Top Performing Chapter Award
Top Performing Chapter Award

 

 

Board of Directors

 
Executive Committee:

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President

 

Robert Sanchez, CMP 

S3 Global Events 

president@mpidfw.org

 

Robert Sanchez, CMP co-owns S3 Global Events (Single Source Solution) a Full Service Event Planning Service that provides research, negotiating and contracting for all types of events including Association Conferences, Board Retreats and Corporate Incentive Trips. Robert has over 20 years of Planning, Sales, Marketing and Human Resources experience with a strong background in leadership roles within the Hospitality, Convention, Advertising and Medical Industries. Robert enjoys volunteering his time with his Church and several organizations including the Meeting Professionals International DFW, DFW Association Executives and Grapevine Chamber of Commerce.  He has served on the board and various committees within MPI including VP of Education Events, Director of Member Care, WEC Planning Committee and Chaired multiple committees.

Robert has a degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University, He loves to play ice hockey and also enjoys coaching his middle daughter's hockey team. Robert is originally from Acapulco, Mexico, but has been a resident of Texas since 1984. He now resides in Grapevine with his wife of 18 years Griselle and their three daughters Mia 15, Sofia 13 and Gianna 10.

 

 

 

 

Live events are back and our industry is rising from the ashes like a phoenix.

 

"It is now our time to: Rise, Strive & Thrive!!!  We must Rise to the challenge and keep moving forward to grow our chapter and increase member engagement.  We must Strive to help others and continue to develop relevant & creative educational experiences and together we will Thrive personally and professionally to elevate our chapter. Can I count on you?"

 

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President-Elect 

 

Sandra Dyeak, CMP 

The Events Project

president-elect@mpidfw.org

 

 

Sandra grew up immersed in the arts and food, ultimately heading to New York University to pursue a degree in Performing Arts Administration.  After school Sandra moved to Houston where she managed the special events program for Stages Repertory Theatre, worked for an event décor firm, Art Attack, and was recruited manage events at The George R. Brown Convention Center.

In 2009 Sandra moved to Los Angeles and ran her own company, Bright Red Events, where she would regularly manage dance and theatrical events throughout the Los Angeles area.

In 2014, Sandra moved to Dallas where she ran the events programs for Sissy’s Southern Kitchen, Lisa Garza Taste Studio, and Cane Rosso.  Sandra was then hired by The Adolphus to cultivate a new restaurant event sales program where she represented The French Room, City Hall Bistro and The Pool at The Adolphus. 

Just recently, Sandra started her own business, The Events Project, building and managing events programs for the restaurant industry. 

Sandra has been heavily involved in the MPI D/FW Chapters for several years – chairing two galas and acting as Director of Education on the Board as well as taking part in many other volunteer opportunities.  She is  looking forward to supporting the chapter’s members in her new role as President-Elect. 



 

Annie Matthews

Immediate Past President 

Annie Matthews
immedpastpresident@mpidfw.org

Annie is a native Texan, born and bred right here in Dallas.  She graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in International Business and minor in Spanish.  She’s always been in sales and got into the audio-visual business with AVW-Telav (currently Freeman AV) back in ’00.  She is currently a sales manager with PSAV at their Dallas Corporate offices in Coppell.  Annie started out attending, and eventually serving with, MPI back in 2000 when she first got started in the AV industry.  She has helped out chairing a few different events and committees and is excited to be serving her first year on the Board of Directors for MPI Dallas/Forth Worth.

Annie’s hobbies include riding her bike around White Rock Lake, searching for patio’s on a beautiful sunny day, and spending time with her two rescue kitties, Pete & Tilley.OfficialLogo (1)

 

 

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Vice President of Marketing and Communications

 

Riz Moosa, CMP

AVL Dallas

vpcommunications@mpidfw.org

 


Stephanie Evans HS

Vice President of Educational Events

 

Stephanie Evans, CMP 

vpedevents@mpidfw.org

 

Stephanie B. Evans, CMP is the Managing Partner of Wedding Event Design (W.E.D.) and Conference Manager for Gartner. With over 20 years of corporate, live events and sports entertainment/management experience, Stephanie continues to develop event management solutions to drive growth, marketability and profitability in challenging and competitive markets. 

Stephanie is a native of Dallas and a lover of all things Dallas sports: Stars, Mavericks, Rangers and Cowboys. Stephanie loves to volunteer with various local organizations and has been recognized by the Dallas Independent School District for her role in mentoring and working with interns in the Hospitality and Tourism program.

As a graduate of Ashford University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Undergraduate Degree from Northwood University in Business Administration/Marketing, Stephanie credits her milestones and continued success in her career to all her mentors along the way.  

In her spare time, Stephanie loves concerts, traveling and exploring new adventures with her family.  Her personal mantra is “Life is an adventure or nothing at all.”


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Nicole Chattin, CMP, CMM, CIS
Brightspot Incentives & Events

vpspecialevents@mpidfw.org

 

 

Nicole has over 17 years of experience in the event and hospitality industry. She loves to plan conferences and international incentive trips that inspire and motivate her clients and attendees. 

Nicole’s expertise in event planning includes curating the big picture, focusing on the details, onsite execution, and follow up. She strives for perfection and success in every program she operates. Nicole is passionate about improving event processes and procedures to enhance efficiencies. She excels at monitoring program budgets while adding value with cost savings. Nicole is bilingual in Spanish and English and enjoys utilizing this skill during event planning, whether with attendees or hotels. 

Nicole is a member of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) and is the MPI DFW VP of Special Events for 2021-2022. 

Nicole maintains a CMM (Certificate in Meeting Management), CMP (Certified Meeting Professional), and CIS (Certified Incentive Specialist) certification. 

Nicole enjoys traveling the world, practicing her Spanish, and discovering new restaurants. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Mike and her dogs Emmie and Otis.


 

Amy SimonDirector of Leadership

 

Amy Simon, CMP
AEG Presents

vpleadership@mpidfw.org

 

Amy is an event professional with 10+ years of experience in the entertainment and events industry.  She’s a proud graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management and minor in Business Administration. Amy is thankful that her career has put her on both the planner and supplier side of the business.

For the last 7 years Amy has been the Director of Events for the Texas Trust CU Theatre working for AEG Presents, the second largest concert promoter in the world.  At the Theatre, she’s in charge of all private corporate events of up to 6,500 people and 3rd party promoted ticketed concerts.  

She is a connector that is naturally drawn to bringing people together.  Event planning isn’t just a 9 – 5 to Amy as she finds herself coordinating events in both her professional and personal life.  Her clients and friends recognize her passion for pairing fresh ideas with sensible logistics to produce memorable experiences and trust her to turn their event vision into a beautiful reality.

Amy recognizes the importance of being well-rounded and focusing on personal growth in every facet of life by maintaining involvement in professional organizations like MPI, volunteerism and continuing education in addition to her career achievements.  She earned her certificate as a Certified Meeting Professional in September 2020.

In her free time, you’ll likely find Amy outdoors exploring national parks, camping, riding bicycles with her boyfriend Spencer, catching a concert or corralling her terrier mix Reginald. 


 

 

 

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Vice President of Membership

 

Erin Donohue, CITP

vpmembership@mpidfw.org


Erin is a native Texan growing up in North Dallas.   She graduated from The University of Texas – Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising.  Taking her sales skills into the Hospitality field was a natural as she traveled the world with her family since her Father was a Captain for Braniff International Airlines.  She is a 34 year member of MPI D/FW and has served on most committees and is thrilled to be Vice President of Membership.  Erin is a certified CITP-Certified Incentive Travel Professional through SITE.  In her spare time, you can find Erin taking Yoga and Pilates classes at the YMCA, biking around White Rock Lake and spending time with family and friends.


Minnie MunozVice President of Finance and Sponsorship

 

Minnie Munoz
Visit Dallas

vpfinance@mpidfw.org

 

Twenty-two year veteran in the hospitality industry.  Started my career during construction and major renovation of the Adam’s Mark Hotel (which is now the Sheraton Dallas).  Followed by seven years of commitment to The Adolphus hotel, where I was honored as Employee of the Year in 2002.  I have been with Visit Dallas since 2006 (14 years) where I started my role as a Sales Assistant, transitioned into a Sales Coordinator, followed by Express Sales Manager.  During my role as an Express Sales Manager I was recognized as the Sales Manager of the year for 2015/2016 Fiscal Year which contributed to the Express Team earning Sales Team of the year that same year and kept that title for two consecutive years.  I’m currently serving as Director of Sales for the Hotel Sales Team.  I’m very passionate about Dallas, our hotel community and industry partners.  I enjoy family time with my husband of 19 years and our three daughters ages 11, 16, and 17 year old.  In my spare time, I actively volunteer and engage in school-related activities from homeroom parent to school advisory boards.

 

Directors:

Anthony DempseyDirector of Marketing and Communications

Anthony Dempsey
Anthony Entertains 
dircommunications@mpidfw.org

As the highest rated Magician and Mentalist in Texas, Anthony Dempsey loves to provide mind-blowing entertainment for party guests who like to have FUN!

In his 10-year career he has thrilled audiences across four continents with his unique style of Comedy Magic and Mind Reading. 

From the biggest celebrities to top corporations, he has brought a laugh and an unforgettable experience to a variety of clientele through his strolling and stage performances.

 

He is excited to play a part in the continuing success and growth of the MPI DFW chapter and is honored to serve the community alongside the amazing 2021-2022 Board of Directors.

 

When Anthony isn’t entertaining at an event, you can find him spending time with his wife Rhianna and their newest addition to the family- their daughter Evelyn.

 

Anthony’s hobbies include traveling the world with his family, comic books, collecting dirt, theme parks, and acting. 


Stacy WrightDirector of Educational  Events 

Stacy Wright, CMP

Galderma Laboratories
diredevents@mpidfw.org

 

Stacy has been involved in the meeting, event, and tradeshow industries since 2005 through varying levels of responsibility, most recently as the Senior Manager, US Congresses & Events, at Galderma Laboratories. Her current role at Galderma allows her to split time between the special event and tradeshow management worlds, as well as all things Cvent/SMM. Outside of work, Stacy is Director of Education for MPI DFW, mom to two fantastic little humans, two big dogs, and wife to one pretty awesome husband who humors her love of all things Disney. She also loves to network and attend industry shows - first for the coffee, with networking a close second - so please say hello and connect on LinkedIn. 


Debra

Director of Special Events

 

Deborah McDonald 
Corporate Events & Occassions

dirspecialevents@mpidfw.org

Debra has been in the hospitality and event management industry for 39 years. Currently, she is the owner of Corporate Events & Occasions located in Ft Worth and Houston.  The company is celebrating its 20th year of operation in 2021.

Debra remains personally involved in managing and executing select client events. Her expertise ranges from producing tradeshows, global incentives, conferences, and specialty sporting events, including numerous client experiences to the Super Bowl, Final Four and Masters. Debra’s team of event managers work in client offices in Houston, Dallas and Colorado Springs. 

Debra is a member of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) for the past 17 years, WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) for 15 years and is the MPI DFW Director of Special Events for 2021-2022. 

Debra has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University and currently serves on the Clark Society Board in Ft Worth, TX.  In 2020, she expanded her education by becoming certified as a VEMM (Virtual Event Meetings Manager). 

Debra enjoys travel and spends at least one week each year in Cabo with family.  Her upcoming plans include a trip to Oberammergau to see the Passion Play that was rescheduled for 2022.  Her favorite places in the world to visit are Italy, Scotland, Mexico, Ireland, Thailand and Germany. The two loves of her life are Ike (Rottie/Lab Mix) and Mac (Shih Tzu) both are rescues pups. Her daughter Hope, that is a perpetual college student, occasionally is ranked ahead of the dogs.  


 

Jorge Zepeda HeadshotDirector of Leadership

 

Jeorge Zepeda

dirleadership@mpidfw.org

 

Jeorge Zepeda is a hospitality professional with 12+ years of experience with AIC Hotel Group, his biggest passion is to help achieve the highest level of satisfaction for all client's programs at any of his portfolio Hotels & Resorts in the USA, Mexico & the Caribbean. Service is priority with all his clients and trust to leave his own professional footprint in the hospitality industry in the process.

When he is not working for total success for your program at one of his world-renowned All-Inclusive Hotels, he is a dedicated Father and husband.



Stephanie

Director of Membership

 

Stephanie Schafner
Visit Fort Worth  
dirmembership@mpidfw.org

 

 


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Director of Finance 

 

Venkataraman Viswanathan

American Airlines 

dirfinance@mpidfw.org

 

Venkat Viswanathan is American’s director of group and meeting travel sales, and helps define American’s value proposition for group, meeting and incentive customers globally. He is focused on connecting with key leaders in the meeting travel space in order to provide the best group customer and traveler experience. Venkat has spent 8 years in leadership roles within sales and revenue management including most recently managing AA’s west coast strategy. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with an MBA in Marketing and Strategy.



Bowman, PaolaDirector of Procurement 

 

Paola Bowman, CMP, CMM
Arlington CVB

dirprocurement@mpidfw.org

 

 

Paola Bowman is currently the Destination Services Manager at the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. As an experienced hospitality and events professional, Bowman has worked in numerous positions, from front of the house to sales and services. Prior to her current role she worked with the Grapevine CVB leading the Destination Services team. Her previous roles include Visit Fort Worth for over nine years, where she succeeded in a variety of roles from tourism to convention services. 

 

As an events and destination services professional, Bowman has worked with event planners to build attendance, select partner services, assist with marketing efforts to promote, and welcome the group, and overall help design a successful event and destination experience. In her current role, Paola enthusiastically oversees the destination services offered and to enhance the planner and visitor experience in Arlington, Texas.

 

Bowman holds the CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation from the Events Industry Council and earned her CMM (Certificate in Meeting Management) from Meeting Professionals International. Recently, she was named to the Smart Meetings Magazine “100 Women Who Inspire Us” list, and the was recognized in the Connect Association 40 under 40 group of 2019.

 

She is active in the Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) currently serving as President-Elect, and on the conference & continuing education committees, as well as remaining engaged through the mentorship program and the webinar series. Paola is also involved in the local DFW MPI Chapter and was recently elected to the 2021-2022 Board of Directors. Her passion for the hospitality and events industry drives her to remain engaged with industry organizations. 





Staff:

Caitlin HeadshotChapter Administrator
Caitlin Watson
Account Executive, Madeleine Crouch & Co., Inc.
(972) 233-9107 ext. 201
chapadmin@mpidfw.org

Caitlin went to Arizona State where she received a BIS with concentrations in business and tourism development. She has worked in hospitality for the last 10 years. She originally became a student member of MPI in 2009 for the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter. Currently, Caitlin works for Madeleine Crouch and Company an association management company, with a focus in non-profits, as an Account Executive. She has works with several clients and continues to provide them with professional service. It was through her involvement with the different associations that she joined MPI D/FW in 2018 and has been supporting them as their Chapter Administrator.

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