The Vice President and Director are responsible for planning and implementing ten monthly programs, providing innovative and quality education topics and opportunities for professional and personal growth for MPI Minnesota Chapter members.
Time commitment: 5-10 hours per month

CMP Boot Camp

This position is responsible for conducting four-yearly CMP boot camps and is a liaison between the MPI Minnesota Chapter and the Convention Industry Council (CIC). The CMP Boot Camp Chair works with the sponsorship chair to find facility locations; updates information and the website as needed with the Association Management Company; recruits chapter CMPs for additional requested assistance in topic presentation; preps course materials and supplies; updates the chapter with information about passing examinees for recognition; submits CMP-level questions and answers each month for the chapter newsletter; and produces the annual CMP/CMM recognition breakfast.

Event Postings

The responsibilities of the Event Postings Chair are drafting web content for Monthly Meeting events and any other events that fall under the Education Committee, including contacting the Speaker Logistics Chair for pertinent information on the speaker/content. The Event Postings Chair supplies information to various Committees and/or the Association Management Company for approval and to have content posted. The Event Postings Chair is also responsible for submitting course content to the Convention Industry Council (CIC) for education credit. This position is a one-year commitment.

Grant Writing

The responsibilities of the Grant Writing Chair are to monitor MPI Global for any upcoming grant offerings (including deadlines), write grants and submit submissions after reviewing them with the VP of Education. This position is a one-year commitment.

Hybrid

The responsibilities of the Hybrid Chair(s) are to oversee and plan content for integration into Monthly Meetings, draft questions and secure interviewees, liaise between applicable parties, emcee the live pre-show and share information with the Education team for reporting at monthly board meetings.

iConnect

This group is responsible for the planning and implementation of a one-day event consisting of a full day of education as well as a supplier marketplace for members in the MPI Minnesota Chapter. This team plans quality educational opportunities for the diverse MPI Minnesota Chapter membership. They are responsible for content development and sourcing the keynote speakers, implementation of the Supplier Marketplace (trade show), obtaining sponsors, marketing the event and coordinating event logistics.

May Awards Gala

The responsibilities of the May Award Gala Chair(s) are to create the event (while working with the outgoing President) that celebrates the culmination of the MPI Minnesota Chapter’s past year accomplishments and manage event logistics including production company management, décor, entertainment, food and beverage decisions and script organization.

Meeting Card Recruiter

The responsibilities of the Meeting Card Recruiter Chair are to develop a plan with the VP and Director of Education to increase participation of meeting card purchases to reach the set goal for the year, develop milestones for TSR and evaluate and execute the plan as needed.

Meeting Card Retention/Engagement

The responsibilities of the Meeting Card Retention/Engagement Chair are to evaluate the effectiveness of meeting cards along with participant satisfaction, develop a plan with the VP and Director of Education to maintain and increase retention of meeting card holders, develop milestones for TSR, and evaluate and execute the plan as needed.

Venue Logistics

This group works on the Monthly Meetings (outside of the Holiday Party, Awards Gala and iConnect) and coordinates meeting logistics with the venue, which can include food and beverage, décor enhancements, AV, special seating arrangements, keynote speaker needs, timeline communications and guarantees. The chair of this group will be a mentor to those individuals handling the Monthly Meeting. Typically, each month has a different volunteer running logistics.

Speaker Logistics

The responsibilities of the Speaker Logistics Chair/group are to assist in future Monthly Meeting planning, confirm speakers if not already selected, coordinate with the Venue Logistics Chair on needs and execution, communicate with speakers as needed prior to the event, coordinate speaker travel and accommodations and submit speaker expenses for payment.

Team Members

Vice President, Education
Member since 2012
Rania Hammad,

National Sales Manager

National Sales Manager
Loews Hotels and Resorts
6129132475
Director, Education
Member since 2013
Nicole Coon,

CMP

Marketing & Events Manager
Builders Association of the Twin Cities
651-697-7571
Chair, CMP Boot Camp
Member since 1993
Denise Woods,

CMP

Associated General Contractors of Minnesota
651-796-2186
Chair, Event Postings
Member since 2010
Tammy Olson,

CMP, CMM, HMCC

Global Program Manager
CWT M&E
651-983-9508
Co-Chair, Hybrid
Member since 2015
Marilyne Bouteiller
Director of Sales & Marketing
St. James Hotel
651-385-5542
Co-Chair, Hybrid
Member since 2007
Nikki McLain,

CMP, SMMC

Strategic Account Manager
American Express Global Business Travel
952-926-2728
Co-Chair, iConnect
Member since 2014
Meghan Likes,

CMP

Meeting & Events Manager
National Co+op Grocers
715-497-9955
Co-Chair, May Awards Gala
Member since 2006
Gayle Rapoport,

CDS

Global Account Executive
ConferenceDirect
612-730-5520
Co-Chair, May Awards Gala
Member since 2007
Jean Riegelman
Account Manager
Treasure Island Resort
651.385.2949
Chair, Meeting Card Recruiter
Member since 2016
Kathy Hedlund
Senior Director, Global Accounts
HelmsBriscoe
6129912055
Chair, Venue Logistics
Member since 2015
Caitlin Goskowicz
Regional Director of Sales
Prestige Global Meeting Source
6127678444
Chair, Speaker Logistics
Member since 2016
Jackie Darsow
Business Development Manager
Minneapolis Northwest Tourism
612-812-2670