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Annual Awards


Our prestigious MPIOC Annual Awards are nominated and voted on by the entire chapter membership (with the exception of the President’s Awards).

MPIOC congratulates the following members who were recognized with awards at our 2019 Awards & Installation:

Best Supporting Organization - Cli-Worldwide

Shining Star of the Year - Donna Mulgrew, CIS CTA

Host Venue of the Year: Special Events - TIME Nightclub

Host Venue of the Year - Educational Events - City National Grove of Anaheim

Planner of the Year - Pawntra Shadab, CTA, Elite Productions International

Supplier of the Year - Candi Lombard, City National Grove of Anaheim

Hall of Fame Award - Michael Krouse, CMP CHME, Ontario CVB

Hall of Fame Award - Jon Trask, CMP CMM, Strategic Meeting Tech

Outstanding Chapter Leadership - Alivia Kimotho, Doubletree Santa Ana OC Airport

Outstanding Chapter Leadership Brian Gilman, SpringHill Suites Huntington Beach & Corona

President’s Award - Heather Even, CMP MA, Maple Street Management


Meeting Planner of the Year recognizes an active Planner MPIOC member who has made significant contributions to both MPIOC and the meeting management profession.

Supplier of the Year recognizes the contributions of an active supplier member who consistently provides innovative services and/or products to effectively support MPIOC and its members

Outstanding Chapter Leadership recognizes an MPIOC BOD member (planner or supplier) who best demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities, inspires others, stimulates volunteer efforts, and contributes to the continued enhancement of our Chapter and the meetings and event industry.

Hall of Fame Award recognizes lifetime achievement of one of our Chapter members. This individual will have demonstrated a minimum of 10 years of dedication, commitment, and service through volunteerism within our Chapter as well as a minimum of 15 years of industry experience.

Shining Star of the Year recognizes and MPIOC member who has consistently volunteered their time and talents as an active committee member. All Shining Star recipients throughout the year are eligible for this award.

Best Supporting Organization recognizes an organization whose sponsorship support of MPIOC exemplifies their commitment to our success and growth.

Host Venue of the Year — Special Event recognizes the outstanding job done in hosting a MPIOC event during the Chapter Year.

Host Venue of the Year — Monthly Meeting recognizes the outstanding job done in hosting an MPIOC meeting or event during the Chapter Year.

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