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Expert expects mega events to boost meetings industry


When Cristin Barr, CMP, went to college, she was more interested in investor relations than guest relations. “At The University of Texas I studied Investor Relations, which took me to New York City for my first professional job,” said the current president of the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (AzMPI). “For the past… 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 →

Greater Phoenix CVB Hires Hyatt Veteran As Director Of Sales

Lorne Edwards - Greater Phoenix CVB
by in Business News | Workforce

The Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau has hired Lorne Edwards as its new director of sales. Edwards joins the Greater Phoenix CVB after a 16-year sales career at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he most recently served as director of sales and marketing at two Boston-area hotels. Edwards also spent three years as associate director… 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 →

With 35 Years In The Resort Industry, David G. Rosenbaum And MPI Are Perfect Fit

David Rosenbaum - AZ Business Magazine Sep/Oct 2010
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

David G. Rosenbaum, CHME Director of Sales and Marketing Fiesta Resort Conference Center When David Rosenbaum first joined the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of MPI 10 years ago, he was looking to take advantage of the group’s business and networking opportunities, and gain exposure to various meeting planners around the state. As he became more… 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 →

Technology Changes The Meeting Planning Industry

Mr. Gadget
by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Tech

Mr. Gadget Technology changes the meeting planning industry   Webcasting. Green-screen photography. Video e-mail. Seamless projection. Gobos. Video curtains. Not long ago, this kind of technology would not have been in a meeting and event planner’s bag of tricks. But they are today as technology makes ever-greater inroads into the industry. How members of the… Read More →