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MPI-CAC Annual Chapter Awards

Past Chapter Award Recipients

MPI-CAC’s Annual Awards Recognition Gala is held in the Spring every year. Our chapter gathers together to recognize the talents, skills, accomplishments, and dedication of our members and industry colleagues. 

To nominate a deserving industry professional or organization for the a 2014-15 award, click here. Award Nominations are due February 27, 2015.


 

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.
  • 2013-14 Recipient
    • Fergal O'Sullivan, CMP, CASE

Committee of the Year Award* 

The MPI-CAC Committee of the Year Award is presented to the committee whose efforts, initiatives and creative 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
  • 2013-14 Recipients
    • Event-Based Committee: Annual Awards Recognition Gala
    • Service-Based Committee: Sponsorship

 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 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.
  • 2013-14 recipient
    • Supplier: Margie McCartney

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.
  • 2013-14 Recipients
    • Hall of Fame - Organization: Experient, A Maritz Travel Company
    • Hall of Fame - Individual: Joyce Paschall, CAE, CMP

Kathy Osterman Industry 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. 
  • 2013-2014 Recipient
    • Kathy Miller 

Planner 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.
  • 2013-14 Recipient
    • Planner: Char Shada, CMP

 

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.

 

  • 2013-14 Recipients
    • Nikki Augsburger
    • Chrissy Ward, CAE

Student Member of the Year Award 

The MPI-CAC Student Member of the Year Award recognizes a student member of the chapter who has shown dedication to MPI-CAC and the meetings industry as a whole.  This member shows promise through their commitment to their education and desire to pursue a career in the meetings and hospitality industry.  Nominees will also be considered for their industry engagement, community service and recognition by their peers.

 Criteria:

  • Individual must maintain current membership in the Student  category 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
  • 2013-14 Recipient
    • Hirman Ahmad

 

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.
  • 2013-14 Recipients
    • Sara Broderick
    • Melissa Hahn, CMP
    • Adam Hud
    • Kris Marinelli-Jebson
    • Anthony Molino
    • Melissa Swakow

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.
  • 2013-14 Recipient
    • Alise Zarina 

 

* These awards are not open for nominations.

 

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