UPCOMING EVENTS

Jul 25

July CAP'd Luncheon

CAP'd Luncheon

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Aug 22

August CAP'D Luncheon

August Meeting

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Jennifer Wooden
Humble Civic Center
Director
Member Since 2018

 

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Britney Turner
The Hines Center
Events Program Manager
Member Since 2016
Began volunteering in 2017
 
2018-2019 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

 

Fellow industry colleagues and friends,

As we begin a new year, it’s a great time to reflect on the past year and the accomplishments we achieved as an organization. It certainly was busy and eventful! The year started with Hurricane Harvey and in the aftermath of the storm we saw our local members as well as members from all over the globe come together to support our members who were affected. We hosted several successful luncheons and events, continued to grow our membership, achieved the highest level of volunteer engagement in chapter history, provided top notch education and networking opportunities, were nominated for a Rise Award and were awarded the MPI Top Performing Chapter Award. 

I am thrilled to be serving as the MPI Houston Area Chapter President for the 2018-2019 program year. To give you a little insight into myself, I was born and raised in Houston and graduated from Texas A&M University (Gig ‘em!). My husband and I have an amazing and feisty three year old daughter, Avery. I began working for the best DMC in Houston, Cosmo Cool Concepts, in 2002 and currently serve in the role of Director of Sales and Operations. You could absolutely say that I love my city and what I get to do for a living. 

There are so many great stories as to why people joined MPI, and I would like to take this opportunity to share mine. I initially joined MPI to win additional business for my company (it was that simple and straightforward). The first MPI event I attended was a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Houston where the Drum Café performed an icebreaker. I remember feeling very intimidated and not knowing anyone but I could feel a great excitement and energy within the organization. I immediately asked how I could get involved and found myself on the registration committee. Within the year I was asked to join the Board of Directors and the rest, as you could say is history. When I joined I did not know how many amazing people I would get to know (and call some of my best friends), the education I would receive and the professional development I would experience. 

I still feel that same excitement and energy with each and every MPI event. I love being around my fellow industry colleagues and friends. We are all people who work hard, have fun and love designing experiences through meetings and events. I believe the hospitality industry can change the world. I also believe that as a chapter it is our responsibility to try new things and think bigger and bolder. As the leaders of the hospitality industry, let’s innovate together!!

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your president and leader of the Houston Area Chapter of Meeting Professionals International. It is a privilege and an honor! I am excited for another great year and I look forward to connecting with each one of you!

Christy Spisak
2018-2019 President
 
Director of Sales & Operations
Cosmo Cool Concepts

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