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President's Message



RachelHickersonMessage from the President

Dear Members,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 term! I’m so excited to be a part of this wonderful organization and honored to be selected to serve as your President. We have a spectacular board this term.  I'm inspired by SO. MUCH. ENERGY, enthusiasm and expertise on our team and I am honored to be a part of what’s going to prove to be a stellar year!

I want to also thank Lynda Sagar for the last TWO YEARS of service as our president. Yes, you read that right! She has devoted her heart and soul to MPI as our leader for the past two years and has been a wonderful source of inspiration and guidance to me as I work through learning the ins and outs of what it is to be an MPI President.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve been doing this “meeting planning” thing for almost 20 years now, starting first in an association, then to a hotel, then back into an association and finally landing with an Association Management Company for the past six years. To say that this was not my plan out of college is an understatement, but I wouldn’t change this path for anything. I am lucky to go to a job I love every single day. Last year I also FINALLY earned my CMP, and I look forward to continuing my own growth as my career continues.

So why is my theme this year "Lassoing Vision into Reality"? I grew up on a hobby farm in Bakersfield where the rural way of life was a part of my life since I can remember. I showed horses competitively starting at age 8 and had various 4-H and FFA projects until I left high school. The cowboy/rancher/farmer way of life is what I knew and something I feel privileged to have as a part of my upbringing. A lasso is the only tool a cowboy has at his disposal to use when he is doing his job managing the herd. It is the ultimate in the cowboy way and good cowpokes have a variety of ways they use this tool. Keeping that in mind, we are going take the visions we all have, collect them all much like a lasso collects its target and turn those into the reality of our term.

I look forward to serving the members of MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada for the 2019-2020 term! Thank you again for your trust in me, and let’s all work together to keep this organization moving upwards and onwards!


Rachel Hickerson, CMP
Meeting & Events Manager, AMG Group
2019-2020 MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Chapter President


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