MPINCC & You Made History

Spotlight Sojourns

What an epic year it’s been to Educate, Engage, IGNITE!

Today marks my final day as President of the history-making, record-breaking, off-the-charts-amazing Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Northern California Chapter (MPINCC). Also the final day of this history-making, record-breaking, off-the-charts-amazing program year.

‘Tis the highest honour to serve as the 37th President of MPINCC – the world’s largest Chapter of the world’s largest association of meeting, event, and hospitality professionals.

Let’s look back at the road we’ve traveled together.

Here’s how our journey began.

Our journey together began with a boom (literally, with confetti cannons!) at the sold-out black-tie “Sparkle & Shine” Annual Gala 12 months ago.

As incoming President, I challenged you to define your WHY, to determine your ROI. Then to join up, get up, suit up, and show up.

Indeed, you did exactly that.

You emphatically answered the call to join up, get up, suit up, and show up.

Correspondingly, you brought not only your excitement and enthusiasm, but also your energy and ideas.

Here’s how MPINCC and you made history.

Powered by the unity of community, together we at MPINCC:

  • Elevated the excellence and transformed the experience for our members and potential members.
  • Led the world in education quality and satisfaction with top-tier speakers.
  • Strategized and showcased the Annual Conference & Expo (ACE) anew in its 29th year:
    • Designing the first-ever Strategic Meeting Management Plan.
    • Developing the first-ever Emergency Plan.
    • Delivering the 1st-ever seated luncheon keynote for everyone – attendees, exhibitors, students, faculty, staff.
  • Gave back via a Community Involvement action or drive every single month of this program year.
  • Achieved global recognition of excellence with an historic 3 nominations and 2 wins in the MPI RISE 2017 Awards at the World Education Congress in Las Vegas:
    • Finalist for Industry Leadership – Matthew Schermerhorn, CMP, HMCC, our President 2010 to 2011
    • Award for Marketplace Excellence – Annual Conference & Expo – accepted by Immediate Past President Joey Nevin
    • Award for Educational Programming – CMP University – accepted by President Marilee (Sonneman) Kostadimas, CMP, DMCP

Together we fired up. We lit up the sky. Certainly, we made heads turn.

When you chose to join up, get up, suit up, and show up.

Since you chose to ignite your light and let it shine.

When you chose wholeheartedly to commit, inspire, and make a difference. 

Because you are the firework. So you showed ’em what you’re worth.

Finally, with heart aglow in gratitude for each and every one of you, I thank you all once again.

It’s important to realize and recognize that you elevated the excellence and transformed the experience to Educate, Engage, IGNITE!

Sparkle on, like the stars you are.


Photo Credit: Orange Photography


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