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    Posted by Jeff Loy at
    03:00PM 12/17/2014
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    Houston Convention Center Betting on Bitcoin

    By Jeff Loy Houston’s George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center recently got into the digital currency game by becoming the first convention center in the world to have an ATM dealing in Bitcoin. According to Dawn Ullrich, president and CEO of Houston First Corp., which manages the convention center, the main focus on having the machine is attendee-driven. “We are not doing this as a money-maker; this is revenue neutral,” Ullrich says. Read More


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    Posted by Blair Potter at
    03:01PM 12/15/2014
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    The Traveler Finds a Home

    by Blair Potter Johanna Norberg (MPI Sweden Chapter), digital data strategist at Hyper Island, struggled to find a place where she truly belonged before finding a home in the meeting industry. Part of her growth can be attributed to earning the MPI Foundation’s Larry Lee Memorial Scholarship (established by Encore Productions and Freeman), which enabled her to attend IMEX America 2014. Read More


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    Posted by Jeff Loy at
    02:55PM 12/10/2014
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    See You Again Soon

    Former MPI Chief Operating Officer Cindy D’Aoust recently announced that she was leaving to join Cruise Lines International Association. Below is her farewell column from the December issue of The Meeting Professional. It is with mixed emotions that I write my final message as a member of the MPI leadership team. By now, you have likely heard that I left to join the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) on December 8. Read More


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    Posted by Michael Pinchera at
    03:00PM 12/08/2014
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    2014: A Year of Progress

    By Michael Pinchera With economies slowly beginning to wake up from the years-long recession slumber, important social progress was able to take some much-needed steps toward permanency. Those topics, and all that naturally fit within those categories, are top-of-mind for the big-picture headlines that affected meeting and event professionals in 2014, presenting challenges and opportunities along the way. Read More


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    Posted by Blair Potter at
    02:59PM 12/05/2014
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    Giving Back is Good for Business

    by Blair Potter A personal mission to help out a friend with her fight against cancer and in the process create a thriving business founded on a very basic, but compelling principle—giving back is good business—led to the creation of one of the MPI Foundation’s key affinity program partners. “Eight founders came together in 2007 wanting to create a quality wine that gives back to worthy causes,” says Brandon Hall, CMO and co-founder of ONEHOPE Wine. Read More