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Past Circle of Excellence Winners

 

Recognizes a planner member who represents leadership and excellence in the meeting planning profession along with a commitment to the local meeting community and an exemplary record of customer service in their industry. Nominations are received from the membership.  All chapter planner members are eligible.

2019    Heather Dameron, CMP, The Journeys Group

2018    Angela Layton, CMP, CMM, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

2017    Shannon Yeater, CMP Butler Snow

2016    Shannon Yeater, CMP Butler Snow

2015    Kristen Richardson, Emdeon

2014    Heather Willis, The Journeys Group

2013    Katie Rogers, CMP, Emdeon

2012    Janice McCallen, Service Master Clean

2011    Diane Bearden, CMP, Country Music Association

2010    Angela Layton, CMP, Tennessee Medical Association

2009    Christy Wright, Healthcare Management Systems, Inc.

2008    Janice McCallen, ServiceMaster Clean

2007    Angela Layton, CMP, Tennessee Medical Assn.

2006    Sarah Timm, CMP, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology

2005    Melinda Kuest, CMP, Walker Management

2004    Shannon Kasakevics, CMP, Country Music Association

2003    Michele Carson, CMP, Ingram Book Group

2002    Michele Carson, CMP, Ingram Book Group

2001    David Votta, Gospel Music Association

2000    Tom McDonald, CLU, LUTCF, Tennessee Farmers Insurance

1999    Cathy Summers, Tennessee State University

1998    Melanie Fly, CMP, Gaylord Entertainment

1997    Courtney McGee, CMP, Event Logistics, Inc.

1996    Melanie Fly, CMP, Gaylord Entertainment

1995    Jo Ellen Garramone, Tennessee Malt Beverage Association

1994    Courtney McGee, CMP, Event Logistics, Inc.

1993    Sharon Adkins, MSN, RN, Vanderbilt University

1992    R. Harold Hipps, CMP, R. & Associates

1991    Karen Kenny, Tennessee Department of Tourism Development

1990    Kate Rupert, Hospital Corporation of America

Recognizes a supplier member who represents leadership and excellence in the meeting planning profession along with a commitment to the local meeting community and an exemplary record of customer service in their industry. Nominations are received from the membership.  All chapter supplier members are eligible.  

2019    Shannen Stewart, Clearbrook Hospitality

2018    Ashleigh Cote, CMP, Macro Productions

2017    Jill Kopecky, EntertainmentBuy

2016    Jamie Hulet, Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Group

2015    Rusty Chester, OnStage

2014    Valerie Summers, Gary Musick Productions

2013    Tracy Wray, Hutton Hotel

2012    Melanie Clifford, Dancing Bear Lodge

2011    Melanie Clifford, Dancing Bear Lodge

2010    Scarlett Coffman, CMP, Dave & Buster’s

2009    Robyn McCamy, CMP, Destination Nashville

2008    Maureen Wilde, Franklin Marriott Cool Springs

2007    Nancy Deal, Nashville Airport Marriott

2006    Sheryl Baker, The Peabody Memphis

2005    Scott Wright, Nashville CVB

2004    Elecia Lewis, CMP, Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University

2003    T. Clark Miller, Rainforest Café

2002    Daphne Reid, CMP, Gaylord Opryland Nashville

2001    Larry Baltz, Republic Speakers Bureau

2000    Michael Owen, All Access

1999    Carol Norfleet, CMP, DMCP, Destination Nashville

1998    Lucy Kelly, Planet Hollywood

1997    Kathy Naïve, Embassy Suites Hotel

1996    Betsy Oliver, Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse

1995    Ann Webb, DoubleTree Hotel

1994    Will Reynolds, MediaMan Productions

1993    Gary Musick, Gary Musick Productions

1992    Donna Siegel, Opryland USA

1991    Jan Thrasher, Opryland Entertainment Services

1990    Gary Musick, Bookends Entertainment

Recognizes the special impact and contributions of a committee member who received the committee Rock Star recognition.  They are long-standing members of the chapter and outstanding leaders and role models in the meeting industry.   

2017    Kelli Myers, Gartner

2016    Chelsea Williams, Imagination Branding

2015    Colleen Cussick, Brantley Live Event Production

2014    Jamie Hulet, Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Group

2013    Jamie Hulet, Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Group

2012    Robin Jones, RiverStone Resort & Spa

2011    Aven Humphreys, CMP, Union University School of Pharmacy

2010    Marilyn Johnson, CMP, Independent Meeting Planner

2009    Chera Wilbanks, Shoney’s

2008    Melanie Clifford, Dancing Bear Lodge

2007    Janice McCallen, ServiceMaster Clean

2006    Maureen Wilde, Franklin Marriott Cool Springs

2005    Tracey Henninger, Holiday Inn Select Downtown Memphis

2004    Cindy Crill Brewer, CMP, Destination King

2003    Vicky Garner, CMP, Nashville Sheraton Downtown

2000    Rick Weaver, Adventure Development

1999    Lucy Kelly, Planet Hollywood

1998    Carol Norfleet, Destination Nashville

1997    Lee Mays, Helen L. Moskovitz & Associates

1995    Courtney McGee, CMP, Event Logistics, Inc.

1994    Will Reynolds, MediaMan Productions

Recognizes an MPI Tennessee Chapter member for their enthusiastic contributions to the chapter, involvement in a committee and demonstrated leadership ability during their first three years of membership in MPI and MPI Tennessee Chapter. 

2017    Kayce Kiningham, CMP, Starr Weddings & Entertainment ; Marisa McWilliams, BB King's Blues Club Nashville

2016    Chelsea Williams, Imagination Branding

2015    Erika Biddix, CMP, MAC Meetings & Events

2014    Kristen Richardson, Emdeon

2013    Valerie Summers, Gary Musick Productions

2012    Susan Raque, French Lick Resort 

2011    Laura Schimmel, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

2010    Katie Rogers, Emdeon

2009    Mitch Fielder, Liberty Party Rental

2008    Catherine Giles, ADS Security

           Falon Veit, Event Logistics, Inc.

2007    Scarlett Coffman, Dave & Buster’s

2006    Natalie Norris, CMP, American Association for State & Local History

2005    Tricia Hayes, HealthStream

2004    Sarah Timm, CMP, TravelTime, Inc.

2003    Bethany Carlson, Provident Music Group

2002    Mary Higgins, Opryland Resort/Nashville

            Cindy Crill, Destination King/Memphis

Recognizes a Tennessee Chapter member who has gone beyond the call of duty, providing outstanding contributions to the chapter. Selected upon discussion of president, immediate past president and president-elect, and ultimately the president can make the final decision on the recipient yearly.  All chapter members are eligible. 

2019 Macro Productions ; Patrick Biddix

2018 Michelle Johnson, The Anchor Group, LLC

2017 Adam Spivey, Hutton Hotel ; Tammy Gilbert Cardona, CMP, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation

2016 East Region - Melanie Clifford, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Pigeon Forge

Central Region - Angela Layton CMP CMM, NASBA and Robyn Bass, Maple Ridge Events

West Region - Tiffani Wilson, Marriott International

2015  Kate Shattuck, CMP, Integrated Solutions & Services; Tracy Schenk, Schenk Photography; Blair Owen, Big Cypress Lodge

2014   Shannon Yeater, Westhaven Golf Club; Kristi Sowards, Knoxville Convention Center; Sophia Boulanger, Hilton Memphis

2013   Tracy Wray, Hutton Hotel

2012   Susan Raque, French Lick Resort 

2011   Melanie Clifford, Dancing Bear Lodge

2010   Don England, Gary Musick Productions; Caroline Platz, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel; Tracy Schenk, Schenk Photography

2009   Kathryn Smith, Franklin-Williamson County CVB;  Angela Layton, CMP, Tennessee Medical Association

2008   Scarlett Coffman, Dave & Buster’s; Teri McAlister, CMP, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

2007   Lyn Hopmayer, MPI Tennessee Chapter

2006   Carol Norfleet, CMP, DMCP, Destination Nashville; Larry Baltz, Republic Speaker’s Bureau

2005   Kellye Murphy, Williamson County CVB;  Kathy LaBrec, Event Tech

2004  Larry Baltz, Republic Speaker’s Bureau; Sheena de Giorgio, CMP, Embassy Suites Nashville South/Cool Springs; Carol Hodge, Gary Musick Company; Gary Music, Gary Musick Company

2003   Michele Carson, CMP, Ingram Book Group; Cindy Crill, CMP, Destination King;Vicky Garner, CMP, Sheraton Nashville Downtown; T. Clark Miller, Rainforest Café; Michael Owen, All Access

Recognizes quiet leaders who continually stand behind the chapter, supporting it and pushing it forward. A leader whose inner strength, character and integrity are seen by everyone around yet not often traits they see in themselves.  Final selection of this award is made by the Past Leaders Council and suggestions are made to the committee by the Board of Directors.  

2019    Rip Beazley, Brown's Florist

2018    Holly Stevenson, CMP, PESI

2017    Croline Platz, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

2016    Carol Norfleet CMP DMCP, Destination Nashville

2015    Julie Woodruff-Hurst, CMP, Liberty Party Rentals

2014    Natalie Norris,  Meetings and More

2013    Melody Carr, HCA Healthcare

2012    Nancy Deal, Nashville Airport Marriott

2011    Beverly King, CMMM, NetConnect Group

2010    Judy Sadler, Tennessee Pharmacists Association

2009    Sharon Hill, Municipal Auditorium

2008    Jenny McFall, Willis Conference Center

 

Recognizes the meeting that had the greatest impact on our members and provided a return on investment. (This award is based on attendee evaluations and is awarded to all vendors involved in producing the meeting.)

 

 

East Region

 

2016   

 

Lights, Cameras, Microphones!

Speaker:  Colleen Cussick, OnStage

Sponsors:  Hilton Knoxville Airport, OnStage

 

2015   

 

The One Thing That’s Keeping You From the Next Level of Success

Speaker:  Bridget DiCello

Event Sponsor:   The Peabody Memphis

 

2014

 

Digital Teambuilding for Meeting Professionals

Speaker:  John Chen
Event Sponsors:  Knoxville Airport Hotel and Anchor Transportation

 

2013

 

Let MPI Rock Your World Road Trip

Speaker:  Jeffrey Magee/Why Most People & Organizations “SUC" 

Event Sponsors:  East Tennessee Historical Society, Rosa’s Catering, Grand Avenue,   Graceful Tables and Sound Revue

 

2012  

 

Daydream It, Believe It, Achieve It

Speaker:  Michael Lyons
Event Sponsor:  Marriott Downtown Nashville

 

2011 Speaker:  Speaker Sue

Event Sponsor:  RiverStone Resort & Spa

2010 Speaker:  Bill Carlson

Event Sponsor:  Dancing Bear Lodge 

Central Region

 

2016

 

Understanding Your Leverage

Speaker:  Michael Dominguez, MGM Grand Resorts

Sponsor:  Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown

 

2015

 

Serve to Be Great: How Being Selfless Will Help You Sell the Roof Off

Speaker:  Matt Tenney

Event Sponsors:  Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Liberty Party Rental, Take Away Catering

 

2014    

 

Is There a Difference Between a Great Manager and a Great Leader

Speaker:  Rick Weaver
Event Sponsor:  Hutton Hotel

 

2013

 

Hands On Technology for the Meeting Professional

Speaker:  John Chen
Event Sponsors:  Nelson Andrews Leadership Lodge, Constant Craving Catering, Inc.,    Liberty Party Rental and Nashville Airport Marriott

 

2012

 

When Everyone is Getting on Your Last Nerve

Speaker: Ollie Mannino
Event Sponsors:  Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Constant Craving Catering and Southern Events Party Rental

2011

 

Speaker: Patrick O’Malley
Event Sponsors: Maggiano’s Nashville, Schenk Photography

2010

 

Speaker:Steven Foster, CMP
Event Sponsors: Hard Rock Café Nashville, Middle TN Audio Visual, Playing by Air


West Region

 

2016

 

Past President’s Road Trip

Speakers:  Sheryl Baker, The Peabody, Robyn Bass, Maple Ridge Events, Caroline Platz, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Carol Norfleet CMP DMCP, Destination Nashville         

 

 

2015

 

The Why and How of Event Measurement (MPI Foundation “Parking Spot” Grant Program)

Speaker:  Robyn Bass

Event Sponsor:  Hilton Garden Inn Knoxville West/Cedar Bluff

 

2014

 

Digital Teambuilding for Meeting Professional

Speaker: John Chen
 Event Sponsors: Ruth Chris, Nolan Production Group, and Anchor Transportation

 

2013

 

Let MPI Rock Your World Road Trip

Speaker: Jeffrey Magee/Why Most People & Organizations “SUC”
Event Sponsors: Dixon Gallery Gardens, Bailey’s Executive Catering, Graceful Tables and  Grand Avenue.  

 

2012

Boring Meetings Suck
Speaker: Jon Petz 
Event Sponsor:  The Peabody Memphis, Swank Audio Visual

2011

Speaker: Patrick O’Malley
Event Sponsors: ServiceMaster Clean, Bailey’s Executive Catering

2010

Speaker:  Mandi Stanley
Event Sponsors: Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel, Swank Audio Visuals 

2008

The Peabody Memphis

2007

Brooks Museum

2006

Jillian’s Memphis

Recognizes a Tennessee Chapter member who has gone beyond the call of duty, providing outstanding contributions to the chapter. Selected upon discussion of president, immediate past president and president-elect, and ultimately the president can make the final decision on the recipient yearly.  All chapter members are eligible. 

East Region

2016    Melanie Clifford, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Pigeon Forge
2015    Angie Campbell, Holiday Inn Cedar Bluff
2014    Erika Biddix, CMP, MAC Meetings & Events
2013    Robin Jones, RiverStone Resort & Spa
2012    Melanie Clifford, Dancing Bear Lodge
2011    Hard Rock Café Gatlinburg
2010    Dancing Bear Lodge
2009    Melanie Clifford, Dancing Bear Lodge

Central Region

2019    Shannon Worley, Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
2018    Macro Productions
2017    Rip Beazley, Brown's Florist
2016    Jamie Hulet, Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Group
2015    Emdeon
2014    Gary Musick Production
2013    Schenk Photography
2012    Grand Avenue Transportation
2011    Tracy Schenk, Schenk Photography
2010    Gary Musick, Gary Musick Productions
2009    Liberty Party Rental

West Region

2019    Tammie Vogel, CMP, International Paper
2018    Jamie Hulet, HMCC, Associated Builders & Contractors
2017    Tiffani Wilson, Marriott International
2016    Antwone Stigall CMP, West Wing Events
2015    Antwone Stigall, New Memphis Institute
2014    FedEx
2013    The Peabody Memphis
2012    Janice McCallen, ServiceMaster Clean
2011    Eva Goodson Eagen, Memphis CVB
2010    ServiceMaster Clean
2009    The Peabody Memphis

2014    Shannon Yeater, Westhaven Golf Club
2013    Tammy Gilbert Cardona, CMP, Nashville CVB
2012    Tracy Wray, Hutton Hotel
2011    Melanie Clifford, Dancing Bear Lodge
2012    Carl Haley, Grand Avenue Transportation
2011    Butch Spyridon, Nashville CVB
2010    Karl Dean, Mayor of Nashville
2005    Sheena de Giorgio, CMP, Embassy Suites Nashville South/Cool Springs
2008    Musician’s Hall of Fame
2006    Loews Vanderbilt Hotel 
2005    Country Music Hall of Fame    
2004    Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
2003    Embassy Suites Nashville South/Cool Springs
2002    Sheraton Music City Hotel
2001    Jillian’s Nashville
2000    Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
1999    Forest Crossing Golf Course
1998    The City of Chattanooga
1997    The Nashville Arena
1996    Hard Rock Café
1995    Belle Meade Country Club
1994    Opryland Hotel
1993    Belle Meade Plantation
1992    The Peabody Memphis
2008    Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2007    Millennium Maxwell House Hotel
2006    Lipscomb University
2005    Music Valley Event Center
1996    Marie Stanley, Retired, Aladdin Synergistics Inc.
1995    R. Harold Hipps, CMP, R. & Associates
1990    Helen Moskovitz, Helen Moskovitz & Associates

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