MPI-CAC Board Biography
Director of NEXT Conference
Colette Apke, CMP
American Veterinary Medical Association, Convention Sponsorship & Exhibits Manager
555 North Kensington Avenue
La Grange Park, IL 60526
Colette Apke, CMP attended Eastern Illinois University with a focus in Hospitality Management and Business Administration. She initially gained her first experience as a Hospitality Intern with the Mayor’s Office of Special Events in Chicago working on all the citywide events. Following, Colette ventured to St. Louis to work in catering and event sales at the historic Chase Park Plaza. After 3 years in St. Louis, Colette realized while she loved her CPP family and the ‘Lou, she missed Chicago and wanted to explore the meeting planning side. She joined Appraisal Institute in the Loop as a Meeting Specialist where she worked on all aspects from contracting to logistics on 75+ concurrent educational sessions across the nation.
In 2013, Colette took a wonderful opportunity and joined the American Veterinary Medical Association as a Meeting Planner. At AVMA, Colette was the HQ Hotel and Special Events lead and assisted with planning the 10,000+ AVMA Annual Citywide Convention and additional association symposia. Colette recently served as the Senior Meeting Planner at American Nuclear Society in La Grange Park as the lead for two ANS National Meetings. In January 2017, she returned to the American Veterinary Medical Association as the Convention Sponsorship & Exhibits Manager.
During her time in the chapter, she served on the Annual Awards Recognition Gala for 4 years, 2 of which were as Co-Chair. Colette also served on the 2014 EdCon and 2016 NEXT committee as Speaker Management and Content lead. All of these experiences led Colette to the exciting role of Director of Education Programs for the chapter. As a planner who has received her CMP in 2012 and has a goal to secure her CMM in the next year, education is a passion of Colette’s. She is excited to help bring top-notch education to the chapter and membership. If you have any ideas in regards to speakers you’d like to see, suggestions for topics or have a venue that may be interested, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org! I’d love to chat with you
Colette currently lives in the ‘burbs (Bensenville), with her boyfriend Mike in their busy household of 3 kiddos (Michael – 14, Gracie – 12, Sophie – 4), and a lovable wiggle-butt Boxer, Daisy. Between cheer, basketball, soccer and coaching schedules, they love to catch live music and travel to Napa, Cabo, Denver, Disney or anyplace with a beach.