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President's Message

December 2017

Hello Chapter Members,

Are you in the Holiday Spirit yet? Or are you one of those that sets up your Christmas tree and decorations before Thanksgiving! If you are not in the spirit yet I am sure you will be with the whirlwind of the Holiday season including amazing Holiday Parties! Thanks to this year's MPITBA Holiday Party Committee for planning an incredible “Boots and Bling” Holiday Party sponsored by Visit Tampa Bay! Thank you to everyone that was able to make it out last Thursday! We hope you had a  Boots-Scootin good time!

Two other super huge announcements that you cannot miss MPITBA is accepting nominations and applications for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors. Not only will the incoming board of directors be under the incredible leadership of Sara Melvin but they will also be a part of an incredibly talented group of individuals that will continue to move our chapter forward in innovative ways. Please make sure to get your applications in as soon as possible! Also you should have received the Chapter Needs Assessment Survey this month, if not there is a chance your email is not up to date so please visit the page to update your information. This survey is to assess our chapter member’s interests, likes, dislikes and to get ideas from you the members on what you would like to see in the future. Your opinion matters, so please make sure to respond to the quick survey that your Membership team has diligently put together.

I am sure I will blink and December will be over and the next thing I know it will be 2018! Slow down, take it in and enjoy! I hope everyone has a wonderful and prosperous Holiday season and a beautiful and safe New Years!


Ashley Valentine, CMP



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Membership News


 Please give new members a warm Tampa Bay MPI welcome.

New members are identified with a new member ribbon on their name badge. 

Please welcome the following new members who joined MPI Tampa Bay Area in November-

Monique Monaco, Managing Director Events, Penton

Mauricio Patino, Owner, Advanced Hotel & Hospitality Resources

Matthew Krupke, Desk Agent Services, The Westshore Grand

Lawrence Eddy, Associate Director of Sales and Events, Hyatt Regency Clearwater




Make 2018 your year to soar!

Join MPI at and use code Holiday17 before December 31 to receive $100


Have a friend who could benefit from our networking and events? When you refer a friend and they join using MyFriendMPI they will receive $50 off their membership. You will receive a $25 referral credit that you may apply towards their next renewal.  



The MPI Foundation’s Branded Scholarship program was created for meeting professionals who seek education inside or outside traditional academic institutions.


Continuing Education for individuals who want to advance their academic or career-related education

Certified Meeting Professional Designation for meeting professionals seeking to achieve the foremost certification of the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry

Certification in Meeting Management for professionals seeking career advancement and industry recognition

MPI Meeting Professional Memberships for professionals seeking a connection to industry planners and suppliers worldwide

MPI Conferences for those seeking leadership, career and educational opportunities offered exclusively at MPI conferences like WEC and EMEC

Scholarships help companies position themselves and their corporate brands effectively at a time when funding for education has reached critically low levels. To learn how to become an investor, contact us.

To apply for a scholarship, please click here.

I Am MPI #TellYourStory

The MPI Tampa Bay Area Membership & Communications Team will be in touch with members to learn your story.  This is another great opportunity for our members to engage and make the most of our amazing network.

For more information or to find out how to #TellYourStory please contact          Rachelle Stone at



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Calendar of Events



MPI Tampa Bay Area January After 5 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Party


 Thursday, January 18, 2018

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

J. Thor Productions Inc.

6870 142nd Avenue North

Largo FL 33771

The holidays might be over, but we are still celebrating with our Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. Have some fun with your fellow MPI Tampa Bay members while enjoying a custom karaoke machine, custom arcade game, pool table, hockey table, foosball table, dart boards, and table shuffleboard.

Prizes will be awarded in 3 categories...

1) Ugliest Sweater

2) Best Holiday Sweater

3) The Ultimate Ugly Sweater


About Host Location:

J. Thor Productions, Inc. is a live event production company. With over 20 years’ experience we offer you full service audio visual event production specializing in audio, video, lighting, and set design. We provide turnkey solutions from pre-production to post production including audio visual rentals.

Thank you to our Sponsor!

 February Education Lunch

Not to be missed! Share with your fellow planners!

Session Topic:

Luck is not a Strategy: A 5-step Roadmap to SAFER Meetings and Events


Brian Avery, Event Safety Services

Program Overview:

An exploration of major incidents that have negatively impacted large- and small-scale events and venues and 5 steps you should immediately take to reduce your liability and avoid costly missteps before you and your organization experience a catastrophic loss.

Learning Objectives:

1. Recognition/identification of known and foreseeable hazards.

2. Development and implementation of mitigating tactics to address known and foreseeable hazards.

3. Response process for major and catastrophic failures.


1.0 clock hours of Continuing Education (CE) - Domain C- Risk Management.

MPITBA has aligned this program with the EIC Domain C: Risk Management; this is for self-reporting purposes and has not been pre-approved with EIC.


Brian Avery is Managing Member with Event Safety Services. He is an educator, events practitioner, and experienced risk management professional, advocating safety within the events, tourism, and attractions industry. With a hospitality career that spans nearly three decades, Brian has had a hand in almost every branch of the business, from service on the front lines to executive stints in staffing and safety management.

Networking Opportunity! Are you looking for a way to get the most out of your networking opportunity? Sign up to be a table host when registering (available as an add on). For just $40, you'll lead the table discussion, be acknowledged as a host, get a special table in the networking area and provide marketing materials and giveaways to your tablemates!

Registration Rates:

2017-2018 registration rates

$40 members

$45 members late (one week out)

$70 non-members

$75 non-members late (one week out)

$10 student member

$15 student non-member

no student late fee

Register now to avoid late fees!

Thank you to our sponsors:

Thank you to our MPITBA Education Committee Meeting Venue Sponsor!




 Registration is open for the 2018 Meetings Academy!

April 19, 2018

The beautiful, brand new Westin Sarasota will host our conference!

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Heather Hansen O’Neill – Extreme Leadership for the Meeting Industry


Why You Don’t Want to Miss This Event:

-Outstanding Educational Sessions

-Earn CMP Continuing Education Credits

-Be One of the First to Experience the Brand-new Westin Sarasota

-Networking Opportunities to Connect with other Meeting Professionals

 REGISTER NOW! Early rates available until January 5, 2018!

Just $79 for MPI members/$99 for non-members!


Thank you to our sponsors:




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Sponsorship & Partnership Opportunities

Meetings Academy 2018

In-Kind Sponsorship Opportunities

Conference Details:

Thursday, April 19, 2018


1175 N. Gulfstream Ave.

Sarasota, FL  34236

We are looking for a wide variety of in-kind sponsors in many different areas for the upcoming Meetings Academy“best-in-class” full day educational event. This is an amazing opportunity to increase your company's visibility as well as support the MPI Tampa Bay Area Chapter!

In-kind sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis - some have already been committed.Please plan early to receive your first-choice package!

To become an in-kind sponsor, to ask additional questions,or to have us create a customsponsorship package for you, please contact:

MEETINGS ACADEMY - Sponsorship Chair 

HOLLY YOUNG, CMP - Luxury & Beach Realty

727-417-7118 - cell


Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

Based upon your in-kind sponsorship value, below are sponsor levels and benefits for in-kind sponsorships.

PLATINUM SPONSOR – $30,000 and more value

GOLD SPONSOR - $10,000 - $29,999 value

SILVER SPONSOR - $1,001 - $9,999 value

BRONZE SPONSOR – $1,000 and under




















In-Kind Sponsor

Levels and Benefits

 $30,000    and more

$10,000- $29,999

$1,001- $9,999

$1,000 and under

Complimentary registration(s)





50% off early bird rate (1)

Participation in Hosted Buyer Program as a supplier





Logo linking to company website on Chapter website home page for two months

(March and April 2018)





Podium time during conference (3 minutes)





Promotion of company on Chapter’s social media channels with a link to company website





Logo displayed on conference signage





Verbal recognition of company during conference





One company promotional item to be included in each conference tote bag





Logo linking to company website on conference registration page





Logo included in all email blasts solely promoting conference






In-Kind Sponsorship Opportunities

Some in-kind sponsorship opportunities include the following, but are not limited to:

o   CSR Activity – 45-minutes during an informal lunch

o   Speaker Accommodations – 1 or 2 nights near the venue

o   Décor/Furniture – furniture, theme décor & lighting for registration, breaks, general session & reception

o   Entertainment – (3-4) interactive performers throughout the day & entertainment for reception

o   Printing – event signage & event program & (2) jumbo postcards (600 PC each)

o   Registration Bags for Attendees

o   Transportation – for speakers, round trip transportation to the hotel / airport

o   Transportation - group transportation R/T from west Tampa on event day to venue

o   Mobile App

o   Speaker Gifts

o   Conference Polling Software

o   Radios - 2-way (need 10 for one day)

o   Hosted Buyer Reception - evening of April 18 near event venue for (20-40) meeting planners

o   Videotaping Services - day of taping and/or promo reel

This is not a comprehensive list and we are open to creative ideas and suggestions!  Sponsorships can be customized to meet your needs as well as the needs of the event. 

We greatly appreciate your support and partnership! 

Call now and reserve your In-Kind Sponsorship opportunity before it’s gone!


Newly opened and standing 18 stories tall, the West Sarasota offers breathtaking views of Sarasota Bay.  Located in Sarasota’s vibrant arts district, the Westin has 255 beautifully appointed rooms and a spectacular rooftop with a large pool, a lounge with fire features and a bar overlooking Sarasota Bay, all to view some of the best sunsets in all of Florida!

Thank you to our sponsors:






Get your company name out there while connecting with your fellow MPI Tampa Bay Area members! Sponsor an event or advertise on our website!  

We have a number of opportunities that will fit any budget and objective. Just reach out to Wayne Childs, Director of Cash Sponsorship & Advertising at Follow this link to our Cash Sponsorship and Advertising Packet:






We are excited to announce the new 2-part Table Host/Sponsor Program!  You will receive

MAXIMUM exposure at the next MPI Education Luncheon.

PART 1: Registration/Networking Hour - Showcase your business & promote your specials!

PART 2:  Education Luncheon - Gather your colleagues and prospects at your reserved table. Spotlight your business and facilitate the conversation during lunch. Bring fabulous gifts for your tablemates so they don’t forget you! The emcee will recognize your business too!

During the on-line registration for the Education click the “Add-on” Table Host/Sponsor ($40.00)

Reserve your Sponsor Table Today!



Judy Mockabee




 This is a call to action for everyone. We are searching for Out-of-Industry Sponsors for events. If each of you could provide us with just one prospect, we can reach our goal, and add value to our meetings.

So we are asking for referral and leads from each of you. It could be clients, financial planners, gyms, veterinarians, insurance, or any company that would bring benefit to our organization, and would like to address the awesome buying power of MPI.

Please send at least one prospective lead to Wayne Childs –  

Thank you for your help and support!



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Committee and Other News

MPITBA is accepting nominations and applications for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors.

Please download the application above & be sure to get them in as soon as possible!




Enter your Connections to win!

Last year we did $1,217,826 in connections and our goal for this year is to surpass that!

The Connections Campaign is a way for members to share and quantify member-to-member connections proving the value of MPI.

The upcoming year with the Connections Campaign will present many exciting prizes as we push to prove the power of BUY MPI for our members!  So get your connections in! 

To submit your connections- go to the chapter Under the community click on the Connections Campaign and complete the form. The value of business is kept confidential and is only used to track the total value of connections made.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at

Thanks and remember to BUY MPI!





Did you know that the MPI Global Volunteer Center is available to all members to propell members into rewarding opportunities within MPI and local comminities.


Volunteering with Global Impact

Volunteers power MPI. On the chapter and global level, you will find MPI volunteers bringing passion for their profession to the community.  Through volunteer roles, MPI members forge meaningful connections, take leadership roles, and contribute to the industry. Read on to learn more about these opportunities and programs.



Did you know that MPI Global offers an installment payment options for new members?

Visit our Membership page at the hyperlink above or see one of one of our Mmebership Team Members to find out more!


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