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MPI-CAC Annual Chapter Awards

MPI-CAC’s Annual Awards Recognition Gala will be held on July 12, 2017 at the Bridgeport Art Center. Our chapter gathers together to recognize the talents, skills, accomplishments, and dedication of our members and industry colleagues.  

Below are the MPI-CAC Award categories that you are able to select and nominate yourself or a fellow MPI-CAC member.  To view the award category descriptions, criteria, and the 2015-2016 Award Recipients, click on the + sign. Nominations are closed until the 2017-2018 nomination period.

 

All Past Chapter Award Recipients

 

Chapter Leader of the Year Award 

The MPI-CAC Chapter Leader of the Year recognizes an engaged member who has contributed significantly to the chapter in the current fiscal year.  Nominees’ contributions may include inspiring other members, creating new initiatives or acting as a catalyst to bring about exceptional results in the chapter.  Nominees will also be considered for their MPI-CAC leadership, industry engagement, community service and recognition by their peers.

Criteria:  

  • Individual must maintain current membership in MPI-CAC.
  • This person must have served as a committee or task force member or as a chapter leader in the current fiscal year.
  • In order to be considered, a nomination by a chapter member must be submitted.
  • Nominee must submit a completed application to be eligible for consideration.
  • 2016-17 Recipient: Rebecca Deluca, CMP, CHME, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority - Chicago

Committee of the Year Award

The MPI-CAC Committee of the Year Award is presented to the committee whose efforts, initiatives and creativity have resulted in significant contributions to the chapter.  Nominees will be evaluated upon goal achievement, administrative excellence, committee member engagement, leadership succession and innovation or creativity.

Criteria: 

  • This award is based on service from the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal year through the first three quarters of the current fiscal year. 
  • Nominee must submit a completed application to be eligible for consideration
  • 2016-17 Recipient - Education Programs

Eleanor H. Woods Supplier of the Year Award

This award was renamed to honor the career and industry involvement of Eleanor H. Woods, following her passing. Eleanor was the owner of On the Scene, a prominent Chicago destination management company. She was universally respected as an active MPI-CAC member and a highly visible supplier member of the meetings community. This award is presented to a supplier member who has made significant contributions to the meetings industry and is an exemplary representative of our profession. Nominees will be considered for professional experience, involvement in MPI (either locally or internationally), industry engagement, community service and recognition by their peers.  

Criteria:

  • Individual must maintain current membership in MPI-CAC and be classified as a Supplier Meeting Professional.
  • In order to be considered, a nomination by a chapter member must be submitted.
  • Nominee must submit a completed application to be eligible for consideration.
  • Current Board Members are not eligible.
  • 2016-17 Recipient - Supplier: Michelle Castady Orlando, DMCP, 360 Destination Group

Hall of Fame Awards

The MPI-CAC Hall of Fame is comprised of esteemed members and organizations that have made significant contributions to the awareness, professionalism, and growth of the meetings industry and the chapter specifically. 
 
Criteria:

  • Individual must maintain current membership in MPI-CAC or organizations will have at least one chapter member in their employment.
  • In order to be considered, a nomination by a chapter member must be submitted.
  • Nominee must submit a completed application to be eligible for consideration.
  • Current Board Members are not eligible for individual induction into the MPI-CAC Hall of Fame.
  • 2016-17 Recipients
    • Hall of Fame - Organization: Caesars Entertainment Corporation
    • Hall of Fame - Individual: Tracy Furner Stein, HPN Global

Kathy Osterman Lifetime Achievement Award

Created to honor the memory of Kathy Osterman, who served many years in the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.  She was a dynamic public servant who made a significant contribution to the meetings and hospitality Industry in Chicago. In her honor, this award recognizes a seasoned hospitality industry professional that has brought a heartfelt passion to their business and community. This person has contributed greatly to the public’s awareness of our profession and/or chapter. He or she should be a recognized leader within the hospitality industry or influential in the community at large.  

 Criteria:

  • In order to be considered, a nomination by a chapter member must be submitted.
  • Current Board Members are not eligible. 
  • 2016-17 Recipient: Valerie Braun, Arena Americas

Planner of the Year Award

The MPI-CAC Planner of the Year Award recognizes a planner member who has made significant contributions to the meetings industry and is an exemplary representative of our profession. Nominees will be considered for professional experience, involvement in MPI (either locally or internationally), industry engagement, community service and recognition by their peers.  

Criteria:

  • Individual must maintain current membership in MPI-CAC and be in the one of the following categories:  Corporate Meeting Professional, Association/Non-Profit Meeting Professional, Government Meeting Professional or Meeting Management Professional.
  • In order to be considered, a nomination by a chapter member must be submitted.
  • Nominee must submit a completed application to be eligible for consideration.
  • Current Board Members are not eligible.
  • 2016-17 Recipient Planner: Tammy L. Anderson, CMP, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

President’s Award

This award is at the sole discretion of the current President of the Chapter.  The President may select up to three (3) recipients of a special recognition award aptly named “the President’s Award.”  Criteria for the President’s Award should include at least, industry service, assistance to the Office of the President, integrity, honesty and commitment to the success of the Office of the President and/or MPI. 

  • 2015-16 Recipients
    • Rebecca DeLuca, CMP, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
    • Scott Durkin, Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company
    • Sean Lynch, NHS Global Events

Tomorrow’s Leader Award 

The Tomorrow’s Leader Award is presented annually to chapter members who have made contributions to the chapter showing dedication to MPI-CAC.  They show promise to be future leaders through their chapter involvement, professional experience, industry involvement or community engagement and recognition by their peers.  

Criteria: 

  • Individual must maintain current membership in MPI-CAC.
  • In order to be considered, a nomination by a chapter member must be submitted.
  • Nominee must submit a completed application to be eligible for consideration.
  • Current Board Members are not eligible.
  • 2016-17 Recipients
    • Justine Radies - CNA Insurance
    • Angela Vazquez - LondonHouse Chicago
    • Sasha Sook, CMP - Summits of Chicago

Young Professional Achievement Award

The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes an individual 30 years of age or younger with five or less years of professional experience that has made outstanding contributions to the meetings and hospitality industry. Nominees will also be considered for their professional experience, educational background, industry engagement, community service and recognition by their peers.

Criteria:

  • 30 years of age or younger (before 31st birthday at time of nomination).
  • Five or less years of professional experience.
  • Not limited to MPI members.
  • Anyone serving on the MPI-CAC Board of Directors within the last three years is not eligible.
  • In order to be considered, a nomination by a chapter member must be submitted.
  • Nominee must submit a completed application to be eligible for consideration.
  • 2016-17 Recipient: Melissa Calahan, CMP, The University of Chicago

 

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