Amazing! That is the single word you could explain the MPI-CAC Annuals Awards Recognition Gala, from the transportation, to the venue, all the nominees, winners and the hospitality.
365 days a year, the members of MPI-CAC are the artists of events nationally and internationally and in our home town Chicago. One day of the year, MPI-CAC celebrates those Masters of Arts. The MPI-CAC Annuals Awards Recognition Gala was held on July 12, 2017 at the Bridgeport Art Center and helped Paint the Picture of the chapter throughout the year and beyond. It was a night not only to celebrate award winners and nominations, but the work the chapter has put into the last year.
Taking a new look and feel to the event, awards were presented in the round, IPads were used as program guides and pictures of the attendees were taken post presentation. .
The change in the script, which allowed for a program that was reduced for 30 minutes, but more networking ability. The formality and informality of it all created one unique experience for the new age of award events. Even Thank You Notes, as seen on Jimmy Fallon, were provided by President Tina Reedy and who doesn’t love great improve MC talent from Judith Holler Durkin.
Thank you to all the committee members for Award Selection and Gala planning:
Vice President – Melissa Swakow, NHS Global Events
Director – Jessica Perrozzi, NHS Global Events
Co-Chair – Fergal O’Sullivan, CMP, Marriott International
Co-Chair – Laurel Rhoads, CMP, Baker McKenzie Global Services LLC
Sara Broderick, Wynn Las Vegas
Katie Callahan-Giobbi, Minding Your Business, Inc.
Mollie Grulke Mercado, CMP, CMM, Intermedia Meetings & Events
Kris Jebson, MGM Resorts International
Bill Kubiak, CSEP, Freeman Audio Visual
Joyce Paschall, CMP, CAE, American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
Barbara Quigley, CTA, Sonoma County Tourism
Don Smith, CMP, CVS
Sonal Sullivan, CMP, Personalized Meetings, LLC
Co-Chair – Amanda Reece, NHS Global Events
Co-Chair – Christie Springer, Sodexo at Museum of Science and Industry
Heather Brown, CMP, DMCP, Allied PRA
Sandy Clous, Bridgeport Art Center
Rickey Copley-Spivey, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants
Allie Drazin, Hub51
Kara Ferguson, Association of Legal Administrators
Joanne Orlando, CMP
Polly Pancoe, CMP, Hotel Reservation Mgt., Inc
Hilary Saurer, River Roast
Whitney Taylor, Drape Kings
Cary Williams, Brella Productions
A special thanks to the sponsors on making evening magical:
Wynn | Encore
MGM Resorts International
Las Vegas CVA
NHS Global Events
Sonoma County Tourism
Bridgeport Art Center
Windy City Linens
Signature Transportation Group
Edward Fox Photography
With this great event, it is just a reminder to get involved with MPI-CAC, it helps Paint the Picture of our great industry.