|Missed the Meeting|
|Cocktail of the Season|
|Thank You to Our Sponsors|
| As our MPI New England year and my year as President comes to a close, I have a mix of nostalgia and excitement. My theme for our Board of Directors has been “Keeping the Members in Mind”. I’ve witnessed this theme lived out, month after month, by our Board and our committee members and chapter partners. I'm hopeful our members and guests have experienced that firsthand. |
|Here are a few key efforts during the 2022-2023 year I'd like to celebrate. |
| that support that theme|
- This year’s Board of Directors and committee members have lived into the idea of radical hospitality for our monthly in-person events. We define radical hospitality by viewing our event venues as our homes, our attendees as our guests and are genuinely welcomed, and that no guest should be standing alone (unless they want to!) ensuring connections are made and our New England event and hospitality community is strengthened.
- Speaking of in-person events, let’s celebrate the 11 successful events our hard-working committees executed this year: from membership meet-ups where folks learned about the chapter, the committees, and getting involved, to our August and March networking events where we get to socialize with friends new and old, to the most unique educational meetings the chapter has ever executed, to one marvelous holiday party, to partnering with PCMA New England for Global Meetings Industry Day, to our renowned Educational Institute at the SeaCrest resort in November. Events with attendance getting back to pre-COVID levels and all with key connections and memories made.
- From a membership metrics perspective, we celebrate that MPINE is 281 members strong as of today! Over the past year, 87 new members joined our chapter; our Membership committee works with those folks during MPI 101 learning sessions, connects with them at monthly events, as well as facilitates their getting involved with a committee, if they choose.
- Another key member metric for this year is a staggering 171 renewals- I'm particularly excited about that number because those are industry professionals who understand the personal and career value of their membership to both MPI Global and to their New England chapter.
|To anyone reading this who’s thinking about joining this chapter, please take note of the work that we’re doing and will continue to do keeping the members in mind. Don't hesitate to connect with me or any other chapter volunteer for more reasons why we ourselves are members, and why MPINE can benefit you. |
|As for the end of the year, our fabulous leader and member champion, Kate Page, ends her time on the Board this year as Immediate Past President. This, after years supporting us on the Board, the members, and the MPI organization. Thank you, Kate, for all the time, talent, and treasure you put forth and we will see you around town! |
I move now from nostalgia to excitement, because I'm lucky enough to hand the reins of President over to my friend and fellow MPINE champion, Hollie Herrick. Hollie is an eventprof and New Englander through and through. She’s been a continual force of positivity and support to this chapter and this Board of Directors in particular. I cannot wait to watch as her leadership and intellect guide this chapter forward!
|Many thanks to the BOD2223, committee volunteers, vendor partners, and members for an incredible year I’ll never forget! |
|Immediate Past President|
|Outgoing Immediate Past President, Marjie Lane |
|MISSED OUR MEMBERSHIP MEET UP EVENT OR BOARD INDUCTION EVENT? CHECK OUT GALLERY OF PHOTOS BELOW!|
|MEMBERS SPOTLIGHT: AARON COLE|
|Please join us as we give a shout out to outstanding member, Aaron Cole!|
|Here is what Aaron's colleagues on the Membership Committee say about him, "Aaron is a generous contributor to the Membership Committee, he never hesitates to jump in to help no matter what the task. Aaron looks out for all our successes and is always ready to lend a helping hand and words of encouragement."|
|It is members like Aaron that make our chapter so successful! Be sure to give Aaron a high five next you see him or a shout out on social!|
|COCKTAIL OF THE SEASON: APEROL SPRITZ|
|MPINE Chapter President, Hollie Herrick enjoying our summer cocktail of the month, Aperol Spritz!|
|Summer Cocktail of the Month: |
- 1 part champagne
- Sparkling water
- 1 part aperol
- Orange Slice for Garnish
|1. Fill wine glass with ice|
|2. Add 1 part Aperol and 1 part Champagne|
|3. Top off with Bevi Sparkling Water|
|4. Garnish with Orange slice|
|MPINE Chapter President, Hollie Herrick enjoying an Aperol Spritz. Recipe shared by MPINE member, Jodi Pavia, Senior Manager, Event Marketing at Bevi. |
|DISCOVER PUERTO RICO SPOTLIGHT|
|Make Your Meeting Boricua|
| When deciding on the destination for your next meeting, Puerto Rico stands out for several key reasons. Here are some facts that make Puerto Rico an exceptional choice for hosting your next event.|
| Accessibility: The Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) offers seamless travel with 125+ daily flights from all major domestic airlines with direct connections to major U.S. cities, especially from the east coast and no passport requirements for U.S. citizens.|
| Accommodations: With more than 130+ lodging options and counting, Puerto Rico provides a diverse range of choices to suit every preference. From luxurious award-winning properties to trendy and authentic boutique hotels, there is something for everyone across different price points.|
| Puerto Rico Convention Center: Spanning 600,000 square feet, offers state-of-the-art meeting spaces in San Juan's vibrant Convention Center District. With a 152,700 sq. ft. exhibit hall, a 39,500 sq. ft. ballroom, and 15 rooms that convert to 29 breakouts, the venue offers flexible space for your meeting.|
| Unique Attractions: Puerto Rico boasts cultural and historical attractions for attendees to explore. From bioluminescent bays and caves to zip lines through lush forest. Hikes through tropical rainforests to waterfalls, and serene sandy beaches further enhance the island's allure. With the new Distrito T-Mobile, attendees will enjoy an immersive entertainment and dining venue that is steps from the Puerto Rico Convention Center.|
| Our National Sales Director, Yolanda González is available to guide you and share details on how Puerto Rico is the destination to host your upcoming event. Her in-depth knowledge ensures a truly authentic experience for your attendees. You can contact her via email at Yolanda.Gonzalez@DiscoverPuertoRico.com|
|MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES (COMING SOON FOR SUMMER)|
|IN-KIND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES|
|Would you like a chance to showcase your venue for|
one of our in-person events?
|Are you looking to demonstrate your products and/or services|
instead of hosting an event?
|There are many different options|
for in-kind sponsorships with the MPINE Team!
|Reach out to Tom Fitzgerald, Jr., Director of In-Kind Sponsorships, for more details on upcoming opportunities.|
|MPINE MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS TEAM|
| Jodi Pavia|
| Aram Orchanian|
| Kelly Houten|