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Awards & Recognition


2019 – 2020 MPI Oregon Award Nominations Now Open

MPI Oregon’s success relies on the work of its volunteers. We seek your nominations in helping to honor members who spend extra time and energy on behalf of our organization. There are five categories in which you can nominate MPI Oregon members:  

Planner of the Year
Supplier of the Year

Torchlight Award

Rising Star Award

Mentor Award

The Planner and Supplier of the Year nominees are based on criteria regarding overall activities and commitment within the organization, industry and community. The three other awards focus on activities and participation in MPI Oregon itself during the current membership year (2019-2020). All members who have been nominated for an award(s) will be notified of their nominations by June 8, 2020 along with information their nominator(s) wrote about them and a document seeking additional information that they themselves submit.      

The 2019-2020 MPI Oregon Awards Committee consists of a panel of committee members, past board members and other active members who evaluate submissions based on a point system of criteria. Award recipients will be honored at the MPI Oregon Awards Celebration, tentatively slated for August (more information to come as state event guidelines are known).     

Please review the definition and basic qualifications for each award and submit your nominees through the online nomination form no later than 5:00 pm on TUESDAY JUNE 5, 2020.

Link for making nominations - will receive a confirmation email once your nomination(s) have been submitted online.

Some notes for online nominations –

1 – You are not required make a nomination in every category.  To skip to the next category, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on NEXT.

2 – If you want to make multiple nominations in one category, you will exit the survey and click on the link above to do multiple entries. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Carole Astley, CMP, Awards Nominations Chair, at or (503) 705-8694.

2018-2019 Award Winners

Dian J. Lindsay Presidential Award Winner:

Jenny Moore, Spirit Mountain Casino
Given at the discretion of the current president to an outstanding individual in the chapter who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the organization.

Torchlight Award Winner:

Jessica Johnson, The Party Team (Team Casino)
Bestowed to a chapter member who has been a part of the organization more than 3 years and has shown a very high level of engagement, volunteering, and commitment to moving the chapter goals forward.

Rising Star Award Winner:

Chase Brunson, Oregon Society of CPA's
Presented to a chapter member or members who have been a part of the organization less than 3 years and shown a very high level of engagement, volunteering, and commitment fulfilling chapter goals.

Mentor of the Year Award Winner:

Kelly Hoelscher, CMP, Portland Marriott City Center
Awarded to a chapter member who has displayed the unique ability to lead, guide, and teach others with enthusiasm, and is frequently a person that fellow chapter members can turn to for advice and support.

Planner of the Year Award Winner:

Rindi Cerelli, CMP, Travel Portland
Given to a meeting planner in recognition for their outstanding association contributions, leadership and professionalism, and is a peer-recognized award.

Supplier of the Year Award Winner:

Kara Campuzano, Salem Convention Center
Awarded to a meetings industry supplier (hotel, transportation, audio/visual, etc.) in recognition for their outstanding association contributions, leadership and professionalism, and is a peer-recognized award.

Silver Platter Award Winner:

Salem Convention Center
Presented to the meeting facility where a monthly program was held that scored the highest on post-event evaluations, based on the following criteria: catering service, presentation, menu selection, food quality, décor creativity, program enhancement, and entertainment.


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

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