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Overall Excellence Chapter Award

 

 

Member Recognition

Each year our chapter recognizes the amazing accomplishments of our members and volunteers at our Annual Chapter Awards Gala.  These individuals are nominated by their peers for their efforts throughout the year.

Chapter Award Categories

(Updated June 2024)

The Meeting Industry Advocate award will be presented to a member whose actions consistently promote the meetings industry in Wisconsin. The award recipient also encourages the growth and image of our industry through education, personal, professional support, or advocacy. 

Criteria for this award:

  • Current MPI-WI member
  • Not a member of the board during the award time frame

The Team of the Year award will be presented to an entire team who has exemplified team spirit by working together to successfully accomplish the goals which serve our chapter and industry.

Criteria for this award:

  • Team can be an official chapter committee, chapter special project, fundraising, or monthly meeting team. 
  • Work completed during award time frame.
  • May be nominated by a team lead or the membership at large.

 

The Rising Star Award is presented to a newer member of MPI-Wisconsin who has become an active part of our organization.  This award is designed to recognize an individual whose time and efforts show a desire to serve our chapter an industry, putting them on a potential path to be one of our next leaders.

Criteria for this award:  

  • MPI-WI membership in good standing for at least 3 months at the start of the award period, but not more than 3 years at the end of the award period.
  • The awarded member has demonstrated service in MPI-WI by volunteering for a team, working on a specialty project, etc.

The Supplier of the Year award is the top award for suppliers. The recognized supplier demonstrates dedication and a commitment to our chapter and industry. This award is a tribute to the recipient's chapter service and professional endeavors. 

Criteria for this award: 

  • Must be an MPI-WI member for a minimum of 3 consecutive years at the start of the award period.
  • Served or currently serves as a team member, team chair, board member, or volunteer during the award period.
  • Has not received this award from our chapter during the past five award periods.

The Planner of the Year award is the top award for planners.  The recognized planner demonstrates innovation, dedication, and commitment to excellence. This award is a tribute to the recipient's chapter service and professional endeavors.

Criteria for this award: 

  • Must be an MPI-WI member for a minimum of 3 consecutive years at the start of the award period.
  • Served as a team member, team chair or volunteer during the award period.
  • Has not received this award from our chapter during the past five award periods.

This accolade honors a member who has served above and beyond in a meaningful way. This is an optional recognition, bestowed solely at the discretion of either the current president or immediate past president.

Criteria for this award:

  • Member in good standing.

This is a prestigious award given to a member who has had a significant impact on our chapter and industry. The Board of Directors selects the recipient for this award and is not necessarily given out each year. 

Criteria

  • Member in good standing of MPI-WI for at least 10 years at the time of the award receipt.
  • Consistently Involved in chapter meetings and activities
  • History of service to our chapter as board member, committee lead, committee member, or other volunteer service. 
  • Has not previously received this award from our chapter.
  • Not a member of the board during the voting period.
  • HOF recipient is not eligible for other individual award during the same award period, but may be awarded for a group effort; for example Team of the Year.

International Award Recipients

In addition to the Chapter Awards, MPI Wisconsin is proud to claim 15 members that have been recognized globally for International  Awards.

Click here to view International Award categories and Wisconsin winners.

Our 2022-2023 Award Recipients

The Wisconsin Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI-WI) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s member recognition awards.  The Gala was held in August at the Park Hotel in Madison, WI.  Please help us in congratulating these members for their commitment to our industry and our chapter.

Awards listed alphabetically

Hall of Fame: Tamara Jesswein, CMP
Industry Advocate: Reggie Driscoll, CMP
Planner of the Year: Carrie Jensen, CMP
President's Award: Lindsey Hess, CMP
Rising Star Award: Amanda Wilkins, CMP
Supplier of the Year: Darcie Holte
Team of the Year: Speaker Team

 

 

Our 2021-2022 Award Recipients

The Wisconsin Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI-WI) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s member recognition awards.  The Gala was held in August at the Hilton Appleton Paper Valley hotel in Appleton, WI.  Please help us in congratulating these members for their commitment to our industry and our chapter.

Awards listed alphabetically

Outstanding Leader: Amanda Ridout
Hall of Fame: Jennifer Mell, CMP
Industry Advocate: Marin Medema, CMP
Planner of the Year: Melissa Falendysz, CMP
President's Award: Alison Hutchinson
Rising Star Award: Kortnee Carroll
Supplier of the Year: Denise Humphrey
Team of the Year: Speaker Team

 

 

Our 2020-2021 Award Recipients

The Wisconsin Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI-WI) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s member recognition awards.  The Gala was held in August at the Bradley Symphony Center in Milwaukee, WI.  Please help us in congratulating these members for their commitment to our industry and our chapter.

Awards listed alphabetically

Hall of Fame: Naomi Tucker, CMP, HMCC
Industry Advocate: Kathy Reading
Planner of the Year: Tamara Jesswein, CMP, VEMM
President's Award: Liz Unruh
Rising Star Award: Ed Buchner
Supplier of the Year: Farrah Slinger, CERP
Team of the Year: Tech Avengers!

 

 

Our 2019-2020 Award Recipients

The Wisconsin Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI-WI) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s member recognition awards.  The Gala was held in October at the Brookfield Conference Center in Brookfield, WI.  Please help us in congratulating these members for their commitment to our industry and our chapter.

Awards listed alphabetically

Hall of Fame: Tom Graybill
Industry Advocate: Josh Wimmer
Outstanding Leader:
 Lindsey Hess
President's Award: Rebecca Staats
Rising Star Award: Patrick Cavanaugh
Team of the Year: Trivia Night!

 

 

Our 2018-2019 Award Recipients

The Wisconsin Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI-WI) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s member recognition awards.  The Gala was held August 8th at the Hotel Retlaw in Fond du Lac, WI. Please help us in congratulating these members for their commitment to our industry and our chapter.

Awards listed alphabetically

Hall of Fame: Dana Ecker - La Crosse CVB 
Industry Advocate: Tracey Bockhop, CMP - Meet Meetings
Outstanding Leader:
 Deana Heinisch - Waukesha Pewaukee CVB
President's Award: Kathy Reading - The SCAN Group, Inc.
Rising Star Award: Sarah Lemmers - Destination Madison
Team of the Year: Trivia Night!

 

 


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