2013 MPI RISE Awards Recipients
MPI is proud to announce the 2013 Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence (RISE) Award recipients. Recipients will be recognized at WEC in Las Vegas on July 22, 2013.
The RISE Award for Young Professional Achievement will be presented to Maria Meschi of Indianapolis for her contributions to the MPI Indiana Chapter. Meschi’s leadership as director of marketing/public relations and director of Emerging Leaders has led to improved communications and networking for local members. She recently created the Emerging Leaders program to engage students, young professionals and transitioning professionals in career and leadership development.
The RISE Award for Meeting Industry Leadership will be presented to speaker and author, Scott Friedman, CSP. Based in Golden, Colo., Friedman has led several initiatives to bring the global speaking and meetings community closer together including founding the Global Speakers Summit and Meetings Industry Council of Colorado, and co-founding the International Association of Speakers Bureaus and National Speakers Association Council. His mission is to bring about positive change through collaboration with community connectors. Friedman is also the founder of “Together We Can Change The World,” an organization which brings speakers together with communities in Southeast Asia to fundraiser, promote education and build sustainability in orphanages.
The RISE Award for Member of the Year will be presented to Miguel Neves of the United Kingdom for his volunteer leadership and influential work on communications, marketing and social media initiatives for the MPI United Kingdom and Ireland Chapter. Currently serving as the vice president of finance, Neves also assists with the development of student-focused initiatives such as the chapter’s Young Achievers Award and Vanessa Cotton Memorial Scholarship. Neves has volunteered with MPI since 2008. He has worked on technology and social media educational events and has been a speaker at numerous industry events throughout Europe and North America. In addition, he serves on MPI’s International Knowledge Advisory Council.
The RISE Award for Community Achievement in Knowledge and Ideas will be presented to the eight MPI Canada chapters for the annual planning and hosting of National Meetings Industry Day (NMID).Celebrated for 16 years, NMID draws in more than 1,000 attendees across the participating cities of Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. The primary goal of this annual day is to raise awareness of the meeting industry within the country and communicate the value of the industry to the broader business community. The program’s success has been recognized by Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper.