Happy “Lucky 13” Shari Hockenbery, CMP!

Congratulations to Shari Hockenbery, CMP of the Francis Family Foundation for celebrating 13-years of membership with MPIKC in February! Shari shares a few of her MPIKC “favorites” from the past 13 years below:

What is your favorite MPIKC memory? Attending the World Education Conference in Atlantic City.
What was your favorite committee? Co-Committee Chair of Education and Special Events with Lynne Fleenor.
What was the funniest moment? Patty Gaughan riding the bull in the Power & Light District at a KCMPI Dine-Around.
What was your favorite event you have attended? “Environmentally Conscious: It’s Easy Being Green” at the College Basketball Experience in the Sprint Center. I was able to meet and work with Kay Barnes, someone I’ve long admired.
What topic was the most interesting? Most recently the presentation on cyber-security by former FBI agent Jeff Lanza.
What has been the greatest value to you being a MPIKC member? The networking has been exceptional and I’ve met many interesting, talented people that I can now call friends. The education component is a close second as it has enhanced my career and helped me evolve into an experienced professional.

Thank you Shari for your service and commitment to our Chapter!


Supplier of the Month – Scott Riesterer, Overland Park Convention Center

This month we are showcasing one of our Supplier members, Scott Riesterer, Director of Events at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Scott is a graduate of Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Science and Sports Management. His favorite parts of KC are the Royals, Chiefs and KU Basketball.

What is something unique about your venue? The Overland Park Convention Center offers a unique experience to all of our guests in that it is filled with local and regional artists work; from paintings to sculptures. Adorned with more than 60 original art pieces and equipped with state-of-art high-tech communication systems.

Tell us about your venue or services? The Overland Park Convention Center is more than committed to exceeding the expectations of the client.  With every single step of the meeting planning and organizing process, it’s our #1 priority. We handles events of all sizes, from 15 to more than 10,000.


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MPI Launches “Gift a Membership” Programgift

In December MPI launched the “Gift a Membership” program. This allows members and non-members to purchase Planner memberships as gifts for friends, colleagues and clients. The package discounts are available below.

  • 0-5 memberships: $355 each
  • 6-20 memberships: $319 each
  • 21 or more memberships: $279 each

If you or someone that you know would like to purchase a membership as a gift, please contact MPI or email directly at bgarza@mpiweb.org.



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