MPI Awards Gala - AZ Business Magazine September-October 2011

MPI Awards Gala – Meet 2011’s Winners

The MPI Awards Gala was held on June 9, 2011. Here, you can meet the people who won awards that night, and what they’ve done to deserve those awards.

Planner of the Year

Mary Young, CMP, M.Y. Events

Throughout Mary Young’s 25 years as an industry leader, she has been consistently named one of the Top 25 Meeting Planners in the Valley by the Phoenix Business Journal because of her demonstration of leadership and her dedication to make an impact on MPI and the meeting’s industry. She successfully owns a full-service meeting planning company that she opened in 1997. In addition to that, she has served on the board of directors and other committees for the chapter.

Supplier of the Year

Gordon Murray, Super PhotoVideo

Gordon Murray, a nine-year member, has always supported the chapter by providing his photography services for meetings and events, and has also served on many committees. He has photographed two monthly programs and the BUY MPI Trade Show. Murray was also the photographer at Leadership Retreat.

Rising Star Award

Amy Miranda, Tourism Office

Amy Miranda wasted no time and created a new committee as chair of fundraisers the minute she rejoined last year. She is a true asset to her employer and always shows her strong dedication and support to the chapter.

James A. Fausel Student of the Year Award (two winners)

MPI Awards Gala - AZ Business Magazine September/October 2011

— Heather Luvisi is a student at ASU studying Business with a minor in Tourism, Development, and Management. She started as a key volunteer for the Student Run program, while being part of the Education Committee. She is president of the MPI Student Club.

— David Borsheim promotes AzMPI and the industry as a whole to rally students in the hospitality sector. He made himself known throughout the chapter and has become the face of AzMPI while serving as Student Relations chair. He graduates in December and has landed an internship with Enterprise Holdings, which he has already begun.

Special Recognition

Angela Prestinario, Stratum Laser Tag

Angela Prestinario shows her loyalty by attending almost all meetings and events. She also is a committee chair and gives to the chapter and donates to its raffles. Prestinario also sponsors members for the Chapter Fun Event at her family venue, Stratum Laser Tag.

Committee of the Year Award

2010 Summer Education Forum, Rochell Planty, CMP, CTA Chair and Tiffany Higgins, Co-Chair

The 2010 Summer Education Forum Committee came together and put team effort into creating outstanding educational programs such as the one held last August in Tucson. It held up to its theme, “Tucson Will Surprise You.” It was also awarded an “Award of Excellence in Association Management” by the Arizona Society of Association Executives for its exceptional location, effort and style.

Host Property/Venue of the Year

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino  

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino hosted the November Monthly Educational Program. It went above and beyond to make a memorable event for all members by adding a special honor to Veteran’s Day. It also hosted the VIP reception along with providing accommodations and private airport transportation for MPI International Chair, Eric Rozenberg. It will also host the Leadership Retreat.

Sponsor of the Year

Mark Anderson, Southwest Scenic Group

This eight-year MPI member has consistently shown dedication through his contribution of goods and services. He never says “no” to an event request and his contributions have been described as crucial to the success of BUY MPI Tradeshows, Annual Awards Galas, Monthly Programs and the ummer Education Forum. He served as co-chair of the BUY MPI Committee and will be serving as co-chair of the 2012 Education Forum.

Member of the Year Award

Margie Long, Hot Air Expeditions

Margie Long has been a part of MPI for 16 years and has been a great example of an outstanding member. In 2010, she served as a sponsor for one of the monthly programs and has always worked behind the scenes. Long is generous with raffle donations and she co-chaired the Host & Hospitality Committee for two years.

Edward E. Scannell Award

Pamela Traficanti, CTA, Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau

Pamela Traficanti is a 21-year MPI member with more accomplishments than can be named. She devoted her time and services to MPI and several other industry associations including AzSAE and HSMAI. Traficanti also is involved in Arizona Children’s Association as a board member, and Up with People reunions.

President’s Achievement Award

Jamie Cook, CMP Strategic Meetings & Incentives

Coming up on 20 years as an MPI member, Jamie Cook is a past president who runs an extremely successful meeting planning company. Cook is respected among her peers and clients.


MPI Gala sponsors:

PHXproductionsCort Furniture

Strategic Meetings & Incentives

Southwest Scenic Group


Hilton Hotels

US Airways

Tempe Tourism Office

Super PhotoVideo

McDonald Floral & GiftsTucson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Lisa Pressman Ensemble

Swank Audio Visuals

Meetings & Concierge Source

Dave & Buster’s

Hawaii Convention & Visitors Bureau


Khani Cole

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Arizona Business Magazine September/October 2011