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Top Performing Chapter Award



Award Recipients

Bravo!, which featured the June awards program, is the wrap up of the MPI KBC year and included the installation of the 2018-2019 Board of Directors and the presentation of the annual chapter awards. Here is a recap of the awards and recipients:


Volunteer of the Year

This award is given to an active committee chairperson or committee member who has shown initiative and above-and-beyond service in fulfilling his or her committee responsibilities. This person represents the initiatives of not only the committee she serves, but promotes MPI Kentucky Bluegrass in all endeavors.

Joan Minton, NASBLA


Rising Star Award

Awarded to an individual who has not been a member of MPI or MPI Kentucky Bluegrass for more than 3 years and exhibits strong sense of initiative on behalf of the meetings industry and the Chapter. This person may or may not have been a member of a committee, but will have shown willingness to devote his or her energies to the Chapter and its vibrancy.

Emily Johnson, CTA


Gene Metzler Supplier of the Year Award

This award is presented to a supplier member in recognition of outstanding association and industry contributions, leadership and professionalism. The selection of this award is based on a history of accomplishments in our industry as well as to meeting management and for furthering the aims of MPI and its mission. The supplier of the year serves as a role model for other suppliers. The winner this year is:



Harrington/Penner Planner of the Year Award

The award was renamed a few years ago in honor of the late Don Harrington and Dorothy Plenner, long-time planner members of the organization who passed away. The award goes to a planner member of the chapter in recognition of outstanding contributions to the association and the industry. The Planner of the Year award is based on a history of accomplishments in our industry as well as to furthering the aims of MPI and its mission. The planner of the year serves as a role model for others in the industry. This member should have contributed her or her time, hard work and experience to the meeting industry in Kentucky.

Audrey Petty, CMP, Limestone Events


Silver Platter Award

This award is given to the hotel property or meeting venue that received the highest score pertaining to food and beverage on the post meeting evaluation. The winner for this year is:

Shaker Village


President's Awards

The President's Award is given at the discretion of the President of MPI KBC to someone who has truly helped him/her during his/her year as president. Julie Kirkpatrick of meetNKY and MPI KBC President 2016-17 presented awards to:  

Derek Olive, Western Kentucky University


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