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Westminster, Colorado – June 22, 2016 – Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter (MPIRMC), the first chapter of Meeting Professionals International, gathered at the Church Ranch Event Center to celebrate the year’s accomplishments. Garden Oasis Féte was the theme of the night and was inspired by the spectacular gardens at the Center. Guests dressed in garden cocktail attire. This year, President Terri Utecht, CMP, focused on Simple Success. This celebration definitely wowed the 150 meeting professionals and guests who attended this amazing event.

In attendance at the gala was Judy Webster, Chapter Business Manger from MPI Global as well as eleven MPIRMC Past Presidents: Wendy Klein, CMP (2014), Danny Findley (2013), Heather McCarthy-Savoca (2010), Steve Kinsley (2009), Megan Meyers CMP (2008), Kristin Hutton CMP (2006), Allison Kinsley CMP, CMM (2002), Lucy Shemilt Murphy (2001), Janice Detweiler (2000), Mary Catherine Keener (1995) and Barbara Taylor Carpender CMM (1994).

The Awards Committee and MPIRMC Board are pleased to announce the winners from the 2016 Annual Awards Gala at the Church Ranch Event Center:

Planner of the Year
Carolyn Riggs, CMP, Agile Events

Supplier of the Year
Jennefer Weeks, The Palm – Denver

Rising Star
Birgit Whitelaw, The Art Connection

Outstanding Committee Chair
LeAnn Gunnell, Backpacks 2 Briefcases Chair

Meeting and Hospitality Award of Excellence (over 50 in attendance)
The Westin Westminster, January 2016 Educational Program

Meeting and Hospitality Award of Excellence (under 50 in attendance)
Embassy Suites by Hilton Loveland Hotel Conference Center & Spa, MPI on the Road – February 2016

President’s Award of Excellence
LeAnn Gunnell

Industry Partner of the Year
Visit Casper

Industry Legacy Award in Honor of Sandy Gerety
Kathy Reak, Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

Member Milestone Award Recipients
The first place finisher – Carolyn Riggs, Agile Events
The second place finisher – Kelly James, Purplepoint Business Photography
The third place finisher – Dijana Pagano, HPN Global
The fourth place finisher – Lisa James, Trade Show Models Directory

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2015-2016 Awards Process

The Awards Program recognizes outstanding members of the Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter (MPIRMC) who exemplify achievement and service to their profession, MPIRMC and the community. Recipients will be announced at the Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala. Nominations are urged from the entire membership. The awards will be determined in strict accordance with the criteria described below.

Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2016

General Award Criteria

  • Nominations are accepted for the following awards: Supplier of the Year, Planner of the Year, Rising Star, and Committee Chair of the Year
  • Nominee may not be a member of the Awards Committee
  • Past award recipients will be eligible to receive the Planner or Supplier of the Year award 5 years from the date of their previous award
  • Nominee must be a current member of MPIRMC

Planner of the Year
This award is given to an exceptional MPIRMC planner member who through their volunteer efforts has made outstanding contributions to the chapter and industry and demonstrated unparalleled commitment to the advancement of MPI’s first chapter the Rocky Mountain Chapter. The nominee must be a current, active and responsible member of MPIRMC for a minimum of three (3) years. NOTE: Previous recipients are eligible for this award five years or more after their original receipt of the award.

Supplier of the Year
This award is given to an exceptional MPIRMC supplier member who through their volunteer efforts has made outstanding contributions to the chapter and industry and demonstrated unparalleled commitment to the advancement of MPI’s first chapter the Rocky Mountain Chapter. The nominee must be a current, active and responsible member of MPIRMC for a minimum of three (3) years. NOTE: Previous recipients are eligible for this award five years or more after their original receipt of the award.

Rising Star
This award recognizes an individual that has been a member of MPIRMC for less than three (3) years. This individual is recognized for having made outstanding contributions to MPIRMC and to the meeting industry. The nominee must be a current, active and responsible member of MPIRMC.

Outstanding Committee Chair
This award will recognize the achievement and accomplishments of MPIRMC committee chair(s) that contributed to the overall development of the chapter and/or its members. Recipient(s) will have displayed innovation and creativity in the development, planning and execution that resulted in the effective delivery of business-to-business opportunities between members, member engagement, community outreach and/or displayed member growth. The committee contribution must have occurred between May 1st and April 30th.

Non-Member Nominated Awards:

Industry Partner of the Year
This award recognizes an industry partner whose involvement and support of the chapter is outstanding. It is up to the awards nominating committee to choose the award recipient. This is not a member nominated category. (rental company/caterer/décor co/etc)

Hospitality Award of Excellence (Venue)
This award will recognize a host facility for demonstrated achievement in service and creative excellence and for providing a high quality experience for the MPIRMC community. Recipient(s) will have displayed innovation and creativity in the development, planning and delivery of a superior meeting, educational or, entertainment event which contributed to the overall impact of the chapter’s membership activities. To be considered, the venue host must submit a document that addresses their contributions to the chapter based upon the above criteria. The event for consideration will have occurred between May 1st and April 30th.

  • Larger – 50+ (attendance at event)
  • Smaller – 49 or below (attendance at event)

Industry Legacy Award in Honor of Sandy Gerety
This award is presented to someone who has exhibited exemplary service to our industry throughout their career. It is up to the awards committee to choose the award recipient.

President’s Award of Excellence
The President may select up to three (3) recipients of a special recognition award aptly named, the President’s Award, and at his/her discretion.