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November 2013

Volume 4, Number 5

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Presidents Message 

Message from MPI St. Louis President Corri Roberts corri

It was wonderful to see so many of our chapter members at the two events hosted in October.   Thank you to the Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport for hosting the breakfast meeting with one of our strategic marketing partners, PSAV and Matt Harvey.  The Q&A session led to great discussion topics amongst our members in regards to internet services.  Thank you, also, to everyone that supported our fundraiser at Tropicana Lanes.   Our chapter has some crazy bowlers.

People often ask me how I got my start with MPI.   It all started when I attended EduCon 2006.   I was energized by the networking and education sessions.  As a supplier, I knew I wanted to try something new and walk in the shoes of a meeting planner.
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Education & Events

EduCon is Next Week!EduCon Save the Date Logo_2013

EduCon 2013 is next week at River City Casino & Hotel.  MPI EduCon 2013 is St. Louis' only full day educational conference geared toward MPI meeting planners, suppliers and students.  

Register now if you haven't already.

The Lawyers Are In for our January Meeting!

What'justice scaless on your radar when it comes to hotel contracts? Are you informed about the latest issues and trends affecting hotel contracts? Do your contracts include the best language to avoid problems? 

Join St. Louis’ very own meetings group attorney Barbara Dunn, along with hotel attorney Lisa Devlin on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Embassy Suites St. Louis Downtown, as they...
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MPI St. Louis Homecoming Bowl FUNdraiser! Recap    Rah, Rah, Sis, Boom Bah! The 2013 Homecoming Bowl held at Tropicana Lanes on October 23 was a HUGE success!!

From the starting line up to the spectators, we had 64 attendees at the Homecoming Bowl. Thank you to everyone who brought their school spirit for good times with friends and colleagues. The silent auction and 50/50 contributed to the success of the evening with items such as a lottery tree, hotel stays, and Blues tickets - just to name a few. Funds raised at the event will be allocated towards educational expenses, scholarships, and overall costs of the chapter. Click here to read more.


Bandwith or Bust- Navigating Through Bandwith, Wi-Fi & Internet Services Sales Process
That is a mouthful for some of us… fortunately we are not alone.  On Friday, October 11 over 60 of our St. Louis MPI members gathered to see old friends and to meet new ones.  We were pleased with the turnout at the first monthly breakfast meeting hosted by the chapter in several years.  Thank you to our meeting host, the landmark 351-room Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport, which completed a $10 million renovation of its guest rooms and new design and finishes of public areas in early 2013.  This property ranks among the top 10 in Meeting Planner Satisfaction throughout InterContinental Hotels Group upscale Crowne Plaza brand. 
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 Member News
Student Member Spotlight
Meet Jenna Fusinatto, a recent graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia. She’s currently working at University of Missouri in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism department as an Academic Advisor. In this role, Jenna helps students grow from freshmen to seniors, making sure they’re happy in their chosen path and keeping them motivated to finish all of their classes. She’s also done some planning in her role including organizing professional development events for students such as career fairs, employee panels, and mock networking. She’s recently planned a trip to St. Louis for 40 students to visit the St. Louis Rams Career Fair and a Monday night football game.  Click here to read more.

Welcome New Members!

On behalf of the MPI St. Louis Area Chapter, we welcome the following new members. Click here to view the new members list.
 Thank YOU!
In the month of November… It is time to say thank you to our volunteers and strategic partners. MPI St. Louis Area Chapter would not exist without all of your support.

Thank you Strategic Partners!
PSAV, St Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, River City Casino & Hotel, HoteLumiere, St. Charles Convention Center, Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau, Meet In Illinois, Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Connie Duglin Specialty Linens, Signature Studios, Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, L’Ecole Culinaire, and Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles.

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