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Joanne Winter named Executive of the Year


The Arizona Society of Association Executives has conferred the Award of Excellence in Association Management to Joanne Winter, Executive Director of Meeting Professionals International, Arizona Sunbelt Chapter and the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, Arizona Chapter. The Executive of the Year is the highest recognition given by AzSAE to the chief staff executive of… Read More →

Arizona MPI honors excellence with awards

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The Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (AzMPI) recently recognized its members who went above and beyond to volunteer for the chapter. Winners include: Rising Star Award presented to Troy Peters with Video West; James A. Fausel Student of the Year Award presented to Shelby Wray, ASU; Committee of the Year Award presented to… Read More →

AzMPI Announces 2013-14 Board

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The Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (AzMPI) recently installed their 2013-2014 slate of Officers for the chapter. Officers include incoming President Jill Longfellow,  Enterprise Holdings Inc.; President-Elect Cristin Barr, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain; Vice President of Finance Penny Allphin, Hassayampa Inn Prescott; Vice President of Communications Chip Headman, Williams & Associates; Vice President… Read More →

Masiulewicz takes leadership role in MPI

by in Economy | Featured

Donna Masiulewicz, a native of Chicago, was named president of the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International for the 2012 – 2013 year. Masiulewicz earned her BA from Northern Illinois University in Spanish Translation and International Marketing.  She began her career in the hospitality industry working in association meetings management and tenured in corporate… Read More →

Technology expands meeting and conference industry

by in Business News | Marketing | Tech

We don’t catch up over coffee anymore, we catch up on Facebook. Technology has changed the way we date, invite people to parties, and even watch TV. It’s only natural that technology will change the face of business meetings and conferences. “As a chapter and in addition to our website, we utilize social media outlets… Read More →

Meetings and conventions drive tourism industry

by in Business News | Economy

Steve Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau, knows his industry is big business. “If Arizona’s tourism industry were a publicly traded entity,” he says, “it would be the third-largest company in the state—just behind Avnet and Freeport-McMoran, and just ahead of US Airways and PetSmart.” Despite the economic downturn… Read More →

Businesses in Meeting Industry Exceed Goals

Business is booming in the meetings industry!  The Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (AZMPI) announced it exceed its goal of $5 million of business within its membership. The My MPI ROI, an internationally recognized award-winning system, created for AZMPI is where members record the business they do with each other.  For the 2011-2012… Read More →

Q&A With Rochell Planty, AzMPI President

Rochell Planty - president of AzMPI - AZ Business Magazine September/October 2011

Rochell Planty, AzMPI President, discusses her role in the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, its goals and more. Q: Tell us a little bit about your professional background. I have more than 18 years of experience in the industry. My scope of expertise includes public relations, meeting planning and special event coordination, and… Read More →

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Profiles

Meeting Professionals International - AZ Business Magazine September/October 2011

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is a global organization helping businesses and people by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces. Here are the profiles of four people who have helped and been helped by Meeting Professionals International: Jim Fausel President and CEO, meetGCA Technology is constantly advancing, but no amount of it… Read More →

Face-To-Face Meetings Are Still Relevant, Despite Technology

Meeting Professionals International, AZ Business Magazine September/October 2011
by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech | Workforce

Face-to-face meetings are back: Despite teleconferencing and technology, study shows meetings that provide human contact — face-to-face meetings — are still relevant. As technology provides businesses with cost-effective means for communication with cloud technology, smart phones and Skype, one element among these virtual options will never be outdated — human contact. Sure you can conduct… Read More →

Event Planning Chose Mindy Gunn

Mindy Gunn - AZ Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2010
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

Mindy Gunn, AVP, CMP Technology and Operations Group Event Manager Wells Fargo Bank Mindy Gunn didn’t choose event planning — it chose her. Gunn planned on attending law school, but she switched career paths when she was offered a job as a meeting planner with Wells Fargo Bank. “My start in the meetings and… Read More →

Jill Longfellow, Convention Group Sales Manager At EnterpriseHoldings Inc.

Jill Longfellow - AZ Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2010
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Travel

Jill Longfellow Convention Group Sales Manager Enterprise
Holdings Inc. Jill Longfellow is grateful for her membership in the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, and now she is helping others see the benefits as well. As the chapter’s director of Membership Retention and Global Community Challenge, Longfellow spends time speaking to members who want… Read More →

MPI Is Touting The ROI Of In-Person Meetings

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The best advocates for the positive return on investment of in-person meetings may very well be members of the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International. The meetings industry has been hit hard by the media and public scrutiny of the actions of major companies that received bailouts from the federal government. But members of… Read More →

The Meetings Industry Is On The Offensive To Counter Negative Perceptions

Panel of MPI Students

When individuals and organizations meet, solutions are created, ideas are shared, business initiatives are crafted and skills are learned. Such meetings are crucial to North American business success, even more so in a dynamic, faltering, global economy. In an increasingly faceless world, effective human connections are a powerful business weapon. The EventView 2009 study reveals… Read More →