Annual Meeting and Banquet
We had the “Time of Our Lives” with the “Thriller” that MPIKC truly is. We definitely showed our “True Colors” and drank some “Red, Red Wine” at this year’s annual meeting and awards banquet! It was a true 80s night as MPIKC celebrated our chapter’s 35th anniversary by dancing the night away with local band Retroactive and recognized the achievements of our members and our chapter.
Thank you to all who attended and congratulations to our winners:
- Jacque Stock, CMP (Supplier of the Year)
- Shana Hoy, CMP, CMM (Planner of the Year)
- Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino & Hotel (Venue of the Year)
- 2017 Professional Education Conference (Event of the Year)
- Bishop-McCann (Legacy Award)
- Mindi Johnson (Rising Star Award)
And of course, Best Dressed honors went to Amy Worden!
Andrea O’Hara, CMP
National Sales Director – Midwest at San Diego Tourism Authority
Andrea has been a member of MPI for more than 10 years! Active on the board of MPIKC, Andrea has served on the board on two separate occassions totalling more than 7 years!
Andrea love’s selling San Diego as a meeting destination. Outside of work she loves to volunteer, cook, and spend time with her husband and two dogs. Here are some little known facts about Andrea:
Favorite Travel Spot: Colorado or anywhere with a beach!
Hobbies/Extracurricular Activities: Gardening and cooking
Favorite Parts of KC: West Bottoms and River Market
Favorite Food: Greek
Something unique about Andrea: “I love putting together Ikea furniture”
Best benefit from MPIKC: The people I’ve met and connections I’ve made in the industry
Welcome New MPIKC Members!
MPIKC welcomed 8 new members from May 1st to July 1st. Welcome to the chapter!
|First Name||Last Name||MPI Category Name|
|Rob||Adams||Meeting Management Professional – Planner|
|Francis||Darko||Supplier Meeting Professional|
|Nicole||Easley||Meeting Management Professional – Planner|
|Cindy||Eddleman||Supplier Meeting Professional|
|Tracy||Kinsey||Meeting Management Professional – Planner|
|Annie||Rector||Meeting Management Professional – Planner|
|Jeff||Slutsky||Meeting Management Professional – Planner|
|Kimberley||Walker||Corporate Meeting Professional|
What is the MPI Academy? It is the one-stop shop for members for meeting and event industry skill training, CE credits and certificate courses. Features live and on-demand instructor-led courses and webinars – its the perfect resource for the job you have or the job you want!
Visit http://academy.mpiweb.org/mpi/ for more information.
Changes to CMP-IS: Impacts for 2017 Exams and Beyond
What does this change mean for those taking the 2017 exam and subsequent exams? Really, just a change in the emphasis or numbers of items (exam questions) in some domains, and the elimination of Domain J items (2 questions, replaced by the CMP Code of Ethics).
There are a few new skill statements, however, addition of items to the CMP exam occurs over time. The writing of new items, whether for a new skill or for established ones, goes through a rigorous process before they are included as items on an exam. That includes subject matter expert (CMP) writing, psychometric re-writes, Item Review panel analysis, confirmation of references in study texts, pretesting, more statistical analysis, more committee review and, finally, live testing.
In summary, candidates should not be concerned or expecting major changes with this iteration of the CMP-IS.
New Member Promotion
Summertime Savings! Enjoy the summer months with your fellow meeting and event professionals at your local chapter gatherings. Join MPI at www.mpiweb.org/join and use code MPISMJULY before July 31st to receive 10% off your new membership.