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Top Performing Chapter Award

 

 

Honors

 

The Planner of the Year Award recognizes a planner-member who represents leadership and excellence in the meeting planning profession along with a commitment to the local events community and our chapter.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Must be an MPI-CC member for a minimum of 3 consecutive years
  • Served or currently serves as a committee member, committee chair or Board member
  • Demonstrated dedication, commitment and involvement in the meetings industry
  • Has not been selected in the past three years

Past Winners:

  • 2018 - Deanna Giffith-House, CMP, CMM
  • 2017 - April Ferguson, CMP, CMM
  • 2016 - Amelia Hodges, CMP, CMM
  • 2015 - Alison Harding, CMP, GTP
  • 2014 - Diane Weems
  • 2013 - John Cruz, CMM
  • 2012 - Louise Paul, CMP, CMM
  • 2011 - Lori Hedrick, CMP, MHA
  • 2010 - Kathy Norris, CMP, CMM
  • 2009 - Wendy Mooneyham, CMP
  • 2008 - Jean Travers, CMP
  • 2007 - Diane Butzer, CMP
  • 2006 – Nancy Lowe, CMP
  • 2005 - Ginny Fountain, CMP
  • 2004 - Nancy Walborn, CMP
  • 2003 - Marla C. Amann, CMP
  • 2002 - Bonnie Wallsh, CMP
  • 2001 - Tina Whitmore
  • 2000 - Flora Moorman, CMP
  • 1999 - Colleen Schwoerke, CMP
  • 1998 - Catherine Voron, CMP, CMM
  • 1997 - Gail Vanderbeck
  • 1996 - Laura Saeger, CMP, CMM
  • 1995 - Cindy C. Smith, CMP
  • 1994 - Linda Cook Morris
  • 1993 - Marie Long, CMP
  • 1992 - Barbara Tilton, CMP
  • 1991 - Alan Skipper, CMP
  • 1990 - Rick Ghoens, CMP
  • 1989 - Martha Satterfield
  • 1988 - Toni Sylvester, CMP
  • 1987 - Linda Roland Crespino
  • 1986 - Nancy Holder
  • 1985 - Nancy Holder

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

The Supplier of the Year Award recognizes a supplier-member who represents leadership and excellence in the meeting planning profession along with a commitment to the local events community and our chapter.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Must be an MPI-CC member for a minimum of 3 consecutive years
  • Served or currently serves as a committee member, committee chair or Board member
  • Demonstrated dedication, commitment and involvement in the meetings industry
  • Has not been selected in the past three years  

Past Winners:

  • 2018 - Farrah Staub, CMP
  • 2017 - Maureen Donovan
  • 2016 - Myron Jones
  • 2015 - Erin Moye
  • 2014 - Molly Johnson, CMP
  • 2013 - Loretta Yingling, CMP
  • 2012 - Malinda Harrell, CMP, CASE
  • 2011 - Corey Bizzell
  • 2010 - Myron Jones
  • 2009 - Scott Moore
  • 2008 - Kay Grant, CMP
  • 2007 - Kathy Flowe, CMP
  • 2006 – Lenore Donaldson
  • 2005 - Scott Crotty
  • 2004 - Linda Isley, CMP
  • 2003 - Andrew D. Schmidt, CHME
  • 2002 - Joe Blake
  • 2001 - Heidi Walters, CHME
  • 2000 - Candy Cline
  • 1999 - Susie Lichenstein, CMP
  • 1998 - Brenda Dempsey
  • 1997 - Judy Green, CHME
  • 1996 - Michael Carrier
  • 1995 - Sandra Hale
  • 1994 - Leslie Dillingham
  • 1993 - Bill Johnson
  • 1992 - Liz Guertin
  • 1991 - Jan Hogan
  • 1990 - Linda Blume
  • 1989 - Bob McCoy
  • 1988 - Lee Dodson
  • 1987 - Vince Chelena
  • 1986 - Bill Caldwell
  • 1985 - Alan Campey

Cory D BizzellThe Bizzell Award of Excellence was created in memory of Corey D. Bizzell, a longtime member of the Carolinas Chapter of MPI. Corey exemplified excellence and dedication, not only to the chapter, but in every aspect of his life. Bizzell was a constant advocate of elevating our meetings industry to the next level. In honor of his legacy, the President will award a chapter member who has demonstrated a superior level of excellence, passion, and leadership in their service to MPI-CC.  

 

AWARD RECIPIENTS 

  • 2018 - Christine Irwin, CMP and Sarah Johnson
  • 2017 - Tim Miron
  • 2016 - Malinda Harrell, CMP, CASE
  • 2015 - Ginny Fountain, CMP, CMM

This award is presented to a MPI-CC member who has consistently and significantly contributed to the chapter and has volunteered his or her services to the chapter in the current year. Their active dedication, enthusiasm and numerous hours of volunteerism has demonstrated unparalleled commitment to the advancement of our chapter. *The current Board of Directors is not eligible to receive this award during their term.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Current, active MPI-CC Member
  • Currently employed as a meeting planner or industry supplier
  • Committee Membership (current Board of Directors is not eligible)
  • Involvement in committee-driven initiatives within the past year

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS 

  • 2018 - Cathy Mauldin, CMP
  • 2017 - Kathy B. Flowe, CMP
  • 2016 - Linda Ilsley, CMP

This award recognizes the meeting that had the greatest impact on our members and provided a return on investment.  Board will review candidates provided by the Management Office, based on overall attendee evaluation score of the venue and welcome reception. Certificates of appreciation will be awarded to all vendors involved in producing the meeting.

Criteria for Eligibility:

With this award being presented at the Annual meeting in May, the meetings that are eligible are the Annual Meeting (May) from the previous fiscal year through the March meeting of the current fiscal year. 

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS 

  • 2018 - The StateView Hotel - March 2018 Chapter Meeting
  • 2017 - Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley - September 2016 Education & Business Exchange
  • 2016 - Spartanburg Marriott - March 2016 Chapter Meeting

This award honors the Committee's outstanding contributions to the Chapter during the current year and is selected by the Chapter President, President-Elect and Immediate Past President. 

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS 

2018 - Education Committee
Wendy Jeffries - Co-Chair
Alison Flaig - Co-Chair
Nicole Filippo
Sharon Elder
Tammy Jeffries

2017 - Social Media Committee
Mica Parekh - Committee Chair
Jean Travers
Neelam Patel
Tennessa Moore
Najauna White

The Hall of Fame Award recognizes a long-standing MPI-CC member who has continually contributed to the chapter with their ongoing commitment and a strong sense of leadership and volunteerism. This person has exemplified professionalism, dedication and overall excellence in the chapter, the meetings industry and in the community in which they serve.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Current, active MPI-CC Member with minimum of 10 years of membership
  • Served or currently serves as a committee member, committee chair or Board member
  • Has not been selected in the past three years
  • Nomination will be reviewed and approved by current Board of Directors. 

Past Winners:

  • 2018 - Molly Johnson, CMP
  • 2017 - Christian Schroeder
  • 2016 - Malinda Harrell, CMP, CASE
  • 2015 - Nancy Lowe, CMP
  • 2014 - Kathy B. Flowe, CMP
  • 2013 - Ginny Fountain, CMP
  • 2012 - Andrew Schmidt, CHME
  • 2011 - Joe Blake
  • 2010 - Lenore Donaldson
  • 2009 - Heidi Walters, CHME
  • 2008 - Linda Ilsley, CMP
  • 2007 - Linda Ekeland
  • 2006 - Jerry Lotich
  • 2005 - Candy Cline
  • 2004 - Catherine Voron, CMP, CMM
  • 2003 - Melvin Tennant, CAE
  • 2002 - Judy Green, CHME
  • 2001 - Liz Guertin

TOMORROW'S LEADER AWARD:

This award recognizes a Chapter member for their enthusiastic contributions to the chapter, involvement in a committee and demonstrated leadership ability during their first four years of membership in MPI and MPI Carolina’s Chapter.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Current, active MPI-CC Member with 4 years or less of membership and service
  • Currently employed as a meeting planner or industry supplier
  • Has not been selected in the past three years
  • Demonstrates exemplary leadership skills

Past Winners:

  • 2018 - Karen Wall
  • 2017 - Mallory Middleton, CMP
  • 2016 - Selah Bideau, TMP
  • 2015 - Amelia Hodges, CMP, CMM
  • 2014 - Kevin Snyder
  • 2013 - Wendy Mesa
  • 2012 - Adair Yatko
  • 2011 - Lisa Barber, CHSP
  • 2010 - April Ferguson, CMP, CMM
  • 2009 - Malinda Harrell, CASE, CMP
  • 2008 - Alison Harding, CMP, GTP, CMM
  • 2007 - Diane Godwin
  • 2006 - Scott Moore
  • 2005 - Monica Smith, CMP
  • 2004 - Scott Crotty
  • 2003 - Ginny Fountain, CMP, CMM
  • 2002 - Lenore Donaldson
  • 2001 - Elizabeth Lyons, CMP

PRESIDENT'S AWARD:

This award is selected by the current Chapter President. This is not a mandatory award that must be given each year, but it is at the discretion of the Chapter President. It goes to a Chapter member whom the president feels has given 110% to MPI-CC during his/her membership and may be awarded at any bi-monthly meeting and/or at the annual meeting.

Past Winners:

  • 2018 - Amelia Hodges, CMP, CMM
  • 2017 - Molly Johnson, CMP
  • 2016 - Christine Irwin, CMP
  • 2015 - Christine Irwin, CMP
  • 2014 - Lenore Donaldson
  • 2013 - Ginny Fountain, CMP and Beverly Abraham
  • 2012 - Vince Chelena
  • 2011 - Linda Ilsley, CMP
  • 2010 - Linda Ilsley, CMP and Amanda DeHaven
  • 2009 - Diane Butzer, CMP, CMM
  • 2008 - Tim Miron
  • 2007 - Kathy Flowe, CMP
  • 2006 - Heidi Walters, CHME and Erin Moye
  • 2005 - Andrew Schmidt, CHME
  • 2004 - Danny Treece
  • 2003 - Karen Knox, CMP and Brenda Taylor
  • 2002 - Judy Green, CHME

 

Do You Know a Helping Hand? We have so many active members who deserve recognition for their efforts! If you know of someone who is going above and beyond, share their name and volunteer accomplishments with us so we can give them a shout out. This person can be a committee chair or member or even a brand new MPI-CC member who has already started to shine. Helping Hand Awards are given on a monthly basis and nominations are accepted all the time! Please send your nomination to April Ferguson at  aprilferguson10@gmail.com.

Click here to nominate a Helping Hand

2017

September
Lori Hedrick, CMP, CMM, MHA, CSEP
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

2016

March
Jennifer Kist, CMP
Vroomz

Farrah Staub, CMP
Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

November
Ginny Fountain, CMP, CMM
NC Association of Electric Cooperatives

2015

January
Cathy Mauldin, CMP
DESA, Inc. 

2014

March
Randi Sullivan
DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia

July
Brittany O’Shaughnessy
Francis Marion Hotel

September
Stephen Valliere
Hawks Cay Island Resort

November
Kimberly Harrelson
Kingsmill Resort

2013

January
Tonya Miller
Embassy Suites Greensboro

March
Lenore Donaldson
The Carolina Inn

July
Alison Harding, CMP
Global Knowledge

September
Kevin Snyder
Inspir-Active Solutions, Inc.

November
Jeanette Keys
Greenville Convention Center

2011

January
Diane Kinlaw
Destination Site Visit

March
Myron Jones
Fayetteville CVB

July
Jean Travers 
HelmsBriscoe

September
April Clark Ferguson, CMP
Experient, Onsite at Cisco Systems

November
Dayma Edwards, CMP
Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

January
Alyce Kelly
Sheraton Atlantic Oceanfront Hotel

March
Louise Paul, CMP, CMM
Cisco Systems

July
Joe Murtagh
The Dream Speaker

September
Annette Zarriello, CMP, CMM
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC

November
Karolyn Stone, CHSP, CMP
Marriott and Courtyard Columbia Downtown

2009

January
Maureen Donovan
Holiday Inn Sunspree Wrightsville Beach

March
April Clark, CMP 
North Carolina Advocates for Justice

July
Karen Knox, CMP, CMM
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC

September
Patricia Easley
Norfolk Marriott

November
Kathryn Byrd, CMP, CPP
Meetings Plus More! LLC

2008

January
Wendy Bassett, CMP
HelmsBriscoe

March
Jean Travers
HelmsBriscoe

July
David Perez
Crown Plaza Resort Asheville

September
Diane Butzer, CMP
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC

November
Tracie Panko
The Carolina Inn

2007

January
Danna Lilly
Myrtle Beach Area CVB

March
Myron Jones 
Fayetteville CVB

July
Carol Hawks Smith
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Hotel

September
Karolyn Stone, CHSP, CMP
Marriott Columbia

November
Regan Hodges 
Harris Conference Center 

2006

July
Marie Stiles, CMP
Meetings with Style LLC

September
Dianne Brice
Visit Charlotte

November 
Kay Grant, CMP
Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club


 

 


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