Back On Board!

IEi president, Robb Thornsberry will be temporarily stepping back onto the board of directors for MPI Orange County as Interim Director of Programs (DOP) while the current DOP Laura Rangel (also an IE staff member) goes on maternity leave.

We congratulate Laura and her family during this very exciting milestone in her life.

MPIOC November Monthly Meeting 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club
200 Avenida La Pata
San Clemente CA 92673
(949) 498-6604

Speaker: Mike MalinchokCertified Professional Coach, S2K Performance Coaching, LLC
For many who have embarked on researching this area of spend category management, an all too common conclusion reached is that a best-in-class SMMP (Strategic Meetings Management Program) requires hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment, complicated enterprise wide process re-engineering, and years of data collection and patience before the full benefits of the program can be achieved. As a result, many efforts are stalled before they even begin as organizational leaders look at these conclusions and re-evaluate the application of resources and attention to other areas of focus that may yield more timely returns. This session will provide the attendee with actionable ways to infuse the tenets of the best practice models of Strategic Meetings Management Programs (SMMP) into their current organizational situation.
  • Break apart the SMMP best practice model into prioritized components.
  • Establish three-stage objectives (AIM) for the incorporation of each SMMP component into a working business plan
  • Through a combination of theory and practical exercises, the unique and custom opportunities that an SMMP creates for the attendees organization will unfold in ways that allow immediate actions to be taken with minimal business disruption, exorbitant investment, or tedious delays. 
Special Bonus for Attendees
Those attending the November Dinner Meeting will receive a copy of the White Paper, "The Pragmatist's Guide to SMM - Moving from Theory to ACTION."
MPIOC is thrilled to partner with the Illumination Foundation in helping with their Thanksgiving Food Drive! The Illumination Foundation is a local non-profit that seeks to break the cycle of homelessness in Orange County by providing homeless families with housing, case management, mental health counseling, tutoring, and many more supportive services. Click here to the list of items to bring with you to the meeting to help support this great cause.
Advance registration is required. This offer is available to Non-Member Planners only, who will be attending as your guest. One complimentary Non-Member guest per each paid registration. At check-out, select your guest's registration type as "complimentary." Non-qualifying guests will have a balance due at check-in.

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A Rose Is Not Just A Rose

The recent 19th International Conference on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy was just held in Pasadena California at the California Institute of Technology.

The final night gala dinner was held at the Pasadena Hilton where Infinity Events used the city's iconic Tournament of Roses Parade as the inspiration for the evening's event theme and decor.


Over 6000 middle school, high school and 
college students from 18 different countries 
traveled to Anaheim CA, along with their parents, 
friends and their robots to compete in the 
2012 Vex Robotics Competition World Championship 
at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 19 - 21. 
After the final points were tallied, the winning alliance 
from each division was comprised of teams from 
Canada, China, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, 
Singapore and the United States, who took home 
the coveted World Championship trophies. This event 
is a massive undertaking, led by the Robotics Education 
Competition Foundation who tapped INFINITY EVENTS 
as this year's management company.  


On the first day of competitions, confetti cannons 
showered the crowd of thousands at 7:30am just 
as the doors opened to lead the teams into miles 
of red carpet that served as a roadway to each 
of the (9) competition divisions throughout the 
400,000 square feet of exhibit Halls A&B 
as well as the Anaheim Arena. 
Also attended by countries from as far as Saudi Arabia, 
Bahrain, Brazil and Japan, this three day event is 
literally the robotics and technological equivalent 
to the Olympic games complete with a Parade of Nations 
kicked off by The USC Marching Band and exploding 
pyrotechnics as each country took the stage proudly 
carrying their nations flag.

With over 600 teams of 10, space for this competition 
was at a premium.  Every square inch of The Anaheim 
Convention Center's Halls A&B were utilized.  
During a match, teams are separated into the Red Team 
and the Blue Team.  Much like basketball but with robots, 
these teams must place colored shapes into columns 
while using defense and offense strategies. 

All pre-qualifying rounds as well as the finals all took place 
in the Anaheim Arena which was also the location for 
opening ceremonies each day and the highly anticipated 
reveal of the 2013 game for competitors eager to get a 
jump on next year's robot designs, the 2012/2013 
VEX Robotics Competition game reveal included a 
towering, four sided Kabuki drop, dramatic lighting and 
pyrotechnics on Friday night, April 20.  


The festivities reached a crescendo on Saturday as 
over 10,000 people filled the Anaheim arena to watch 
the division champion alliances work together to defeat 
their competition in the Finals. Kicking-off the Finals, 
participants were set aglow by iLuminate, the awe-inspiring 
dance-in-the-dark sensation that took audiences by 
storm last summer on the hit television series 
"America's Got Talent." The performance was led by 
Miral Kotb, iLuminate founder and software engineer 
who developed the patent-pending wireless lighting 
technology. After the conclusion of the finals, the newly 
crowned world champions in each category were 
photographed by media, coaches and families as 
pyrotechnics provided by Fireworks America filled 
the arena and a rain curtain of sparks showered 
down onto the stage.



WOW! Is it April already? It has been several months since our last update and that is due in large part to an already amazing 2012. Many new associate and vendor partnerships have been formed which has enabled IEI to continue to expand the services we have to offer from coast to coast. With less than 3 months into the new year, we have already planned meetings and events up and down the entire state of California and have continued to strengthen the diversity and quality of services we offer and adding more vendor resources than ever before which translates to even more INFINITE options for our clients.