Join us for the annual RISE Awards, an inspiring event Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence. After Sunday's Opening General Session, MPI will present the RISE Awards for achievements made by individuals, MPI communities, and organizations. Experience first-hand who is making an impact on the meetings and events industry.
Attendance to the presentation and luncheon is free. Make sure you register to attend the event when processing your conference registration.
2012 MPI RISE Awards Recipients
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The RISE Award for Young Professional Achievement
will be presented to Jillian Schroeder for her leadership and
encouragement of student involvement in industry‐related programs.
Jillian led the way in gaining student participation, helping develop
the “MENTOR Me” program and creating the “Student Involvement” webpage
for the MPI Wisconsin Chapter. She actively speaks at her alma mater on
student‐life topics and serves on the Madison College Alumni Advisory
Board, providing input on the direction of the college.
The RISE Award for Meeting Industry Leadership will be presented
to Ray Bloom, CMM, for his lasting impact in changing the way the
meetings and events industry conducts business at tradeshows. In the
late 1980’s, Ray pioneered the hosted buyer program, a concept of
inviting the right buyers to attend a tradeshow and matched to meet the
business needs of exhibitors. With the development and launch of three
successful shows, EIBTM, IMEX in Frankfurt, and IMEX America, Ray has
changed the way in which tradeshows generate and engage business. Ray
also focuses on the future of the industry through the Future Leaders
Forum which has engaged 5,000 student participants since its launch in
| The RISE Award for Member of the Year will be presented to Amanda
Cecil, PhD, CMP for her volunteer leadership in the creation of the
Meeting and Business Event Competency Standards (MBECS). Amanda chaired
the MPI Body of Knowledge Task Force which was responsible for creating
the MBECS, the first occupational standard for the meeting and event
profession and adopted by the CIC to be used in updating the CMP job
analysis and exam blueprint. Amanda has served on the MPI Indiana
Chapter’s Board of Directors and volunteered on international committees
and task forces focused on students and knowledge. |
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The RISE Award for Community Achievement in Knowledge and Ideas will be presented to the Tennessee Chapter for the Let MPI Rock Your World Road Trip.
Taking place over three days and touring 440 miles of the state's three
regions, chapter leaders collaborated with supplier members to host
duplicate events for the purpose of advocating its “One State, One
Chapter” philosophy. The events incorporated live entertainment with
progressive education and business networking opportunities. The impact
of these events includes ongoing recruitment, increased attendance at
regional events and growing engagement in social media. The program is
now considered a MPI Chapter Best Practice and has been translated into
The RISE Award for Community Achievement in Marketplace Excellence will recognize the Tampa Bay Area Chapter for its Connections Campaign
implemented in 2010‐11 as an avenue for members to share and quantify
member‐to‐member business connections proving the value of MPI. This
ongoing campaign created over 260 connections in its first year with a
value of more than $6 million of member‐to‐member business within the
chapter. The program exceeded goals and is attributed to increasing
member satisfaction within the chapter.
The RISE Award for Organizational Achievement
will be presented to Royal DSM for its strategic and successful use of
meetings and events to launch its new brand identity, Bright Science.
Brighter Living™. in February 2011. To engage stakeholders, specifically
internal, the company created the “Bright Launch” event. This took
place across the globe and comprised a total of 149 events in two days.
Success metrics were validated following the event, as employees were
able to explain the vision and direction of the company and its new
brand. Based on survey results of the past 4 years, Royal DSM employees
are more engaged and proud to work for the company. The leadership
within Royal DSM has grown its corporate meetings and events capability
to advance strategy, drive engagement, and enable change.