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					Your Daily Information Resource at MPI’s 2006 WEC in Dallas, TX                                                                                                                                        Tuesday, July 11



 INSIDE                                            How Not                                                     MeetingPlace Mania
Question of the Day                  (3            to Draft
GCCOE White Paper                    (3
Schedule at a Glance                 (7            a Contract
Things to See in Dallas              (10           By Woody Huizenga

                                     (12
                                                   A
Industry News                                             ttorney Steven M. Rudner
                                                          explained, “My whole world
Thank You                                                 is made of your deals that have
WEC Sponsors
                                     (17           gone to hell.”
                                                      “We’re going to talk about clauses that
                                                   get people into trouble,” Rudner told to
Meeting Matters
                                     (17           the Monday afternoon session “Extra-
in Europe                                          ordinary Contract Clauses, Extraordinary
                                                   Legal Risks.” He illustrated his argument
                                                   for simple, straightforward contract lan-
 NETWORKING                                        guage with a series of convoluted, unclear
                                                   and largely unenforceable clauses drawn
                                                   from actual contracts.
 Opening Night                                        The goal, Rudner explained, should be                                                                                                                 JAMES TKATCH PHOTOGRAPHER

 Networking Reception                              to find mutual objectives and language                      Attendees poured into the MeetingPlace Monday morning and stayed there. The newly improved and longer trade
                                                   that works for both parties. Many plan-                     show was a hit as it ran from 8:30 a.m./08.30 to 1:45 p.m./13.45. Attendees and exhibitors filled the trade show
 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m./19.00 – 00.00
                                                                                                               floor for more than five hours.
 Hilton Anatole
                                                                                see CONTRACT, page 3
     As the World Education Congress comes
 to a close, there are still a few opportunities
 to network and have more fun.
                                                   Roundtable Discussions Help Future Leaders Learn
                                                   S
     At the Closing Night Celebration tonight            tudents had the opportunity to talk                   workforce.                                                  not only do I now know this, but I can
 from 7:00 p.m./19.00 to 12:00 a.m./00.00                one-on-one with meetings industry                        The facilitator for the roundtables,                     now look at what I need to do and where
 in the Hilton Anatole, attendees can get a              professionals during the “Mega-                       Joan Eisenstodt, chief strategist, Eisenstodt               I need to go,” she said. “It’s important to
 taste of Dallas art and dance the night           Mentoring Student Rountables” on                            Associates LLC, said that the session is one                                           see ROUNDTABLES, page 3
 away with Hootie and the Blowfish. The            Monday morning.                                             of the more valuable ones for those look-
 Hilton Anatole will reveal “Dallas Now,              The session, a part of the Future                        ing to make the transition from college to
 Dallas WOW!” This exhibit features the art
 of Dallas—from fabulous museum collec-
                                                   Leaders Forum, allowed students the
                                                   chance to find out from those in the pro-
                                                                                                               getting out in the “real world.”
                                                                                                                  “I think most of us have an idea when                       SESSION CHANGES
                                                   fession what they do, how they do it and                    we get into a profession of what, in
                           see CLOSING, page 17    how they got into the business to deter-                    essence, the narrow possibilities are for                        Session Room Changes
                                                   mine what skills, traits and education are                  jobs. We don’t know all that is out there,                          TA306, “Essential Skills for problem
                                                   required to enter the meeting-planning                      but I think being exposed early on says,                         Free Meetings,” with presenter Arlene
 PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS                                                                                                                                                               Sheff has been moved to D175.

                                                                                                               Montreal 2007                                                       TP408, “Preparing for the
                                                                                                                                                                                Unexpected ... Made Easy,” with pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                senters Jim Schmidt and Mark Barry
                                                                                                                                                                                has been moved to Room D175.

                                                                                                               W
                                                                                                                        ith the 2006 WEC coming to a
                                                                                                                        close, thoughts turn to the 2007
                                                                                                                        WEC in Montreal at this after-                          Speaker Change
                                                                                                               noon’s Montreal Promotional Luncheon.                                EBS5, “Strategic Partnerships: An Art
                                                                                                                  The 2007 Montreal Promotional                                 Form in Business.” New presenters: Ira
                                                                                                               Luncheon for the next WEC will start at                          Kerns, Guidestar Research and Marty
                                                                                                               11:45 a.m./11.45 and run until 1:15                              Zitlin, ProActive Inc.
                                                                                   JAMES TKATCH PHOTOGRAPHER   p.m./13.45 in Exhibit Hall F.
 Attendees have enjoyed the nightlife as well as   Members of Tourisme Montréal will be ready to wel-             Didier Rabette, vice preseident of
 the professional developmental workshops at       come meeting professionals to Montreal for the 2007         Tourisme Montréal and the Host Commi-                            Attention
 the WEC. For more photos, check out page 18.      WEC. The 2007 Montreal Promotional Luncheon will            ttee chairman, said that they are looking                          Ammended handouts for MP215,
                                                   take place today from 11:45 a.m./11.45 to 1:15              forward to the opportunity to showcase                           “Meeting Matters in Europe (Panel),” are
                                                   p.m./13.15 in Exhibit Hall F.                               Montreal for the meeting professionals.                          now available outside of Room C151.
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GCCOE Explores Collaboration, Synergy Within Organizations
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      he MPI Global Corporate Circle of         to Drive Results, explores the close rela-                       Collaborative solutions are the key, as                     “Meetings and travel professionals
      Excellence (GCCOE) supports the           tionship between what are, in many                            stated in the paper, which was released                    must focus on the power of partnership
      view that meeting and travel profes-      organizations, two closely intertwined                        Monday. The paper’s main focus is collab-                  to improve spend management, overall
sionals within organizations should be          departments, for the benefit of the organi-                   oration.                                                   process efficiencies and customer service,”
collaborative.                                  zation as a whole.                                               With that in mind, the paper also states                according to the GCCOE
   Synergy is the key to success in the cur-       The paper offers a list of common syn-                     that lines of communication must stay                          The “power of teamwork” can be
rent marketplace as meeting and travel          ergies as well as a systematic approach to                    open for organizations to avoid the “silo                  achieved by creating an enterprise-wide
professionals are working together more         discovering and capitalizing on these syn-                    mentality,” in which divisional priorities                 meeting and travel council that brings
often, according to the GCCOE. The              ergies in your organization. Find out how                     are out of alignment with broader busi-                    together senior representatives of all rele-
group’s fifth white paper, 360 Degrees of       to enhance productivity, deliver value,                       ness objectives, leading to a loss of focus                vant groups within an organization.
Teamwork: How Meeting and Travel                accelerate change and drive results while                     on those objectives and on overall strate-
Professionals Can Build Strategic Synergies     working in partnership.                                       gic business.                                                                       see WHITE PAPER, page 17



CONTRACT
continued from page 1                           Branding, Creativity Essential for Planners
   ners begin negotiations by presenting a

                                                R
                                                       ichard Aaron has a message for all                     ativity and branding,” he said. “There is                  because meetings and events are not par-
standard list of standard clauses. But                 meeting planners—brand, brand,                         no end to what you can do when you get                     ties, they’re marketing—serious business.
review of a 40-page addendum by a                      brand and be creative.                                 your creative juices flowing.”                             You need to maximize your company’s
hotel’s lawyers creates a cost—it takes            Aaron, CMP, CSEP, president, BiZBash                           Aaron said that branding was his No. 1                 message through exciting events and make
money off the negotiating table.                Media, presented “50 Event Tips in 60                         tip. He added that meeting planners need-                  sure it gets into the meeting so that it gets
   Planners need to remember that any-          Minutes” on Monday, and he emphasized                         ed to brainstorm—something that isn’t                      immersed in your message.”
thing they ask for in a negotiation is likely   that money should not be an obstacle                          done often enough—to come up with cre-                         Aaron also described the latest trends
to come at a price. Contract language           when planning a meeting or event.                             ative ideas.                                               in event production and presented award-
should focus on objectives, on what you’re         “It’s not about money, it’s about cre-                         “You need to brand more creatively                     winning examples of event best practices.
seeking to achieve. Is it really necessary to
include a blanket non-compete clause in
your next hotel contract? Would a sim-



                                                                                                                                              QUESTION
ple—and less costly—provision that sim-
ply kept competing meetings in a different
part of the hotel accomplish the same
end? “We get into trouble when we write


                                                                                                                                                OF THE DAY
over-broad clauses,” Rudner said, urging
participants to “show your boss how
smart you are” by negotiating a compact
clause that does only what it needs to do.
   “If you try to get a hotel to sign an
extraordinary clause that you don’t under-
stand, you’re buying yourself extraordi-
                                                                                                                      How do you use your time on the
nary trouble.” Rudner warned participants
that a badly crafted clause might have an
                                                                                                                      trade show floor effectively?
unexpected—and costly—impact else-
where in the contract. A badly constructed
limitation of liability clause might, for
example, invalidate an attrition clause.                                                                                                       Ann                                                  Heidi
“That won’t mean you’ll owe nothing.” It                                          JAMES TKATCH PHOTOGRAPHER                                    Lyons, CMP                                           Hughes, CMP
means you could spend a lot of money in         The MPI advertising sales staff: (left to right) Mary                                          Ada, Mich.                                           Park City, Utah
court, “figuring out what you owe.”             Lynn Novelli, CMP; John Oliver; Janie Feuille; Dirk
   (Woody Huizenga is vice president of         Thomas, CMP; Carolyn Nyquist, manager of client
The Conference Publishers.)                     services; and Tom Domine, director of publications.

                                                                                                                       “I like to go through the entire show stopping       “I would like to start working on obtaining my
                                                                                                                       where I expected to and look over everything         CMP certification, so I want to learn some
                                                                                                                       else to see if there is something I should have      new techniques to start the process.”
ROUNDTABLES                                     Eisenstodt. “We simply want the students                               thought of.”
continued from page <None>                      to have exposure to as many different peo-
                                                ple in the industry as possible.”
                                                   Though the roundtables session was
   be exposed to what the options are           geared toward asking questions about get-
early as opposed to waiting until you’re        ting a job, how to keep a job and what it
[older] and burned out.”                        takes to get ahead in the meetings indus-                                                      Kim                                                 Robert
   The students talked to industry practi-      try, Eisenstodt said there was a greater                                                       Reynolds, CMP                                       Berezowski
tioners in a wide variety of segments,          message for the students.                                                                      Austin, Texas                                       Toronto
including convention services, sales               “I want these students to be curious
(national, global, on-property), associa-       and know there is a bigger, broader world
tion and corporate planning, CVBs, desti-       than what they may see within the profes-
nation management companies and inde-           sion or school,” she said. “I want them to                            “I am making a sweep all the way through,            “I’m going through the trade show methodi-
pendent meeting planning. Two professors        be able to be exposed to that and say,                                hitting the ones I want to hit, then if I have       cally, just working my way up and down the
were on hand to discuss transitioning           ‘Wow, what an incredible industry this                                time, I’ll go back to the secondary booths on        aisles, and listening to some of the presenta-
                                                                                                                      my list.”                                            tions the exhibitors are making.”
from sales to academia and networking           is—what great people, what opportunities
skills and internships.                         there are to do so many different things
   “It’s really student directed as they get    and use so many different skills.’”
to ask what they want to know,” said
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Disaster Experience for Meeting and Event Managers
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       isasters of every shape, size          session,” Mellinger said. “Participants will        Make the critical decisions any organi-              disasters.
       and appearance happen all              ‘live through’ a real-life disaster situation   zation will have to make and deal with                       Mellinger says that there are two issues
       the time. In the session “The          and have to deal with the consequences          the consequences of those decisions.                     paramount to attendees: First, communi-
Disaster Experience for Meeting and           of their decisions.”                            Examine the importance of planning in                    cation and information flow during a cri-
Event Managers” from 8 a.m./08.00 to              The session, which runs without a           advance for a disaster and event continu-                sis are never efficient, timely or accurate.
11:30 a.m./11.30 today in ballroom C4,        break, will provide a unique opportunity        ity planning.                                            And second, it takes effort to be pre-
Bob Mellinger, president, Attainium           for meeting professionals to test their             After participating, you will be able                pared.
Corp., will address how those events          mettle.                                         to identify the principles of disaster man-                  “Everyone needs to have contingency
can affect businesses; people’s jobs,             “Disasters, crises and disruption can       agement and how they apply to event                      and emergency response plans,” he said.
lives and families; and the economy.          happen at any time,” he said. “Practice         continuity planning and effective risk                   “These plans need to be reviewed, updat-
    “This Disaster Experience is a table-     and exercise will make each person more         management, analyze your crisis com-                     ed, tested and exercised.
top exercise delivered as role play simula-   aware and ready.”                               munications and decision-making skills                       “If you want to be ready for the worst,
tions. Unlike many sessions, this is a            Place yourself in the throes of real-life   and discuss lessons learned from both                    you must expend energy in advance.”
three-and-a-half-hour, highly interactive     event disaster situations as they unfold.       previous and possible future meeting




  Business                                    Creating Blue Ocean Strategies
  Etiquette                                   A
                                                     lan Weyl, president, The Manage-
                                                     ment Partnership LLC, will be pre-
                                                     senting a pair of professional devel-
                                                                                              [attendees] a context of the Blue Ocean
                                                                                              Strategies,” Weyl said. “Then, in the sec-
                                                                                              ond half, we will shift to give them the
                                                                                                                                                       have more choices, information and
                                                                                                                                                       power than ever before. The time for
                                                                                                                                                       hatching up products and services in


  W
             hat it really boils down to is   opment sessions today.                          framework for doing it.                                  isolation and pushing them to passive
             everyday etiquette. That’s          The first, “Creating Blue Ocean                  “It’s called the six paths framework.”               consumers is long gone.
             what Colleen Rickenbacher,       Strategies That Make the Competition                Weyl adds that attendees will take away                  “This session is paralleled with the
  CMP, CSEP, president and owner of           Irrelevant,” runs from 8 a.m./08.00             a solid understanding of the key points                  first,” Weyl said. “[Attendees] will learn
  Colleen Rickenbacher Inc., wants to         to 11:30 a.m./11.30 in room D171.               and methodology of the Blue Ocean                        what [experience co-creation] is and why
  teach those who attend her session,            This session is for those attendees who      Strategy. They will also have insights into              it is the next paradigm in value creation.
  “Business Etiquette,” from 8 a.m./          ask the questions: Tired of fighting            the direction that MPI is heading and                        “We will also be exploring the princi-
  08.00 to 11:30 a.m./11.30 today in Room     bloody competitive battles? Wish your           some “food for thought” into their own                   ples of experience co-creation.”
  D174.                                       organization played “the only game in           business.                                                    The locus of value creation is converg-
      Do you ever leave money on the          town?”                                              The second session, “Generating                      ing at interactions between firms, network
  table? Who wants to walk away from             Learn how organizations that embrace         Unique Value by Co-creating Interaction                  partners and consumers. To generate
  a deal because they didn’t have the         “value innovation” steer clear of shark-        Centered Experiences,” runs from 2                       unique value, organizations must co-cre-
  proper etiquette skills to deal with a      infested “red oceans” by finding “blue          p.m./14.00 to 4:30 p.m./16.30 in the same                ate rich experiences at these intersections
  client or co-worker? Business etiquette     oceans” of uncontested market space ripe        location.                                                with all constituents.
  covers many areas, including attitude,      for growth. Participants will take away             If you’re looking for a new edge to cre-                 This session will enable participants
  first impressions, appearance, net-         solid foundational understanding of value       ate superior value, this is the session for              to apply the experience co-creation para-
  working tips, proper office behaviors,      innovation principles and be equipped           you. Learn how the rules of the game are                 digm to help their business thrive.
  business card exchange, RSVPs and e-        with a set of proven tools to use in finding    changing as the roles of firms, network                      “We will give them a background and
  mail dos and don’ts.                        and implementing blue ocean strategies          allies and consumers morph. Innovative                   then shift toward putting them into
      “It’s going to be very interactive,”    in their own organizations.                     ideas and capabilities abound beyond the                 action with a 10-step methodology,”
  Rickenbacher said. “What I teach is            “The first half of the session will give     four walls of organizations. Consumers                   Weyl said.
  etiquette. It’s everything, from how
  to look, act, eat and dress.
      “I want people to feel confident if
  they went to dinner with clients or
                                              I Am Woman … Watch Me Lead
  at this conference. If they walked into

                                              M
                                                        arjorie Brody of Brody Com-
  any type of situation, this session is                munications believes that women
  designed to help them feel more com-                  “have the power and the potential
  fortable.”                                  to go after what they want,” and that is the
      The main focus of the session will      focus of her session, “I Am Women …
  be on business and dining etiquette,        Watch me Lead,” from 2 p.m./14.00 to
  but Rickenbacher said her focus is not      3 p.m./15.00 today in room C156.
  on those two alone.                             Competence, vision, character, charis-
      “It’s a situation where maybe they      ma ... what do you believe are the qualities
  don’t know that they are doing some-        of a leader? More importantly, do you rec-
  thing wrong,” she said. “It will give       ognize these qualities in your own leader-
  them a better understanding of              ship talents? Discover what thousands
  [everyday] etiquette.”                      of women are learning about their own
      After participating, you will be able   opportunities and the amazing, untapped
  to apply business etiquette tips and        potential of women as leaders. Leave
  execute business transactions with a        charged and ready to “lead the way!”
  high level of comfort and sophistication.       “I will focus on the three ‘Fs’—frustra-                                                                                          JAMES TKATCH PHOTOGRAPHER


      Rickenbacher says the session on        tion (for not being heard or taken serious-     Many attendees took part in the professional development workshops at the 2005 WEC.
  business etiquette was an overwhelm-        ly), faulty assumptions and fear,” Brody
  ing success and sold out in Charlotte.      said. “My session will be experiential,         others, eliminate the communication                      when risks can pay off.
      The fact that the session was           interactive and informational.”                 behaviors holding you back from success-                    “Participants will be able to identify
  increased by an hour over the session           After participating, you will be able       fully giving voice to your company’s                     the leadership/career advancement areas
  at the PEC-NA is evidence that atten-       to identify your leadership strengths and       vision, embrace risk-taking as a critical                that need some notching up, and areas
  dees want more.                             capitalize on them to motivate and lead         leadership skill and determine how and                   of strength,” she said.
   TUESDAY, JULY 11                                                                                                                                                                                                                         7



Schedule-at-a-Glance
                                   Tuesday, July 11                                   TA307 Special Events: Marketing for                                                                             Pathway to Excellence (Repeat of MP202)
                                                                                      Success                                                                                                         TP405 MPI Foundation Chapter Program:
                                   7:00 – 8:00 a.m./07.00 – 08.00
                                                                                      TA308 The Disaster Experience for Meeting                                                                       Process and Procedures
                                     Continental Breakfast
                                                                                      and Event Managers                                                                                              TP406 Here’s the Proof! Meetings Industry
                                                                                      TA309 What’s New in 2006 Hotel Contracts                                                                        Return on Investment (ROI) Case Studies
                                   7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m./07.00 – 12.00
   WORLD EDUCATION CONGRESS 2006




                                                                                      TA310 The Power of Remarkable                                                                                   TP407 Power Writing: How to Get Awesome
                                     Registration
                                                                                      Connections                                                                                                     Results from E-mails, Letters and Proposals
                                                                                      TA311 Prioritizing, Time Management and                                                                         TP408 Preparing for the Unexpected …
                                   8:00 – 9:30 a.m./08.00 – 09.30
                                                                                      Leadership—The Keys to Personal                                                                                 Made Easy!
                                     Professional Development Workshops
                                                                                      Effectiveness                                                                                                   TP409 Communicating in a Man’s World to
                                     SMM3 Your Preliminary Plan for Strategic
                                                                                      TA323 Creating Blue Ocean Strategies That                                                                       Get Your Seat at the Table
                                     Meetings Management and Validation
                                                                                      Make the Competition Irrelevant                                                                                 TP410 Strategic Meetings Management—In
                                     EBS3 Maximizing Your Human Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Search of Technology Solutions
                                     ST1 Problem Solving Pyramid and Rules of
                                                                                    10:00 – 11:30 a.m./10.00 – 11.30                                                                                  TP411 Learning Lab: Behind the Registration
                                     Dialog
                                                                                     SMM4 Defining your Success Metrics                                                                               Counter at the 2006 WEC
                                     APEX 3 Accepted Practices for Independent
                                                                                     EBS4 Labor & Employment Law: The Small                                                                           TP415 Targeted, Tailored and Timely
                                     Planners and Smart Suppliers, A Hands-on
                                                                                     Employer’s Survival Guide                                                                                        Innovations in Direct Mail (Repeat of MP222)
                                     Computer Lab
                                                                                     ST2 Habits of Strategic Thinking                                                                                 TP424 Generating Unique Value by Co-creat-
                                     TA312 Business Opportunities in a Global
                                                                                     TA316 Creating a Road Map and Success                                                                            ing Interaction Contered Experiences
                                     Marketplace (Panel)
                                                                                     Meter Through Meeting Objectives
                                     TA313 Engaging Minds, Touching Emotions
                                                                                     TA317 Elevate Your Marketing Skills                                                                            3:30 – 4:30 p.m./15.30 – 16.30
                                     and Expanding Imaginations: ROI-Based
                                                                                     TA318 It’s Amazing We Communicate at All!                                                                        SMM6 Final Proposal: Business Plan and
                                     Creative Development for Meeting
                                                                                     TA319 The Wide-Awake Professional:                                              PHOTO COURTESY DALLAS CVB        Refinement for Implementation
                                     Professionals                                                                                    Jazz Under the Stars is performed at the Dallas
                                                                                     Increase Your Professional Visibility and                                                                        ST4 Visioning
                                     TA314 Get in the Game                                                                            Museum of Art.
                                                                                     Credibility                                                                                                      TP417 Meeting Matters in Europe (Panel)
                                     TA315 Selling to Venus and Mars on Planet
                                                                                     TA320 Town Hall Forum                                                                                            (Repeat of MP215)
                                     Earth
                                                                                     APEX 4 Accepted Practices for Independent        2:00 – 3:30 p.m./14.00 – 15.30                                  TP418 Money Saving Ideas for Your Speaker
                                                                                     Planners and Smart Suppliers, A Hands-on           SMM5 Identify External Partners and                           and Entertainment Budgets (Repeat of MP216)
                                   8:00 – 11:30 a.m./08.00 – 11.30
                                                                                     Computer Lab (Repeat of APEX 3)                    Technology Tools                                              TP419 Navigating the Tropical Storm:
                                     T1 Managing the Meeting and Event Supply
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Overcoming Negativity in the Workplace
                                     Chain (All Day Session)
                                                                                    11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m./11.45 – 13.15              2:00 – 4:30 p.m./14.00 – 16.30                                  TP420 The Wide-Awake Professional:
                                     TA301 Critical Excel Tools for the Meeting
                                                                                     2007 WEC Montréal Promotional Luncheon             EBS5 Strategic Partnerships: An Art Form in                   Essential Career Survival Skills
                                     Professional (Repeat of Pre-Con 1)
                                                                                                                                        Business                                                      TP421 Trends in Event Marketing
                                     TA302 Advanced Persuasion and
                                                                                    2:00 – 3:00 p.m./14.00 – 15.00                      TP401 Producing Powerful PowerPoint
                                     Negotiations
                                                                                      ST3 Twist                                         Presentations                                               7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m./19.00 – 00.00
                                     TA303 Business Etiquette
                                                                                      TP412 Communicate with Strength: Key              TP402 Are You Prepared for the Impact of                      Closing Night Celebration
                                     TA304 Contract Tips and Trends
                                                                                      Words that Undermine Your Effectiveness           the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Corporate
                                     TA305 Coping with the Impact of a Serious
                                                                                      TP413 I am Woman … Watch Me Lead                  Accountability Act on the Meetings Industry?                Wednesday, July 12
                                     Illness on Your Career (Panel)
                                                                                      (Repeat of MP214)                                 TP403 Bench Strength: How to Develop a
                                     TA306 Essential Skills for Problem-Free                                                                                                                        8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m./08.00 – 15.00
                                                                                      TP414 Insight into Site Selection                 Leadership Talent Pool
                                     Meetings                                                                                                                                                         MPI Foundation Golf Tournament
                                                                                      TP416 Exhibitors’ Town Hall Forum                 TP404 Building Strategic Partnerships: A




Preparing for the Unexpected … Made Easy!
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      reparing for the unexpected is                                      ident of global marketing at HHC                      Hear how to protect your event expenses                          away an understanding of the different
      never easy, so help us help you                                     Specialty Underwriters.                               and potential revenue.                                           types of insurance products that are avail-
      by joining the experts on event                                        Schmidt warned, “It’s not always about                “Regardless of your role in the event,                        able, knowing what to purchase and when
insurance.                                                                the price, quality or being reputable,                you have a financial exposure, and if and                        and what MPI offers its members.
   Jim Schmidt, vice president and                                        insurance is necessary for everyone                   when a loss occurs, without insurance                               “As a professional planner you owe it
account executive of JLT Services, will                                   involved in the meeting planning process.”            how will you recoup your financial loss?”                        to your clients to offer them the best expe-
present the session “Preparing for the                                       In this session, attendees will learn the          Schmidt said.                                                    rience you can provide,” he said. “You
Unexpected … Made Easy!” from 2                                           types of risks associated with planning                  After participating, you will be able to                      don’t plan for accidents, but they happen,
p.m./14.00 to 4:30 p.m./16.30 today in                                    events so they can be better prepared.                apply all the dos and don’ts to ensure your                      and insurance is one way to assist in
room C142. Schmidt will be joined by                                      Explore how easy it is to transfer some               event is a success.                                              recovering the financial loss of an acci-
co-presenter Mark Barry, senior vice pres-                                risk through the right type of insurance.                Schmidt added that attendees will take                        dent.”




Personal Effectiveness Starts with Proper Time Management
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     ime management is about managing                                     Personal Effectiveness,” today from 8 a.m./           more effectively and how to act more                             describe the principles of getting organ-
     yourself and your choices, not about                                 08.00 to 11:30 a.m./11.30 in Room D167.               decisively.                                                      ized and plan how to more effectively use
     managing the clock.                                                     Learn how to get organized and start                  “This session is not a time manage-                           your chosen time-management device.
   And that is precisely what Steve                                       leading your life instead of managing it.             ment [session] you’ve ever seen before,”                            “This is an effective approach,” he said.
McClatchy, president of Alleer Training                                   Whether you use a legal pad, day planner,             McClatchy said.                                                  “You really can’t compete without these
and Consulting, wants meeting planners                                    PDA, All-In-One Phone, Outlook®, Lotus                   After participating, attendees will be                        skills if someone else has them and you
to know at his session, “Prioritizing, Time                               Notes®, etc., we will cover how to use it             able to demonstrate how to prioritize and
Management & Leadership – The Keys to                                     more effectively. Explore how to think                make better time-management decisions,                                                           see TIME, page 9
   8                                                                                                                                                                                          CONGRESS CONNECTIONS




Turn of 20th Century Brought Growth
Founded as a trading post, Dallas grew quickly into one of the most vibrant
and busy cities in the South, making it the perfect host for the 2006 WEC.

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          hile Dallas is relatively young                                                                                                                                             of Dallas took it hard and entered a peri-
          compared to many major cities                                                                                                                                               od of deep self-evaluation and introspec-
          across the United States, its past                                                                                                                                          tion. Under the leadership of Mayor J. Erik
is just as colorful and eventful.                                                                                                                                                     Jonsson, the city regained its self-esteem.
    In 1839, John Neely Bryan, a lawyer                                                                                                                                                   Besides, there was much to be proud
from Tennessee with a taste for adven-                                                                                                                                                of at the time. The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys
ture, wandered into the area. He was                                                                                                                                                  began their march to fame in the 1960s,
impressed with what he believed to be                                                                                                                                                 as did entrepreneurs such as Ross Perot
the perfect ingredients for a trading post                                                                                                                                            and Mary Kay Ash. The Dallas Market
and, eventually, a town—plenty of raw                                                                                                                                                 Center continued to grow, and Six Flags
land, Native Americans with whom to                                                                                                                                                   Over Texas opened in nearby Arlington.
do business and a river. Bryan went to                                                                                                                                                    But most important, it was in 1965
Tennessee to close out his affairs, and he                                                                                                                                            when the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth
returned to Dallas in 1841. He laid claim                                                                                                                                             agreed to build an airport to serve the
to 640 acres and sketched out a town,                                                                                                                                                 entire region. With the opening of the
designating a courthouse square and 20                                                                                                                                                giant Dallas/Fort Worth International
streets.                                                                                                                                                                              Airport in 1973, John Neely Bryan’s
    Gradually, and with some adversity,                                                                                                                  PHOTOS COURTESY DALLAS CVB   dream of a major inland port was finally
the young city grew. A “can-do“ spirit                      The JFK Memorial, located in the Dallas Historic District, honors the memory of President John F. Kennedy.                realized.
helped bring railroads to the area in the                                                                                                                                                 As the 1980s came to a close, Fortune
1870s, the Federal Reserve Bank in 1914,                       For every one of these major public                       Armstrong opened his exclusive                               magazine named Dallas/Fort Worth—site
Southern Methodist University in 1915,                      endeavors, there have been countless                         Highland Park shopping development                           of many major corporate relocations—
Dallas Love Field Airport in 1927, the                      private enterprise initiatives that have                     north of the city.                                           the No. 1 business center in the U.S.
Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936,                        helped put Dallas on the map.                                    In 1930, C.M. “Dad“ Joiner struck oil                    Dallas also gained international attention
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport                        In 1907, fashion and elegant living                       100 miles east of Dallas. With the discov-                   as a dominant force in the convention,
in 1973 and the Republican National                         were redefined when Neiman Marcus                            ery and development of the East Texas                        meetings and tourism industry. Dallas is
Convention in 1984—to name just a few.                      opened in downtown Dallas, and J.S.                          Oil Field—the largest petroleum deposit                      one of the leading convention destina-
                                                                                                                         on earth at the time—Dallas became                           tions in the U.S. due to the city’s out-
                                                                                                                         a center of oil-related activity. Although                   standing convention and meeting facili-
                                                                                                                         Dallas County has never had a working                        ties, world-class accommodations, num-
                                                                                                                         oil well, the region’s role as the financial                 erous restaurants and endless variety of
                                                                                                                         and technical center for much of the                         entertainment and recreational opportu-
                                                                                                                         state’s drilling industry has been as good                   nities.
                                                                                                                         as the “black gold.” Commerce and                                Important to this effort was the reju-
                                                                                                                         industry have followed suit, adding to                       venation of downtown Dallas as a major
                                                                                                                         the city’s success and progress.                             center for entertainment and other pur-
                                                                                                                             The 1960s was a time of turmoil in                       suits. The Dallas Arts District, the West
                                                                                                                         many U.S. cities, and Dallas had its share                   End Historic District and continued ren-
                                                                                                                         of trying times. The lowest point in                         ovation and upgrading of downtown
                                                                                                                         Dallas’ history came on Nov. 22, 1963,                       hotels has been a driving force in this
                                                                                                                         when former U.S. President John F.                           renaissance.
                                                                                                                         Kennedy was assassinated on a down-                              With the dawn of the 21st century,
                                                                                                                         town street. The event cast the city in an                   Dallas continues to build on its strengths:
                                                                                                                         awful light, as people throughout the                        its friendly people, entrepreneurial spirit,
                                                                                                                         world asked, “What kind of place is                          flair for style and innovation, mild climate,
                                                                                                                         Dallas?”                                                     excellent accessibility and outstanding
                                                                                             PHOTO COURTESY DALLAS CVB       Although history would show that                         quality of life. Visitors and residents alike
Dallas was born with the vision of John Neely Bryan, a Tennessee lawyer who settled in the area in 1841.                 Dallas itself was not to blame, the people                   enjoy exceptional opportunities.




Coping with the Impact of a Serious Illness on Your Career
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      oan Eisenstodt, chief strategist,                     vivors or who have supported partners                        tough to receive understanding from                          opened up about their fears of telling
      Eisenstodt Associates LLC, will lead                  who are survivors will explore the person-                   employers—even fearing telling them—                         employers about a cancer diagnosis or
      a panel discussion about dealing                      al and professional difficulties that atten-                 when one has a major illness.”                               having to ask for time off to take care of
with serious injury and how it can affect                   dees could face. An industry attorney will                       After participating, attendees will be                   a family member, or spouse or partner
your career.                                                also discuss the legal implications of                       able to demonstrate a sense of humor,                        who was ill,” Eisenstodt said. “Others
   Coping with a serious illness—whether                    working with a major illness.                                perspective and power when dealing with                      came to learn about how to deal with
yours or a family member’s—can have                             “I have learned over the years how                       illness and their career; employ coping                      a major illness should it occur.
a devastating impact on your career. In                     tough it is to share personal information                    mechanisms to help attendees and others                          “What is most important is having a
this facilitated discussion, “Coping with                   in a professional setting. Often we fear the                 in their life; and identify more about their                 ‘safe place’ where one can talk about their
the Impact of a Serious Illness on Your                     repercussions—someone might think                            obligations and rights in talking with                       illnesses, what they’ve been through, may
Career,” from 8 a.m./08.00 to 11:30                         we can’t be hired because of an illness or                   employers, clients and colleagues.                           be going through and how to talk with their
a.m./11.30 today in room C144/145,                          because we are taking care of someone,”                          “When we did this session once before,                   colleagues and employers. We will provide
industry professionals who are cancer sur-                  Eisenstodt said. “Others will find it to be                  it was a watershed moment. People                            that—and some laughter and tips, too.”
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Minor Changes Can Affect Contract Language
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      xamine actual contract language for                planners, including Internet booking, pri-               language for comparison.                              trends in attrition and how to best address
      hotels, vendors and more, along                    vacy issues, the rebounding economy and                      “My goal is for participants to always            them and decide what to do with a signed
      with the significance of seemingly                 security challenges.                                     take away at least one new thing that they            contract when trouble strikes.
minor changes in language, at the                           “Some of the key issues that we will                  can implement immediately to improve                      “The most important piece of informa-
“Contract Tips and Trends” session from                  talk about are the increasing number and                 their contract negotiations and limit their           tion in my session is that there is no ‘one-
8 a.m./08.00 to 11:30 a.m./11.30 today in                types of surcharges that hotels are charg-               liability,” Hilliard said. “Attendees in this         size-fits-all’ contract,” she said. “The spe-
Ballroom C2.                                             ing groups and attendees, the solid shift                session will be able to take away contract            cific characteristics of a meeting, the
    Tyra W. Hilliard, associate professor of             into a seller’s market that is changing the              language for things like attrition as well            meeting organizer, the hotel, the time of
tourism and convention administration                    outcome of contract negotiations and                     as ideas for how to address emerging                  year—all of these factors affect the nature
at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas,                  how labor issues are affecting hotel con-                issues in their next contract negotiation.”           of contract negotiations. My hope is that
presents this session as she and attendees               tracts and performance,” Hilliard said.                      After participating, you will be able to          participants will learn not only what
discuss ways to address some of the cur-                    Explore issues unique to your group                   describe how to effectively negotiate liabil-         needs to be negotiated in hotel contracts,
rent contractual issues facing meeting                   or event and bring sample contract                       ity issues in contracts, explain current              but when and how.”


 Professional Developmental Workshops Continue                                                                                                                          TIME
 T1 Managing the Meeting and Event Supply                  looking for value, not price. After participating in    marketplace? What are the emerging markets?          Continued from page 7
 Chain (All Day Session)                                   this session, presented by Dr. Elling Hamso,            How can you tap into them? What are the best
 8:00 – 11:30 a.m./08.00 – 11.30                           managing partner of the European Event ROI              strategies to use when doing business globally?      don’t.
 Continued 2:00 – 4:30 p.m./14.00 – 16.30                  Institute, attendees will be able to explain the        Does the use of technology help or hurt? Is ter-        “The quantity [of what you can
 Room D172                                                 concept of supply chain management, identify            rorism a threat? If so, how can you prepare your-    accomplish] is 10 times better [with these
     If you plan meetings, you are managing a sup-         business models which align objectives and inte-        self, your clients and your attendees? After lis-    skills]. They are so simple and so easy that
   ply chain. To deliver exceptional value at mini-        grate and optimize the supply chain, demon-             tening to the panelists discuss these questions,     once you set them up, they last forever.”
   mum cost, you have to achieve alignment of              strate how to select and develop the best suppli-       attendees will be able to identify global business      McClatchy has worked with high-
   objectives, complete transparency and perform-          ers and illustrate how to use a scorecard for con-      challenges, evaluate business strategies to use      profile groups like Blue Cross, Hewlett
   ance driven by financial incentives in an integrat-     tinuous improvement.                                    in the global marketplace and identify the meet-     Packard and Microsoft and he said that
   ed and technology-enabled team. You are only as                                                                 ing management skills required to conduct busi-      the effects are amazing.
   good as your suppliers, including speakers, and       TA312 Business Opportunities in a Global                  ness globally. Vanessa Cotton, CMM, managing            “It’s an effective decision-making
   they are only as good as the information and          Marketplace (Panel)                                       director of ExCeL London’s Conference and            course about where our time goes,” he
   project leadership you provide. Good suppliers        8:00 – 9:30 a.m./08.00 – 09.30                            Events Division, will moderate with David Rich,      said. “It’s about prioritizing and making
   are made, not found. Your success is their suc-       Room D165                                                 vice president of program strategy/worldwide         effective decisions and getting the tools
   cess. Forget about the cheapest bidder, you are          Are you ready to conduct business in a global          at the George P. Johnson Company.                    you need to track your time.”
   10                                                                                                                                                                                            CONGRESS CONNECTIONS




Places to See, Things to Do in Dallas
There’s plenty to see and do while you’re in Dallas for the World Education Congress

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         ore than 165 years ago, pioneers                     national touring companies and re-
         came to Dallas searching for the                     nowned productions.
         “myth of the American West”                              Dallas also is the birthplace of the
with few ideas of what lay ahead. From                        regional theater movement, and there are
their hard work and dedication came                           numerous professional and amateur the-
what we now know as Dallas. Pulling                           ater groups that put on productions year-
themselves up from their bootstraps, these                    round. Each summer, visitors enjoy the
individuals worked together building                          Dallas Shakespeare Festival and the Dallas
shops, hotels and other necessities along                     Summer Musicals.
the way.                                                          From 1978 to 1990, Dallas was home
    Today, many of these landmarks have                       to the television series Dallas, which has
been restored to their original grandeur,                     been shown all over the world. Southfork
but the dusty trails are now highways, and                    Ranch, featured in the Dallas series, is
the railroads and airports provide vital                      located north of Dallas.
links to the rest of the nation and world.                        It is open daily to the public and offers
    The spirit of the original pioneers lives                 tours, private events, chuck wagon dinners
on in today’s residents. Dallas residents                     and functions for all sizes. Today, this city
exemplify a “can-do” spirit and continue                      is the third-largest film production site in
to work together for the betterment of the                    the United States.
city.                                                             With Dallas having more restaurants                                                                                                                  PHOTO COURTESY DALLAS CVB

    Dallas has matured into a culturally                      per capita than New York, visitors can                        Halftime excitement at Texas Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, often includes performances by area colleges
diverse city with museums and theaters,                       choose a different cuisine for each night of                  and high school marching bands.
gourmet restaurants, team sports and                          the week. Although barbecue, Tex-Mex
shopping districts. The Dallas Arts                           and home cooking are local favorites,                         competing every spring and summer for                     places the city within three and a half
District, located in downtown, is the                         Dallas’ growth as a cultural melting pot                      cash prizes.                                              hours of most North American cities.
largest designated area of its kind in the                    has brought dining choices from virtually                         Those who would rather play than                      Numerous domestic and international
U.S. and includes the Dallas Museum of                        all over the world, including India, Italy,                   watch will find Dallas interwoven with                    carriers connect DFW with most major
Art (DMA). The DMA’s Museum of the                            Brazil, Greece, Egypt, France and                             more than 50,000 acres of park land and                   international markets, while Dallas Love
Americas features original pieces from                        Germany, to name just a few.                                  more than 60 lakes within a 100-mile                      Field Airport provides convenient regional
Central America and South America. Fair                           For the sports enthusiast, Dallas is one                  radius.                                                   service into the heart of the city.
                                                                                                                                Biking, jogging, golf and water                          Dallas is proud of its heritage and its
                                                                                                                            skiing are all popular sports for locals                  accomplishments. Today, the city is home
                                                                                                                            and visitors alike.                                       to citizens from around the world. Their
                                                                                                                                The city is also rich with medical                    histories and cultures are intertwined with
                                                                                                                            resources, public and private colleges and                what was originally known as Texan.
                                                                                                                            universities and some of the most distin-
                                                                                                                            guished health care facilities in the coun-
                                                                                                                            try call Dallas home. People come from
                                                                                                                            around the world to study medicine at
                                                                                                                            University of Texas Southwestern and
                                                                                                                            Baylor College of Dentistry.
                                                                                                                                Dallas is also a mecca for shoppers, and
                                                                                                                            no wonder, as it boasts more shopping
                                                                                                                            centers per capita than New York.
                                                                                                                                Not only is Dallas home to internation-
                                                                                                                            ally recognized specialty store Neiman
                                                                                                                            Marcus and department store JC Penney,
                                                                                                                            but it is also the site of America’ s oldest
                                                                                                                            shopping center, Highland Park Village.
                                                                                                PHOTO COURTESY DALLAS CVB   Internationally recognized apparel design-
Dallas City Hall was designed by famous architect I.M. Pei. City Hall Plaza, which includes fountains and a reflecting      ers Todd Oldham and Victor Costa also
pool, is often the site of colorful festivals and celebrations.                                                             call Dallas home.
                                                                                                                                Dallas continues to attract both large
Park is also home to several museums,                         of only a few cities to have teams partici-                   and small corporations to the area and
all within walking distance of each other.                    pating in all four major professional                         currently is home to 140,000 companies,
Located within this historical landmark                       leagues. Champions of five Super Bowls,                       including more than 5,000 headquarter
is the African American Museum, the only                      the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL, the Texas                      operations and 18 Fortune 500 compa-
museum in the Southwest devoted to the                        Rangers of MLB, the Dallas Mavericks of                       nies.
preservation and display of black artistic,                   the NBA and the Dallas Stars of the NHL,                          Some of the Dallas-based corporations                                                  PHOTO COURTESY DALLAS CVB

cultural and historical materials.                            all entertain thousands of sports fans                        include clothing manufacturer Haggar                      The Dallas Farmers Market is a popular destination.
    For live entertainment, Dallas boasts                     each year.                                                    Clothing Co.; cosmetics company Mary
more than 110 performances every night.                           Dallas is also home to professional soc-                  Kay; and Texas Instruments, the inventor                     The Dallas Convention and Visitors
Located in the Arts District, the Meyer-                      cer (indoor and outdoor), and the metro-                      of the micro computer chip.                               Bureau operates a state-of-the-art Visitor
son Symphony Center is home of the                            plex hosts many professional golf tourna-                         With more than 65,000 hotel rooms in                  Information Center in the Old Red
renowned Dallas Symphony Orchestra,                           ments each year including the EDS Byron                       Dallas, from downtown to uptown, the                      Courthouse at 100 S. Houston St.
and the building itself has been hailed                       Nelson Championship and the Bank of                           city offers a variety of accommodations,                     For more information on Dallas call
internationally for its architectural bril-                   America Colonial. The Mesquite                                including five-star hotels, bed and break-                the Dallas CVB at (214) 571-1000 or con-
liance and its acoustical excellence. The                     Championship Rodeo features some of                           fasts and economy rooms. And Dallas/                      tact the bureau at www.dallascvb.com.
Dallas Opera is proud to showcase inter-                      America’ s “real” cowboys and cowgirls                        Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport
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Meetings are Back in New Orleans                                                                                                                                Certification
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      he New Orleans Metro-               including the Fairmont, the Hyatt
      politan Convention and
      Visitors Bureau (NOMCVB)
                                          and the Ritz Carlton (reopening
                                          December 1).
                                                                                                                                                                Diploma Mill
recently issued a “State of the City”
report celebrating recent successes
and assuring meeting professionals
                                              More than 1,000 restaurants,
                                          the Aquarium of the Americas,
                                          Mardi Gras World, The Shops
                                                                                                                                                                for Meetings
that the New Orleans experience is
alive and better than ever.
    New Orleans welcomed its first
                                          at Canal Place, The Riverwalk,
                                          New Orleans Arena, Jax Brewery,
                                          Harrah’s Casino, Audubon Zoo,
                                                                                                                                                                Industry
citywide meeting—the American             national museums, historic shop-                                                                                      By Corbin Ball, CMP
Library Association—with 20,000           ping districts, nightclubs and
delegates at the Morial Convention        music venues are open.                                                                                                    I recently received an e-mail from
Center and nearly 30 hotels in                “We can’t wait to welcome                                                                                         the “ISMP Board of Directors” inviting
June. Maritz Inc., one of the             MPI to New Orleans for the 2007                                                                                       me to join the International Society
world’s largest travel companies,         Professional Education Confer-                                                                                        of Meeting Planners and, for additional
relocated its Global Sales Confer-        ence-North America, January 21-                                                                                       fees, receive up to six meetings indus-
ence to New Orleans in May, where         23,” said Stephen Perry, president                                                                                    try-related certifications: CEP (Certi-
300 executives, including MPI’s           of the NOMCVB.                                                                                                        fied Event Planner), CDS (Certified
2005-2006 Chairwoman and                      “We invite you to come see for                                                                                    Destination Specialist), RMP
Maritz Travel CEO Christine Duffy,        yourself why New Orleans is still                                                                                     (Registered Meeting Planner), ITS
helped refurbish City Park.               as culturally rich, charming and                                                                                      (Incentive Travel Specialist), CEM
    The NOMCVB now has one                welcoming as ever, laden with his-                                                                                    (Certified Entertainment Manager) and
of the country’s most sophisticated       tory and offers a feast for the sens-                                                                                 CMC (Certified Meeting Consultant).
emergency/crisis communication            es,” he said. “And when you leave,                                                                                        A single designation and member-
plans.                                    you know you’ve been someplace                                                                                        ship is $195 ($45 for each additional
    More than 27,000 rooms are            different.”                                                                                                           designation).
available while three downtown                For more information, visit                                                                                           The ISMP home page www.iami.org/
hotels are closed for renovation,         www.neworleanscvb.com.                                                                                                ISMP/home.cfm claims that ISMP is
                                                                                                                  PHOTO COURTESY NEW ORLEANS METROPOLITAN CVB   one of the largest professional associa-
                                                                                                                                                                tions in the United States with “more


  New CVB Name:                                  New Events Management                                                                                          members in more cities than any other
                                                                                                                                                                organization.”
                                                                                                                                                                    These assertions caught my interest,

  VisitPittsburgh                                Degree Offered in Scotland                                                                                     so I called ISMP headquarters and
                                                                                                                                                                spoke with Keith Starkey, ISMP’s asso-
                                                                                                                                                                ciate director. Here is what I found out.


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         he Greater Pittsburgh

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                                                       he Glasgow (Scotland) Caledonian         Management will involve distance learn-                             1. Starkey thought that ISMP had
         Convention and Visitors                       University (GCU) is launching            ing combined with four weekends at the                          about 200-250 members—certainly not
         Bureau (GPCVB) is changing                    a Masters program in international       school’s Glasgow campus.                                        “one of largest professional associations
  its name to VisitPittsburgh. The pri-          events management this September. The             The program, taught by international                         in the United States” as claimed.
  mary reason for the change is to               school cites the event industry’s phenome-     events specialists from the United King-                            2. There is no posted list of the
  eliminate the historical confusion of          nal growth and significant changes in          dom, Europe and Southeast Asia, will                            board of directors. Starkey said that
  what the organization is and what              recent years as “demanding new, focused        incorporate online discussions as well as                       ISMP’s executive director, Bob Johnson,
  it does.                                       and innovative programs for those              keynote speakers and case studies from all                      may have this list but, according to
      “So many people assume we own              involved in developing, marketing and          over the world.                                                 Starkey, he is “simply too busy to return
  and operate the David L. Lawrence              managing within the local, national and           Partial scholarships are available. For                      calls.”
  Convention Center,” said Joe                   international events arena.”                   more information, visit www.caledonian.                             3. Starkey informed me that ISMP
  McGrath, president and CEO of                     The MSC International Events                ac.uk/cbs.                                                      does not hold meetings, although
  VisitPittsburgh. “Most do not under-                                                                                                                          “weekly seminars and an annual
  stand that our mission is to generate                                                                                                                         Planners Expo and Conference” are
  convention, trade show and leisure
  travel business for the Pittsburgh             Victory, at Last, for Dallas W                                                                                 claimed on the home page. Instead,
                                                                                                                                                                they rely on Web content, which
  region, and that we’re the official                                                                                                                           I found to be limited and plagiarized.
  tourist promotion agency of

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                                                       he highly anticipated, skyline-chang-                                                                        4. Starkey said that ISMP was a
  Allegheny County.”                                   ing W Dallas Victory opened last                                                                         “not-for-profit” organization but had
      In advance of the name change,                   month with 11,000 square feet of                                                                         “no idea” about any bylaws, apparently
  the Pittsburgh research firm of                meeting space, including a 5,000-square-                                                                       unaware that a board of directors,
  Campos Inc. was hired to conduct               foot ballroom.                                                                                                 annual meetings and bylaws are
  an e-mail survey that analyzed per-                Amenities include the full-service Bliss                                                                   required for 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
  ceptions of the GPCVB. More than               Spa; a 16th-floor, infinity-edge pool; and                                                                     status.
  4,000 e-mail surveys were distributed          the Craft restaurant, which is headed by                                                                           5. There are no testing or experience
  to tourism stakeholders, including             James Beard Award-winning Executive                                                                            requirements for the professional certi-
  legislators, community groups,                 Chef Tom Colicchio. An in-house DJ                                                                             fications—payment is the only require-
  GPCVB members and consumers.                   livens up the Ghostbar, and a glass-floor                                                                      ment. I asked Starkey if anyone apply-
      The VisitPittsburgh name will              balcony provides one-of-a-kind panoram-                                                                        ing had ever been turned down, and he
  be supported with an aggressive                ic views of Dallas.                                                                                            replied “no.” He quipped that the selec-
  local, regional and national aware-                The hotel features W Sensory Meet-                  PHOTO COURTESY STARWOOD HOTELS AND RESORTS WORLDWIDE
                                                                                                                                                                tion criterion is that “they must be able
  ness campaign. This will be done               ings, allowing meeting planners to incor-      The fabulous, skyline-changing W Dallas Victory was             to spell International Society of
  through extensive marketing and                porate aromatherapy and ambient music          recently completed in downtown Dallas.                          Meeting Planners.”
  public relations activities.                   into events to help establish a comfortable                                                                        In reviewing their limited Web con-
      For more information, visit                mood.                                          of the city’s professional basketball and
  www.visitpittsburgh.com.                           The W Dallas Victory is located near       hockey teams—the Historic West End and                                           see CERTIFICATION, page 13
                                                 the American Airlines Center—home              the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
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Meeting in the Outback                                                                                                                                                         Increased
                                                                                                                                                                               attendance
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      he Northern Territory (Australia)
      Convention Bureau recently


guide.
      launched a refreshed Web site and
its new meeting and incentive planner’s                                                                                                                                        at AIME 2006
    The Northern Territory incorporates

                                                                                                                                                                               A
                                                                                                                                                                                       nother successful AsiaPacific
one-sixth of Australia’s land mass and                                                                                                                                                 Incentives & Meetings Expo
offers a wide range of experiences, from                                                                                                                                               (AIME) has graced the
the lush north to the extreme desert south                                                                                                                                     Melbourne (Australia) Exhibition
in the center of the continent.                                                                                                                                                Centre. Despite having moved from
    The territory’s main convention facility                                                                                                                                   its typical annual time of February,
is the Alice Springs Convention Centre,                                                                                                                                        Reed Travel Exhibitions is reporting
and the 1,500-seat Darwin Convention                                                                                                                                           increased attendance at the June
Centre will be completed in 2008.                                                                                                                                              event.
    The Northern Territory is perhaps                                                                                                                                              A total of 2,644 visitors attended
most well known for its natural “outback”                                                                                                                                      the 14th annual AIME, an increase of
attractions such as Uluru, Kata Tjuta and                                                                                                                                      5.2 percent over 2005. A record num-
Watarrka National Park (popularly known                                                                                                                                        ber of 835 exhibitors from 49 coun-
as Ayers Rock, the Olgas and King’s                                                                                                                                            tries participated in AIME 2006, cov-
Canyon, respectively). Voyages Resorts                                                                                                                                         ering more space than previous years:
and Hotels operates resorts with meeting                                                                                                                                       more than 120,555 square feet.
space near all of these natural marvels.                                                                                                                                           AIME Event Director Rosemarie
    For more information, visit                                                                                                           PHOTO COURTESY MICHAEL PINCHERA      Sama said that holding the event in
www.ntconventions.com.                         One of Australia’s most recognizable sites, the Northern Territory’s icon: Uluru.                                               June, a move caused by the staging
                                                                                                                                                                               of the Commonwealth Games in
                                                                                                                                                                               Melbourne, impacted on AIME in
Walt Disney World Resort                                                                                                                                                       ways they could not foresee. Overall,
                                                                                                                                                                               exhibitors and hosted buyers both
                                                                                                                                                                               favor the move back to February for

Development Reopens                                                                                                                                                            AIME 2007.
                                                                                                                                                                                   AIME 2007, 15th AsiaPacific
                                                                                                                                                                               Incentives & Meetings Expo will


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      he Walt Disney World Resort in           square feet of meeting space and now                                                                                            be held February 13-14 at the
      Lake Buena Vista, Fla., is seeing        boasts wireless Internet access in all public                                                                                   Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
      many hotel renovations come to           areas. Additional outdoor meeting space                                                                                             For more information, visit
fruition as venues strive to become bigger     is available at the hotel’s 5,000-square-foot                                                                                   www.aime.com.au.
and better following two exceptionally         courtyard with a cascading water foun-
active Atlantic hurricane seasons.             tain. An $18 million makeover has also
    The Royal Plaza in the Walt Disney         been completed at the Hilton in the Walt
World Resort, which has been closed since      Disney World Resort.
August 2004, reopened earlier this year            The project, which began in 2000,
following a multimillion-dollar renova-        included the addition of the 18,000-
tion. The property’s 394 guest rooms have      square-foot Palm Ballroom and renova-
                                                                                                                                                                                        PHOTO COURTESY OF WWW.ZOOMPRODUCTIONS.COM.AU
received new “Royal Beds,” and many            tion of other meeting spaces, the lobby
rooms now feature oversized bathtubs           and the executive lounge.                                                                      PHOTOS COURTESY ROYAL PLAZA     A total of 2,644 visitors attended the 14th annual
and plasma-screen TVs.                             The 814-room Hilton now features                           The Royal Plaza in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., reopened             AIME in 2006.
    The hotel offers more than 17,500          73,500 square feet of event space.                             recently after a multimillion-dollar renovation.


                                               Phoenix Convention Center Expansion Enters Phase Two
  CERTIFICATION

                                               T
  continued from page 12                             he West Building at the Phoenix                                                                                         and a ballroom, will remain open and
                                                     Convention Center opens this                                                                                            fully operational during Phase 2 of the
  tent, I opened one of their newslet-               month, and the North Building has                                                                                       expansion.
  ters (winter 2001) to find an unau-          been demolished after 34 years of service.                                                                                       The Phoenix Convention Center
  thorized, pirated and uncredited             City of Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon was                                                                                         expansion will triple the size of the cur-
  copy of one of my articles.                  on hand to celebrate the latest milestone                                                                                     rent facility, moving it from the 67th-
     In further poking around, I dis-          of the $600 million Convention Center                                                                                         largest convention center in the United
  covered that the parent organization,        expansion.                                                                                                                    States into the top 20, positioning Phoenix
  International Association Managers              Settled on top of large excavation                                                                                         as a premier destination for 80 percent
  Inc. (IAMI), offers similar “certifica-      equipment, Gordon performed the first                                                    PHOTO COURTESY GREATER PHOENIX CVB   of all conventions.
  tion services” for real estate apprais-      swing of the wrecking ball, and City                           Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon was the first to swing the              The new West Conference Center
  ers, mortgage underwriters, environ-         Councilman Dave Siebert was next in line.                      wrecking ball onto the old Phoenix Convention Center.          features 156,000 square feet of meeting
  mental assessors, construction               Hall C was the first portion of the build-                                                                                    space, a 21,000-square-foot, conference-
  inspectors and housing inspectors—           ing to become rubble as Phase 2 of the                             The site will be excavated 50 feet below                   style meeting space level in addition to
  each with several pay-for-certifica-         expansion began. A new, four-level facility                    street level, where an underground exhibi-                     the 192-seat amphitheatre, a 45,000-
  tion options.                                will be erected at the same site by 2009,                      tion hall will connect to one that current-                    square-foot ballroom, a 140-foot glass
     In my opinion, these certification        bringing the total square footage of the                       ly exists in the new West Building,                            atrium and availability at the newly reno-
  diploma mills demean our profes-             convention center to 900,000 square feet.                      forming a 310,000-square-foot exhibi-                          vated Symphony Hall, which is attached
  sion and the legitimate certifications          “It’s not often we get to knock some-                       tion hall.                                                     to Phase One and offers an additional
  for our industry.                            thing down.” Gordon said, “My colleagues                           The South Building, including 143,000                      2,400-seat theater with full theatrical
                                               and I, we’re usually into building things.”                    square feet of meeting space, exhibit halls                    capabilities.
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Professional Development Workshops Conclude Tuesday Afternoon
TA302 Advanced Persuasion and Negotiation                TA320 Town Hall Forum                                   port, Mary Kay Inc. This session is limited to 40      ping and differences between U.S. and European
8:00 – 11:30 a.m./08.00 – 11.30                          10:00 – 11:30 a.m./10.00 – 11.30                        participants.                                          contracts. After participating, you will be able to
Room D147                                                Room C149                                                                                                      identify available resources and what differenti-
    Go beyond the basics of negotiation with pre-           Find out what MPI has in store for you. Join        TP409 Communicating in a Man’s World to get             ates planning a meeting in North America from
  senter Linda Swindling, JD, CSP, owner, Passport        Mark Andrew, CMP, CHA, chairman of MPI’s              Your Seat at the Table                                  planning one in Europe.
  to Success, to learn how to analyze and deter-          2006-2007 Board of Directors, for a candid dis-       2:00 – 4:30 p.m./14.00 – 16.30                            The panel moderator is Eric Rozenberg, CMM,
  mine whether to take the deal, make a counter           cussion about what’s ahead for MPI and the            Ballroom C2                                             CMP, president, Ince & Tive. Panelists include
  offer or walk away. After participating, you will be    meetings industry.                                        Discover what neurological research reveals         Carolyn Zusi, director of sales meetings and
  able to review your options, identify your objec-                                                               about brain differences between women and             incentives, North America, Rezidor SAS
  tions, explain how to counter common tactics,          TA321 Recognition Launch Pad – How to                    men and how this affects women rising to lead-        Hospitality; Cindy Hoddeson, director of meeting
  discuss the importance of interest-based negoti-       Motivate Attendees Through Recognition                   ership positions. Learn the five key differences      and incentive sales, Monaco Government Tourist
  ations and calculate when to walk away from a          8:00 – 11:30 a.m./08.00 – 11.30                          between women and men and how to put these            Office; and Peter Hanley, president, PlanNet.
  losing proposition.                                    Room A307                                                insights to work at this session presented by
                                                             Join a group of top industry professionals for a     Sharon Roberts, speaker, owner, Roberts &            TP420 The Wide-Awake Professional:
TA319 The Wide-Awake Professional: Increase                “behind-the-scenes” look at one of the premier         Roberts Associates. After participating, attendees   Essential Career Survival Skills
Your Professional Visibility and Credibility               motivation-based meetings in the country. From         will be able to describe recent findings from neu-   3:30 – 4:30 p.m./15.30 – 16.30
10:00 – 11:30 a.m./10.00 – 11.30                           strategy to execution, you will learn the impor-       roscience about “brain sex” and why this matters     Room C155
Room C156                                                  tance of motivating meeting attendees with on-         to women in the meetings industry, identify silent       You pursue a career in a world where job secu-
    Learn how to implement professional visibility         target recognition and discover techniques to          signals and speech patterns that are the founda-       rity and consistent professional growth are rarely
  and credibility strategies that will get you pro-        take your on-stage recognition to the next level.      tion of success in communicating in a man’s            part of the employment contract. Here’s an
  moted, recruited, in print, behind the podium and        After participating, attendees will be able to         world and apply the concepts and tools covered         opportunity to spend an hour with one of the
  in the media in this session presented by Martin         describe how motivation through recognition can        in this session to implement a fast-track action       world’s leading career management experts who
  Yate, CPC, career coach and author of the New            impact attendees and help achieve organization-        plan.                                                  will share practical advice and effective strate-
  York Times bestseller Knock ‘em Dead career              al goals and objectives, describe specific tech-                                                              gies for success in this job and the next one.
  management books. Gain access to the inner cir-          niques to raise the bar for on-stage recognition     TP417 Meeting Matters in Europe (Panel)                  After participating, you will be able to produce a
  cle that exists within every company, and with it,       and discuss the impact of motivation through         (Repeat of MP215)                                        more productive resume, intelligently strategize
  improve your opportunities for recognition,              recognition by implementing everything you have      3:30 – 4:30 p.m./15.30 – 16.30                           future career moves and use the tools for acing
  reward and promotion. After participating, you           learned in your own motivational meetings.           Room D174                                                internal and external job interviews. The session
  will be able to successfully navigate the twists           The session is presented by Peter Metz, vice          Your company has expanded its operations or           is presented by Martin Yate, CPC, career coach
  and turns of a volatile half-century professional        president/creative director, ZOOM.7 Inc.; Ron          sales into Europe. Your CEO has asked you to           and author of the New York Times bestseller
  work life and apply personal branding tactics            Trammell, vice president special events, Mary          organize the company’s first global summit.            Knock ‘em Dead career management books.
  that will increase your visibility and credibility       Kay Inc.; and Marianna Zaparyniuk, CMP, manag-         Where do you begin? In this session, experts will
  throughout your profession and, perhaps, the world.      er, corporate special events and recognition sup-      discuss currency, VAT, cultural differences, ship-
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Panel Discusses Differences
                                                                                                                   2006 WEC Sponsors
T
       hinking of having a conference in
       Europe? If so, have you thought                                                                             Host Level Sponsors                                             Night Celebration supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                     American Airlines - Official air carrier                        Sonesta Hotels, Resorts & Nile Cruises - Rendezvous Dallas
       about the potential disparities and                                                                                                                                           Westin City Center Dallas- Opening Night Networking
                                                                                                                     Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau - Host city, Opening
roadblocks you may encounter? A panel                                                                              Night Networking Reception, Closing Night Celebration, wel-     Reception supporting sponsor
discussion on Monday, “Meeting Matters                                                                             come banners and online housing
in Europe,” answered questions and                                                                                   Gilley's Dallas - Opening Night Networking Reception host     Silver Level Sponsors
                                                                                                                   sponsor                                                           Alleer Training and Consulting - Professional development
explained the differences meeting plan-                                                                              Hilton Anatole Hotel - Co-headquarter hotel and Closing       session speaker, Steve McClatchy
ners may encounter by holding a confer-                                                                            Night Celebration host sponsor                                    American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. -
ence in Europe compared to one in North                                                                              Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion - Co-headquarter hotel,       Professional development session track: Entrepreneurial
                                                                                                                   Opening Night Networking Reception supporting sponsor           Business Skills
America, and vice versa.                                                                                                                                                             Arcodoro & Pomodoro - Opening Night Networking Reception
   Eric Rozenberg, CMM, CMP, president,                                                                            Key Level Sponsors                                              supporting sponsor
Ince & Tive, moderated the session which                                                                             AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions - Presentation manage-         Blue Man Group - CMM/CMP Celebration Breakfast
                                                                                                                   ment services, audiovisual support of the professional devel-     Dan Dipert Coaches - General ground transportation
included discussions on the difference in                                              JAMES TKATCH PHOTOGRAPHER
                                                                                                                                                                                     Eddie Deen's Ranch at Downtown Dallas - Opening Night
                                                                                                                   opment and Opening General Sessions
languages, issues with contracts, VATs, cul-           A panel discussion touched on the differences                 Content Management Corporation - Content archiving and        Networking Reception supporting sponsor and Texas Hold'em
ture and general dos and don’ts.                       between U.S. and European meetings Monday.                  professional development CD-ROMs                                supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                     Design Group - Supporting sponsor of Opening Night              Garrett Creek Ranch Conference Center- Opening Night
   “Basically, we’re showing meeting plan-                                                                                                                                         Networking Reception supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                   Networking Reception and Closing Night Celebration
ners that having an event in Europe might              don’t have everything written into a con-                     Freeman - Decorating services and Opening Night                 Jane Gentry - Professional development session speaker,
be different than what they are used to, but           tract,” he said. “It doesn’t mean you can’t                 Networking Reception supporting sponsor                         Jane Gentry
                                                                                                                     Fun Factory Events - Supporting sponsor of Opening Night        Morton's Steakhouse, The - Opening Night Networking
the basics are the same,” Rozenberg said.              be trusting or you won’t have a wonderful                                                                                   Reception supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                   Networking Reception and Closing Night Celebration
   With meeting planners looking at dif-               experience.                                                   Fusion Productions – Opening General Session production         Movie Tavern Partners, LP - Opening Night Networking
ferent options for locations to host events,              “Also, you may have just one to three                      Outstanding Productions/Fauxcades - Supporting sponsor of     Reception supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                   Opening Night Networking Reception and Closing Night              Park Cities Hilton- Opening Night Networking Reception sup-
Rozenberg said he is seeing a trend in                 languages and cultures in North America,                                                                                    porting sponsor
                                                                                                                   Celebration
meetings and conventions traditionally                 but in Europe, you have many different                        Tourisme Montréal - 2007 WEC Montréal Promotional               PC/NAMETAG - Registration materials and registration bags
being held in North America now going                  languages and cultures which may have an                    Luncheon                                                        co-sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                     Podium Speakers - Professional development session
to Europe. However, planners need to                   impact on the way meetings are run.”                                                                                        speaker, Michael Weber
understand and identify the major differ-                 The panel included Carolyn Zusi,                         Platinum Level Sponsors
                                                                                                                                                                                     Ultimate Ventures - Opening Night Networking Reception
                                                                                                                     BRAVO! Entertainment - Opening Night Networking
ences in having a European meeting, espe-              director of North American sales,                           Reception supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                   supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                     United Airlines - Leadership Dinner co-sponsor
cially with contracts and language/cultural            meetings and incentives, Rezidor SAS                          Eclipse Entertainment, LLC - Closing Night Celebration sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                     Wild Bill’s Western - VIP amenity
barriers.                                              Hospitality; Cindy Hoddeson, director                       porting sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                     Wynne Sedan & Limousine Group - VIP ground transportation
                                                                                                                     Ice Magic - Closing Night Celebration supporting sponsor
   “The legal aspect is important in                   of meeting and incentive sales, Monaco                        IMEX – IMEX-MPI Future Leaders Forum and European
regard to contracts, but sometimes U.S.                Government Tourist Office; and Peter                        Reception                                                       Bronze Level Sponsors
                                                                                                                     Mexico Tourism Board - Global Gathering networking event        Abacus & Jaspers Restaurant - Opening Night Networking
planners may feel uncomfortable that they              Hanley, president, PlanNet.                                                                                                 Reception supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                   and registration bag co-sponsor
                                                                                                                     Mohegan Sun - MPI Foundation Silent Auction and Texas           Airstar Space Lighting - Opening Night Networking
                                                                                                                   Hold'em                                                         Reception supporting sponsor and VIP gift
CLOSING                                                yet one more way attendees can network while                  PRA Destination Management Dallas/Fort Worth - Closing
                                                                                                                   Night Celebration supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                     All Access - Rendezvous Dallas entertainment
                                                                                                                                                                                     Blackjack With Class - Texas Hold'em supporting sponsor
continued from page <None>                             raising funds for worthy programs.                            Rentsys - Computer products and services                        Boi Na Brazilian Steakhouse - Opening Night Networking
                                                           The tournament will begin at 8:00 a.m./08.00                                                                            Reception supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                     BostonCoach Corporation - Chapter Leadership Forum
                                                       at the TPC Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at           Gold Level Sponsors
                                                                                                                                                                                   Reception
    tions to the culinary arts.                        Las Colinas, a comprehensive, award-winning golf              Adam's Mark Hotel - Opening Night Networking Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                     Catch the Moment - Opening Night Networking Reception
                                                                                                                   supporting sponsor
    Then attendees can rock the night away with        facility. The exquisite layout is home to the EDS                                                                           and Closing Night Celebration supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                     American Transfers & Tours – General ground transportation
                                                                                                                                                                                     Coca Cola - Support sponsor of the Opening Night
entertainment from Hootie and the Blowfish. Their      Byron Nelson Championship, a PGA TOUR event.                  Anheuser Busch – Supporting sponsor of the Opening Night
                                                                                                                                                                                   Networking and Closing Night Celebrations
album “Cracked Rear View” was released in 1994             Fees are $175 per player. A maximum of 144              Networking Reception and Closing Night Celebration
                                                                                                                                                                                     Creative Greenery of Dallas - Opening Night Networking
                                                                                                                     ASI Production Services, Inc- Opening Night Networking
and hit No. 1 on the billboard charts the following    golfers will participate in a shotgun golf tourna-                                                                          Reception supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                   Reception supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                     DHL Express - MPI Store shipping services
spring. That year, the band won two Grammys, an        ment. Top-of-the-line golf club rentals are avail-            BBJ Linen - Opening Night Networking Reception supporting
                                                                                                                                                                                     Ducky-Bob’s Event Specialists - Supporting sponsor of
MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award         able for $75 plus tax per set. Bus transportation           sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                   Opening Night Networking Reception and Closing Night
                                                                                                                     Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) and Partners - Chapter
for Album of the Year, a People’s Choice Award for     will be provided to and from host hotels.                                                                                   Celebration
                                                                                                                   Leadership Forum and Lunch
                                                                                                                                                                                     Gaylord Hotels - Professional development ROI workshop
Album of the Year and a People’s Choice Award for          The Closing Night Celebration is sponsored                Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership - CTC Partner
                                                                                                                                                                                     Hector’s on Henderson - Opening Night Networking
Best Selling Artist, a feat they duplicated in 1996.   by the Hilton Anatole. The MPI Foundation Golf                Tourism Toronto - CTC Partner
                                                                                                                                                                                   Reception supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                     Tourisme Montréal - CTC Partner
They remain a top draw nationwide.                     Tournament is sponsored by the Irving CVB and is                                                                              JLT Services Corporation - Professional development session
                                                                                                                     Travel Alberta - CTC Partner
                                                                                                                                                                                   speakers, Jim Schmidt and Mark Barry
    The 2006 WEC Golf Tournament, benefiting the       co-sponsored by Continental Airlines and the Four             Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre - CTC Partner
                                                                                                                                                                                     Legacy For You Enterprises - Opening Night Networking
MPI Foundation, will be held Wednesday. This is        Seasons Resort and Club.                                      Circle R Ranch - Opening Night Networking Reception sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                   Reception supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                   porting sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                     Nana Restaurant - Opening Night Networking Reception sup-
                                                                                                                     Coach USA - General ground transportation
                                                                                                                                                                                   porting sponsor
                                                          • Define success measures and desired                      CORT Event Furnishings - Opening Night Networking
                                                                                                                                                                                     Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau - Chairman's
WHITE PAPER                                            or acceptable returns on investment.                        Reception supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                     Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts - Cyber Café and Lounge
                                                                                                                                                                                   Reception
continued from page 3                                     • Seek C-level endorsement.                                Dallas Cowboys/Texas Stadium- Opening Night Networking
                                                                                                                                                                                     Passkey - Professional development session speaker
                                                                                                                                                                                     Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Opening Night Networking
                                                          • Identify potential process improve-                    Reception supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                   Reception supporting sponsor
    Building relationships is the “pivotal             ments and cost efficiencies arising from                      ExpoExchange, LLC - Onsite registration services, self-
                                                                                                                                                                                     Quest Drape - Closing Night Celebration supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                   registration kiosks and EXPOCARDS
first step in facilitating synergistic opera-          the joint plan.                                               Fairmont Hotel Dallas - Opening Night Networking Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                     Rapid Learning Programs - Professional development ses-
                                                                                                                                                                                   sion track: Strategic Thinking
tions and vital collaboration within an                   • Identify technologies that enable                      supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                     Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse - Opening Night Networking
organization.”                                         closer interaction and collaboration.                         G Texas Catering - Opening Night Networking Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                   Reception supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                   supporting sponsor
    The white paper also lays out the fol-                • Measure results.                                         Gil’s Elegant Catering - Opening Night Networking Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                     SuperShuttle - Discounted airport shuttle service
                                                                                                                                                                                     Tryst Restaurant & Nellies Sports Bar - Opening Night
lowing nine steps in its toolkit, a systemat-             • Roll out and communicate.                              supporting sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                   Networking Reception supporting sponsor
ic approach to meetings-travel synergy.                   This is the fifth in a series of position                  The Gourmet Candy Café - Opening Night Networking
                                                                                                                                                                                     Yellow Checker Shuttle - Discounted airport shuttle service
                                                                                                                   Reception supporting sponsor
    • Conduct a thorough situational                   papers released by the GCCOE on topics                        Hard Rock International - Chapter Presidents/Presidents-
                                                                                                                                                                                     Warrior’s Place - Opening Night Networking Reception sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                   porting sponsor
analysis and share perspectives.                       vital to meeting planners and suppliers.                    Elect, International Chapter Leadership Committee, and Inter-
                                                                                                                                                                                     Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina - Past Presidents
    • Define relationships, synergies and                 For more from MPI’s GCCOE—                               national Board of Directors Reception and hydration stations
                                                                                                                                                                                   Breakfast sponsor
                                                                                                                     Hilton Hotels Corporation - The Meeting Professional Awards
potential partnerships with in-house                   including the group’s previous position                     and Leadership Dinner and MPI Live!: Welcome to MPI and the
stakeholders—including procurement,                    papers and a toolkit offering several indis-                2006 WEC                                                        MPI Foundation Golf Tournament Sponsors
                                                                                                                     Mansion on Turtle Creek, A Rosewood Hotels - Opening            Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau - MPI Foundation Golf
marketing, administration, legal, technol-             pensable resources, documents and tem-                                                                                      Tournament sponsor
                                                                                                                   Night Networking Reception supporting sponsor
ogy, risk management and human                         plates for meeting professionals—visit                        Omni Hotels - Global Paragon Awards                             Continental Airlines - MPI Foundation Golf Tournament co-
resources.                                             www.mpiweb.org and click on the                               Sambuca - Opening Night Networking Reception supporting       sponsor
                                                                                                                   sponsor                                                           Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas - MPI
    • Create a joint business case uniting             “Publications & Research” link.                                                                                             Foundation Golf Tournament co-sponsor
                                                                                                                     Second Nature Productions “The Living Garden” - Closing
meetings and travel.
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