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2020 MPIOC AWARD WINNERS

Meeting Planner of the Year Who are the 2020 MPIOC Award Winners?
Hall of Fame Award Tune in to our Summer Social & Awards on August 17th to find out!
Supplier of the Year  
Outstanding Chapter Leadership  
Shining Star of the Year  
Best Supporting Organization  
Venue of the Year, Special Events  
Venue of the Year, Monthly Meetings  
President’s Award  

 

2019 MPIOC AWARD WINNERS

Meeting Planner of the Year Pawntra Shadab, CTA, Elite Productions International
Hall of Fame Award Michael Krouse, CMP CHME, Greater Ontario Visitors & Convention Bureau
Hall of Fame Award Jon Trask, CMP CMM, Strategic Meeting Tech
Supplier of the Year Candi Lombard, City National Grove of Anaheim
Outstanding Chapter Leadership Brian Gilman, SpringHill Suites Huntington Beach & Corona
Outstanding Chapter Leadership Alivia Kimotho, CMP, Doubletree Santa Ana Orange County Airport
Shining Star of the Year Donna Mulgrew, CIS CTA
Best Supporting Organization Cli-Worldwide Transportation
Venue of the Year, Special Events TIME Nightclub
Venue of the Year, Monthly Meetings City National Grove of Anaheim
President’s Award Heather Even, CMP, MA, Maple Street Management

 

2018 MPIOC AWARD WINNERS

Meeting Planner of the Year Marilyn Atchue-Zuill, HPN Global
Hall of Fame Award Bernie Gaps, Absolutely Fabulous!
Supplier of the Year Bruno Duarte, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Outstanding Chapter Leadership Heather Even, CMP, MA, Maple Street Management
Rookie of the Year Award Katie Pederson, House of Blues Anaheim
Shining Star of the Year Danielle Andino
Best Supporting Organization Elite Productions International
Venue of the Year, Special Events Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Venue of the Year, Monthly Meetings City National Grove of Anaheim
President’s Award Lisa Meller, CMP CEM, Meller Performance Group
Spirit of Community Award Sir Bruno Serato, Anaheim White House

 

2017 MPIOC AWARD WINNERS

Meeting Planner of the Year Julie Powers
Hall of Fame Award Arlene Sheff
Supplier of the Year Absolutely Fabulous
Outstanding Chapter Leadership Bruno Duarte, Jazz Kitchen
Shining Star of the Year AnaLaura Becerra, Allied PRA
Venue of the Year, Special Events House of Blues, Anaheim
Venue of the Year, Monthly Meetings Irvine Marriott
President’s Award Murielle Ferdinand, Accor Hotels

 

2016 MPIOC AWARD WINNERS

Meeting Planner of the Year Dawn Petran, Meetings & Events Planner
Hall of Fame Award Tim Brown, Meeting Sites Resource (In Remembrance)
Supplier of the Year Visit Anaheim / Jessica Rienecker, CTA, CTP, CMM
Outstanding Chapter Leadership David Jacob, CMP, Marriott International
Shining Star of the Year Murielle Ferdinand, Accor Hotels
Venue of the Year, Special Events Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Venue of the Year, Monthly Meetings The Grand Plaza at Anaheim Convention Center
President’s Award Brian Gilman, Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
President’s Award Chip Szmurlo, CMP, Disney Destinations

 

2015 MPIOC AWARD WINNERS

Best Supporting Organization Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Shining Star of the year Asal Namini
Supplier of the year Champagne Creative Group
Meeting Planner of the year Heather Even, MA
Host Venue for a Special Event City National Grove of Anaheim
Host Venue for a Monthly Meeting Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace
Outstanding Chapter Leadership Chip Szmurlo, CMP
Hall of Fame Award Robb Thornsberry
2014-2015 President’s Award Bruno Duarte, CTA

 

2014 MPIOC AWARD WINNERS

Rising Star Award Bruno Duarte, CTA
Shining Star of the Year Avery Lewis
Meeting Planner of the Year Lisa Meller, CMP, CEM
Supplier of the Year Champagne Creative Group
Chapter Leadership of the Year Julia O’Brian, CTA
Industry Leadership of the Year Arlene, Sheff, CMP
President’s Choice Award Heather Even, MA
Hall of Fame Award Debb Childs, CMP
Best Supporting Organization Best Chauffeured Worldwide
Host Venue of the Year The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon

 

2013 MPIOC AWARD WINNERS

Volunteer of the Year Chip Szmurlo, CMP
Outstanding Planner of the Year Gail Stein, CMP with Opus Events Agency
Outstanding Leader of the Year Julie Powers, CMP with HelmsBriscoe
Outstanding Supplier of the Year Chip Szmurlo, CMP with The Disney Resort
Outstanding Host Venue The Island Hotel Newport Beach & House of Blues Anaheim
President’s Award Caesars Entertainment

 

2012 MPIOC RECOGNITION AWARDS

Shining Star of the Year Julia Chase, Anaheim/Orange CVB
Team Player of the Year Gina McQuade, Anaheim/Orange County CVB
Outstanding Chapter Leadership Julie Powers CMP, HelmsBriscoe
Rising Star  Teresa Karcher, DoubleTree by Hilton
Planner of the Year  Jenna Paseka, JNR
Supplier of the Year    Todd Szilagyi, Best Chauffeured
Outstanding Host Venue  Hilton Anaheim
Outstanding Host Venue  House of Blues Anaheim
Outstanding Host Venue  Disneyland Resorts

 

2011 MPIOC AWARD WINNERS

Shining Star of the Year:  Deborah Hahn, Disney Destinations
Team Player of the Year: Robb Thornsberry, Infinity Events
Outstanding Industry Leadership: Rebecca Aguilar, The Boeing Company
Rising Star of the Year:  Laura Rangel
Planner of the Year:    Natalie Good, A Good Affair

Suppliers of the Year:

 

 John Fitzpatrick, Allure Ventures, Inc. and
Ilona Hobbs, CORT Event Furnishings
Host Venue of the Year: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

 

2010 MPIOC AWARD WINNERS

Shining Stars

 

 

 Michelle Eversgerd – Lux Bus America
Gina Geisbauer – Maggiano’s Little Italy
Rachel Bishop – Access Destination Services
Rookie of the Year   Sarah Perez
Rising Star    Jenna Beck – Colette’s Catering
Shining Star of the Year Michelle Eversgerd – Lux Bus America
Team Player of the Year Ilona Hobbs – CORT Event Furnishings
Oustanding Host Venue The Island Hotel
Oustanding Supplier Bernie Gaps – Absolutely Fabulous! Events & Production
Outstanding Planner Arlene Sheff, CMP – The Boeing Company

Outstanding Chapter Leadership

 

 

Ree Taylor,  CMP – Thales Raytheon Systems
Rebecca Aguilar – The Boeing Company

Outstanding Industry Leadership Tim Brown – Meeting Sites Resource
President’s Choice Award   Peggy Lamberton, CMP
   


Awards History by Category

 

Best Supporting Organization

2018 - Elite Productions International

NO PREVIOUS AWARDS THIS CATEGORY

 

Planner of the Year

2018 - Marilyn Atchue-Zuill, HPN Global

2017 –  Julie Powers

2016 – Dawn Petran

2015 – Heather Even, MA, Maple Street Management

2014 – Lisa Meller, CMP, CEM, Worldview Events

2013 – Gail Stein, Opus Events

2012 – Jenna Paseka, JNR

2011 – Natalie Good, A Good Affair

2010 – Arlene Sheff, CMP

2009 – Carol Hill, CMP

2008 – Aleka Garcia, CMP, CMM

2007 – Rebecca Aguilar, CMP

2006 – Molly Wolfe, CMP

2005 – Marie Botvinick, CMP

 

Supplier of the Year

2018 - Bruno Duarte, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

2017 – Berne Gaps, Absolutely Fabulous

2016 – Jessica Rienecker, CTA, CTP, CMM, Visit Anaheim

2015 – Rolando Espinoza, Champagne Creative Group

2014 – Rolando Espinoza, Champagne Creative Group

2013 – Chip Szmurlo, CMP, The Disney Resort

2012 – Todd Szilagyi, Best Chauffeured

2011 –  John Fitzpatrick, Allure Ventures, Inc. and Ilona Hobbs, CORT Event Furnishings

2010 – Bernie Gaps, Absolutely Fabulous

2009 –

2008 – Eric Hylkema, CMP

2007 – Craig’s Catering

2006 – John Fitzpatrick

2005 – Steve Shanahan

 

Hall of Fame Award

2018 -  Bernie Gaps, Absolutely Fabulous!

2017 – Arlene Sheff

2016 – Tim Brown, Meeting Sites Resource (In Remembrance)

2015 – Robb Thornsberry, Infinity Events

2014 – Debb Childs, HelmsBriscoe

NO PREVIOUS AWARDS THIS CATEGORY

 

Outstanding Chapter Leadership

2018 - Heather Even, CMP, MA, Maple Street Management

2017 – Bruno Duarte, Jazz Kitchen

2016 – David Jacob, CMP, Marriott International

2015 – Chip Szmurlo, CMP, Disney Destinations

2014 – Julia O’Brian, CTA, Visit Anaheim

2013 – (Not Awarded)

2012 – Julie Powers CMP, HelmsBriscoe

2011 – (Not Awarded)

2010 – Ree Taylor,  CMP – Thales Raytheon Systems  & Rebecca Aguilar – The Boeing Company

 

Shining Star of the Year / Committee Member of the Year

2018 - Danielle Andino

2017 – AnaLaura Becerra, Allied PRA

2016 – Murielle Ferdinand, Accor Hotels

2015 – Asal Namini, Worldview Travel

2014 – Avery Lewis, Worldview Travel

2013 – Chip Szmurlo, Disney Destinations

2012 – Julia Chase, Anaheim/Orange CVB

2011 – Deborah Hahn, Disney Destinations

2010 – Michelle Eversgerd

2009 –

2008 – Jason Padilla

2007 – Robb Thornsberry

2006 – Ree Taylor, CMP

2005 – Ananda Davison

 

 

Rising Star Award / Rookie Award

2018 - Katie Pederson, House of Blues Anaheim

2017 - (not awarded)

2016 – (not awarded)

2015 – (not awarded)

2014 – Bruno Duarte, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

2013 – (not awarded)

2012 – Teresa Karcher, DoubleTree by Hilton

2011 – Laura Rangel, Infinity Events

2010 – Jenna Beck – Colette’s Catering

 

Host Facility / Venue of the Year

2018 - City National Grove of Anaheim (Monthly Meetings Category) & Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen (Special Events Category)

2017 – Irvine Marriott (Monthly Meetings Category)& House of Blues Anaheim (Special Events Category)

2016 – The Grand Plaza at Anaheim Convention Center (Monthly Meetings Category) & Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa (Special Events Category)

2015 – City National Grove of Anaheim (Monthly Meetings Category) & Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace (Special Events Category)

2014 – The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon

2013 – The Island Hotel Newport Beach (Monthly Meetings Category) & House of Blues Anaheim (Special Events Category)

2012 – Hilton Anaheim  |  House of Blues Anaheim   |  Disneyland Resorts

2011 – Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

2010 – The Island Hotel

2009 –

2008 – Crowne Plaza Irvine

2007 – Grove of Anaheim

2006 – Lucky Strike

2005 – Hyatt Huntington Beach

2004 – Laguna Cliffs Marriott

 

President’s Choice / President's Award

2018 - Lisa Meller, CMP CEM, Meller Performance Group

2017 – Murielle Ferdinand, Accor Hotels

2016 – Brian Gilman, Sheraton Anaheim and Chip Szmurlo, Disney Destinations

2015 – Bruno Duarte, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

2014 – Heather Even, MA, Maple Street Management

2013 – Caesars Entertainment

2012 – (not awarded)

2011 – (not awarded)

2010 – Peggy Lamberton, CMP

2009 –Robyn Russell, CMP

2008 – Debb Duff, CMP

2007 – Mark Lorimer, CMP

2006 – Ananda Davison

2005 – Jane DeLeon, CMP

2004 – Orlando Avila

 

Outstanding Industry Leadership Award

2017 – (not awarded)

2016 – (not awarded)

2015 – (not awarded)

2014 – Arlene Sheff, CMP

2013 – (not awarded)

2012 – (not awarded)

2011 – Rebecca Aguilar, The Boeing Company

2010 – Tim Brown – Meeting Sites Resource

 

Chapter Spirit Award

2018 - Sir Bruno Serato, Anaheim White House & Catarina's Club

2004 – Annee Pfau

 

Meeting Professional of the Year

2004 – Jon Trask, CMP

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