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Board of Directors

Our MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter leadership is a group of meeting professionals dedicated to meeting and exceeding the needs of every member. Simply expand their title to obtain their contact information & to learn more about each member of our leadership team.  Developing relationships is what it’s all about.

 

 

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Nikki Bibbero CMP
Bibbero Events
President@mpirmc.org

Nikki brings a lifetime of hospitality passion to her role with MPI. At a young age when others were playing sports or dolls with the neighborhood kids, Nikki was playing waitress, taking orders and serving her family meals in her restaurant The Scented Candle, which had locations in her mom’s Colorado backyard and Grandma’s Pennsylvania kitchen. Since then, she has graduated with a degree in Hospitality, Tourism, and Events from Metropolitan State University. Nikki began her adult career with Marriott International, before moving to the planner side with Kinsley Meetings and her current role with Arrow Electronics. Nikki is currently in her fourth year on the MPIRMC Board of Directors. She has been honored as one of Smart Meetings Magazine’s 2021 Smart Women in Meetings Industry Leader and Colorado Meetings + Events 2019 Up-And-Coming Meeting Professional. Outside of work, she loves to enjoy all of the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer, travel often, and drink great wine. 

figAngela (Fig) Wirkler, CMP
Director of Sales
Boulder CVB 
PresidentElect@mpirmc.org

 

Fig is an energetic, passionate, and service-focused professional, wife, and mom of two. Her athletic fueled past, combined with her experience in the travel and hotel industry has led Fig to her current role as the Director of Sales at Visit Boulder. She specializes in bringing meetings and conferences to Boulder, CO. Handling all markets west of the Mississippi, Fig believes that developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything both professionally and in her personal life. Fig is passionate about connecting and bringing people together.

She is always eager to learn more about the industry, with specific interests in hands-on event planning, managing tradeshow logistics and sales activity, which led Fig to pursue her CMP designation in 2020. 

She has been honored as one of Smart Meeting Magazine’s 2020 Smart Women in Meeting Industry Rising Star. She has served on the Destinations International Alumni Council since 2020 and the MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter Board of Directors since 2019.  
Outside of work, Fig enjoys spending time with her family outdoors exploring the great state of Colorado. 

 

headshot_board_sadriStephanie Sadri
Helmsbriscoe
Manager, Global Accounts
ipp@mpirmc.org

Stephanie joined the hospitality industry at a young age. She began in restaurants and evolved into the event and catering world. Stephanie’s first Sales and Catering management role was at Invesco Field. Not only did she work like a horse on Bronco’s game days, but she planned all of their private events and worked on a little event you may have heard of, the Democratic National Convention. After leaving Invesco, she went on to work at several fantastic venues, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Oxford Hotel and The Curtis Hotel. Her eclectic well rounded experience has made her an expert in many facets of the industry and is currently a Global Accounts Manager with HelmsBriscoe.

A member of MPI since 2013, Stephanie is entering her 5th year on the Board of Directors. Her previous roles had her involved with the Golf Tournament, Auction, Education and Communications.

Here are few things you will learn about Stephanie if you ever have the pleasure of working with her:

  1. Her husband is a diehard University of Kansas Jayhawk, so she has adopted the Rock Chalk mantra since denying it was futile
  2. Be careful when opening your desk drawers because she probably hid something in there with the intention of terrifying you. She will claim total innocence and blame it on someone else, but we all know that she did it
  3. If you need to brighten your day, just check Stephanie’s Facebook page because she probably updated it in the last few minutes with an adorable photo of her son Noah, daughter Emma or fur baby Daisy.
  4. She is always available for cooking advice since she is likely preparing a gourmet meal for her husband and children that evening. Unfortunately, she rarely shares leftovers with her coworkers
  5. Don’t waste movie quotes on her, because there is a 90% chance she has never seen or heard of the movie you are attempting to quote

 

Genevieve_BelouGenevieve Belou
Assistant Director of Sales
Magnolia Hotel Denver, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
VPFinance@mpirmc.org

Genevieve Belou, the Assistant Director of Sales at the Magnolia Hotel Denver, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, spent her childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she was exposed to a culture rich with hospitality. After studying English Literature at Kennesaw State University for her Bachelor’s Degree and then the University of South Alabama for her Master’s, she started her career in hotel management at the Battle House Hotel in Mobile, Alabama. 

Since then, she has worked in sales for hotels in Alabama and Colorado including the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection, in Point Clear, Alabama, and Hotel Boulderado, in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to her work, she has been active in the meetings and events community and has served on the Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International’s Rocky Mountain Chapter (MPIRMC) since 2020. She also won MPIRMC’s Rising Star Award in 2019 and President’s Award of Excellence in 2021.

Genevieve is passionate about making connections, contract negotiation, sales strategy, and team building. She loves analyzing group programs and using creative problem solving to make programs work for the hotel and location. In her free time, she loves to cook and entertain. She also enjoys hiking, drinking wine, and exploring with her husband, Mark, and her dogs. 

APD Headshot 2 MIC March 2018Alex Doyle CMP
Vice President, Meetings & Events
21st Century Group Inc.
VPCommunications@mpirmc.org

justin clarkJustin Clark
Vice President of Sales and Services 
Visit Aurora

VPEducation@mpirmc.org

Justin Clark is a Colorado native, graduate of the University of Colorado, and the Vice President of Sales and Services for Visit Aurora.  Prior to joining Visit Aurora, Justin worked in a variety of natural resources management and community event roles in municipal government for 16 years.  Justin is active in the community and the meetings and events industry, and he is currently serving on a number of boards and committees including Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter, Colorado Meetings and Events, Serving Up Hope, and the Colorado Freedom Memorial. 

Justin is dedicated to supporting the meetings and events industry, providing timely and relevant education opportunities, building authentic relationships, and supporting opportunities and growth for Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter members.


Nerissa MagnusonNerissa Magnuson
Conference Planner
Civica Management
VPMembership@mpirmc.org

 

Matt KalbMatthew Kalb, CMP CEM-AP
Director of Business Development
PRG
dirmembercare@mpirmc.org

Matthew Kalb, CEM-AP, CMP, started in the event industry in 2009 working for S.A.F.E. Management as an Operations Manager with the Baltimore Ravens. After working Super Bowl XLIV (44), he took an opportunity to work with Hargrove, Inc. as an Account Executive in Lanham, Maryland. 

In 2017, Matthew moved to Denver and began a career with GES as a Sales Manager in their Tradeshow and Conferences Division. In 2020 he transitioned to a Phoenix based association WorldatWork as a Manager, Exhibits & Sponsorship Sales. As events began their comeback following the pandemic, he was recruited to help PRG as their new Director of Business Development in June of 2021. 

He has a strong customer service background and his attention to detail and ability to think outside the box, has positioned him a leading innovator in the industry. He is a recipient of the CONNECT Associations 40 under 40 recognition and part of the inaugural class of the CEM-AP designation.

Christina BargasChristina Bargas, CMP
Meetings and Events Manager
National Ski Areas Association
dirrecruitment@mpirmc.org

1634677050028Viveca McDonald, MBA, DES
Corporate Executive Meeting Manager, West Region
VISIT DENVER
dirseandsa@mpirmc.org

Viveca, an Ohio native, holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton and a dual B.A in Communication and Labor Relations from Rutgers University, where she was also a Track & Field student athlete. Viveca began her career at Macy's and Kroger as a merchandising and operations manager that focused on brand development and driving customer engagement.

Currently, serving as the Corporate Sales Meeting Manager, West Region for Visit Denver, Viveca markets the city of Denver to conventions and leisure travelers for the economic benefit of the community. Viveca also serves on the Denver Public Art Selection committee for the DEN expansion project. Additionally, Viveca is on the University of Dayton Alumni Association leadership board representing the Denver Community. Viveca is passionate about the Arts, travel, equity, and getting out into the great outdoors! 

jeanette headshotJeanette Stensgaard, MBA, CMP, HMCC
Director of Conferences & Events 
Kidney Cancer Association
dirfundraising@mpirmc.org
JCMimageJonathan Miller
Head Coach
Hotel Sports Revenue Solutions
direducation@mpirmc.org

megan gagne1tMegan Gagne
Director of Sales & Marketing
Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel
DirLeadershipDevelopment@mpirmc.org

Freddie newport beachFreddie Templeton (ED)
Rocky Mountain Event Consultants, LLC
(720) 733-8000
ExecutiveDirector@mpirmc.org

 

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Keith Templeton (CA)
Rocky Mountain Event Consultants, LLC
(720) 733-8000
admin@mpirmc.org

 

Rocky Mountain Event Consultants is a full-service event planning company specializing in developing and managing associations, corporate events, award galas, festivals and more. We help clients create an event vision or theme, handle location procurement, catering, decorating, program speaker management, entertainment, audio visual, design, promotion, marketing, public and media relations and more!

As Executive Director for the Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter (MPIRMC), a client for whom Rocky Mountain Event Consultants provides full-service association management services, Freddie Templeton is responsible for working with the MPIRMC board of directors to facilitate strategic planning for the association. She also provides support services including communications, database management, membership operations, financial management and meeting/event planning and execution. Freddie joined the MPIRMC team in 2005.

Freddie brings a background in meeting planning, event management, business development and leadership training while Keith, Managing Partner brings promotion, design, and printing to their clients.

angela laytonAngela Layton, CMP Fellow, CMM, DES
Chapter Operations Manager
Meeting Professionals International
alayton@mpi.org I www.mpiweb.org

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