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MPI Georgia Phoenix Awards

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Celebrating this year’s MPI Georgia Showstoppers

at the annual Phoenix Awards Gala

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The celebration for MPI Georgia's members and volunteers was definitely a night of "WOW.” Tim Barrett, CMP from Destination South Meetings & Events, and outgoing MPI Georgia President, kicked off the event with a big bang, a few tears, and plenty of humor. However, closing the fun-filled and action-packed awards ceremony was the biggest surprise for all. Who was this mystery guest that graced the stage? You’ll have to ask one of the attendees… or view the photos. Tim said he was “honored to have worked with excellent leaders and has been inspired by our membership, our volunteers, and our board of directors, our administrative staff, and our generous sponsors. The level of commitment from you all to this chapter and towards our vision has kept me motivated and challenged to ensure we bring you more.”

 

Drum roll please . . .

 

President’s Award

Tara Zeravsky, CMP – Meeting Expectations

 Tara and Tim

Tim surprised Tara with what she thought was a heartfelt thank you. Low and behold, he was presenting her with the coveted President’s Award. It took a while for it to sink in, but eventually Tara made her way to the stage amongst cheering from the entire room.

 

 

Rising Star of the Year Award

Brad Gibson – Active Production and Design


Brad at Podium

Brad is a special "star” – a new member who has made the most noticeable contribution of volunteerism to our chapter within the first three years of membership. We look forward to seeing his star rise even higher. And if you need a chuckle to brighten your day… put Brad on speed dial. 

 

 

Innovative Concept Award

The Exchange

 The Exchange Team

MPI Georgia volunteers enhance our chapter by infusing new and innovative ideas into our programs and events. This award is for a fresh concept that helped showcase new ideas and innovative thinking in our industry. The tremendous trio of Allyson Wagner, Eileen Roehl, CMP and Jeff Whitney accepted this well-deserved award.

Committee of the Year Award

Networking Events Committee

 

Steven at Podium

It takes a team to execute the vision of an organization. The award is given to the committee that made the most significant impact and exemplifies the MPI Georgia vision and spirit through their efforts and valuable contributions. Thank you to our chair, Megan Wolszczak, CMP, and co-chair Steven Schumacher.

 


Sponsor Impact Award

Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau


Justin with Tim2

A big shout-out to Justin Page of the ACVB. The bureau was recognized for their generous sponsorship that infuses our programs and events with innovation and creativity to impact the membership. The ACVB, our annual Gold Sponsor, enables MPI Georgia to be one of the most successful chapters worldwide. 

Chapter Leader of the Year Award

Melissa Legaux, CMP – ACVB

Melissa at Podium

 

Melissa’s contributions as a leader continues to propel our chapter forward. Thank you for your huge contributions to our success this year, from her role in Strategic Partnerships followed by a slew of special events including a fantastic Tech Summit. Next year she will serve as VP of Finance. Melissa, your star shines bright.

 

 

Lorraine Powell Influence Award

Maria Trammell – Jekyll Island Authority

 Maria & Justin

Lorraine would be so honored if she could give this award herself with that loving spirited and courageous nature she always exuded. Maria’s attitude is contagious for new members and she exudes the same qualities as Lorraine, a true chapter champion. That big smile never left your face the entire evening… what a way to celebrate.

 

 

Hayward C Cox Award

Cynthia Alford, DMCP – Destination South Meetings & Events

 Cynthia Alford

Hayward was a ground-breaking leader for MPI Georgia and the Atlanta meeting industry. The Continuing Quality Award was presented to Cynthia for her long-time and valued service to our chapter. Even after her year as president in 2007-2008, her involvement continues through comradery, mentorship, and an unwavering commitment to our chapter.

 

Supplier Member of the Year Award

Carla Carroll – Salamander Hotels & Resorts

 Carla with Award

Sybil Lee presented the award to Carla to recognize her unwavering service and commitment to propel our chapter events and initiatives. We honor her not only as a premiere supplier, but as one of our most enthusiastic key contributors. Carla, we look forward to seeing you continue to shine in the years ahead.

Planner Member of the Year Award

Laura Steele, CMP – OneStream Software

 Laura at Podium

Laura has held too many leadership positions to count, and this past year she and her team revamped the Community Outreach program. Thank you for your dedication and always going above and beyond with each of your endeavors in business and as a dedicated volunteer.

 

 

Hall of Fame / Lifetime Achievement Award

Megan Perks, CMP, CMM – Palm House Group

 

Megan at Podium

The Hall of Fame award recognizes an individual who makes our industry a strong force of education and personal achievement. Cynthia announced that Megan is in the final stretch of earning her MBA and plans to teach Hospitality & Tourism at the collegiate level. Thank you for your hard work and sharing the interesting tale of how MPI Georgia is like the “six degrees of Kevin Bacon.”

A message from our new chapter president

Abby Freeman – Mitchell Meetings

 

Abby Freeman

Abby’s charming address filled the room with laughter. “To the award winners and all of you in this room, thank you for your dedication to MPI. Your energy and work make Georgia one of the most active and engaged states in the country for the meetings industry. My hope is that MPI Georgia continues that legacy of innovation and fearlessness as we move into the next year.”

 

 

With a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes, Tim applauded the members. “Collectively we dreamt more with our innovative educational offerings. We learned more by bringing in experts in our field. We did more by giving back to the community. We became more by strengthening alignments with colleagues and forging new business opportunities, and, yes, we had more fun.”

He continued, “As I switch seats and support the next board of directors and incoming leadership, I reflect on my more. I’ve dreamt more about opportunities and places that should have been impossible for someone who grew up in Mud Creek, Georgia. I’ve learned more about myself and from the experts that have been made available to us. I’ve become more knowledgeable about leadership and running an organization. I’ve added more friends and resources worldwide. And I’ve become more grateful and honored than ever before.”

 

World of Coca-Cola Photo

Welcome to The World of Coca-Cola

 

Dolly with Polar Bear

Mystery Guest – Ms Dolly Parton

 

Big Night Photo

Big Night with MPI Georgia

 

 

Photosynthesis LogoDevon at Podium

Devon McKenna, we couldn’t have done it without you and the Photosynthesis team. Because of generous sponsors like you, our chapter continues to reach new heights in networking, education, and celebration. Thank you for your sizeable in-kind donation as our photography sponsor.

 

MPI Georgia Phoenix Awards Photos

 

 

A HUGE THANK YOU to our Premier Annual Sponsors:

  • Reno/Tahoe
  • Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Photosynthesis Studio
  • Modern Luxury

2019 Phoenix Awards Sponsors:

  • Active Productions & Design
  • Akram Ibrahim
  • Allegra
  • AMP'D Entertainment
  • B. Worley Productions
  • Bradfordley Illustration & Design
  • Button It Up
  • Collection Furnishings
  • Fancy's Face & Body Art
  • Georgia World Congress Center
  • Jekyll Island Authority
  • Legendary Events
  • Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board
  • Louisville CVB
  • MeetApp
  • Mixology Partners
  • Over the Top Linen
  • Peachtree Tents & Events
  • Popcorn Palooza
  • Proof of the Pudding
  • Salamander Hotels and Resorts
  • SpeedPro Imaging
  • Speer Entertainment
  • The Sketch Effect
  • Urban Enterprises
  • Vintage Vixens
  • Visit Roswell
  • World of Coca-Cola

Another HUGE THANK YOU to the 2019 Phoenix Awards Committee, chaired by Carla Carroll and Brad Gibson. MPI Georgia is grateful to all of our volunteers. You certainly put the WOW in Made for WOW!

 

 

Phoenix Awards Details:

General Eligibility Criteria: Applies to all awards nominations

  • Event/Program Date: The 2018-2019 fiscal year dates from July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. All events and programs must have occurred within these dates to be eligible for an award, with the exception of Phoenix Awards 2018 (Phoenix Awards 2018 may be nominated) and their related sponsors, venues, committees and events based on submission deadlines.
  • MPI Georgia Member: The nominated entity (organization, individual, etc.) must have representation in MPI Georgia and be a current member of MPI Georgia in good standing.
  • Awards are based on the members work within MPI Georgia

 

Committee of the Year Award

Description: Awarded to the MPI Georgia volunteer committee (award accepted by the committee chair) that provided a significant impact and valuable contribution to our chapter during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Note that Phoenix Awards 2018 committee is eligible this year while Phoenix Awards 2019 committee will be eligible next year.


Chapter Leader of the Year

Description: Awarded to the member who has served in a leadership role and whose work has made considerable contribution to the growth of our chapter.

 

Supplier Member of the Year Award

Description: Awarded to a Supplier member who has impacted our chapter through their unwavering volunteer service and commitment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must not have won this award in any previous year
  • Must be an active member on a committee within the current year
  • Must not have held an MPI Georgia Board position within the past three (3) years

 

Planner Member of the Year Award

Description: Awarded to a Planner member who has impacted our chapter through their unwavering service and commitment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must not have won this award in any previous year
  • Must be an active member on a committee within the current year
  • Must not have held an MPI Georgia Board position within the past three (3) years

 

Creative Concept Award

Description: MPI Georgia’s volunteers are constantly enhancing our events with their creative ideas. Allowing our members to experience these concepts is a true value-add for our membership. This award is for a concept that has impacted our chapter through creativity or innovation. The award is intended to recognize creative ideas from the current year and will be accepted by the individual(s) and/or committee who implemented the concept.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

  • Concept must have been executed within the current fiscal year
  • Concept must not have won this award in the past 5 years
  • Board members are not eligible to win this award; however, they can accept on behalf of a committee

 

Sponsor Impact Award

Description: Awarded to a sponsoring company that uses innovation and creativity to impact the membership and showcase their company. This award is not about who spent the most money but about who had the highest impact from their sponsorship. This award can be presented to a cash or an in-kind sponsor.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a cash or in-kind sponsor from the current fiscal year

 

Rising Star of the Year Award

Description: Awarded to a new member (tenure of three years or less) who has made the most notable contribution of volunteer time to our chapter.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must not have won this award in any previous year
  • Membership tenure cannot exceed three years
  • Board members are not eligible

 

Student Member of the Year:

Description: Awarded to a student member who has impacted our chapter through their unwavering service and commitment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must not have won this award in any previous year
  • Must be an active member on a committee within the current year
  • Must be an enrolled student for the 2018-2019 fiscal year
  • Must not have held an MPI Georgia Board position within the past three (3) years
  • Note: If no valid nominations are made, this award will not be presented for this year

 

Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Award

Description: Awarded to a long-standing member who has committed at least a decade of service to our association. This member strives to make our industry a strong force of education and personal achievement. Nominees for this award are chosen by the MPI Georgia Past Presidents Council.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a current member of MPI Georgia in good standing (minimum ten years)
  • Must not have won this award in any previous year
  • Must not have held an MPI Georgia Board position within the past three (3) years

 

Hayward C. Cox, Jr., CMP Continuing Quality Award

Description: Awarded to a long-standing member who has committed at least five years of service to our association. This member has made substantial contributions to the chapter. Nominees for this award are chosen by the MPI Georgia Past Presidents Council.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a current member of MPI Georgia in good standing (minimum five years)
  • Must not have won this award in any previous year
  • Must not have held an MPI Georgia Board position within the past three (3) years

 

The Lorraine Powell Influence Award

Description: The Lorraine Powell Influence Award honors MPI Georgia Chapter Past President Lorraine Powell, who influenced countless MPI members and the overall direction of the chapter for decades. This award will be given to an MPI Georgia member who has influenced the path and future of an MPI member and/or the chapter as a whole. The award recipient will embody the spirit of MPI and what it means to its members and the meetings industry.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must not be a current member of the Board of Directors

 

President’s Award

Description: The current MPI Georgia President will select a volunteer to receive the President’s Award.

 


The 2018 Phoenix Awards: City of Stars - It's Your Time to Shine

City of Stars - It's Your Time to Shine was a night to remember. This annual awards gala recognizes our chapter’s volunteer members and sponsors as well as the overall successes of another great year. Through the amazing support of our sponsors, the Phoenix Awards were held June 28, 2018 at the W. Atlanta Midtown.

A huge thank you to our Premier Annual Sponsors: Atlanta CVB and PhotoSynthesis Studio; and to our 2018 Phoenix Awards Sponsors: 360 Destination Group, Active Production and Design, AlphaGraphics of Buckhead, Amp'd Entertainment, BOLD Design, Caesars Entertainment, Collection Event Furnishings, Discover DeKalb CVB, Far Out Galaxy, Flowering Events, FoxHall Sporting Club, Garrett Popcorn Shops, Georgia Speakers Bureau, GTS Entertainment, Jeenyoux, Jekyll Island Georgia, JW Marriott Nashville, L.E.D Experience, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board,  Louisville CVB, Party Tables, Peachtree Tents & Events, PSAV W. Atlanta Midtown, Salamander Hotels and Resorts, World of Coca-Cola, Vinny Verelli, and the W. Atlanta Midtown!

A HUGE shout out and thank you to the 2018 Phoenix Awards Committee, chaired by Miranda Behner von Litolff and Carla Carroll. MPI Georgia is grateful to all of our volunteers. You are certainly the stars of MPI Georgia!

Congratulations to all the nominees and the winners!

Lifetime Achievement/Hall of Fame Award

Cynthia_Alford

Cynthia L. Alford, DMCP

Destination South Meetings & Events

Chapter Leader of the Year

 

Ashley_Izydore

 

Ashley Izydore Euler, CMP

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Hayward C. Cox, Jr. CMP Continuing Quality Award

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Brenda P. Dempsey

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Lorraine Powell Membership Award

Legaux, M-234-r

Melissa Legaux, CMP

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Planner Member of the Year

Castaneda

Lesli Castaneda, CMP

Cox Enterprises, Inc.

Rising Star of the Year

Megan Wol

Megan Wolszczak

King & Spalding, LLC

Sponsor Impact Award

active_logo

Active Productions & Design

Supplier Member of the Year

McKenna, D-325-r

Devon McKenna

Photosynthesis Studios

Committee of the Year

Re:Connect

 

Innovative Concept Award

TechTalks, Tech Summit 2018

 

President's Award

 

Jeff_Holland

 

Jeff Holland

Monalto Corporate Events


The 2017 Phoenix Awards: Rising from the Ashes

The 2017 Phoenix Awards: Rising from the Ashes Celebrating Southern Legacy was a night of celebration. This annual awards gala recognizes our chapter’s volunteer members and sponsors as well as the overall successes of another great year. Through the amazing support of our sponsors, the Phoenix Awards were held June 15, 2017 at the Atlanta History Center in the heart of Buckhead.

A huge thank you to our Premier Annual Sponsors: Atlanta CVB, Visit Raleigh, Topper Worldwide Transportation, PhotoSynthesis Studio; and to our 2017 Phoenix Awards Sponsors: Active Production and Design, A Divine Event, Atlanta Fever Entertainment, Atlanta History Center, BBJ Linen Rental, Be a Star Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment, Courtney Renee Jazz, Daytona Beach CVB, Discover DeKalb CVB,  Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Buckhead, Fuse Graphics, Georgia World Congress Center Authority, Greater Birmingham CVB, Greene Worldwide Transportation, Hilton Atlanta, Jekyll Island Georgia, L.E.D Experience Design, Loews Hotels, Louisville CVB, Modern Luxury, Peachtree Tents & Events, Tulip Blooming Creations, We Rent Atlanta, and the World of Coca-Cola!

A HUGE shout out and thank you to the 2017 Phoenix Awards Committee, chaired by Brittany Hinger. MPI Georgia is successful because of our volunteers and these members rose to the occasion! It was an amazing evening of entertainment, engaging conversation and electrifying energy. 

Congratulations to all the nominees and the winners!

 

Award

 

Recipient

 

 

Committee of the Year

 

 

2016 Phoenix Awards Committee

 

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Rising Star of the Year

 

 

Lissette Mathus
Dave & Buster's Atlanta

 

Lissette_Mathus

 

 

Chapter Leader of the Year

 

Planner Member of the Year

 

 

Chris Bonnett, CMP
Omnience

 

Chris_Bonnett_edited (1)

 

 

Supplier Member of the Year

 

 

Tara Brashear
Freeman

 

tara_brashear_edited

 

 

Innovative Concept Award

 

 

2017 Tech Summit: App & The Game of Techs

 

Inncon

 

 

Hall of Fame

 

 

Ginny Izydore
Barnsley Resort

 

GinnyIzydore

 

 

Hayward C. Cox, Jr., CMP Continuing Quality Award

 

 

Carol D. Hall
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

 

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The Lorraine Powell Membership Award

 

 

Eileen Roehl, CMP
Murfee Meetings Group

 

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President's Award

 

 

Sybil A. Lee, CMP
World of Coca-Cola

 

sybil_lee

 


The 2016 Phoenix Awards : The Speakeasy

The 2016 Phoenix Awards: The Speakeasy offered “A Night of Vintage Glamour” and lots of celebration. This annual awards gala recognizes our chapter’s volunteer members and sponsors as well as the overall successes of another great year. Through the amazing support of our sponsors, the Phoenix Awards were held June 30, 2016 at Flourish by Legendary Events in the heart of Buckhead.

A huge thank you to our Premier Annual SponsorsAtlanta CVB, Visit Raleigh, Topper Worldwide Transportation, PWP Studios; and to our 2016 Phoenix Awards SponsorsAbsolute ENT, Active Production and Design, Branding Hawk, Button It Up, Caesars, Collection Event Furnishings, Courtney Renee Jazz, Emory Conference Center Hotel, Event Drapery, Flourish, Greater Birmingham CVB, Greene Worldwide Transportation, Hilton Atlanta, Humor Wins, Jekyll Island Georgia, Juice Studios, Louisville CVB, Martino-White Printing, NYC & Company, Party Tables, Shepard Exposition, St. Louis CVB, the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens, Westin Hotel and the Yonah Mountain Vineyards!

A HUGE shout out and thank you to the 2016 Phoenix Awards Committee, chaired by Brittany Hinger and Jamie Lea Shiver. MPI Georgia is successful because of our volunteers and these members rose to the occasion! It was an amazing evening of entertainment, engaging conversation and electrifying energy. 

Congratulations to all the nominees and the winners!

 

Award

 

Recipient

 

 

Committee of the Year

 

 

Membership Retention Committee:

Hayley Burch, CMP - Chair

The Ridges Resort & Marina

 

Member_Retention

 

 

Rising Star of the Year

 

 

Steven Schumacher
Emory Conference Center Hotel

 

Schumacker

 

 

Chapter Leader of the Year

Hall of Fame

The Lorraine Powell
Membership Recruitment Award

 

Jeff Whitney
Event Transportation Atlanta

 

Whitney (1)

 

 

Planner Member of the Year

 

 

Ashley Izydore
Children's Heathcare of Atlanta

 

Ashley_Izydore

 

 

Supplier Member of the Year

 

 

Ginny Izydore
Barnsley Resort

 

Ginny_Izydore

 

 

Innovative Concept Award

 

Fall Classic "Plan B":
Christopher Yueh - Chair
AIA Atlanta

Kathi Kelly - Logistics Chair
KSL Resorts

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Hayward C. Cox, Jr., CMP
Continuing Quality Award

 

 

Lesli Castaneda, CMP
Cox Enterprises

 

Castaneda

 

 

President's Award

 

 

Pamela Shepherd
USMostivation

 

Shepherd

 


The 2015 Phoenix Awards: A Spirited Soirée! 

A BIG thank you to our Premier Annual SponsorsAtlanta CVB, Visit Raleigh and DoubleTree by Hilton; and to our 2015 Phoenix Awards SponsorsAmerican Spirit Works, Choose Chicago, Legendary Events, Proof of the Pudding, Event Rentals Unlimited, Meet College Park Georgia, The MAGNUM Companies Ltd., QuestDrape, PWP Studio, Party Tables, AFR Event Furnishings and Amp’d Entertainment. 

A HUGE shout out and thank you to the 2015 Phoenix Awards Committee, chaired by Anna Williams of Juice Studio and Tracy Keller, CMP of ASHRAE. MPI Georgia is successful because of our volunteers and these members rose to the occasion! It was an amazing evening of entertainment, engaging conversation and electrifying energy. Congratulations to all the nominees and to the winners.

Take a look at this year’s award recipients: 

 

Award

 

Recipient

 

 

Committee of the Year

 

 

The Gathering 2015
Chair: Sybil Lee, CMP
The Coca-Cola Compan

 

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Rising Star of the Year

 

 

Kalen Parks, CMP
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

 

Kalen_Parks

 

 

Chapter Leader of the Year

 

 

Andy Williams, CMP, TMP 
Destination South Meetings & Events

 

Andy_Williams

 

 

Supplier Member of the Year

 

 

Jeff Whitney  
Event Transportation / Atlanta

 

Whitney (1)

 

 

Planner Member of the Year

 

 

Cynthia Alford, DMCP
Destination South Meetings & Events

 

Cynthia_Alford

 

 

Shining Star of the Year

 

 

Carol Hall
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

 

Carol_Hall

 

 

Hall of Fame

 

 

Hayward C. Cox, Jr., CMP
Retired

 

Hayward_C_Cox

 

 

Hayward C. Cox, Jr., CMP 
Continuing Quality Award

 

 

Dwayne Keller
InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta

 

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Lorraine Powell Membership Recruitment Award

 

 

Connie Bergeron, CMP
Site Selection Solutions, Inc.

 

Connie_Bergeron

 

 

Student Member of the Year

 

 

Sara Mellars
Canoe 

 

Sara_Mellars

 

 

President's Award 

 

 

Kit McClung, CMP
Callaway Gardens

 

Kit_McClung

 


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