MaryAnne P. Bobrow, CAE, CMP, CMM
Bobrow & Associates
Association and Meetings Management
6060 Sunrise Vista Drive, Suite 1300
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Phone: (916) 722-8168
Fax: (916) 722-8149
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In addition to be an avid reader and lifelong student of business, MaryAnne Bobrow is also an author, having written for IAEE (Art of the Show) and (PCMA) Professional Meeting Management 5. She also serves as adjunct faculty at UNLV in their distance education/hospitality degree program.
Christine Chapman, CMP, ACE
Association of California Healthcare Districts
2969 Prospect Park Drive Suite 260
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Direct: (916) 266-5206
Cell: (916) 798-9043
Fax: (916) 266-5201
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Aside from being an avid reader, Christine Chapman has been a meeting, event and corporate incentive planner for over 20 years. She brings a broad range of knowledge to her field including the follow certificates: CMP, CPM (Project Management), ACE (Adobe Certified Expert & Trainer), and CAE (Association Executive). She is passionate about her career and the opportunity to serve MPI by giving back through this project.
Nancy C. Coll, CMP
National Conference & Events Manager
Canadian Pharmacists Association
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Nancy Coll has been in the industry for over 28 years. Her experience includes all aspects of the industry from corporate to association meeting management, to banquets, and trade show management. Her related experience in kindred industries such as graphic design, film, modelling (agent), entertainment etc. all add up to a well-rounded knowledge base. She studied English Literature and Law in University; does the New York Times Crossword puzzle in pen(!), and has a life-long love of reading and reviewing books and literature.
Read our Sustainable AV Column: www.proavmagazine.com
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Midori Connolly founded Pulse Staging and Events with the goal of being a different type of AV provider -to extend beyond just being technically perfect and make a difference in the world.
Her passion has led her to writing the first set of guidelines for sustainable AV staging. She now writes a column on Green AV for ProAV Magazine and is the Vice-Chair for the US EPA’s AV Committee for Green Meeting and Event development. She also speaks on the topic of CSR through MPI’s Platinum Speaker program and frequently speaks on the topic of Green Business in general.
She also strives to support women in the AV industry. Her efforts to improve the AV industry led to her selection as one of the top 100 AV professionals in the world by InfoComm International, and one of only a handful of women selected.
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Debbie DeMarco, CMP
Senior Meeting Planner
3111 Clairmont Road, Suite A
Atlanta, GA 30329
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Debbie DeMarco enjoys reading all types of books and finds that reading is one of the best resources to learn more. She also finds reading a great way to relax. She has been a corporate meeting planner for more than 10 years and last year earned her CMP. Her job requires me to do all aspects of meeting planning since she am the only planner on staff. She also has a background in journalism and helps edit her company's client presentations, meeting agendas, and research reports.
Lina DiMatteo, CMP
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Lina DiMatteo has been working in the fast paced National Event Planning field for over 10 years. Lina has obtained the CMP designation which is foremost certification of the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. A Marketing Sales Certificate from Sheridan College combined with 12 years of management experience in the hospitality industry, gives Lina a unique perspective and advantage. Lina is always enhancing her skills in the business and has attended several university courses in Public Relations-Events Management, Program Planning for Meetings & Conventions, Hospitality Management and Communications at Ryerson, George Brown and Humber College.
Elizabeth George, CMM
Manager of Northeast Regional Sales
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau
11 Noyac Harbor Road
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Elizabeth George, CMM is Manager of Northeast Sales for the New Orleans CVB. She continues to be an active MPI member, having served as a past president of MPI New Jersey and as a member of the International Chapter Leadership Committee. Elizabeth is also a speaker and facilitator with a focus on leadership development and corporate social responsibility and is one of the presenters for the new MPI CSR Platinum programs for 2009-2010.
Edgar Gierbolini, CMP
Meetings & Conferences Director
Association of Texas Professional Educators
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Edgar Gierbolini has held positions on the board of International Association of Exhibition Managers (now IAEE) Central Texas Chapter, National Association of Catering Executives Austin Chapter and the Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. He's written articles for the newsletters/magazines of all three of these organizations. He also assists with the review of my association magazine and leadership newsletter with Association of Texas Professional Educators.
Tami Gilbertson is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 14 years of event and meeting experience. She is a Manager of Events and Promotions with WPS Health Insurance. Tami is passionate about the meetings industry and thrives on promoting her peers within the business. “We need to showcase all our talents, and especially highlight our analytical skills and demonstrate our project management capabilities!” Tami is proudly serving as the 2009-2010 President-Elect for the Wisconsin Chapter and eagerly anticipating her upcoming leadership role as Chapter President.
Amanda Gourgue, CMP
Chief Meeting Revolutionist
125 Cartland Road
Lee, NH 03861
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Amanda L. Gourgue, CMP, LEED AP is a revolutionist! She started her own company called Meeting Revolution. It is a meeting and event company that specializes in environmental friendly meetings. Meeting Revolution also assists meeting facilities in becoming socially responsible.
Currently, Amanda is an active member in the hospitality community. She is the Co-Chair of the Membership Committee for Meeting Professional International, New England Chapter, a member of the Board of Directors for United States Green Building Council, New Hampshire Chapter, contributes to the Meeting Professional International Community Membership Advisory Council, and participates on the food and beverage subcommittees for APEX. In April, 2009, MeetingNews recognized Amanda as one of the top 30 meeting professionals under 30 in the United States. Amanda also earned her Certified Meeting Professional and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design designation and now is working towards her Certified Meeting Manager designation.
Dr. Elling Hamso
European Event ROI Institute
Phone: +47 90 12 24 18
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Elling Hamso is a Meeting Management Consultant based in Norway. He has spent most of his career as a senior executive in the Norwegian oil and gas industry and later as a management consultant. He started an event agency in Norway in 2000 and the European Event ROI Institute in 2005. He is Past President of Meeting Professionals International Norway Chapter and has been a member of MPI's European Council and Research Advisory Panel. Conference & Incentive Travel Magazine ranked him 5th on their list of the 50 most influential people in the UK meetings and events industry in 2006 and the Swedish magazine Meetings International placed him as number 11 on their list of the 100 'hottest names' in the Scandinavian meetings industry. Hamso is a Management Sciences graduate and holds a Ph.D. in supplier - customer relationship strategies from Manchester University.
1313 Lone Oak Road
Eagan, MN 55121
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Mesha Hegna is an active member of the Minnesota Chapter of Meeting Planners International and a participant of their Community Outreach Committee. In January and February of 2009, she co-chaired the effort to raise funds and collect donations for the Animal Humane Society; another cause very dear to my heart. For the 2009-2010 season, she will be co-chair of the Community Outreach Committee.
It is rare that Mesha is not reading one, if not more, book(s) at a time and she has a passion for learning and sharing that experience.
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Claudia J. Hendrix
PO Box 612281
Dallas, TX 75261
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Claudia Hendrix is a registered nurse by profession and a meeting and event planner and world traveler by passion. Her medical communication and analytical skills have served her well as she has moved from profession to passion. She is an analytical reader and writer having authored medical reference resources. She is able to analyze content and package it in a consolidated and persuasive format back to the reader. She has taught both young and older adult learners basic and complex critical thinking skills as well as behavioral styles and interaction principles. She has performed gap analysis to uncover where the critical gaps are between need and goals in both a paper and paperless or technological format.
880 N. Alameda St, #417
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Beverly Laing, CMP, CTC has over 18 years of travel and meeting management experience. Beverly is employed by Condico Corporation, a global travel management company located in Los Angeles. She was previously employed by JNR Incorporated as Account Manager, and most recently worked on programs for BMW, Lexus, Pacific Life and AutoNation, to name a few. Other employers include the International Council of Shopping Centers, as western division manager responsible for planning and operating conferences, trade shows and VIP events for the western region, covering 13 states from Colorado to Hawaii; and as Director of Operations for RSVP Events, a meetings and event company based in New York City. Beverly is a Certified Meeting Professional, Certified Travel Consultant, member of MPI and SITE. She is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Chapter of MPI, previously as Director of Awards & Recognition (2007-2008), Director of Professional Development (2008-2009) and was recently elected as Vice President of Education for the 2009-2010 year. Beverly was awarded the 2008 MPISCC Planner of the Year honor.
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Shirley Layne, CMP
1500-10060 Jasper Ave
Edmonton, AB T5J 4A2
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Shirley Layne is the Events Supervisor for the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA), the regulatory body for engineering, geology and geophysics in Alberta. She has served on the Greater Edmonton Chapter of MPI in various capacities on the Nominating, Membership and Education Committeees. She also held the position of Newsletter Editor for three years and was privileged to received the "Best Editorial" and "Planner of the Year" awards from the chapter.
She volunteers with the We Care Inner City Ministry lunch program, making and delivering lunches to homeless people. She is also an avid reader and quilter.
Ilyse A Link, CMP
Manager, Meeting Services
PAREXEL Medical Communications
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Operations Manager, CMI Resources
602.265.8814 x33 - fax: 602.265.9901
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Jen Merkel considers herself to be a lifelong learner and especially enjoys reading books that can improve her business and management skills. Although she has been a planner for several years and is considered to be senior level, she finds that there are always new things to learn about. As a published author, her writing skills will help to analyze and share information regarding various topics presented in MPI bookstore books.
Daphne J. Meyers, CMM
Red Barn Group
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Daphne Meyers loves to read and reviews many books on her own. She does this to evaluate material for teaching, speaking and remaining current. She is interested in learning a more "formal" process to review the books she's probably already reading. Also, she has a broad base of knowledge and experiences that will make her useful to this activity.
AIM (AOL): katjadm
You can also find me on Face Book.
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With more than a decade in the meeting planning industry, Katja Morgenstern has worked on both the planner and supplier sides of the business. Having had such varied opportunities has allowed her to develop skills applicable to all aspects of the industry. Her experience has led her to be an active speaker, panelist and moderator in the areas of Risk Management, Food and Beverage, and Project Management. Katja has been nominated for several awards within her MPI chapter. She has maintained her education and increased her value in the industry by attending various conferences, reading publications and blogging. Katja is an active member of the MPI - Georgia Chapter (GaMPI) and is the Assistant Editor and a contributing writer for BreakOut Magazine, Co-Chair for the MeetDifferent 2009 Hospitality Committee; and a committee member of Indulgence and Southern Education Alliance (SEA) 2009.
Maple Mountain Hospitality
PO Box 1874
Manchester Center, VT 05255
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Ron Naples is the owner of Maple Mountain Hospitality, Inc. which provides hospitality consulting and services. Naples consults on Meeting Planning, Hospitality Operations, and Customer Care.
Ron has been named one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry by Meeting News Magazine. He received the Award for Teaching Excellence from New York University in February 2000 designating him a distinguished teacher in the field of Meeting Management and Hospitality. The International Association of Conference Centers awarded Ron their prestigious Pyramid Award in April 2000 for his contributions to their educational programming. IACC then awarded Naples their most prestigious honor, The Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service in April of 2007. Naples is an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management.
He frequently addresses national groups on trends in services for the Meeting Planning, Hospitality, and Service Training industry. He is a member of the International Association of Conference Centers,and Meeting Professionals International.
Jeff Rasco, CMP
Partner/CEO, Attendee Management, Inc.
15572 RR 12 North, Suite 1, Wimberley, TX 78676
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A veteran meeting professional with over a quarter century of experience, Jeff Rasco is President of Attendee Management, Inc., providing online registration solutions for housing, travel, and e-marketing.
Jeff is a popular speaker on technology and its impact on meetings, and especially those people who plan and support them. He has written dozens of articles and columns on the topic, and is frequently quoted as an expert in the trade press.
He has received a number of professional honors, most notably Meeting Planner of the Year from Meeting Professionals InternationaI in 1996, their international Chapter Leader of the Year in 1994, the MPI Texas Hill Country Chapter’s Supplier of the Year in 2005 and Houston MPI’s Planner of the Year in 1987.
He has served on MPI’s International Board of Directors, the MPI Foundation Board of Trustees, and on the boards of the Texas Hill Country and Houston Area MPI Chapters.
His goal is to increase the quality of meetings and elevate the strategic value of meeting professionals through the intelligent use of technology.
Phyllis M. Secor, CMP
426 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205
518-452-8230 / 800-291-2629
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One of Phyllis Secor's job responsibilities is final proofreader for NYSFDA's newsletters and brochures. She also proofread a textbook that was published about two years ago and has written a grammar manual for her office.
Phyllis is a member of the MPI NENY Communications and CMP Scholarship committees.
James Spellos, CMP
Check out my blog - www.fabulousspellosbrothers.typepad.com
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James Spellos is the President of Meeting U., a company specializing in training in the topics of technology applications and meeting planning.
Jim is certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). He is a recognized expert in the field of technology for meeting professional, delivering nearly 200 seminars annually on technology applications. Jim also is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)
He is a faculty member at New York University, teaching in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies since 1990. Jim joined the undergraduate faculty in 2002.
Through Meeting U., Jim publishes a monthly technology e-letter named Techniques. This free newsletter discusses technology issues both within the meetings industry, as well as those that apply for all professional and personal use. With his brother Peter, Jim published his first book, 99 Fabulous Food Websites You Can’t Eat Without, in late 2006.
Outside of the meetings industry, Jim is an accomplished musician and songwriter, playing guitar, keyboards and singing for the New York City rock band Contraband. They released their first CD, “Welcome to the Neighborhood” in late 2008, with all proceeds going to charity.
International Marketing Partners Ltd.
Grosvenor Gardens House
35-37 Grosvenor Gardens
London SW1W 0BS
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Allyson Stewart-Allen is an internationally renowned business guru and media personality whose expertise in the fields of international marketing, US business and inter-cultural working is sought by European and US organisations growing their markets on either side of the Atlantic. A Californian based in Europe for over 20 years, Allyson applies her fluency in French and German and several years’ consulting experience to the company she founded, International Marketing Partners, through her employment with blue-chip consulting firms Price Waterhouse, PA Consulting Group and Hay Management Consultants.
Among many other accomplishments, she is also a Programme Director at the London Business School Centre for Management Development and a member of the European faculty of the Centre for Creative Leadership. She is a Fellow of the Marketing Society, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Fellow of the British American Project, an active member of the American Marketing Association, Institute of Directors, International Women’s Forum and serving on the Advisory Boards of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and the New York-based Business for Diplomatic Action. She also serves as a judge of the US-based The Stevie® International Business Awards.
Allyson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from the Marshall School at the University of Southern California, as well as an MBA from Claremont Graduate University under the direct tutelage of Dr. Peter Drucker. Allyson has been based in London since 1988 and is a British and US citizen, originally from Los Angeles, California.
Kelly Stump, CMP
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Kelly Stump is an expert in the field of core meeting and event skills through her job as a corporate meeting planner, reading anything she can get her hands on concerning meeting planner, taking classes through MPI and taking the CMP test.
Kelly is also a member of the Ohio Chapter Recognition Committee 2008 and 2009.
Mary-Ann Urbanovich, CMP
Chair, PAMPI CMP Study Group
Member, CMP Study Group Leaders Committee
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Catherine K. Wittke, Hons B.A., C.M.P.
Faculty, Business & Hospitality Programs (Co-ordinator Post-Grad Event Management Certificate)
Conestoga College - Waterloo Campus
519 885 0300 x.583
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Catherine Wittke is a full time faculty member for hospitatlity programs, specializing in post-grad event management courses. She has researched content, secured textbooks as well as other resources, developed course outlines and content as well as delivered materials (including testing and other evaluation tools) for almost two years. Through her years as a corporate planner, she was a member of the board of directors for FICP, so understands strategic initiatives and processes. As well, in her current role as a faculty member she has day to day contact with students and other members of the hospitality community that adds a unique and valuable perspective.
Personal Leadership Speaker and Coach
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Besides being a senior sales manager in a hotel, Sharon Worsley is also a professionally trained personal leadership coach with a successful practice with clients who are in sales, marketing, advertising, entrepreneurs, owners of multi million dollar companies. She reads extensively and attends on average 6-8 seminars and conferences per year relating to the meeting industry, professional development and leadership.
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