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2019-2020 Board of Directors Slate

January 28, 2019

The MPI Georgia Chapter Nominating Committee has selected the following individuals, whom we believe to have the skills, dedication and integrity to provide outstanding leadership to our chapter during their term of office. Please be aware that as a member in good standing you have the right to review and challenge the slate of directors as indicated in the chapter bylaws. If positions remain uncontested, the slate of officers will be considered approved by a unanimous vote after 30 days. Please congratulate and thank these members for their service.


The following slate of officers is elected by the Chapter Board of Directors. They are identified in this communication so members can view the full board proposed for the upcoming term.

Position Name and Company
President Abby Freeman
Mitchell Meetings
President Elect Allyson Wagner, CMP
Immediate Past President Tim Barrett, CMP
Destination South Meetings + Events
Vice President Finance Melissa Legaux, CMP
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Vice President Membership Meredith Martini, MS
PlayWorks Group & meetingWorks
Vice President Communications Sharon Collins, CMP, CMM, DES
American Cancer Society, Inc.
Vice President Education Chris Bonnett, CHIA, CMP
Meetings & Incentives Worldwide, Inc.
Vice President Strategic Events Carla Carroll
Salamander Hotels & Resorts


Directors (Board members)

The following slate of Board members is elected by the membership of the Chapter. This slate will be deemed elected by unanimous vote unless the slate is challenged as outlined in the chapter bylaws.

Position Name and Company
Director Leadership Development Open
Director Strategic Partnerships Neil Hibbert
Louisville Tourism
Director Membership Karen Schroeder
Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club
Director Education Tierra Copeland
BOMA Georgia
Director Communications Open
Director Strategic Events Open
Director Administration Jason Bastow
Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Please direct any questions to: Tara Zeravsky, CMP or 404.760.8129. A copy of the Chapter bylaws can be viewed here.


2019-2020 Nominations Committee

Thank you to these individuals for volunteering their time to select the leaders that will shape the future of our organization:

  • Andy Williams, CMP, TMP, Destination South Meetings + Events (Committee Chair)
  • Leah Allen, Meeting Expectations
  • Tim Barrett, CMP, Destination South Meetings + Events
  • Lesli Castaneda, CMP, Cox Enterprises
  • Brenda Dempsey, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
  • Abby Freeman, Mitchell's Meetings
  • Michael C. Hall, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Meredith Martini, PlayWorks Group & meetingWorks
  • Justin Page, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Karen Schroeder, Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club

Join a Committee

Interested in finding out more about the various committees within MPI Georgia? Opportunities are always available to get involved. Contact the committee leaders guiding the area of your interest to learn more. To volunteer with MPI Georgia you must be a current member of MPI National/MPI Georgia. If you aren’t a member, join today!

To read more about MPI Georgia committee opportunities, please click here


"As an independent meeting designer and planner, I simply wouldn’t miss MPI Georgia’s Eventeract. This year, not only did I attend the conference, I volunteered on the committee for that additional knowledge and exposure. I learned a ton about choosing participant-focused content, about being creative with session formats and about working within a committee structure. Best of all? I got a hot business lead simply because of my involvement on the committee – my volunteer role gave me the opportunity to communicate with many industry leaders, and one of them reached out to me about working with her company in the future. My participation also gave me another, unrelated lead that has already converted to paying business. That’s the power of MPI Georgia involvement!"

- Abby Freeman
Mitchell's Meetings






To read more testimonials, click here.

If you have questions about getting involved on a committee or would like to join a committee, email Jeff Holland.


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