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MPI DFW: 22nd Annual CMP CMM Recognition Breakfast

April 25, 2024
7:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Loews Arlington Hotel & Convention Center
1601 Randol Mills Rd
Arlington, TX
Caitlin Watson
Phone: 972-233-9107 ext 201

Please join us for the CMP & CMM Recognition Breakfast, where we celebrate your achievements as a dedicated professional in the industry. Your commitment to raising the standards of excellence and continuing education by earning your CMP and/or CMM designations is greatly appreciated and we look forward to honoring you.

This is a highly anticipated event each year as it brings together industry professionals for networking, a first class Keynote, and the presentation of the Colleen Rickenbacher Leadership Award.  This prestigious award is presented to a chapter member who holds a CMP and/or CMM designation and has a history of chapter leadership, inspires others, is known for their professionalism and integrity, and has championed industry education and the pursuit of the CMP and CMM designations.

7:45am - 8:15am - Registration and Networking
8:15am -10:00am - Breakfast and Program


CMP or CMM designation: $30
MPI Member: $60
Non Member: $80
Student: $30
MPI Premier Member: $50
MPI Lifetime Member: Complimentary

Early Bird Ends April 17th!

Early Bird Member: $50
Early Bird Non-Member: $75
Onsite Member: $75
Onsite Non-Member: $90

Keynote Speaker: Richie L. Butler

Richie has over 20 years of experience in private equity real estate investment management.  He has been responsible for nearly $1 billion of institutional real estate investment and fund management activity throughout the U.S.  
Under his visionary leadership Project Unity offers community building and Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) solutions through its “Together We” programs including Together We Ball, Together We Dine, Together We Learn, and Together We Sing.   
As a civic leader, in response to the five Dallas police officers who were ambushed in 2016, Richie launched the Year of Unity a community wide initiative to help bridge racial divides in Dallas. The initiative included support from the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, who served as the Honorary Chair.
During the pandemic, he launched the Together We Test and Together We Vaccinate programs to help address the lack of COVID-19 testing and vaccinations in low-income communities. Combined, these programs tested and vaccinated over 10,000 individuals. In 2021, he co-launched the Together We Can initiative to address the “what can I do” question people began to ask in response to the death of George Floyd. The Together We Can program has attracted Fortune 500 companies, universities, foundations, and grassroot organizations as partners.       
Richie’s current board appointments include Southern Methodist University Board of Trustees, Communities Foundation of Texas Board of Trustees-Chairman, Texas Methodist Foundation Board of Trustees, and an Independent Board of Director of Brookshire Grocery Company. 
He is a recipient of the 2021 Dallas Business Journal’s Leaders in Diversity Award and the 2021 Collin County Business Alliance Leadership Award. He is also a past recipient of the SMU Distinguished Alumni Emerging Leader Award, the Minority Business Leader award from the Dallas Business Journal and a Dallas Bar Association Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award recipient. 
Richie holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and Harvard University with extended studies in Urban Planning at MIT. 

Richie is married to Neisha Strambler-Butler. They have two young adults, Emily and Ford. 

Emcee: Steve Kimble

Steve Kemble
Steve Kemble, recently profiled in The New York Times, is a known commodity. The world-renowned fashion and life-style expert, named one of the “Top 10 in the World” by Departures Magazine, has thrown bashes for the likes of President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, the Dallas Cowboys, Oprah Winfrey and many names one would recognize from the Forbes list. He’s built himself into a brand as “America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru” with a number of TV appearances on shows ranging from “Extreme Makeover: Wedding Edition” to CBS’s “Early Show,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Today Show.”
Kemble has garnered more than twenty-five event and meeting industry awards, and has been inducted into the Event Industry Hall of Fame, and he received the Special Event GALA Lifetime Achievement Award. Kemble founded the ILEA Dallas Chapter and served as its president for two years, going on to serve as the ILEA International president. Kemble also served as the president of the Dallas Meeting Professionals International Chapter and received the MPI International Planner of the Year award. Additionally, Kemble is active in the National Association of Catering and Events and served on its national board of directors. Kemble was a founding member of the SEARCH Foundation and went on to serve as the chairman of the organization. Kemble has also been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of Texas State University, and Georgetown High School.
Kemble expanded his brand during the last decade through TV, radio, and hosting events where he used his bright, engaging personality to become one of America’s most recognizable Emcee expert, appearing on E’s “Oscar’s Red Carpet,” and NBC’s “Globes’ Red Carpet,” “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway,” “Platinum Weddings,” “Real Housewives of Dallas,” “The Donny Deutsch Show,” “The Melissa Rivers Show,” and more.

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