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Board of Directors

 

Alyssa Longeuay

President

Alyssa Longeuay
Conference Services at Aztec Shops Ltd. San Diego State University
Phone: (619) 594-6143
Email

 

Alyssa Longeuay graduated with a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management from San Diego State University and has made her way back there in her current role as the Associate Director for Business and Housing Development. Her new role allows her to partner with clients to create memorable experiences while hosting their meeting, conference or camp on campus. Before coming back to SDSU, Alyssa worked for AlliedPRA for almost five years where she used her knowledge and expertise of San Diego to help clients design unique events to meet their budgets. Although she is not a San Diego native, Alyssa, her husband and their daughter have made San Diego their home. She became a Member of MPI in 2013 and has been involved ever since. After serving as the Director of Recruitment for a year and the Vice President of Finance for three years she has now taken on the role as Chapter President to help grow the chapter. In her spare time she enjoys being outside taking advantage of all San Diego has to offer – especially a day at the beach or catching a baseball game!

 


Spencer Bezy

President Elect

Spencer Bezy
Mobile Music Plus
Phone: (858) 538-5740
Email

Spencer Bezy is a former nationally syndicated On-air radio mix DJ of 13 years, producing shows in various formats for 40 stations nationwide including shows airing in San Diego, Las Vegas, Houston, New Orleans and more. As the owner of Mobile Music Plus Inc., he’s the award winning DJ and Emcee that San Diego’s Event Coordinators and Hotels call on for their own parties. He has been recognized as a Master Emcee by the San Diego Association of Bridal Consultants and regularly speaks to groups of Event Industry professionals on entertainment related topics


Peggy Jewell

Immediate Past President

Peggy Jewell
Innovative Entertainment
Phone: (619) 727-6799
Email

Peggy Jewell has established herself as an industry leader with over 25 years in the corporate event industry. She has served as the President for the Association of Bridal Consultants San Diego (2004-2008), Board Member for ILEA (formerly ISES) San Diego, while currently serving on the Communication Committee for MPI San Diego and has served on many San Diego charitable boards and projects. For many years, Peggy was a faculty member at the University of San Diego and California State University at San Marcos and taught in their prospective Event Management Certification Programs. In 2011, Peggy received Instructor of the Year from USD. She is a former voiceover artist and singer, a San Diego native, and believes that no event is too small or too big. She deems herself an Entertainment Match Maker and puts equal value on the client and the artist.


Jen Cease

Vice President of Leadership Development

Jen Cease, CMP
ConferenceDirect
Phone: (619)633-2300
Email

Jen Cease grew up in Berkshires Massachusetts but attended college at University of Rhode Island, where she obtained her B.S. in Business Administration. Jen has over 16 years in the hospitality industry in roles from banquets, housekeeping, and reservations to catering and sales management positions. She currently is the Senior Sales Manager at the Westin San Diego, where she has been since 2006. Her favorite part of being involved in MPI is connecting with others that have a passion for meetings and events and the continuing education she receives. Exciting news for Jen, beginning in August, she will take on a new role as the Global Account Executive with ConferenceDirect! In her free time she enjoys traveling, nature hiking, and spending time with her dog Kona.


Ioana Vladescu

Vice President of Finance

Ioana Vladescu, CMM
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Phone: (858) 534-3474
Email

Ioana Vladescu is the Director of Special Events and Group Sales for Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the public outreach center for the world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. In this role, she implements, manages, and oversees the facility rental program of approximately 180 external events yearly, such as corporate parties, meetings, weddings, and nonprofit galas. She also plays a key role in aquarium events such as the popular Green Flash Concert Series, stewardship events for current and prospective donors, staff events, and more. She has been with the aquarium for 10 years. A native of Romania, Ioana has a bachelor’s degree in Communication with emphasis in Media Management from San Diego State University and she received an Emmy Award in 2004 for the “Wild Fires News Coverage” and was nominated for Edward R. Murrow Award.

 


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Vice President of Membership

Nathan Medina
Vario
Phone: (858)800-4990
Email

Nathan is a student athlete alumnus of Sonoma State University.  His passion for soccer took him to Germany, where he played professionally from 2010-2013.  Returning to the US after 4 years, he joined the meetings and events industry.  Landing a sales position in 2015 at Vario, his passion for meeting new people, and developing relationships, lead him to become a member of SDMPI. Immediately looking to be more than just a member, he joined the board as Director of Membership Recruitment and now serves as Vice President of Membership.  Nathan looks forward to learning as much as he can from his peers on his journey to becoming influential, in the meetings and events industry.  When not on site, in meetings, or at the office, Nathan can be found out on the soccer field, grilling, or out being social in America’s Finest City!

 


Carrie Shen

Vice President of Education

Carrie Shen, CMM, CMP, CED
Bridgepoint Education
Phone: (858) 201-8183
Email

 


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Vice President of Communications

Megan Powers
Powers of Marketing
Phone: (619) 851-8986

Megan Powers is passionate about helping business owners strategically market their products and services. She's worked in marketing for tech companies, in a venue, as a planner, and in audio-visual production sales, before starting her own business. All of these experiences give her a unique lens through which she sees and approaches events. Her company Powers of Marketing is a boutique strategic communications agency, providing strategy consultation, content, and execution to companies seeking to strategically market themselves. Megan is also the host of a meetings and events industry podcast called Inside Events. When she's not working you'll find Megan at a sporting event, at a concert, or traveling the world with a high adventure focus!


Kelly Truitt

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Kelly Truitt
Hello! DMC
Phone: (954) 243-1686
Email

 


Julie Hauger

Director of Special Events

Julie Hauger, CMP
San Diego Tourism Authority
Phone:  (619) 557-2878
Email

Julie Hauger is a native to San Diego with over 15 years in the hospitality and corporate event industry. Her broad event management experience has taken her everywhere local from nightlife, to product launches, sporting events and tradeshows. She is currently the Events Manager for the San Diego Tourism Authority and has found her passion working for an organization that supports the growth and development of the city she loves. Julie has been a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) since 2017 and San Diego Meeting Certified since 2014. She joined MPI in 2014 and now serves as the Director of Special Events. Julie has been awarded the Planner of the Year in 2018. When she’s not working, you’ll find Julie at the beach with her family, at a concert, or enjoying San Diego’s amazing culinary offerings.


Tina Marie Honor

Director of Member Recruitment

Tina Marie Honor
Live Nation at House of Blues
Phone: (619) 525-1939
Email

Tina Marie Honor’s love for the Meeting and Event industry started at the age of 12, when she joined the student body leadership group as class president.  Bringing something fun and unique to event plans with an easy-going personality, has always been her passion. As a native of San Diego, Tina Marie has found pleasure in serving on charitable boards. She has over ten years of quality, professional experience in the Meeting and Event industry - from the planning and execution of weddings and events to managing event sales departments in San Diego and Temecula. She is currently the Sales Manager of Corporate Special Events with Live Nation at the House of Blues and is thrilled to be the Director of Recruitment for MPI San Diego. Aside from working, she spends her leisure time enjoying time with her family and friends traveling, attending concerts, exploring new restaurants and singing her heart out at karaoke venues. "Shine while you work." That’s the Tina Marie Honor style.


Kim Bishop

Director of Member Retention

Kim Bishop
Hornblower
Phone: (619) 725-8806
Email


Rachel Cohn

Director of Educational Programs

Rachel Cohn, CMP
ViaSat
Phone: (858) 705-3109
Email

Rachel began her planning career at the age of 21 while planning her sorority's formal in college. Her first professional role was with PRA as an Operations Manager. After taking a hiatus to raise a family, she re-joined the industry at Festivities/Picnic People catering. Since then she has worked for the local Jewish Federation, San Diego Natural History Museum and Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa. Currently, Rachel works for Viasat in Carlsbad, running their state-of-the-art Conference Center, planning meetings and conferences for the company, and managing their vast outdoor event space for corporate functions. Rachel has been a committee member, committee chair and now the Director of Educational Programs for MPI San Diego, working very hard to bring the best education the industry has to offer to our members.


Carlos Murillo

Director of EdCon & Expo

Carlos Murillo

Phone: 951-414-7001
Email

Carlos started his hospitality career in Food and Beverage operations for Loews Coronado Bay Resort in 1992. Over the course of the following 27 years, he was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility, including Sales Manager, Executive Meeting Manager, and Major Market Sales Manager. In 2005, he became the National Sales Manager for Pechanga Resort & Casino followed by Director of Sales/Catering for Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino in 2008 and then, in 2011, Director of Sales for Morongo Casino and Resort. In 2013, he was named In Market National Sales Manager for Caesars Entertainment where he handled booking business for over 2 dozen properties nationwide. In this role he was responsible for selling more than 26 properties throughout the USA.  As of Nov. 2018, Carlos decided to move back to a leadership role as Director of Sales for Viejas Casino & Resort, where he can impact and mentor our future leaders to prepare them and assist them in moving into leadership roles themselves, all while keeping the true element of group sales in today’s hospitality industry.

Outside of work Carlos dedicates his time to his family. He and his wife, Lilli, have three children: Jeffrey (24) recent graduate from Notre Dame; Carla (21) recent graduate from UC Irvine; and Ary (14) moving into 10th grade of high school. Having originated from Costa Rica, he returns frequently to spend time with family and friends; he enjoy doing just about anything as long as he is with his family.

 


Craig Jacobs

Director of Communications

Craig Jacobs
Close The Gap
Phone: (858) 500-2439
Email

Craig Jacobs has served in sales and marketing leadership roles for over thirty years in the hospitality industry including Hyatt Hotels, the Arizona Biltmore, Hotel Del Coronado and Preferred Hotel Group.  Most recently, Craig launched a small business with two partners called Close the Gap that provides web based messaging software for hotels, events and member organizations.


Erin Scholes

Executive Director

Erin Scholes, CMP, CSEP, CMM
Phone: (858) 270-2103
Email

Erin Scholes is a past MPISD Chapter President and currently Executive Director of the chapter. During Scholes 16 year tenure with MPISD she has served seven years on the MPISD board of directors and three years as a committee chair. She owns a local meeting & event planning business SD Meeting & Events. SDME provides full service meeting planning, hotel site selection and local onsite event staffing.  Erin is a faculty member of the Institute for Meetings and Events in the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University.  Scholes carries the respected designations of CMP (Certified Meeting Professional), CMM (Certificate in Meeting Management) and the CSEP (Certified Special Event Professional).

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