Past Events

March 2015
'Meeting Planning Lessons Learned from the Technology Trenches
Lombardos

 

Many thanks to Lombardo’s for an evening filled with great food, outstanding service and a beautiful environment for an association or corporate event.

Guest speaker, Tim LaFleur shared his personal technology story and how he came to leverage it for his colleagues in today's truly paperless environment.  Throughout this story, Tim shared the lessons learned from working with a variety of mobile app providers geared toward the meetings industry.  Tim also explained how to integrate other forms of mobile technology in your program and the overall approach to do so. In addition, he devoted time to discuss how to discuss and negotiate Wi-Fi to help facilities and clients see eye to eye on this topic.

 

Tim skillfully incorporated polling into his presentation to make certain that the audience was involved. He's certainly an technology expert and a charming speaker as well.

 
Tim Lafleur's Presentation


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January 2015
"Be your best in 2015, by learning from the best - Disney!"
Museum of Science


 

 


A crisp (well, downright cold) January evening didn’t keep 198 hardy MPI/NE members and guests from attending a wonderful evening at the Museum of Science.  Dee Byrnes, our guest speaker, is the program facilitator for The Disney Institute of the Walt Disney Company. The topic for the evening: “Be your Best, by Learning from the Best - Disney!”

On that chilly evening, Ms. Byrnes showed us how to foster an environment of outstanding teamwork and effective communication.  Dee gave us concrete examples of how to nurture each person’s talent and help them grow into an effective participating and contributing team member.

Whether you're an individual business owner, a corporate planner or work with a team of two or two thousand, our session offered practical takeaways that will help both you and your team work more effectively and exceed expectations.

Attendees received 1.5 Clock Hours for E- Human Resource. The take aways from the evening included:

  • Learn how to create & sustain a dynamic & successful culture within your organization.

  • Identify how to communicate this culture to all levels of your organization and create an environment that supports career development and celebrates employee success.
  • Understand how to attract and build teams that will take your organization to the next level.

The co-chairs for the evening were Anne Scales from American Furniture Rental and Robin Putnam. Our wonderful contact at the Museum of Science was Ainsley Onstott.

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December 2015
MPI/NE Holiday Party
Laugh Boston

MPI New England members kicked off this past holiday season “laughing all the way” on December 10th 2014 with our generous hosts at LAUGH Boston and Fred Clifford. Guests enjoyed food from the Westin Boston Waterfront and specialty cocktails compliments of Deep Eddy Vodka.  As a special holiday treat, LAUGH owners Chet Harding and Norm Laviolette gave an impromptu performance catered specially towards our audience! Special thanks to Terry Mulryan of Future Affairs Productions for bringing the holidays to life and for the CSR committee and their successful Socks for Sox drive!


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November 2014
MPI/NE Fall Educational Institute

 

MPI New England members “swung on over” to the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, Massachusetts on November 24th and 25th for the Fall Educational Institute, a full day and a half of education and networking.  The stunning vistas of the Boston skyline provided a gracious setting, and attendees were treated to scrumptious culinary offerings.

The conference kicked off with a fun and energentic keynote, Train Your Head to Think on Its Feet, from Chet Harding and Norm Laviolette, co-founders of Improv Asylum.  In addition, ten breakout sessions, with topics including event design, career development, harnessing technology, and future industry trends, offered attendees a wealth of choices to add to their knowledge.

MPI New England wishes to thank all of our generous sponsors for helping make this event a great success!

 

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October 2014 Meeting
"Legal Touchpoints - Contracts Confusion Clarified"

MPI/NE attendees enjoyed a revelatory evening on October 15th, as the Marriott Newton hosted an educational and entertaining program addressing a topic of critical importance, “Legal Touchpoints – Contracts Confusion Clarified.” In an engaging Q&A discussion between Hospitality Practice Attorney, Joshua M. Bowman, JD, Partner for Sherin and Lodgen and Nancy Manzon D’Ercole, CMP, Senior Meeting & Event Services Manager for Bright Horizons, attendees gained further insight into how to approach legal contracts with a renewed outlook. Touching upon complex issues such as cancellation clauses, indemnification, non-competes and force majeure, Bowman and D’Ercole shared industry best practices to help planners demystify some of the legal language involved with negotiating contracts. A few key takeaways shed light on common concerns and how to review rules and regulations up front to ensure your event is a success from a small meeting to a major convention. Following the Q&A, attendees were invited downstairs for a casual networking soiree in an outdoor tent with delicious food, drinks and music on the patio overlooking the riverfront. Big thanks from MPI/NE to the program’s co-chairs Rebecca Rieke from MCCA, and Ashley Cakounes from Boston Marriott Long Wharf as well as the evening’s sponsors, Sherin Lodgen, the Marriott Newton , and PSAV.

October 2014 Presentation

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September 2014 Meeting
"Navigating the World of Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions"

In September we enjoyed a lively panel discussion on the topic of Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions.  Our panel consisted of Phyllis Kaplowitz, Executive Chef at Bakers’ Best, Jennifer Fantasia, Sous Chef at Legal C Bar Hingham and Jennifer Wheaten, Catering Sales Manager for Starwood Hotels. 

This panel was able to broach the challenges that both planners and restaurants/caterers feel when dealing with guests/attendees with food allergies.  As we all know in the past few years we are getting more and more requests for Gluten Free, Dairy Free and other Allergies than ever before and it’s sometimes difficult to keep up. 

The biggest takeaway of the meeting was to be specific!  When asking your attendees, shy away from asking for Dietary Preferences because that is when you will run into a never ending list of who prefers not to eat what!  If you ask for allergies, you are more likely to get feedback from guests who truly can or cannot eat something. 

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August 2014 Educational Program
"ShortTalks to Awesomeness"

The newly renovated Boston Marriott Burlington was the host for MPI New England’s August Educational Program “ShortTalks to Awesomeness.” The event was held on Monday, August 25th and featured four dynamic “ShortTalk” speakers,” who each gave twenty-minute presentations on topics ranging from “Attitude is Everything” to “Bullying in the Workplace.”

Rita Schiano, founder of Live A Flourishing Life™, was the first presenter to take the stage. She gave the attendees tips on how changing your attitude can physically change your outlook and your health, not to mention how others view you.

Next up was Janet M. Edmunson, M.Ed., FAWHP, President of JME Insights. Janet used her own personal compelling story to encourage those in attendance to identify and apply strategies for adding more meaning to your work, life, and volunteerism experiences.

Eric Bloom, President and CTO of Manager Mechanics LLC, our third presenter, continued the focus on volunteering. Eric put a spin on the topic though, encouraging the audience to realize that the hours you spend volunteering can actually help you gain valuable leadership skills and experience that can enhance your career.

Our final presenter, Laurie-Ann Murabito, founder of LA & Associates, really took things in a different direction, presenting on a hot topic in today’s world — bullying. Only now those bullies from the playground have grown up and may be in your workplace. Laurie-Ann gave attendees insight on how to recognize adult bullying and understand what it costs companies, and how to make our workplaces safer and protect everyone from this behavior.

At the conclusion of the final “ShortTalk,” Joanne Dennison, MSEd, CMP, who has affectionately been tagged “The Guidance Counselor for Grown Ups," and who served as the day’s moderator, brought the four presenters back onstage for a question and answer period.

Attendees were treated to a wide range of short presentations and inspired to examine their own lives and career paths. The value of becoming a volunteer was made clear from each speaker’s unique perspective and each shared concrete suggestions for the path ahead.

After satisfying the attendees need for brain nourishment, Boston Marriott Burlington satisfied our hunger for culinary nourishment at the post education networking reception. Stations filled with platters of grilled vegetables, aged cheeses, blackened beef tenderloin, jumbo shrimp cocktail, and lobster salad sliders greeted the guests as they arrived into the reception. The food was delicious and the networking lively.

Following the lavish reception, the Membership Committee picked up where Programming left off and ran the first of this year’s All Team Meetings, rebranded with some unique twists as an Active Volunteer Round Robin.

Attendees were split evenly amongst the round tables as board members rotated between tables to engage in an intimate dialogue with our members about what each committee does, current initiatives for the year, and how committees and members can form mutually beneficial relationships to advance the needs, reach, and value of our chapter and membership.

New members, veteran volunteers, board members, and potential members alike exchanged ideas, shared best practices and offered feedback. The all team gatherings are a valuable resource for those looking to become more involved and for those who are actively involved to share their experiences and knowledge with the chapter. This night was no exception and the committees walked away with new volunteers, ideas, and motivation for the year ahead.

To close out the evening we recognized members in attendance that were celebrating a milestone year with MPI and the New England Chapter.  Each member received a commemorative pin and certificate noting their years of membership.  This was followed by hot coffee and delectable desserts to cap the night before everyone departed for home.

MPI/NE thanks meeting co-chairs for this event, Anne Roberts of Discover Newport, and Molly Hudson, CMP, of the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical Center, and we all offer a huge thank you to the Boston Marriott Burlington for hosting MPI New England for this fantastic event, as well as to the National Speakers Association (NSA) New England for providing our top-quality presenters. 

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May 2014 Meeting

“Crisis Management – What Is Your Plan?”

 MPI/NE attendees were treated to a great evening on May 14th, as the Verve Crowne Plaza – Natick hosted a program filled with fabulous surroundings and decor, delicious food and drink, and a dynamic speaker and timely topic, “Crisis Management – What Is Your Plan?” Robert Noonan, Director of Security for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), has seen his share and more of potential and actual crises – including the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the more recent credit card fraud situations), and he gave attendees insightful tools to help prevent and handle such events, by emphasizing the importance of recognizing “normal vs. novel,” having a strong crisis communication plan (and approved “templates” of response), and focusing on recovery. The “Five Keys to Crisis Management” – 1) Define the emergency, 2) Identify the hazards, 3) Ensure communication, 4) Leverage Relationships, and 5) Take Control. The latter is key, in such areas as the timing of your messaging, as is the “relay” of information and responsibilities in crisis situations. Noonan stressed the value of developing relationships (i.e., with local law enforcement authorities) in advance of events – so that if the worst were to occur, you know who to call, and they know you. He also noted the importance of reflecting on the effectiveness of your response following the crisis – what worked?/what didn’t?, and importantly, why – in order to address future situations more effectively. Noonan summarized his presentation by observing that “it’s a new day and a new age,” and the meetings industry must adapt emergency preparedness plans, in order to ensure the safety and security of everyone involved. The evening concluded with more mingling in the Verve’s inviting lounge area. Big thanks from MPI/NE to the program’s co-chairs, Cecil Dorman of AVFX, and Stephen Jackson of Visit Raleigh CVB, as well as the evening’s sponsors, the Verve Crowne Plaza – Natick, and AVI-SPL.

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May 2014 Board of Directors Retreat
Celebration, Communication, and Continuation

The MPI/NE Board of Directors convened at the Lodge on the Cove in Kennebunkport, Maine, May 2-4, 2014, to review the accomplishments and challenges of the past year, and to determine the business framework and goals for the 2014-2015 year ahead.  The beautiful surroundings of the hotel proved a great backdrop for examining the chapter’s business plan, and working out plans for the year ahead.

The current 2013-2014 BOD members held their final board meeting on Friday, and the outgoing board members – Julie Nack Locke, Richard Carroll, and Jenniffer Janowiecki – were formally thanked for their service to the chapter.  The new 2014-2015 board members – Elizabeth Swart, Nancy Manzon D’Ercole, Denise Banach, Lauren Maiellano, and Michele Maguire – were brought in to join the group.  Mark Bice, MPI/NE’s President, then introduced Dana Perrino to the group as the facilitator for the weekend’s agenda and discussions.  Following a presentation by the “Office of the President” (Bice, joined by Immediate Past President Michelle Johnson and President-Elect Susan Prue) on the overall New England Chapter objectives, MPI Global’s Senior Director of Membership and Chapters, Brad Shanklin, gave us a “Status of the Chapter” update.  We then were shuttled to the Cape Arundel Inn (also a member of Kennebunkport Resort Collection), where we enjoyed cocktails on the front porch and enjoyed the spectacular ocean view.  A specially prepared Chef’s Table dinner was then served to us in Pierre’s Table (with each course introduced by Chef Pierre himself!)  Back at the Lodge on the Cove, the group gathered around the fire pit, where current and new board members shared stories and got to know each other. 

On Saturday morning, following a delicious breakfast at the poolside Dory restaurant, the group got right down to work in the Cove meeting room, where MPI/NE Chapter Business Manager Bryan Lavin presented a report on how our chapter is doing from a Global perspective.  With this information in hand, each board member then asked to share 3 successes and 3 challenges from the past year – to establish a framework of what went well, what to retain, and what to build on in the new business plan. The group was then divided into mixed groups (not by committee/department – in order to gain fresh perspective) to address the challenges identified and discuss possible solutions.  Each committee then met to fine tune their department presentations, which were given to the group in the afternoon.   These reports influenced the detailed budget discussions that followed on Saturday afternoon (and Sunday morning), as the group worked through how and where to allocate chapter funds and resources.  We were then shuttled into town to dine at Abbondante, where we enjoyed the wonderful cuisine and continued to bond as a team.  After dinner, we again warmed ourselves around the fire pit and engaged in spirited conversation (and a game or two of beanbags as well!)

Sunday morning found the group back in the Cove meeting room after breakfast, continuing the budget talks and prioritizing strategies and actions, to forge a viable and workable business plan for the year ahead.  Throughout the weekend, Dana kept us on track to make sure that we were staying focused and engaged, and to reinforce that all of us on the Board are responsible for the chapter’s financial strength and membership numbers.  We wrapped up on Sunday morning with a stated commitment from each board member of their first priority that they will accomplish to further the Chapter’s goals.   We then wrapped up by visiting another of the Kennebunkport Resort Collection properties, Hidden Pond, where we toured the fabulous accommodations, meeting space, and dining venues – including Earth, where we picked up specially prepared box lunches, which we enjoyed on the scenic trolley ride back to the Lodge on the Cove.   We left the Mid-Year Retreat with a renewed sense of purpose, and with a clear vision of how to move the chapter ahead in 2014-2015.  “We are MPI – and we love what we do!”

 


March 2014 Education Program with Kyle Hillman

The monthly educational program on March 19, 2014 was an evening full of pleasant contrasts. Old friends made new acquaintances and were surrounded by classical and modern architecture. They enjoyed sophisticated hors d'oeuvres, followed by a simple (and simply delicious) donut to end the evening.
When guests arrived at the remarkable Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, they strolled around the museum’s historic cloisters, enjoying the amazing art on display. As a special treat, museum docents led small groups of guests on informational tours. The Joe Brogan Trio played light jazz in the historic inner Courtyard while MPI members chatted over glasses of wine.

In a twist on past monthly programs, the evening began with a reception for attendees hosted by the museum’s Café G catering staff. Café G is located in the striking new wing of the museum and is able to hold events for up to 90 attendees. Café G’s décor was complimented by Peterson’s Party Rentals’ fine linens and decorative displays. The magnificence of the old and new museum space was capped off by the meeting’s presentation, held in the new Calderwood Hall, a perfect space that continues the amazing attention to detail. The space literally glows, as its balconies rise two stories above the main floor.

Kyle Hillman’s presentation on social media – what to do, and more to the point, what not to do -- engaged the audience and inspired questions, comments, and a bit of controversy. Social media fans have strong opinions and aren’t shy about expressing them. He cautioned the audience about continuing to pursue all available social media avenues, but also advised what to stop doing in order to maximize the potential of social media. It was a topic so well received that a line of people waited to speak to with Kyle after his presentation.

To cap a great evening, attendees received Mrs. Gardner’s special donuts and complimentary museum passes for a return visit.

Thank you to all the sponsors who made the evening so successful: Michael Bent and All Occasion Transportation for providing transportation for our speaker, AVFX for audiovisual support, The Joe Brogan Jazz Trio, and Peterson’s Party Rentals for the fine linens and display items. A special thank you to Kim Randall, Julia Vose, and Brooke Redican from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for a fantastic evening that will long be remembered. The ISGM showed its best as the wonderful museum we all know, but surprised many as a fantastic meeting venue. It was a wonderful evening to celebrate the coming spring in elegant surroundings.



February 2014 MPI/NE Monthly Meeting

Multi-Generations: Working Together to Achieve Goals!

A good time was had by all on February 19th at the Hard Rock Café Boston, as MPI New England members and guests gathered to listen to featured speaker Bob Kelleher, who showed us how to better understand generational differences - as well as similarities. Attendees learned how to maximize communication, performance, and overall satisfaction in our industry.
In an entertaining presentation, Kelleher explained how recognizing generational “traits” can improve meetings and events by:

  • Helping gain a better understanding of participant interests and expectations
  • Avoiding mistakes that result in decreased participation and lack of engagement
  • Adapting each step of your planning process - from marketing to content to follow-up – through methods that appeal to each generation

Before opening his own consulting business, The Employee Engagement Group, Kelleher spearheaded award-winning employee engagement programs and initiatives at AECOM, a Fortune 500 global professional services firm, and ENSR. His positions as Chief Human Capital Officer and Executive Vice President of Organizational Development and Chief Operating Officer for those firms respectively gave him a broad perspective on employee engagement in today’s workplace.

A big thank you to the Hard Rock Café Boston for a fabulous evening – and also to the February 2014 meeting co-chairs: Cynthia Graham, Babson Executive Conference Center, and Elaine Shuttleworth, BI Worldwide, for all their efforts to make this evening most memorable and successful!


MPI/NE Mid-Year Board Retreat
On Rope

MPI/NE’s Mid-Year Board Retreat, held January 3-5, 2014 at the Alfond Inn at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, had an unexpected visitor who certainly made her presence known:  Mother Nature!  Due to severe weather in the northeast that resulted in many cancelled flights and disrupted travel schedules, seven members of the board were unable to get to the Retreat (at least in person – more on that later!) The majority of the board were in attendance, however, and participated in a very productive weekend.  The focus of the Mid-Year Retreat is several-fold: to assess progress to date on chapter iniatives, identify solutions for areas of challenge, recalibrate action plans as needed, reconnect as a team, and initiate the transition process to ensure continuity with the 2014-2015 leadership team. 

With Terri Breining, CMP, CMM (of Breining Group, LLC) providing thoughtful and knowledgeable leadership as facilitator, the retreat began on Friday afternoon with a presentation and discussion with MPI Chair-Elect, Kevin Kirby.   Kevin introduced the updated vision of MPI Global, which is 1) to serve as the first choice for professional career development, and 2) be the leading voice for the global meeting industry.  He then outlined the areas of priority, which include an emphasis on providing chapters the resources and support they need to deliver a quality experience to the members.  Kevin used the term “absurd creativity” as an example of criteria for the kind of ideas MPI is considering, and that phrase, as an extension of “thinking outside of the box,” was integrated throughout the retreat.

Through a pre-retreat survey, board members had previously identified membership and volunteer engagement as key areas of focus.  Maintaining the high quality of programs (monthly meetings, networking events, and educational institutes), including venues and sponsorship, was also noted as a high priority. 

The board then heard an update from Brad Shanklin, Senior Director of Chapters & Member Services, which highlighted how chapters can most effectively work with and utilize MPI Global’s resources and programs to help reach our mutual goals.  This was followed by a chapter budget update by Bryan Lavin, MPI/NE’s new Chapter Business Manager (and until recently, MPI/NE’s President-Elect). 

This led into a lively discussion of how we can address the challenges and opportunities ahead, with most of the absent board members included virtually (via Skype and FaceTime).   Lots of ideas were shared (keeping “absurd creativity” top of mind!) regarding member recruitment and retention, volunteer engagement, attendance and satisfaction at educational and networking events, and integrating chapter efforts with those of MPI Global.

Each committee was then provided copies of the section of the chapter business plan that included action plans for their specific areas of responsibility:  Membership, Marketing & Communications, Leadership, Special Projects, Education,  Operations, and Sponsorship.  We then reviewed the plans to assess progress on Q1 and Q2, and amended them for Q3 and Q4, with a focus on continuing what’s working well, and “tweaking” what needs to be changed. 

Also discussed was how to manage the transition of leadership moving into 2014-2015.  Because of the departure of Bryan Lavin as President-Elect, the nominating committee made a recommendation that was unanimously accepted:  Current President Mark Bice will remain in his position through December 2014, and Susie Prue will then step in as President for an 18-month period covering January 2015 through June 2016.  Each committee was also tasked with developing a transition plan to ensure that their work is passed smoothly and understood completely by the VP’s and Directors taking over in new roles for the 2014-2015 year.

At the closing dinner on Saturday evening, the board  formally thanked Terri Breining for her many years of service to MPI/NE as retreat facilitator extraordinaire.   Terri’s professionalism and commitment to help us refine our vision and achieve our goals has been a major component in the success of our chapter.  We finished the retreat with a clear focus of all that we have accomplished – and committed to doing all that we can to bring our chapter to even greater heights.  “We are MPI – and we love what we do!”   

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January 2014

State of the Industry: What the Meeting Professional Needs to Know for a Successful 2014


The January monthly meeting covering the State of the Industry for 2014 was a huge success! Our chapter was very fortunate to have Michael Dominguez, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International, Global and Senior Vice President, Corporate Hotel Sales for MGM Resorts International, who presented an overview of the State of the Meeting Industry. We were equally as fortunate to have a marvelous venue in the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School to host our meeting. Not only is this space automatically fascinating simply for being affiliated with Harvard, it is a very unique space for meetings and it worked out amazingly for this event. Our opening and closing networking receptions both took place in the beautiful Atrium, which had floor to ceiling windows and a wonderful catwalk feature above for people to walk along and partake in multiple views of the facility. Our main program took place in the conference center amphitheater. Although a large space, we were able to keep the presentation intimate and personal. This space also features state of the art built-in audio visual, which made for a seamless presentation.

For this event, our chapter was lucky to have Business Events Canada as our educational sponsor. Their representative, Danielle Foisy, started off the presentation by introducing our dynamic speaker. We knew when we confirmed Michael as a speaker that he would put on a great presentation and be very engaging, but boy did he exceed our expectations! During the 90 minute presentation, he was able to touch on many topics of our industry and explain how we can adapt to the changes we anticipate seeing in 2014 and beyond. Everything from the state of the economy, to new technology, to working with multiple generations was covered. Michael was able to flow each topic and keep everyone in the audience fully involved in everything he had to say. Much of his presentation was very eye opening to both suppliers and planners and really made people in the audience able to relate to what he was saying in their own place of work. We know our chapter will be talking about this presentation for years to come!

Following the amazing presentation, the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center really outdid themselves with an amazing food and beverage display for the networking reception. As all the attendees were abuzz from the presentation, we were treated to a great tapas display, dessert stations, and delectable passed hors d'oeuvres.

MPI New England would like to thank all of our sponsors for helping to put this amazing event together, including the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Business Events Canada, and most importantly our speaker, Michael Dominguez.


October 2013 Monthly Meeting Recap
“Advanced Contract Negotiation Strategies – How to Go From Merely Being a Party in a Contract to Actually Having a Party!”

The October monthly meeting, “Advanced Contract Negotiation Strategies – How to Go From Merely Being a Party in a Contract to Actually Having a Party!”, showcased a panel of industry experts from the hospitality, corporate, and academic fields, who led a lively, interactive discussion about the negotiating  process, typical sticking points, and how to work together to make the experence less adversarial and more of a partnership.  This event drew over 160 attendees, who enjoyed the Metro Meeting Center’s great downtown Boston location, fabulous meeting space, and delicious food and drink. 

Facilitated by MPI/NE Vice President of Finance and Administration Susan Prue, the panelists included Attorney-at-Law Lisa Sommer Devlin, who has practiced law since 1984, and has concentrated in hospitality law since the early 1990’s; David Chisholm, Vice President of Sales for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre; Holly Lum, Director of the Travel and Strategic Meetings Management Program at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals; and Judith Ziemnik, Events Manager at The Epilepsy Foundation New England.

Questions from attendees led to spirited discussions of what constitutes force majeure, the legal aspects of contracts without attrition clauses, how to require meeting attendees to stay at the official hotel(s), the ramifications of the “sunshine” and pharma codes, and allocating and accepting risk in indemnification clauses.  

The conversations continued at the networking reception following the program, where attendees got to know each other while enjoying the wonderful spread put on by the Metro Meeting Center.  Many thanks to them, and to the meeting co-chairs, Aaron Missner of Tourism Toronto, and Allison Wheeler, Meeting Planner, for all their help in making this event a great success!


September 2013 Monthly Meeting Recap
Create and Transform Affordable Event Environments

The September monthly meeting, “Create and Transform Affordable Event Environments,” held Wednesday, September 18th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore, was an incredible success. Over 113 attendees gathered together for a panel discussion led by Richard Carbotti, President of Perfect Surroundings International, and his partners and fellow panelists, Jordan Carbotti and Evan Carbotti.

This panel of industry experts engaged the audience and demonstrated that quality need not necessarily come at exorbitant or unreasonable costs. They explained how to exceed attendee expectations by implementing creative design solutions for events, mixing the old with the new, during their panel discussion. 

Once the discussion concluded, attendees were guided to the Living Room event space designed and created by the Carbottis’ masterful hands.  The room was transformed into a “Vive la Revolution” theme created with elegant uplighting by High Output, Inc.  Illuminated tables and bars and Louis XIV seating vignettes were supplied by CORT Event Furnishings.  The main focus of the room was a large communal dining table topped with dozens of stunning white orchids in glass vases and containers of all shapes and sizes, with votives scattered down the center of the table.  The room was buzzing with excitement and the amazing music provided by DJ Juan Castaneda from Groove Events created a fun, clubby vibe.  The DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore did an outstanding job sponsoring the food and beverage.  The Hotel’s Executive Chef was present at the event, serving lobster salad crostini, pistachio encrusted lamb chops, diver scallops, and sushi.

MPI New England would like to thank all of our evening’s generous sponsors including the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore, CORT Event Furnishings, Grove Events, High Output, and New England Country Rentals, as well as event co-chairs: Corie Rand of AIR Worldwide, and  Lisa Santoro of CORT Event Furnishings