Click here to learn more about the change

Thinking about taking the August 2017 CMP Exam?

Are you looking for a study group? If you are interested in participating in a CMP study group this summer, please contact Ariel Cole at for more information.

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President's Report

MPI Virginia,

On Friday you should have recieved the Call for Awards Nominations via email. Every year so many individuals generously give of their time and expertise to make MPI Virginia Chapter a vibrant and successful organization, providing relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges for us as members.  Your nominations of your peers are so important in keeping that momentum going!  Pleasetake a moment to help us recognize them by sending your nominations today!

Jeff Schmid, President, MPI Virginia



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Community Service

June Community Service Project:  Union Mission Ministries

In 2017, The Union Mission Ministries, celebrates 125 years of serving the poor and homeless in the Hampton Roads community as the largest provider of homeless services in our region. Once physical needs are met, job and life skills training is offered to help people better care for themselves and their families. The Union Mission does not receive any state or federal funding but relies solely on the generosity of the community.

Please bring an item for the Union Mission Ministries wish list with you to our June Board Induction, Education Program & Social! Wish List Items

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Upcoming Events

MPI Virginia June Event - Board Induction, Educational Program & Social
June 1, 2017 | 3:30pm
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

MPI Virginia CMP November 2017 Bootcamp
November 20 - 21, 2017
Virginia Tech Richmond Center - Richmond, VA

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

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MPI – VA Chapter Member Profile -  Michele Moker 

Name: Michele Moker
Title: Senior Sales Manager   
Organization: Omni Richmond Hotel

Best thing about job: The opportunity to meet new and interesting people every day and assist them in achieving their vision of success.

Volunteer positions: Co-Chair of Missions Committee at church; VSAE Past Positions: Board Member and Chair of Community Services Committee; MPI Potomac Chapter Publications Committee; Currently VSAE New Member Mentor; and active in Community Service               

Event horror story: Any snow storm that causes the Governor to call a state of emergency during General Assembly

Hobbies: Yoga, weight lifting with my son, reading, walks on the beach whenever possible

Husband/Wife/Kids/Pets: Husband: Mark (married 20 years this month)/Daughter: Chloe (turns 18 this month)/Son: Blain (16)/Dog: Jewels/Cat: Whiskers

Pet Peeve: Untruths

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