Top Performing Chapter Award
March 28, 2019
March 2019 Meeting
Charlotte, NC
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Top Performing Chapter Award



2018 Carolinas' Xchange - Educate. Experience. Entertain.

September 20, 2018 - September 21, 2018
3:00 PM - 12:00 PM
The Westin Charlotte
601 S College Street
Charlotte, NC
United States
MPI Carolinas

Exterior Day - Westin Charlotte

Thursday, September 20th




10:00am - 12:00pm

Board of Directors Meeting


12:00pm - 6:30pm


Providence Promenade

12:00pm - 3pm

Tradeshow Registration Open
*Doors will open for exhibitor set-up at 1pm

Grand Promenade

2:30pm - 3:00pm

New Member / First Timer Mixer


3:00pm - 4:00pm

Education Session: "MPI Feud Game Show"
*Complimentary for Planners
Sponsored by ATG Entertainment

 Providence I

4:00pm - 6:30pm

Carolinas' XCHANGE
*Complimentary for Planners

Xchange Break Sponsored by B Resort & Spa - Disney Springs

Grand Ballroom C

7:00pm - 9:00pm        

Welcome Reception                            

 Providence I

Friday, September 21st





7:30am - 9:30am                          


Grand Promenade

8:00am - 9:00am

Sponsored by Daytona Beach Area CVB

Chapter Announcements begin at 8:30

Grand Ballroom C

9:00am - 10:15am

Education Session: "Meetings Industry News - Future Trends, Challenges, and YOU!"
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Grand Ballroom C

10:15am - 10:30am

Morning Break

Grand Promenade

10:30am - 12:00pm

Education Session: "Meetings Industry News - Future Trends, Challenges, and YOU!" - Part II
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Grand Ballroom C

12:10pm - 12:40pm                   

CMP Exam Information Session



Thursday, September 20th - 3pm - 4pm **Only available to planners and EXHIBITING suppliers***

*Complimentary for Planners

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MPI Feud Game Show

Have you ever heard of the game show Family Feud? Want to try to answer exciting questions and win prizes? Well, get ready, here is your chance to participate with your MPI peers while learning in this very interactively wild and entertaining open format.

MPI Feud game show is coming to the Carolinas Chapter and welcomes you to participate while contributing in a very interactive team format. The show’s surprise host will conduct challenging questions about the meetings industry, culture, history, pop music, people, places and more. Test your knowledge and wisdom and win!

This fascinating educational format will help you network, collaborate, hear different perspectives for your everyday business strategies. Check out to know if you are eligible below and join in on this fast pace, fun and informative live show that will be conducted at the Westin Charlotte from 3:00pm-4:00pm on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Up for the challenge?

Sponsored by ATG Entertainment

Eligibility Game Participants:

  • Must be an MPI XHCANGE attendee!
  • Must be a fun and creative person!
  • Must be an energetic team player!
  • Must be ready to play to win prizes!

Friday, September 21st - 9am-12pm

Meetings Industry News - Future Trends, Challenges and YOU!

LISTEN UP MEETING PROFESSIONALS! Last year, the U.S. economy gained momentum and the meetings industry followed suit. But, now there are speed bumps ahead with major changes that will strongly affect the way you do business.

In this fast-pace two-part session, hear from the meeting industry news tracker and 27 year hospitality veteran, Deborah Gardner on how to modernize your business strategies. Find out the up-to-the-minute state of the meetings mega trends, outlook, forecasts and statistics including what meeting threats are on the horizon and why you “need” to know.

Then, join in the “real-time”, “talk-back” interactive format where YOU participate in an open discussion while learning from others. Share the internal and external factors that impact your business, the economic environment, meeting design, content delivery and more.    

No matter how long you have been in the meeting or event profession, if you are serious about your future success, don’t miss this never-heard-before evidence delivered on steroids, red bull and a double espresso. Up for the challenge?    


  • Better understand your role today and participate to greatly enhance your relationships, business and career

  • Learn about the most up-to-the-minute meeting industry news that will blow your mind

  • Realize the state of the industry developments, the government initiatives and best practices to help you communicate the value of meetings

CMP_PP Program LogoThe use of the CMP Preferred Provider Pre-Check logo is not an endorsement by the Events Industry Council of the quality of the session. This logo means that this session has met the criteria to be pre-approved for CMP certification credit.


Date: Thursday, September 20th
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

*Complimentary for Planners

Charlotte Motor Speedway theme with YOU being the pit stop! No pipe, no drape, no 6 foot table, just you, your popup display or info on a high top table. Prepare a short pitch at your pit stop and then get one-on-one time with planners who want to BUY MPI!

Reserve your “pole position” before August 20th to save.

Includes registration for Chapter meeting and education. All exhibitors are encouraged to donate a stay / package / basket to encourage planner attendance. We will be awarding these packages to planners throughout the XCHANGE.

Don’t be a “back marker” and fall to the back of the pack! Sign up today for exhibitor registration or call Barb Dragan, Committee Chair, at 864-704-6851 with questions.

See you in the winner’s circle!

Exhibitor Registration           Late Rate
(After Aug. 20th)        
Member $500            $600
Non-Member $650 $750
Annual Sponsor $450      $550 

Carolinas' XCHANGE Program Sponsor
 - $1,000
Only one left!

Carolinas' XCHANGE Break Sponsor - PURCHASED
B Resort & Spa - Disney Springs

Carolinas' XCHANGE Bag Sponsor - PURCHASED
Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater CVB 

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About the Speaker

A swimming champion turned author & competitive performance expert, Deborah Gardner, CMP helps companies and organization (sales and negotiating) professionals advance to new levels of success for maximum winning results. 

With a lifetime of competitive experience, Deborah has a wealth of practice being a Marine Brat, an Olympic Trial swimmer, a ground-breaking leader as one of the first female broadcasters with CBS Sports and WHO-Radio and a 27 year hospitality sales veteran. Today, Deborah is rising to international prominence with an entertaining and humorous sassy presentation approach by proving to help hundreds of people worldwide to discover their competitive spirit.

Deborah is a Certified Meeting Professional recipient. Actually, she is 1 of only 7 CMP speakers globally that has received this prestige credential, a “Meetings Mean Business” advocate, most requested speaker by Meeting Professional International, Meetings & Convention Magazine meeting planners voted Deborah as one of the best speakers heard, Event Industry Council’s Top 30 Influential Meeting Professionals and the Top 50 Smart Women Leaders by Smart Meetings Magazine.

Whether keynoting, facilitating or consulting, Deborah believes in mastering her craft on the platform by doing television commercial work as an actor, conducting voice-overs and runway modeling. Deborah lives in Arizona with her husband, Jerry and her 13 year old lover boy, Chief, the dog. 

Room Block

A room block is being held at The Westin Charlotte with a room rate of $159 a night. Book your room here before August 24, 2018 to receive the group rate! Or, you may call 1-866-837-4148 and mention MPI. Rooms must be canceled no later than 5pm on Monday, September 17th or there will be a cancellation fee of one night room and tax.


Late Rate Incurred after September 7th. No refunds given after September 13th.

Full Meeting Registration                         Late Rate                   
 Member $85      $100
 Non-Member $120                   $135 


Education Only Registration                   Late Rate                   
Member $70 $85
Non-Member $90                     $105


Reception Only Registration                   Late Rate                   
Member $60 $75
Non-Member $80                     $95
Other Registration Late Rate                   
Student $55 $70
Spouse / Non-Industry Guest                     $75                     $90

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