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(April 22, 2002) - As part of its progressive approach to enhancing industry
research and development, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has
moved administration of the research and development phases of MPI's Women's
Leadership and Multicultural Initiatives under the management of the MPI
MPI Foundation oversight, the Women's Leadership Initiative will continue to
recognize, uphold and further contributions of the professional women who
represent more than 75 percent of MPI's membership. The Multicultural
Initiative program will address the needs of and provide leadership
opportunities for underrepresented groups in the meeting industry.
the meeting industry's leading research foundation dedicated to professional
development and education, the MPI Foundation has supported these
initiatives with $225,000 of funding and now will oversee them through 2003.
Joining the Foundation as a financial sponsor for the Women's Leadership
Initiative is Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
for the Multicultural Initiative.
the Women's Leadership and Multicultural initiatives under the direction of
the Foundation will broaden the scope of MPI's industry research and
education," said Edwin L. Griffin, CAE, president and CEO of MPI.
"The integration of these two key initiatives will serve the
Foundation's core mission of being on the cutting-edge of industry
Calnan, former senior manager of education for MPI's professional
development division, has been named managing director of the Women's
Leadership Initiative. She will be responsible for overall management,
implementation and evaluation of the initiative's educational programs and
brings more than 12 years of corporate and nonprofit adult-learning
development, marketing and strategic communication experience to the
position. In her former position with MPI, Calnan created and implemented
senior-level programs for meeting industry executives, including the
industry's premiere professional designation, the Certification in Meeting
Management (CMM), and was a key player in the development of educational
curriculum for MPI's Professional Education Conferences and World Education
is my pleasure to announce MJ's appointment to this position," said
David DuBois, CMP, CAE, executive vice president of the MPI Foundation.
"She is an excellent resource for our initiative because of the years
of leadership development and adult-learning experience she brings to the
position. MJ will be a vital asset as MPI enhances its efforts with
additional research, programs and services that will support the expansion
of the current Women's Leadership Initiative."
– March 14, 2002) – Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the
global authority and resource for the meeting industry, has granted Howard
Feiertag, CMP, CHSE, CHA, an honorary lifetime membership. As a charter MPI
member since the association’s inception in 1972, Feiertag is recognized
for his outstanding service to MPI and the meeting industry.
International Board of Directors approved the lifetime membership citing
Feiertag’s dedication to advancing education and professionalism within
the meeting industry through his work as a faculty member of the MPI
Institute, a role in which he has served for more than 15 years. He also
participated in an educational outreach program with MPI President/CEO Ed
Griffin, Jr., CAE, and MPI Legal Counsel Jonathan T. Howe, Esq., in Tokyo
that resulted in the formation of the MPI Japan Chapter. In recognition of
the education and training he has provided the industry, Feiertag also was
honored with MPI’s President’s Award.
been a dues-paying, card-carrying member of MPI since 1972 when it began
with only 50 members,” Feiertag said. “Since then, the growth has been
tremendous. MPI has come to embrace a worldwide membership and has become
the preeminent educational resource for the meeting industry. I’m very
proud to continue to be a part of that legacy.”
has reached an unprecedented milestone, and MPI is pleased to recognize his
dedication to and leadership in the association and industry,” said
Griffin. “For more than 30 years, he has worked tirelessly to elevate the
educational and professional development opportunities available to meeting
professionals and has become a role model to many. As MPI commemorates its
30th anniversary, we look to the leadership of Howard and others like him,
to guide us toward another 30 years of achievement and success.”
is a hospitality industry veteran with more than 30 years experience in
convention bureau management, hotel operations, food and beverage, sales and
marketing, catering, management development, meetings and conventions, and
travel and tourism. Currently, he serves as a faculty member at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., in the
Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. In addition, he has
conducted educational training programs for the Educational Institute of the
American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and Hospitality Services of
America. He also is co-author of “Lessons From the Field—A Common Sense
Approach to Effective Hotel Sales,” pens a monthly column for Corporate
& Incentive Travel magazine and is a group and meetings editor for
several trade publications.
has received wide-spread praise from other industry associations, including
the 2001 Arthur Landstreet Award from the Educational Institute of the AHLA;
induction into the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) Hall of Leaders in
1999 for his leadership and contributions to the meeting and convention
industry; and in 1998, he was voted Educator of the Year by the Professional
Convention Management Association (PCMA).
- Jan. 29, 2002 - Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the global
authority and resource for the meeting industry, honored the MPI
Pittsburgh and Dallas/Fort Worth Chapters as the association's
Chapters of the Year during the Chapter Management Forum of MPI's
Professional Education Conference-North America (PEC-North America) in
Pittsburgh Chapter received a total of 441 out of a possible 500 points with
its highest ratings given in the areas of education, communication and
special projects. The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter was lauded for its
outstanding communication program, and both chapters were each cited for
achieving the highest member retention rates in their respective categories.
In addition, the MPI International Awards committee commended both on
significant accomplishments in the areas of chapter administration and
also awarded three Awards of Excellence, which honored chapters
demonstrating qualities in the areas of membership growth and retention;
communications/marketing and public relations; and special projects.
MPI Tennessee Chapter won unanimously in the category of membership growth
and retention with a 73.96 percent growth rate for 2001. The chapter
exceeded its membership goals for the year and was given the maximum
allotted points in the areas of recruitment and involvement of new members,
retention efforts and member recognition.
chapter was also honored with an Award of Excellence in the category of
Communications/Marketing and Public Relations for its use of Web-based
communications and chapter newsletter. The MPI British Columbia Chapter
received the Award of Excellence in the special projects category.
commends each award winner for having elevated the meeting industry by
raising the standards of professional excellence," said Edwin L.
Griffin Jr., CAE, president/CEO of MPI. "These honorees serve to
advance MPI's mission of empowering members with the skills and resources to
succeed in the meeting industry by providing innovative educational
programs, networking opportunities and mentoring at the local level.
The annual MPI Chapters of the Year and Awards of Excellence allow all MPI chapters the opportunity to be acknowledged by their peers for their exceptional achievements. This year, 35 submissions were received for the competitions. Materials outlining chapter activities between July 1, 2000 and June 30, 2001 were eligible for the awards, and the MPI International Awards Committee conducted the judging, with final confirmation given by the MPI Executive Committee.
- Jan. 29, 2002 - Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the global
authority and resource for the meeting industry, today confirmed Omni Hotels
as the new partner for its annual Global Paragon Awards program. MPI's
Global Paragon Awards recognize innovative best practices from the
industry's most exceptional and distinctive meetings and the people who
is thrilled to partner with Omni Hotels in recognizing the best the meeting
industry has to offer through the Global Paragon Awards," said Edwin L.
Griffin, Jr., CAE, president/CEO of MPI. "Known as the 'best meeting in
the world,' two awards are given annually for an event that spends more than
$1,000 per attendee and an event that spends less than $1,000 per attendee.
The winners are global role models, and this partnership will allow MPI to
continue to showcase strategic events that provide a positive return on
investment and enhance the value of the meeting industry."
a leader in the hospitality industry, Omni Hotels has been at the forefront
of providing dedicated services and support to assist meeting professionals
with a variety of strategic events. Through its support of the Global
Paragon Awards, Omni Hotels is committed to allowing meeting professionals
the continued opportunity to learn and share best practices that will
enhance their professional value.
Omni Hotels, we are dedicated to helping meeting planners develop and
execute innovative, results-oriented events, which is why we have partnered
with the world's largest association for meeting professionals to recognize
superior achievement in meeting planning," said Jim Caldwell, president
of Omni Hotels.
currently are being accepted for the 2002 Global Paragon Awards. Submissions
must be for meetings and events held between July 1, 2000 and June 30, 2001.
Entries may be submitted for the following:
will be announced during the Opening General Session of MPI's World
Education Congress, July 21-23, 2002 in Toronto. For more information about
the Global Paragon Awards, visit www.paragon.mpiweb.org
Hotels, based near Dallas in Irving, Texas, offers luxury accommodations at
40 hotels and resorts located throughout the United States, Canada and
Mexico. Each property in the Omni Hotels portfolio provides guests with
exceptional four-diamond hospitality, personalized service and exquisite
decor, creating a distinctive experience at each location. Omni Hotels
offers unsurpassed meeting facilities and a wide range of guest services and
amenities, including wine tasting, gourmet dining, state-of-the-art fitness
facilities, tours of local attractions, and specialized programs. Through an
aggressive expansion strategy, Omni Hotels is steadily entering new markets
around the world. Guests can locate hotels, book accommodations or find out
more about Omni Hotels by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI or accessing the company's
Web site at www.omnihotels.com
Jan. 29, 2002 - In an effort to tap the collective knowledge and expertise
of the meeting industry's foremost professionals, Meeting Professionals
International (MPI) has created a comprehensive leadership and mentoring
initiative, the Chancellors Program. The program will offer advanced
leadership training to selected participants, who, in turn, will serve as
mentors to MPI membership, providing visionary industry leadership and
direction on program development.
individuals selected as chancellors will have a unique opportunity to chart
the future of the meeting industry," said Edwin L. Griffin Jr., CAE,
president/CEO of MPI. "Their outstanding leadership will play an
integral role in cultivating innovative solutions to issues facing the
industry as they serve as role models for the next generation of industry
leaders. We are delighted that such a prestigious supporter as Universal
Orlando has partnered with MPI for their very high tribute to such deserving
participants will be selected from a cross-section of MPI's global
membership based on their previous mentoring experience, tenure as an MPI
member, global involvement and leadership roles within MPI and other
associations. Up to 12 chancellors initially will be named during MPI's 2002
World Education Congress, July 21-23 in Toronto. As part of the program,
chancellors will travel to MPI chapters, mentor other members and volunteer
additional resources and support. Following a two-year term in the program,
the initial participants will become the body, which will identify and
select future chancellors.
program has been under development since being approved by the MPI
International Board of Directors at PEC-North America 2001. Universal
Orlando is the founding sponsor of the program.
Orlando is a trend setting major global meetings and events venue. As such,
it seems appropriate that Universal Orlando be the founding sponsor of the
visionary new MPI Chancellors Program as it helps shape the future of our
dynamic worldwide industry and its leaders," said Teri Harrington, vice
president of park and event sales, Universal Orlando. Harrington has been an
active member of MPI having served on the International Marketing Committee.
Colleen Rickenbacher, CMP, CSEP, president of Colleen Rickenbacher Inc., has
lead the Chancellors Program subcommittee in outlining the program's
mission, structure and selection criteria. Additional committee members
include, Theresa Breining, CMP, CMM, president of Concepts Worldwide; Tom
Smith, CMP, director of meetings and conventions, HealthNet; Alan Pini, CMM,
managing director, Teknocongress; and Hugh Lee, president of Fusion
Productions, who has served as board liaison to the development committee.
Universal Orlando resort destination (www.universalorlando.com) includes two
dramatically distinct and adjacent theme parks, the Universal Studios motion
picture and television theme park and Islands of Adventure, Orlando's next
generation theme park. Universal Orlando also includes CityWalk, a 30-acre
dining, shopping, club and live-entertainment venue as well as premier
on-site Loews hotels and world-class film and television production
facilities. Universal Orlando is a unit of Universal Studios, a part of
CANAL+, the TV and Film division of Vivendi Universal, a global leader in
media and communications.
- Jan. 20, 2002 - Are men and women really different when it comes to
climbing the corporate ladder? According to a survey by Meeting
Professionals International (MPI), the meeting industry's premiere
association, there are no extreme differences between men and women's views
about the qualities needed to succeed professionally, rather, the variable
exists in the rankings.
Women's Leadership Initiative was designed to identify key success and
professional development areas for female professionals in the meetings,
hospitality and travel industries. The initial survey focused on factors for
success, strategies for advancement, barriers to advancement, life balancing
strategies, leadership and demographics. While survey results conclude that
men and women share viewpoints about these professional factors, the
difference in statistical rankings indicate that women have a more complex
view about key success and professional development areas compared to their
survey was conducted by Bonnie J. Knutson, Ph.D., of The School of
Hospitality Business at Michigan State University via a random sampling of
2,000 female MPI and six other professional meeting organization members in
the summer of 2001. In the fall of 2001, select questions from the women's
survey were sent to a similarly drawn sample of male meeting professionals
to determine comparisons between female and male professionals.
of MPI's 2001 Women's Leadership survey include*:
Qualities to Succeed in the Meeting Industry: According to all respondents,
adaptability is the most important factor for success in the meeting
industry because of today's global, complex and changing business
environment. After adaptability, women and men rank the top qualities needed
to succeed as determination, ability to get a point across and negotiation
skills. One disparity between men and women respondents: three-fourths of
all women say that a strong intellect is important to be a successful
meeting professional, while only half of the men agree.
Strategies to Advance Professional Careers: Like women, men feel the most
helpful strategy they can use to advance their careers is to regularly
exceed expectations (ranked first by both groups). However, there is a sharp
contrast in the value men and women place on developing a working style with
which their superiors are comfortable (ranked second by both groups). Four
out of five women say it is very important to develop a working style
suitable for superiors, while only three out of five men surveyed agree.
This 23-percentage point chasm is the largest of any of the advancement
strategies tested in these surveys.
nearly three-fourths of the women surveyed say it's important for them to
work on difficult or highly visible job assignments, yet only half of men
feel that such visibility is necessary for advancement. The only strategy
that is deemed more important by men is the ability to relocate.
Balancing Personal and Professional Lives: All respondents ranked regular
exercise as the most important means of achieving work-life balance. A third
of the women reported a decrease in sleep and personal hobbies, while fewer
than one in 10 men curtail sleep or hobbies to balance personal and
professional responsibilities. Additionally, half of women turn to hiring
household help to assist with childcare, cleaning and lawn maintenance,
while only 15 percent of men reported relying on outside household help.
Keys to Leadership: According to both men and women, the top three marks of
a leader are developing a vision for the organization, trusting subordinates
to effectively carry out the vision and remaining calm during times of
crisis. The largest gap between genders comes in attitudes regarding
encouraging risk and inviting dissent. Women are far more likely to see
these as key elements for leadership than their male counterparts.
Seventy-seven percent of women think encouraging risk is a key to
leadership, while only 54.5 percent of men agree. Sixty seven percent of
women think inviting dissent is a key to leadership, while only 44.2 percent
of men agree.
Company's Strategies for Advancing Women's Careers: All women requested a
level playing field as a means to help them advance their careers.
Three-quarters of the female respondents say a company must offer the same
perks and benefits to both men and women in terms of salary, bonuses,
training programs, attending professional seminars and opportunities to work
on visible assignments.
Barriers to Women Reaching Leadership Positions: When asked what barriers
women face in advancing their careers, no one barrier dominated the results,
although the lack of a mentor and professional networking ranked in the top
five. Women reported that the overwhelming majority of companies in the
meeting industry provide a level playing field, and that barriers that do
exist are subliminal.
Demographics: Regardless of gender, today's meeting professional is
well-educated with significant responsibility for meeting budgets, managing
staff members and proving a return on investment for meetings. Sixty percent
have a bachelor's degree, while a sizable portion has also earned a graduate
degree. The average salary falls between $50,000 and $75,000, with a sizable
portion earning more. Approximately 15 percent more women control meeting
budgets upward of $2 million (40 percent for women versus 25 percent for
men), yet are doing so with approximately the same size staffs as male
counterparts. Nearly two-thirds of all women and virtually all men surveyed
look to MPI for professional education, networking opportunities and
Jehl Broussard, vice president of marketing for WOMEN ON THEIR WAY, a
program of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, and chairwoman of the MPI Women's
Leadership Initiative committee said, "This survey was the first part
of an unprecedented and exciting program designed to unlock the leadership
potential of women and identify ways that meeting industry associations,
like MPI, can help women meet and exceed their professional goals. These
research findings will be key for women, men and everyone in the meeting
industry as the value of meetings as an essential, strategic business tool
continues to increase."
Women's Leadership Initiative is another example of how MPI is defining the
power of meetings. MPI launched its Women's Leadership Initiative in January
2001 to recognize, uphold and further the contributions of the professional
women who represent a majority of MPI's membership, as well as all
professionals across the meetings, hospitality and travel industries.
Funding for the program is through Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and the
Meeting Professionals International Foundation, who each have provided
$150,000 for the effort, as well as Meeting Professionals International.
on the final research findings, educational seminars designed to propel
women into high-level positions in the meeting, travel and hospitality
industries will be developed and rolled out.
DALLAS – December 17, 2001 – Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the global authority and resource for the meeting industry, announced that 27 new candidates have received their Global Certification in Meeting Management (CMM) designations. The recipients will be recognized during MPI’s Professional Education Conference-North America, Jan. 20-22, 2002 in Honolulu.
The fourth annual CMM program was held at the Georgetown University Conference Center in Washington, D.C., Aug. 18-23. To date, 177 meeting professionals worldwide have obtained this acclaimed certification.
As the first university co-developed professional designation, CMM is the premiere designation in the meeting industry and has major implications for professional success and career development of senior-level industry professionals. The program blends a traditional educational framework with a hands-on, interactive setting. CMM candidates take part in an intensive four-step process that includes pre-residency, residency, examination and post-residency components. Pre-residency involves active participation in an MPI learning group using online technology and a variety of reading assignments; residency includes a four-and-a-half-day residential full-immersion course and examination; and finally, a post-residency business project.
The following 27 new candidates have received their Global Certification in Meeting Management (CMM):
"MPI is proud to recognize the achievement of the prestigious CMM designation by these remarkable individuals," said Edwin L. Griffin, Jr., CAE, president/CEO of MPI. "To date 177 of the meeting industry’s leading professionals have attained the CMM, and the program continues to be the premiere vehicle of strategic education and training for meeting professionals."
The recognition of new CMMs reaffirms MPI’s commitment to strengthening education, leadership, professionalism and globalism in the meeting industry.
- December 12, 2001 - Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the global
authority and resource for the meeting industry, announced that Jerry Wayne,
MPI Chairman of the Board, 2001-2002, participated in a panel discussion
titled, "Where Do We Go From Here," sponsored by the American
Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The panel was held during ASAE's
Management and Technology Conference & Exposition, Dec. 2-4 in Baltimore.
panel was convened to address the issues facing many nonprofit associations in
the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to share best practices.
Wayne highlighted MPI's proactive approach to managing the economic downturn.
was a great honor to represent MPI at this prestigious meeting," said
Wayne, the Executive Director for the Galt House Hotel. "Having the
opportunity to discuss the successes of MPI with association executives was
both flattering and rewarding. After hearing about other associations, it's
quite apparent that MPI's success during these challenging times is due to its
anticipation of member needs following Sept.11, MPI conducted two business
impact surveys to benchmark industry impact and responded with a "Crisis
Care and Support" Web site, which provided MPI's membership with critical
information, including a legal issues white paper, industry policy
information, educational materials on crisis management and personal support
resources, in addition to providing resources and data to local chapters.
many associations felt that a recession was unlikely during the first half of
2001, MPI leadership made a concerted effort early on to develop a plan of
action to offset any potential decline in meeting business. Within the
organization, a series of scenarios was evaluated and optional budgets
developed, expenses cut, programs and services reprioritized and internal
also stepped up marketing efforts to emphasize the value of an association
membership. Members now have greater access to online and distance-learning
resources. Additionally, the focus of the upcoming Professional Education
Conference-North America (PEC-NA), slated for January 20-22, 2002, in
Honolulu, has been modified to provide members with the knowledge and
resources to move the industry forward. As a result, the 2002 registration
pace is ahead of 2001.
Wayne on the panel were representatives from the American Institutes of
Architects, the ASAE Foundation and the American Health Information Managers,
among others. Moderators for the discussion were Hugh Lee, President of Fusion
Productions and Vice Chairman of Finance for MPI, and Don Dea, also of Fusion
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partnership with WorldBridge coupled with the distribution
to an October MPI Foundation Meeting Outlook survey, 54
and private sector studies show that Webcasting is
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DALLAS -- August 30, 2001 -- Meeting Professionals International's (MPI) Board of Directors unanimously approved the chartering of a chapter in Norway during its meeting last month at MPI’s World Education Congress in Las Vegas. The formation of the Norway Chapter brings MPI's number of chapters to 60.
"It is an exciting time to welcome the Norway Chapter into the MPI community," said MPI Chairman Jerry Wayne. "As we continue to grow through Europe we are pleased to have the Norway Chapter offer the best professional development, networking and educational resources to meeting professionals in that region."
Currently the Norway Chapter, chartered with 51 members, is building a Norwegian language Web site that will be accessible on the Internet sometime during the fall. Long-range goals for the chapter include increasing membership, continuing to provide quality education and continuing to partner with MPI’s other Nordic chapters, Denmark and Sweden, to provide the annual Nordic region conference.
Four years ago, Norwegian meeting professionals came together to meet the criteria of MPI's guidelines for becoming a chapter by organizing a steering committee and establishing goals, bylaws, officers and board members. In April of 1997, MPI’s International Board of Directors collectively agreed that Norway had met the criteria to become a club and provided funding and development support to assist in obtaining a full chapter charter.
"Here in Norway, we are committed to the continual process of increasing both customers’ and suppliers’ focus and understanding of each other’s situation, as well as an understanding of the meeting industry in general," said Norway Chapter President Mari-Anne Robberstad, sales manager for TS Forum in Oslo, Norway. "To facilitate communication, MPI Norway will soon be accessible on the Internet with its own Web site that will be a new ‘meeting place’ for both existing and potential new members.”
The MPI International Board of Directors may grant charters for chapters for the advancement of meeting planning and to further the objectives and services of MPI, as long as aspiring chapters meet association guidelines and criteria.
Currently there are four chapters in formation, Puerto Rico, Brazil, France and Japan. The MPI global development and chapter relations staff assists the various chapters in formation to provide services that help with the individual group’s professional growth in its respective country.
VEGAS - July 22, 2001-Meeting Professionals International (MPI) today awarded Glenn
Reighart, CAE, CMM, CMP, director of meetings and expositions for the
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurse, as the recipient of
the 2001 Meeting Professional Award-Marion N. Kershner Chapter Leadership
Meeting Professional Award in the Marion N. Kershner Chapter Leadership category
is presented annually to a member of MPI who motivates others, stimulates
volunteer functions and acts as a catalyst to cause exceptional results that
influence the life of that individual's respective MPI chapter.
received the honor during the opening general session of MPI's 2001 World
Education Congress (WEC) in Las Vegas. The Meeting Professional Awards are
sponsored by Hilton Hotels Corporation.
Reighart serves as the 2000-2001 immediate past president/executive committee
member for the MPI Potomac Chapter. Previously, he served the chapter as copy
editor for the chapter newsletter, The Potomac Memo, where he was responsible
for recreating the newsletter to make it more professional and user friendly.
Additionally, Reighart has instructed six sections of the chapter's Certified
Meeting Planner (CMP) study groups, which resulted in 100 percent of the
participants achieving their CMP designation.
a terrific honor it is to be recognized by my peers this way. I've grown a great
deal through my involvement in various MPI leadership experiences and am very
thankful for the many opportunities they have afforded me," said Reighart.
"This is just one more example of the fact that those who give even a
little time to their professional organization really do get so much more in
president of the Potomac Chapter from 1999-2000, Reighart focused heavily on
membership recruitment, which resulted in the Potomac Chapter achieving the
second highest chapter recruiting numbers of that year. Through his dedication,
he raised $9,000 from the Educational Retreat, as well as implemented the
revised "Buddy Program," a new member retention process that resulted
in 67 percent additional new member committee involvement.
with his participation in the Potomac Chapter, Reighart has also been involved
with numerous committees on the chapter and international levels. His chapter
committee involvement includes, president-elect - Executive Committee 1998-1999,
board liaison - Program Committee 1998-1999, Nominating Committee chair
1999-2000 and board liaison - Leadership Committee. Internationally, Reighart
served as a representative on the Council of Chapter presidents in 1999-2000 and
as a member of the International Chapter Leadership Committee in 2000-2001, in
addition to serving as a roundtable speaker at the 2000-2001 CMF.
was president and a respected leader of one of the largest chapters. He
personally was involved in the growth and development of his chapter and now is
assisting many chapters through his service on the International Chapter
Leadership Committee," said Edwin L. Griffin Jr., CAE, MPI president/CEO.
"He is an effective mentor to many in our association
VEGAS - July 22, 2001 - Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the global
authority and resource for the meeting industry, today announced Richard Aaron,
CMP, CSEP, founder of BizBash.com Idea Center, as the recipient of the 2001
Meeting Professional Award-International Planner category.
Meeting Professional Award in the International Planner category is presented
annually to a member of MPI who is recognized for their outstanding association
and industry contributions, leadership and professionalism.
received the honor during the opening general session of MPI's 2001 World
Education Congress (WEC) in Las Vegas. The Meeting Professional Awards are
sponsored by Hilton Hotels Corporation.
International Awards Committee selected Aaron for his extensive international
and local chapter (Greater New York) participation and presentations, as well as
his strong leadership as illustrated by his numerous speaking roles at industry
events and the articles he has authored for hospitality industry publications.
Additionally, Aaron demonstrated the highest levels of leadership by founding
the SEARCH Foundation (Special Event Industry Aid and Response for Care and
Hope), the hospitality industry's first organization providing support to
individuals with life threatening-illnesses.
highlight of my career will always be that my peers selected me for this
prestigious award," said Aaron.
served on the MPI International Board of Directors in 1998 where he was
instrumental in the association's name change from Meeting Planners
International to Meeting Professionals International. Additionally, he played a
key role in the creation of the Global Paragon Awards, a program that recognizes
the people and events that truly define the power of meetings.
Aaron has served on a number of MPI committees, including chairperson roles on
both the Global Paragon Awards and the International Marketing Committees.
a six-year member of MPI, Aaron has been the recipient of many prestigious
awards and honors. Currently, he is a nominee finalist for the Industry
Visionary 2001 award from Event Solution Magazine. In 1999, he was presented
with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Chapter International
Special Event Foundation (ISEF), and he was named one of the 25 Most Influential
Professionals by Meeting News Magazine, in 1998.
with serving as the president to his business-to-business media web site, Aaron
is an associate professor at New York University's Hospitality School where he
teaches event management and marketing. Additionally, he pioneered the first
distance learning class on meeting site inspection on the NYU online campus.
has been truly outstanding in all of his services and positions within MPI. He
is one of the most creative and talented planners in our membership," said
Edwin L. Griffin Jr., CAE, MPI president/CEO. "He teaches and inspires many
to greater heights."