December 2017 Print

News to Know

MPI Gulf States has won the Chapter Excellence Award! The winners for the 2016-2017 term were selected for consistent delivery of quality services to members and superior performance based on objectively measured results.

Our Award will be presented to us by Jessie States, the MPI global Manager of Professional Development, at our January Meeting. 


The MPI Foundation fuels the growth and advancement of MPI members by providing them professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. The MPI Foundation propels the meeting and event industry forward by funding research initiatives that support the strategic plan of MPI.


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

20 year anniversary 

December concludes our 20 Year Anniversary!


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Member News & Recognition


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

Essence Banks; New Orleans Multicultral Tourism Network
Katie Ostrowski; Tujaque's REstaurant
Shawne Savoie, CMP



November & December 


Gabrielle Bolding, New Orleans Multicultral Tourism Network
Beth Lanier, Event Restroom
Shelley Hardison, Kuoni DMC
Emma Owens, Emerald Coast CVB
Bobbie Cole, Radisson Hotel BR
Kay Kaushal, Radisson Hotel BR
Joyce Howard
Aquila Simmons
Kathleen McCulla, Oschner Health System

Gail Varuso, Ralph Brennan Catering & Events
Patricia Spaniola
Vivian Eppling, Audubon Nature Insitute (11 Years)
Gwen Carter, Event Unlimited (13 Years)
Patrick Espinoza, Caesars Entertainment (14 Years)
Lisa Thompson, Hotel Monteleone (21 Years)
Jennie Cambell, Steward Steelwood (23 Years)
Diedra Kepler, Visit New Orleans (23 Years)




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 and use FacebookMPIin2016 before 10/31 to save $50.


Volunteer with us!

There are many outstanding and rewarding opportunities to become involved with your MPI Chapter.  Many committees require only a small amount of your time each year!  Let us know if you are interested in joining a committee and we will help get you started today.





If you have any member shout-outs you’d like to add to our next newsletter, email

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MPI Gulf States Past Events

October - Wine and (re)design

Annual Wine Raffle Networking Event at Arnaud's Restaurant in the Counts Room


November - The Individual | The Team | The Organization 

November Lunch & Learn at Central City BBQ


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


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Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

sponsership & advertising 

Do Business with MPI


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 2018 to promote your brand and showcase your business to more than 180 MPI Gulf States members. As you may know, our chapter has been recognized globally out of more than 70 chapters worldwide for winning a Chapter Excellence Award! There’s no better time for you to get involved and extend your reach to planners and suppliers in the entire Gulf States region. 

 Our 2017-2018 partners



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

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Upcoming Events


Save the Dates for our Upcoming Meetings!


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Our Partners



The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation’s mission is to strengthen Louisiana’s hospitality industry through support of individuals within the community.

They do this by:

  • Supporting workforce development programs directly related to our industry.

  • Providing access to culinary and hospitality education.

  • Working to ensure a positive perception of LA’s hospitality industry.

  • Providing financial assistance and/or guidance to people in the hospitality industry during times of crisis.

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