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Registration Is Open for Our October Networking Event!

Join us for our October FUNdraising event at Uptown Alley Richmond! You asked for more fun networking events and we listened. Enjoy a night of fun and networking with your fellow top industry professionals while we raise money in support of our mission to be the pivotal force in providing meeting planners and suppliers superior educational, networking, and leadership development opportunities in Virginia. Invite your industry friends & supplier partners! 

Learn More & Register Today

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Upcoming Events

MPI Virginia September Education - How to improve the Planner and Supplier Relationship in Today's Tech Driven World
September 21, 2017
Quirk Hotel - Richmond, VA

Charlottesville Breakfast Forum
October 5, 2017
Grace States Winery - Crozet, VA

VSAE Educational Symposium & Expo
October 5, 2017
Greater Richmond Convention Center - Richmond, VA
*Use code MPI25 for $25 off registration!

MPI Virginia Networking Fundraising Event
October 19, 2017
Uptown Alley - Midlotian, 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

MPI Virginia Annual Holiday Luncheon and Basket Raffle
December 7, 2017
Renaissance Portsmouth Waterfront Hotel - Portsmouth, VA

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Name: Jennifer L. Root
Title:  Owner/Lead Planner       
Organization:  Team Events and Meetings                          

Best thing about job:  Doing what I love and doing it pretty well. Having happy stakeholders with the end results. 

Event horror story:   My mother had a heart attack and I was visiting her in the hospital when I received a call from the hotel where I was holding a 300-attendee event that started in three days. They called to tell me that another group had just bought out the entire hotel and they were cancelling our event. I had to scramble to move the entire event to another hotel and notify all stakeholders with incredibly short notice. I managed to secure a better hotel that offered me the same terms, and only had one unhappy attendee about the move. To this day I insist on a dual cancellation clause or I won’t sign a contract.

Hobbies:  Who has time with kids? For now, I’m a lacrosse, band, flag football, swim team, Boy Scout and gymnastics chauffer, cheerleader and supporter. One day I’d like to get back to golf and swing dancing.

Family:   Nathan – greatest husband and road warrior extraordinaire, Veronica – my karma coming back to me - Freshman in HS,  Alex – First Year in Middle School, Two dogs, two cats, three salt water fish and the occasional SPCA fosters

Personal Pet Peeve:  Shoes left in the middle of the floor

Professional Pet Peeve:  Misspelling “accommodations”     

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MPI Moment

MPI Virginia is proud to announce our sponsorship of the Howard Feiertag Lifetime Contribution Gala! Please join us in representing MPI Virginia at this momentous event! 

The Pamplin College of Business Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management requests the honor of your presence for a Gala Honoring Howard Feiertag’s Lifetime Contribution to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.

Join nearly 400 hospitality industry leaders, as well as Virginia Tech Hospitality and Tourism Management alumni, students, and faculty for a gala honoring the lifetime contributions of Howard Feiertag to the hospitality industry.












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