February 2018 Print

President's Report

Greetings MPI Gulf States!

Mardi Gras has passed and we are now almost two months into 2018. Hopefully we are all still sticking to our resolutions and self challenges for the New Year. Time waits for no one, as we all know, so I am challenging myself, and encouraging you, to take advantage of all that each day has to offer. Even if we just take baby steps, one new thing or task at a time, we will get it done and we will feel great!

MPI Gulf States has plenty of upcoming opportunities available for you to network, engage and learn with us. Be sure to take advantage of these offerings so that you can check them off of your list!

February 22nd - An evening of fun, networking and Virtual Golf at Loft 18 in Old Metairie.

March 15th - What's Hot, What's New, Meetings & Event Trends, an Education Luncheon at the newly opened Jung Hotel in New Orleans. 

April 19th - An evening spring social, featuring a vacation raffle, at the World War II Museum in New Orleans.

May 17th - An Education Luncheon in conjunction with Visit Baton Rouge and the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge.

 **Special MPI Member Benefit at this program - Free Professional Headshots**   

We hope to see you at all of these wonderful events! Be sure to visit mpigulfstates.org for more information.

Lastly, I want to remind you to please be on the look out for the MPI Member Satisfaction Survey, which is being sent to you via email directly from MPI International. This very important survey is your opportunity to provide MPI with feedback on your membership, on a Chapter level and beyond. Our Chapter is measured on the amount of participants that take this survey as well as on the feedback that you provide. It is important that you take this opportunity to let your voice be heard and to share your thoughts, insight and opinions with MPI. If you do not receive this survey by February 24th, please email us directly at administration@mpigulfstates.org so that we can get a unique link sent to you.

Here’s to sticking to our goals and to taking on new experiences and challenges  in 2018! 


Nicole Hutchison, CMP

Chapter President, MPI Gulf States 

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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. 

At our January meeting Jessie States, CMM presented us with our award.


The annual Membership and Chapter Satisfaction Survey (MCSS) was first initiated in 2002 and has proven to be the most important tool MPI has for capturing the thoughts of its members. The survey is conducted in order to get firsthand feedback from its members; the feedback that's necessary to ensure the needs of membership are met. Participation guarantees that every member's voice is heard and helps shape the future of our community as a whole. 

On February 20, each MPI member received an email from Global with the subject line: "Annual MPI Member Survey Invitation"

This email will contain the member's unique URL to complete the 2018 Membership and Chapter Satisfaction Survey. This link allows each member to log in without inputting their credentials. 

The survey will close on March 6th at 11:49 p.m. CST.


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 http:www.mpiweb.org/foundation/scholarship-application.

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Member News & Recognition


5 Years |  Jennifer Meyer, Louisiana Farm Breau
5 Years | Patricia Spaniola, University of West Florida
6 Years | Adrienne Breaux, French Quarter Chateau LeMoyne
6 Years | Patricia Sperier, Orpheum Theater
9 Years | Deborah Hinson, The Hinson Group
13 Years | Gwen Carter, Events Unlimited
14 Years | David Rome, BBC Destination Management
14 Years | Patrick Espinoza, Caesars Entertainment

20 Years | Sheri Moss, JW Marriott
21 Years | Lisa Thompson, Hotel Monteleone
23 Years | Jennie Campbell, Steward Steelwood Investements
23 Years | Deidra Kepler Edwards, Visit New Orleans



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.


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 communications@mpigulfstates.org

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MPI Gulf States Past Events

A Jazzed up holiday

Our annual Holiday Networking Event was held at the Royal Sonesta.


January lunch & Learn 

Our first meeting of 2018 was held at Tomas Bistro.



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


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Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities


Do you want to showcase your venue, product and/or service 
to each of our guests at our next meeting? 
Check out our newly updated 2018 rates that now includes registration! 

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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