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Welcome to the glories of Spring,
good Members of MPI Northeastern New York!
We are pleased to share our first quarter 2018 newsletter with all of you and we look forward to welcoming you at one of our upcoming programs
President's Message
Steve HIRES (002)
  It is hard to believe that eight months of my annual term have already passed...but the busiest 3 months are
upon us!

MPI Global launched the Member & Chapter Satisfaction Survey in February. Thanks to each of you for participating. The survey closed on March 6th; I’ll share the results with you in our next
quarterly newsletter.
I’m really excited about the 2018 MPI Gala, our newest event, which will take place on Thursday, April 12 at the Albany Capital Center. Special Events Director Jessica Joralemon and her dynamic committee have been working since October to make  this event special and memorable. In celebration of Global Meetings Industry Day we will honor local Industry Leaders. The President’s Award, Volunteer of the Year Award, Most Valued Partner and Most Enthusiastic New Member awards will also be named. If you have not registered yet, I hope you will go to the website now so that you don’t miss the most fantastic MPI event of the year!

The Gala, which replaces the annual Golf Tournament, includes an Online Auction that will be open until May 31st.  
Click here for more information and to donate an item.

There are also fabulous Partnership Opportunities in support of the Gala. Click here to view our Partnership Brochure which lists all of the sponsorships and packages that are available.
We have a number of other exciting events coming up this spring.  At the end of April, our New Officers Board Retreat will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Saratoga Springs. We also have a great Educational Session planned for May 17th at the Hampton Inn on Western Avenue in Albany - keep an eye on your email, details are coming soon! In June we’ll head into summer with an Annual Meeting / Cocktails & Connections event that is currently  in the works, slated to be held
in Clifton Park.

Finally, I want to take a moment to thank some of our local  partners; we are so grateful to all of our venue sponsors whose support really helps to promote attendance at our events and allows our members to see all of the amazing venues that are available to them in our community.  Thank you for your support!

We have a very busy four months ahead of us and we look forward to enjoying all of these events with
each of you!

Thank you,
Steven Preston, CMP
MPI NENY President

MPI Weighs in on the
Sexual Harassment Conversation

The Meeting Planner Sexual harassment in the meeting planning industry is the topic of “The Perfect Storm: As Sexual Harassment Dominates the Headlines in Hollywood and Beyond, It’s Time for the Meeting Industry to Tackle this Issue” an article that appeared in the February issue of The Meeting Planner.

Read "The Perfect Storm"here.

Meet You at the GALA
MPI FINAL LOGO_cropped Registration is now open for MPI NENY’s Inaugural Gala. Don’t miss your chance to dress up a bit and kick off this spectacular new event that combines Global Meetings Industry Day, our Chapter Awards, and our “Bidding for Good” Auction into one activity-packed, fun-filled evening! 

The Inaugural MPI NENY Gala is an opportunity for the meetings industry and everyone supported by it to come together and celebrate the individuals who have made a significant contribution to our community. Register soon to secure choice seats with your friends and colleagues.

Event Recap:
Fear is my Homeboy
Troy Hilton Garden Inn


Fear is My Homeboy: How to Get Brave and Start Taking Action; Featuring Judi Holler

The Troy Hilton Garden Inn treated MPI NENY Annual Membership Event attendees to an amazing experience from start to finish. Featured speaker Judi Holler taught us how to make fear our homeboy.

You hear this all the time:  “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”  Judi’s F.E.A.R. is my Homeboy model taught us how to we get to the other side of fear. Here is an overview of the four steps:

F = Faith
Faith is all about believing in yourself and getting comfortable with your fears. “The more I dd the scary thing on stage in improv at Second City, the more I was able to do the scary thing in my business life.”

E = Essentialism
Essentialism is all about focusing on your goals and doing the things you need to do to achieve your goals. It’s about setting goals and making a plan on purpose.

A = Action
Action is all about executing the plan.

R = Resilience
Resilience is all about “no mistakes, only gifts.” As Judi said: “Stop worrying about what other people think. People are already judging you, not liking you, making fun of you. Who are you living your life for? You...or them?”

Judi also shared a reading list to help us on our journey. Here is the a list, in case you want to check them out:

Brené Brown
    ・   Braving the Wilderness
    ・   Rising Strong
    ・   Daring Greatly
    ・   The Gifts of Imperfection
Simon Sinek
    ・   Start with Why

       Leaders Eat Last
War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Essentialism and The One Thing (Productivity Books)

Special thanks to Troy’s Hilton Garden Inn, who treated attendees to a creative array of light meal stations, including a delicious slider bar and complimentary beer, wine, and soda.

Event Recap:
Cocktails & Connections
Morton's Lobby Bar at Saratoga Casino & Hotel

Attendees placed their bets on the February Cocktails & Connections event at Morton’s Lobby Bar at Saratoga Casino & Hotel in February and hit the networking jackpot. MPI NENY members and non-members participated in a demonstration of ALIN a new IOS digital event product by Lapis Sphere Technologies, MPI NENY’s newest supplier partner. The after-hours, free event was designed by the MPI NENY Special Events team so attendees could connect with each other, learn more about the opportunities our chapter has to offer. Board members were on hand to share ideas about volunteer opportunities, membership and how to begin the Certified Meeting Professional process.
Special thanks to Saratoga Casino & Hotel, the venue sponsor, located in Saratoga Springs, NY for providing complimentary appetizers and drink specials. Attendees also received a free play casino card. Members and non-members alike met up with colleagues, shared challenges and successes, and made new connections. Great job by Jessica Joralemon, CMP, our Director of Special Events for organizing such a fun event.

Small Meetings Mean Big Business
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Small meetings showed an upsurge in growth in 2017 and it seems it will continue in 2018 and beyond.

Advisory board meetings, trainings and company retreats are moving not only to a smaller number of participants but to smaller venues as well. These small group sizes have big benefits for the planner and the company they represent.  A less complex planning strategy gives more time for building a more robust agenda.  More opportunities for a greater number of attendees to be actively involved in the meeting makes them more productive.  Attendees have more opportunities to get to know each other, creating better communication after the sessions are over for continued professional growth.
What can transform a simple meeting into an experience to be remembered?  Location.  Unique venues in resort communities offer an exciting mix of business and pleasure.  Spaces beyond the traditional meeting room are available for creative thinking and team building.  Nearby attractions and activities provide excitement and anticipation during group outings or down time.  “Buy local” meal functions become part of the entertainment package without straining the budget.
The host community in turn is hoping to tap into those attendees who are looking to extend their stay with family and friends.  Meetings held in destinations that attendees would personally like to visit offer great opportunities for these communities.  Extended stay expenditures account for increased revenue for the resort and nearby attractions and restaurants.

Meeting planners and attendees who visit New York State are always surprised by its diverse resort options.  Areas beyond metropolitan New York City offer rural scenery and small town hospitality unmatched in other destinations. The combination of outstanding meeting spaces, comfortable accommodations and amenities and delicious food and drink will make your next function in New York stand out.  Whether it’s a team-building event in Long Island or a luxury escape in the 1000 Islands you are seeking, there are some impressive options in every corner of New York.

Article submitted by Tillie Youngs, Sales Manager for the 1000 Islands International Tourism Council.  The Tourism Council is the Destination Marketing Organization for the 1000 Islands region in Upstate New York and southeastern Ontario. Comments can be directed to Tillie via email at tillie@visit1000islands.com.  More information for hosting your next meeting, conference or retreat can be found at www.meet1000.com

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GMID Inaugural Gala 2018

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World Education Congress 2018
  • MPI HQ's Signature Event
  • June 2-5, 2018
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Register Now

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Nominate for Awards
There is still time to put forth your personal recommendations for those in our local region most deserving of recognition.  Click here to submit your nominations now!

Call for Sponsorships
Click here to peruse our Partnership Brochure for a multitude of sponsorships and packages to suit your style. Don’t miss this opportunity to have visibility in front of the entire membership of MPI Northeastern New York on the most important night of their year.

Donate an Item
to our Upcoming Auction

We are now accepting item donations
for our “Bidding for Good” Auction Fundraiser that is taking place in conjunction with the Gala.
Click here for more information
and to donate.

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Chapter Grants
and Scholarships

Chapter grant applications opened in February. Scholarships are open all year and members can apply as needed. Grants and scholarships for 2018 will be available all year.
Click here and scroll down to complete the application online. 

Welcome to our
New Members

Alyssa Aufiero -
Courtyard by Marriott
Saratoga Springs

Jocelyn Bryant -
SUNY Delhi
(Online Program)

Lisa Carroll -
BBL Hospitality

Nicole Cline

Lisa DeSantis -
Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

Olivia Dunn -
Hearst Media Center

Joanna Fairs -
The Saratoga Hilton

Abby Hughes -
SUNY Oswego
(Student Member)

Jenilyn Kramer -
Visit Buffalo Niagara

Tammy Mortier -
Hearst Media Center

Kaitlin Nevins -
Saratoga Casino Hotel

Susan Smith -
Hearst Media Center

Chloejean Tedford -
Saratoga Convention
& Tourism Bureau

NENY’s Newest CMP!

jennifer kearney

Jennifer Kearney, CMP
Meeting & Event Coordinator
New York State
School Boards Association

Jennifer graduated from the Hospitality Management Program at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2012. Through the beginning years of her career, it was important to Jennifer to immerse herself in all different sectors of the hospitality industry. She experienced events through banquet serving with Classé Catering. She experienced meeting planning through an internship with the NYS Association for the Education of Young Children. She experienced hotels through the front desk at the Hilton Garden Inn Saratoga, group reservations at the Hilton Albany, and catering sales at the Embassy Suites Saratoga Springs. Her different job experiences helped mold her into the planner that she is today. One that is focused on planning flawless events, while being mindful of the logistics required to make the events successful.
In 2016, Jennifer joined the NYS School Boards Association, an organization serving over 5,000 school board members across the state. In her job capacity, she is responsible for planning over 40 educational and networking events across New York State. She also assists in planning NYSSBA’s Annual Convention, which draws over 2,000 people each year.
Jennifer is in her first term as Director of Monthly Programs, and she really enjoys her role and the people she has met along the way. She looks forward to continuing her professional development with MPI. CMP is a milestone for her, and one that she is very proud of!

Welcome to our
MPI Northeastern New York
2018-2019 Board of Directors

Kristina Catrambone,
Site Solutions Worldwide
 President Elect
Caitlin Gaborow,

Meetings & Events
Immediate Past President
Steven Preston, CMP
Vice President, Membership
Colleen Whitaker,

Courtyard by Marriott
Saratoga Springs

Vice President, Education
Carla Rosenbaum, CMP
New York
Physical Therapy

Vice President, Communications
Theresa W. Moore,
New York State
Council of School Superintendents

Vice President,Finance
 Nancy Jess
Saratoga Convention
& Tourism Bureau

Vice President, Special Events
Jessica Joralemon, CMP
Kimberly Williams,

Schenectady County
Community College

Director, Monthly Programs
Jennifer Kearney,

New York State
School Boards Association

Director, Special Events
Director, Sponsorship
Laura Vecchio, CMP
University of Albany
Director, Leadership Development
Kayla Kreis
Saratoga Convention
& Tourism Bureau

 Vreneli Banks
New York State Council of School Superintendents
Director, At Large
Melissa Carter
Springhill Suites
New York, LaGuardia
Chapter Administrator (paid)
Julee Cooke
Paragon Events


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