August Chapter Meeting
August 22, 2024 - August 23, 2024
Myrtle Beach, SC
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MPI-CC Calendar 

DateEventLocation
 August 8, 2024 New Member Lunch N' Learn

Virtual via Zoom

 August 22-23, 2024 Chapter MeetingDoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

 September 18, 2024

 CMP Boot CampRizzo Center - Destination by Hyatt
 November 4, 2024 New Member Lunch N' Learn

Virtual via Zoom 

 November 18-19, 2024 Chapter Meeting & Awards GalaEmbassy Suites by Hilton Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle

Quarterly Chapter Meetings 

Quarterly chapter events are held in the Carolinas. 

New Member Lunch N' Learns

New Member Lunch N' Learns are held two weeks prior to each quarterly chapter meeting. All new members will be invited to join. Not a new member but still interested? Please join us! Registration is available under 'Events.'

Exhibitor Tables

Promote your brand and organization during a chapter meeting with an exhibitor table. Tables are $250 for MPI-CC members and $300 for non-members. Annual sponsors receive one complimentary exhibitor table at any chapter meeting other than the Business Exchange.

 

Upcoming Events

 

November Chapter Meeting

November 1, 2023 - November 2, 2023
6:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Ritz Raleigh
2820 Industrial Drive
Raleigh, NC
Organizer
MPI-CC

Agenda


Wednesday, November 1st, Hilton Raleigh North Hills

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

 Welcome Reception, '88 Oaks Carolina Kitchen at the Hilton Raleigh North Hills


Thursday, November 2nd, The Ritz Raleigh

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

DEI Connect, Black Ivory Café

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Registration
10:00 AM  - 10:15 AM

 Welcome & Introductory Remarks

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Education Session - Hotel Trends and the Outlook for 2024, Daryl Cronk

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

 Networking Break

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

 Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

 Education Session - Everything You Need to Know About AI...But Didn't Know to Ask, James Spellos

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

 Networking Break

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

 Education Session - Your Essential Digital Toolbox: Making the Most of Tech Tools to Enhance  Your Productivity, James Spellos

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 Networking Reception


Education Sessions

Hotel Trends and the Outlook for 2024

Daryl Cronk
Thursday, November 2nd, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
MPI-CC has been approved by the Events Industry Council (EIC) as a Preferred Provider of the below-listed continuing education courses, which qualify for CMP continuing education credit.   Determination of continuing education credit eligibility or Preferred Provider status does not imply EIC’s endorsement or assessment of education quality.

The hotel industry has been on a roller coaster in recent years, from the depths of the pandemic to a soaring recovery. But not all industry segments and destinations recovered at the same pace, and the industry has experienced some significant shifts this year. During this session you will learn about the latest performance trends in the hotel industry and the outlook for 2024, based on data extracted from the STR report.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence...But Didn't Know to Ask

James Spellos
Thursday, November 2nd, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

MPI-CC has been approved by the Events Industry Council (EIC) as a Preferred Provider of the below-listed continuing education courses, which qualify for CMP continuing education credit.   Determination of continuing education credit eligibility or Preferred Provider status does not imply EIC’s endorsement or assessment of education quality.

Since ChatGPT exploded in our lives in November 2022,  Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already having a significant impact on the tasks and and requirements needed for today’s hospitality professionals.  While many are fearful that AI will replace the need for some workers, perhaps even some meeting planners, most organizations understand that is not the case, though the skill sets and tasks required to best perform at the job are evolving.  Attend this session to keep up the various tech tools that will impact your career now and moving forward.

After participating in this session, the learner will be able to: 

  • Understanding of what generative AI means, and how that impacts the results received by the user
  • Essentials of ChatGPT usage, including constructing optimal prompts, usage of Plug-Ins, and other features
  • Identify 30+ AI tools that can support your work, including text to
  • Understand how current AI technology will continue to evolve

 

Your Essential Digital Toolbox: Making the Most of Tech Tools to Enhance Your Productivity

James Spellos
Thursday, November 2nd, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

MPI-CC has been approved by the Events Industry Council (EIC) as a Preferred Provider of the below-listed continuing education courses, which qualify for CMP continuing education credit.   Determination of continuing education credit eligibility or Preferred Provider status does not imply EIC’s endorsement or assessment of education quality.

Apps, web resources, digital shortcuts…there are thousands of tools and services out there for the meeting professional to use.  But which ones are the ones that can really save the day?  How can you build that essential digital toolbox which always can provide the right tool for each job…one where most of the tools are completely free?  Whether you’re trying to build an app (yes, you can do that for free) or ensure that your organization can optimize their social presence, or whether you just want to be able to do something quicker and easier, this session is essential to enhance your productivity. 

After attending this session, the attendee will be able to: 

  • Identify over 30 digital tools to enhance your productivity
  • Learn how to develop a conference app at no cost
  • Understand critical desktop shortcuts & advanced mobile tips
  • Use artificial intelligence tools to expedite your workflow

 

Speakers

James Spellos is the President of Meeting U. whose mission is to help people become more productive and comfortable with technology.

In 2022, Meeting Professionals International included Jim on their 50 most influential persons list in the hospitality industry in honor of their 50th anniversary celebration. In 2021, Glisser named Jim one of the most influential people in virtual events.  A few years prior, Jim was named one of the Meeting Industry’s trendsetters by Meetings Today magazine.  He was a faculty member at New York University for 25 years receiving both their Award for Teaching Excellence and their Outstanding Service Award.

 Jim is on the Board of Directors for Rock and Wrap It Up, an anti-poverty, anti-hunger organization which recovers excess food from events.  Jim co-created their Whole Earth Calculator app. He also speaks about food recovery and sustainability at events.  In 2018 & 2019, BizBash named Jim one of their top 500 people in events for his work in sustainability.

 He also has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies, is a certified Food for Life instructor through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and is on the staff of Plant Powered Metro New York, helping to educate people about a healthy diet and lifestyle, which helped to save his own life. 

Jim is an accomplished musician and songwriter who released his first solo album, Stroke of Genius in 2020.  

 

Daryl Cronk is the Director of Hospitality Analytics for CoStar covering the Southeastern U.S. He follows hotel and investment trends and shares them with clients through presentations at industry events, market reports, news articles, and videos.

Daryl has more than 20 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. Prior to joining CoStar he ran the Market Research team at Visit Orlando, where he gained extensive experience conducting consumer research and analyzing the hospitality industry’s key performance indicators. Before joining the tourism industry, Daryl began his career path as an Economist in the United States Treasury Department.

Daryl studied Finance and Economics at James Madison University, and earned a Masters of Arts in Applied Economics from the University of Central Florida.


DEI Connect

The “DEI Connects” event series is a way to gather industry colleagues to connect, learn about each other, discuss industry and personal challenges, and share ideas and inspiration in an informal safe space. Everyone is welcome to join the DEI Connect at Black Ivory Café, located less than a mile away from The Ritz Raleigh and your first morning beverage is compliments of Visit Raleigh.

Room Block

Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Midtown is holding a room block for MPI-CC for $129 a night. Breakfast is included! Book your room before Friday, October 13th in order to receive the group rate. Book your room here or call 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) or our hotel direct (919) 825-4000. Mention dates needed, event name, type of accommodations (King or 2 Queens).  

Hilton Raleigh North Hills is holding a room block for MPI-CC for $159 a night. Breakfast is included! Book your room before Tuesday, October 17th in order to receive the group rate. Book you room here or call 1-800-HILTONS and reference code "MPI".

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Venue Details

The Ritz - Raleigh

 

 

"MPI hosted a great event at an exciting new venue, and the members showed their support. I appreciate the compact agenda with opportunities to both network and learn. Participating in MPI is definitely part of my plan."

- Floyd Isley


CMP Preferred Provider

CMP preferred provider. Powered by the events industry council

 

MPI Carolinas Chapter is a CMP Preferred Provider, which means we are formally registered with the Event Industry Council (EIC) and are committed to providing education that aligns with the CMP International Standards (CMP-IS).

 

I’m a Chapter member. How does this benefit me?

When you see this logo as part of the promotion of aa Chapter program, you’ll know that the program has been approved by EIC for you to earn clock hours when you attend. These clock hours can be used to meet the CMP application or CMP recertification requirements. Once enrolled, the MPI-CC will report these earned clock hours when you register and attend an approved program.

 

How do I get started?

The first step is to go online to the Event Industry Council site and create an account. Be sure to enter the same email address you will use to register for MPI-CC events as the Primary Address.

After the chapter event, log in to your EIC account to review and add your clock hours.

 

What if a session hasn't been pre-approved by EIC?

To add continuing education (CE) credits to your account with the Event Industry Council (EIC) for a session that has not been pre-approved by EIC, you can self-report it to add to your EIC account. 

You will need two pieces of information: 

  1. A session description that shows the learning objectives align with the CMP-IS 
  2. Proof that you attended (like a scan of your name badge or a copy of your registration confirmation).

For more information on CMP certification and recertification, visit the EIC FAQs


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