October 2017 Print

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Member News & Recognition

Scholarships & grants

As a member of MPI you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants offered by MPI global.  Applications for most scholarships (CMM, CMP, memberhsip, MPI Academy, etc.) are accepted on an on-going basis and reviewed each month.  

To learn more about Grant and Scholarship opportunites as well as applications please visit http:www.mpiweb.org/foundation/scholarship-application.


We are pleased to welcome the following new members to our Gulf States Chapter!

Braddten Church, Mardi Gras Productions
David Hansen, Hansen Music Productions, LLC
Jessica Holcomb, Holiday Inn Express Downtown New Orleans
Jennifer Kelley
Abby Trauth


August, September & Ocotober


Nicole Duncan, Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach
Volker Dicks, Windsor Court Hotel
Daniel Camp, Gulf Coast Tent Rental
Jennifer Busby, Mississippi Power
Denece Laborde, Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots
Dana Tyso, NOLA Motorsports
Tanya Waller, Event Rental
Caroline Hubbard, Arnaud's Restaurant
Shawn Rossi, Mississippi Hospital Association
Amelia Hatheway, Cabrini High School
Tara Letort, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ginger Boutwell, Neil Corporation
Jan Allen, ALL-EN-ONE Meetings, LLC


As a member of MPI you will have the opportunity to connect with all 18,500 members around the world through the exclusive member benefit "MyMPI", our online member community.

Join at www.mpiweb.org/join and use FacebookMPIin2016 before 10/31 to save $50.


Your local MPI Chapter is looking to fill two committee positions.  If you are interested in either of these positions or would like additional information please contact Tammy Syock tammy.syock@us.kuoni.com

MarCom Coordinator: this committee member assists our VP of Education with marketing and communication prior to each education program (6 annually) by creating fun and exciting blasts and event descriptions; acts as the liaison between Communications and Education teams and helps to determine new ways to market our education programs. Estimated time commitment: 2-5 hours per program.

Networking Activity Coordinator: this committee member assists the Monthly Program Chair by planning and overseeing special activities during the networking period at each education program (6 annually). Previous examples of networking activities: ice-breaker quizzes, head-shot station, CSR activities, raffles, etc. Estimated time commitment: 2-5 hours per program.

Grant Writer: Are you a fabulous writer?  We’d love your expertise with help writing grant submissions for our education programs! 

In this volunteer role, you’ll assist our VP of Education with compiling information and writing grant requests.  Grants are available from the MPI Foundation twice a year and an estimated time commitment is 2-3 hours per grant request (4-6hrs annually).  If interested, please contact tammy.syock@us.kuoni.com






If you have any member shout-outs you’d like to add to our next newsletter, email courtneydubbin@livenation.com

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MPI Gulf States Past Events

August – lunch & learn 

Stakeholder Management-Presented by LoriAnn Harnish at the Riverview Room with New Orleans School of Cooking



september-lunch and learn

What's Your Emergency Response Plan? At NOLA Motorsports Park



For more pictures from past MPI Gulf States events, visit our photo gallery.


Make sure to register for our Wine and (re)design event on October 26th at Arnaud's & the French 75 Bar. More details under "Upcoming Chapter Events" Section here.

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Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

sponsership & advertising 

Do Business with MPI

-20th anniversary video project.


Click HERE to review the sponsorship and advertising opportunities, and feel free to contact us at any time for more information.

Our Chapter Sponsorship & Advertising Packet includes information about how you can partner with us in 2016 to promote your brand and showcase your business to more than 170 MPI Gulf States members. As you may know, our chapter has been recognized globally out of more than 70 chapters worldwide in being No. 1 for Chapter Leadership, No. 2 for Chapter Education and No. 3 for Overall Chapter Engagement. There’s no better time for you to get involved and extend your reach to planners and suppliers in the entire Gulf States region. 



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Upcoming Events



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Our Partners


We are pleased to call Pat Garin the Gulf States Chapter’s official photographer, Event Rental our official Rental Sponsor, and PSAV our official Audio/Visual Sponsor! Many thanks to these companies for your contribution to our success!


Launched by the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association (GMOHLA) in May 2016, Feed the Need NOLA was created to provide meals to those in need for people in the Greater New Orleans community. In today’s economic uncertainty, shelters across the country are feeling the financial burden of keeping their doors open. Feed the Need NOLA has partnered up with local shelters such as the New Orleans Mission and St. Jude Community Center to help bring approximately 200 meals per week to tables across the city; saving the shelters an estimated $50,000, annually. Each week, Feed the Need NOLA will partner up with a different hotel or local business to prepare, deliver and serve meals to those in need. Feed the Need NOLA provides a wonderful opportunity for locals in the hospitality industry to help give back to their community in a big way while helping save thousands of dollars for the local non-profits.

"Many families are struggling to make ends meet and programs such as Feed the Need NOLA will go a long way in making a difference" said David Teich, Windsor Court Hotel General Manager and GNOHLA Board President. Other current GNOHLA programs include volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, scholarships, the Tourism Tee Off Golf Tournament and the Education Foundation.

For more information about Feed the Need NOLA, visit www.gnohla.com/feedtheneednola.html contact Mavis Early at 504-525-2264 or David Teich at 504-596-4780.

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