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Awards & Recognition



Chair, Shining Star Committee
Carol Hall

Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Association & Government Sales Manager
Member since 2000


As part of the Grants and Recognition Committee mission, we support and applaud members with Shining Star Awards. Your Grants and Member Recognition Committee recognizes members for making extra-ordinary efforts on behalf of our organization. Please take the time to nominate your fellow deserving members via the nomination form.

Our next Shining Star will be named in Fall 2022 so please nominate your fellow members!


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Katie Professional 


Amber Wright



Our December 2021 winner is a joint nominee for the first time, Amber Wright and Katie Nunn!

Their nominator had the following to say about these two great volunteers:

"Amber and Katie did an amazing job as the Chairs of Fall Classic. Coming in a little later than tradition, they quickly ramped up, got their committee together, organized weekly calls, solicited in-kind sponsors, and made sure every "t was crossed and i dotted". They work very well together to keep their committee informed and motivated. The event was a huge success thanks to their leadership.” Both will receive a lovely framed certificate of a star registered in their names! Please join us in congratulating this due!

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Previous Award Winners:

December 2020: Hayley Burch, CMP, Young Harris College

September 2020: Paulette Hopkins, Hopkins Alliance

July 2022: Grier Donald, Spirited Event Group

May 2022: Christina Porter, Great Wolf Lodge

December 2019: Joel Miller, Button-It-Up

September 2019: Leah Spain, CMP, Point of Light

June 2019: Maria Trammell, Jekyll Island Authority

December 2018: Jason Bastow, Hyatt Regency Atlanta

September 2018: Carla Carroll, Salamander Hotels and Resorts

May 2018: Miranda Von Litolff

January 2018: Amy Hokkanen, Independent Planner

December 2017: Jill Eisel, Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge

July 2017: Dawn Andrews, Georgia Speakers Bureau

May 2017: Megan Perks, Palm House Group

January 2017: Lissette Mathus, Dave & Buster's of Atlanta

October 2016: Tierra Copeland, Building Owners & Managers Association of Georgia

May 2016: Ashley Izydore, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

January 2016: Steven Schumacher, Dunwoody CVB

October 2015: Anna Williams, Juice Studio

September 2015: Tracy Keller, CMP, ASHRAE

May 2015: Tara Brashear, Freeman


March 2015: Arielle Galimidi, CMP, AG Events  

January 2015: Miranda Allen, CMP, Live Event Solutions

September 2014: Carol Hall, August Marriott at the Convention Center

May 2014: Chris Bonnett, Omnience

March 2014: Eileen Roehl, CMP, Murfee Group

February 2014: Kelli Lusk, Destination South Meetings & Events

January 2014: Tracy Stuckrath, CHC, CMM, CSEP, Thrive! Meetings & Events

December 2013: Tess Vismale, CMP, Atlanta Technical College

November 2013: Britney Darby, Hinman Dental Society of Atlanta

October 2013: Laura Pope, Hinman Dental Society

September 2013: Naomi Green, Fox Bros. BBQ

August 2013: Karyn Kotler, Tabernacle, Live Nation

July 2013: Megan Drew, CMP, TMP, Macon-Bibb County CVB

May 2013: Laura Guerin, CMP, SEDC

March 2013: Andy Williams, TMP, CVB of Dunwoody

February 2013: Sara Justice, Starwood Atlanta Metro Market

January 2013: Alice Tarkington, CMP, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

December 2012: Natalie Broadus

November 2012: Marie Turner

October 2012: Kim Maling, CMP, DCMP, InLine Meeting & Site Selection

September 2012: Bobby Hobes, CCTE, CMP, Chenega Corporation

August 2012: Shannon Pike, Classic Party Rentals


Each year, MPI honors its best and brightest chapters and volunteers through the Recognizing Industry Success & Excellence (RISE) Awards.

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