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MPI-CAC Members Shine at Annual Awards Celebration

By: Heather Warthen, H1 Marketing & Events | Jun 10, 2019

awards2aNearly a dozen MPI-CAC members were honored at the chapter’s Annual Awards Recognition Celebration June 6 at Venue West in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.

The theme of the event – “shine on”  – was heavily reflected in the décor, with a variety of golden balloons on display as well as gold-sequined pillows on lounge seating and golden chairs, among other shiny accents.

The event also served as a farewell to MPI-CAC President Fergal O’Sullivan, CMP, CASE, who was treated to a performance from Irish dancers from O’Hare Irish Dance and a bagpiper. Incoming president is Erin Babarskis, CMP.

Two members were inducted into the Hall of Fame. For Hall of Fame - Individual, Bill Kubiak, CSEP, of Freeman was honored. TRAVIS Inc. was the recipient for Hall of Fame - Organization.

Tony Lorenz, CMM, of PRA won the Kathy Osterman Lifetime Achievement Award.

Three members were honored by President Fergal O’Sullivan with President’s Awards. Winners included Michelle Castady Orlando, DMCP, of 360 Destination Group; Michelle Johnson of The Anchor Group; and Misty Lichter of Garrett Brands.

Taking home the award for Chapter Leader of the Year was Adam Hud of PSAV. Sasha Sook, CMP, CMM, HMCC, of Summit Chicago was honored with the Eleanor H. Woods Supplier of the Year award.

Planner of the Year winner was Carolyn Paradowski Capobianco, CMP, of CNA Insurance.

Tomorrow’s Leaders awards were given to Kara Ferguson, CMP, MSHTM of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Erika Johnson of the Chicago History Museum.

Jordan Kusiak of River Roast was the winner of the Young Professional Achievement Award.

Committee of the Year was awarded to the Partner Development Committee.

To join a committee and become more involved with the chapter, visit

About the Author: Warthen is Chief Events Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for 22nd Century Media, an award- winning media company specializing in hyperlocal content in Chicagoland. Hired as its first employee in 2005, she is a former award-winning journalist and photographer who now manages the planning, logistics, marketing and executing of more than a dozen community events and expos. She is co-chair for the MPI-CAC Marketing & Communications Committee.



Heather Warthen, H1 Marketing & Events
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