Last night, a record 136 MPIOC members and many new and non members gathered at the Hilton Waterfront Resort to kick off the new year and NEW MPIOC for 2010-2011. Not only was this a record number for a September meeting, we had a record number of planners in the room with a 60% planner to 40% supplier ratio. This is unprecedented.
The enthusiasm was amazing and the speaker was even better featuring Michele Wierzgac, MS, CMM who spoke on WRITING A POST CONFERENCE REPORT: Demonstrating Return On Investment (ROI).
So many people to thank for making this night possible but leading the pack is the Hilton Waterfront Resort including Don Chock and his team. They absolutely stepped up to the plate and completely "knocked it out of the park". It was such a collaborative effort with Don and his team truly demonstrating what it takes to "put your best foot forward".
As they say it takes a village and what a selection of talent we had to choose from including Absolutely Fabulous who provided us with linens and canvas palm trees, Signature Rentals who provided the natural wood Chivari chairs, Elegant Designs who provided the beautiful centerpieces and buffet arrangements, DJ Tasos who set the mood with fun beach tunes, Best Transportation who provided car service for our speaker, Best Impressions who provided our speaker gifts and the hardworking and creative talents of my programs committee chairperson Viviana Salvia. It is important to note that all of these services and products were 100% completely donated by our sponsors.
Below are only a few images from this relaxing evening by the beach.