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In this issue


Letter to CMM Community Page 5

Meet Ups Move Us Forward Page 6­7

The Digital Elite Page 8 ­ 9

The New Model for Trade Shows? Page 10­11

The Future of Event Planning: Mobilizing the Experience of Your Event Attendees Page 12­13

Say it Better ­ With Kare Anderson Page 14

New, Transfer and Affiliate Members Page 15

MPI­NJ Scholarships 2014 Page 16

MPI­NJ Strategic Partners Page 17

MPI­NJ Executive Board Page 18

MPI­NJ Board of Directors Page 18

MPI­NJ Committee Chairs Page 19

2014 MPI-NJ Events

any of us have experienced team building to build and strengthen relationships and communication within an organization so that we all work in a more harmonious, effective and productive environment.


membership to one another for business, employment and mentoring!

Sales Divisions know this all too well. In order to be successful, sales teams have to communicate with marketing, pricing, product management, procurement, customers and with each other. Everyone has to be on the same page in order for the company to succeed.

Our NJ Chapter is one of many Global Chapters that connect us as ONE TEAM at various industry events like the WEC, EIBTM, IMEX, and GIBTM. These events are opportunities to share ideas and best practices in the industry, plus network and do business on a global scale.

As members of the NJ Chapter, we are ONE TEAM. We come together from various sectors in our industries including hotel sales, corporate, association and independent meeting professionals, suppliers, and student members with different missions and goals. When we meet and network at Chapter meetings, we come together to learn, grow, and keep relevant in the industry.

As ONE TEAM, we recommend members in between careers and do business with our member Hoteliers, AV companies, ground transportation, and suppliers. And, our members recommend independent planners to work as temporary staff for events. Plus, as ONE TEAM, we provide our student interns various opportunities to work within corporations.

Many of us also further our knowledge by viewing the MPI On Demand Webinars and keep updated reading industry articles in our OnSite digital newsletter! Best of all, as ONE TEAM we share and recommend our diversified

June 26, 2014

Annual Golf Outing Royce Brook Country Club March 20, 2014 Hillsborough, NJ 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Meet the New American Traveler CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Hilton Hasbrouck Heights CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

May 14, 2014 Lawyers Are Back and Roundtables Palace at Somerset Park

I encourage each of us to always keep in mind to mentor our student members as they are our future.

We are ONE TEAM – THE NJ CHAPTER TEAM and we support each other!

Julia Ramos, CMP MPI NJ Chapter President 2013-2014

March 19, 2014 4:30 PM – 7:45 PM MPI­Philadelphia Education Program: Mind Surgery: Small Adjustments That Produce Big Results



May 20 ­ 22, 2014

March 18, 2014

IMEX Frankfurt, Germany

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM MPI­Greater New York Chapter Education Program: The Lawyer is In: What's on Your Mind and What Not to Sign?

June 10 – 12, 2014 AIBTM Orlando, FL USA

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What’s New At MPI-NJ? Wow! This year is just flying by! It’s hard to believe it is March already. Spring is right around the corner and I know that’s great news for all of us here in New Jersey. Our next program is sure to be a winner! Meet the New American Traveler with renowned travel expert and speaker, Dr. Peter C. Yesawich is a must-see program for professionals in the meetings and event industry. The educational luncheon program will be held on March 20th at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights/Meadowlands Hotel. For more information or to register please click here: Meet The New American Traveler.

MPI-NJ offers cost effective opportunities to reach meeting planners who are looking for exciting properties, unique venues, excellent meeting services, new products, technology and more... Include your company on our website ( with a banner ad which costs as little as $95.00 a month. And, include your company in our digital online publication with a color advertisement for only $625.00 an issue. Onsite is promoted on the MPI-NJ website and on social media and LinkedIn event groups. You can choose just one issue to send out a special promotion or you can choose all six issues!

The next few months will prove to be educational and fun. Stay tuned for more information about our April After-Five Networking Event. On May 14, 2014 we are bringing the lawyers back for Part II of The Lawyers Are In which includes exciting and informative roundtable discussions that we know you will enjoy and find beneficial. More information for April and May events will be posted shortly.

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SAVE THE DATE! The MPI-NJ Chapter Annual Golf Tournament is being held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough, NJ. For more information, please contact our golf chair, Melissa Ullmann at or call 215-6363333.

The MPI-NJ office is here to assist you if you have any questions regarding your membership or if you are interested in joining MPI-NJ. Please do not hesitate to contact us at or 201-875-2476.

The MPI Member Satisfaction Survey is complete and we would like to thank everyone who participated! The results will be sent out to the MPI-NJ membership shortly. The Nominations Committee, headed by our Past President, Michelle Wescott, is working diligently on our new Board slate for 2014-2015. This information will be sent out to members in a few weeks. If you are interested in joining the MPI-NJ Board, please fill out the Board Interest Form or email

You can reach our members directly and inperson by becoming a sponsor, hosting a MPI-NJ educational program or networking event. For more information, please contact for details.

Rut h Marion, CMP

MPI-NJ Chapter Administrator


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January 27, 2014 Dear CMM Community,

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MPI-NJ CHAPTER - MEET UPS... MOVE US FORWARD The last MPI-NJ Meet Up was held in November and was hosted by the Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel, located at 801 Rutherford Avenue, Rutherford, NJ.

The NJ Chapter greatly appreciates and thanks our host, General Manager, Mark Irgang, Jason Simmons, Director of Sales and Heidi Hayes, Senior Account Executive for their hospitality!

The Renaissance hosted our guests with food, beverage and music making it a perfect networking meet-up for our 113 members and non-members in attendance. A record for the Chapter!

Please check the Chapter’s website for the April 2014 “After 5 Meeting Up” .

The NJ Chapter provides “After 5 Meet Ups” for members and non-members to network and continue to build relationships with industry colleagues. The Meet Ups are free for everyone.

Stan Levy President, Founder and Creative Director of UNiREC, Inc. unique recreation for 39 years passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2014. Stan was a much beloved, esteemed leader and mentor in the picnic, team building and interactive event planning industry. Stan had big ideas and a big heart and he touched the lives of all who knew him.


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Don’t miss our upcoming Educational Program! March 20, 2014 11 AM – 2 PM Meet the New American Traveler Hilton Hasbrouck Heights



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he explosive growth of wireless digital devices has spawned a new class of travelers: the “Digital Elite.” According to the newlyreleased MMGY Global 2013 Portrait of Digital Travelers™, these individuals own and use at least two devices (a smart phone and a tablet) to plan and purchase travel services. This market segment has grown from five percent of all active travelers in 2011, to fully one third (33 percent) today, an increase of over 600 percent! So how do these “Digital Elite” differ from less-connected travelers? Here’s how… • A BURGEONING MARKET: The “Digital Elite” access the internet from both smart phones and tablets. And the rate at which these travelers have adopted digital devices is nothing short of breathtaking: the incidence of smart phone ownership has nearly tripled in just two years, from 23%

in 2011 to 62% in 2013. Tablet adoption has been even more rapid, with fully 43% owning these devices today, up from just 7% in 2011. • FAMILY MATTERS: Presumably because of their more youthful demographic profile (one third are Millennials, another third are GenXers), half (50%) of the “Digital Elite” have children in residence in their household versus just 37% of less-connected travelers. They have a decided family focus as a result: they are much more likely to have traveled with their kids during the past year (51% versus 38%), and their kids exert greater influence on practically all family activity decisions. For example, the “Digital Elite” are significantly more likely to agree their children influence the actual selection of vacation destinations (78% versus 70%).

• DIGITAL TRAVELERS HAVE MORE FUN: Although 85% of the Digital Elite cite “having access to the internet from my hotel room” as an attribute that is very/extremely important to have while on vacation, they are significantly more likely to agree they “try to relax, but stay in touch with my office/job” while on vacation than their less-connected counterparts (40% versus 30%). But they are also slightly more indulgent. They engage in certain “forms” of relaxation more on vacation than they do at home, including drinking alcoholic beverages (53% versus 43%), making love (41% versus 35%), sleeping (38% versus 32%) and reading (38% versus 34%). • HAVE DEVICES, WILL TRAVEL: The Digital Elite took significantly more leisure trips last year than their less-connected counterparts (4.1 versus 3.7), and were much more likely to take both last-minute trips (31%) and staycations (31%) (versus 22% and 23%, respectively). They also intend to spend an average of $5,210 on leisure travel in the year ahead, significantly more than the $3,690 planned by their lessconnected counterparts. • SOCIAL CONNECTIONS: Not surprisingly, the online social activities of the “Digital Elite” differ considerably from those of

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S OF TRAVELERS: THE DIGITAL ELITE less-connected travelers. Eight out of 10 (81%) are on Facebook, compared to just 70% of those who own and use fewer digital devices. Nearly half (48%) are on LinkedIn (versus 28%). More than three in 10 (33%) are active on Twitter, compared to just 19% of their less-connected counterparts, and nearly one quarter (23%) are on YouTube and Google+ (versus 19% and 13% of less-connected travelers, respectively). • KEY TRAITS: Beyond their more extensive use of these devices, the personalities of the Digital Elite differ considerably, too. They are significantly more likely to be “happy” (82%) than travelers who own and use fewer digital devices (72%). They are also much more likely to describe themselves as “fun” (54% versus 46%), “confident” (52% versus 47%) and “sociable” (47% versus 40%). More also describe themselves as “healthy” (50%) and “fit” (32%) than less-connected travelers (versus 44% and 25%, respectively), and many

more plan to “become healthier” (62%) and “improve their appearance” (42%) (versus 56% and 34%, respectively) in the year ahead.

For more information about the results of the 2013 MMGY Global Portrait of Digital Travelers™ please visit the Insights section of

• SHOPPING HABITS: When it comes to finding the best Contibuted by: prices for travel services, the Peter C. Yesawich, Ph.D. “Digital Elite” turn most often Vice Chairman of MMGY Global to online travel agencies (OTAs): 63% typically use an OTA to book a travel service, versus 55% of less-connected travelers. This is presumably DR. PETER C. YESAWICH because 53% Vice Chairman, MMGY Global believe they “get the best Come hear Peter Yesawich speak: MPI NJ Educational Program prices on travel Meet the New American Traveler services from Thursday, March 20, 2014 OTAs,” and 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM almost half Hilton Hasbrouck Heights Hasbrouck Heights, NJ (49%) believe Peter C. Yesawich is vice chairman of the “most MMGY Global, America’s leading marketing, convenient way advertising and public relations agency serving travel, leisure and lifestyle to arrange clients. The agency represents clients in every category of the travel travel plans is industry through offices across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. through an OTA” (versus MMGY is an integrated marketing communications company that is known 45% and 43%, for its strategic thinking, breakthrough creativity and innovation in marketing practice. The firm’s Research & Brand Strategy Group is also respectively). regarded as one of the most respected sources of insights on the emerging travel habits, preferences and intentions of Americans and coauthors the widely acclaimed Portrait of American TravelersSM survey with Harrison Group, LLC. Yesawich is a frequent commentator on travel trends in such publications as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, Newsweek and Business Week. He is also featured on the CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and BBC World television networks and National Public Radio. He serves as a featured columnist in several industry trade publications and has authored numerous articles on marketing and advertising strategy in professional journals. He is also a coauthor of Marketing Leadership in Hospitality published by Prentice Hall. Listed in Who’s Who in America, Yesawich is the recipient of the World Travel Award from the American Association of Travel Editors, The Albert E. Koehl Award from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and the Silver Medal from the American Advertising Federation. He was also named one of the 25 Most Extraordinary Marketing Minds by HSMAI and is a former member of the board of directors of the U.S. Travel Association. Yesawich received three degrees from Cornell, including a doctorate in applied psychology, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Yale.

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HOSTED BUYER –PROG Hosted Buyer Programs The programs as “a significant part of the evolution of the meetings market”. “Now, more than ever, ROI in time and money is paramount,” Coventry says. “The hosted buyer program provides highly efficient face time for business to happen”.


he notion of “hosted buyer” is steadily building buzz in the U.S.

Imported from Europe, a hosted buyer program in a nutshell, is a business vehicle that brings qualified meeting buyers and sellers together with a high likelihood to book real business with each other through pre-arranged face-toface meetings at the show. “Hosted,” simply means that the show organizer picks up the cost of travel and hotel expenses if the buyer is qualified and has been accepted into the program. Though the “hosted buyer” concept has been around overseas for many years, its introduction into the U.S. meetings market didn’t start until 2011, when AIBTM was launched in Baltimore. AIBTM’s Hosted Buyer format quickly established itself as a popular alternative to the traditional trade show model, and has since been adopted by other meeting groups. Sallie Coventry, Portfolio Director, Meetings and Events for Reed Travel Exhibitions, describes hosted buyer

Meeting Professionals International has also successfully conducted hosted buyer programs during WEC (World Education Congress). Like AIBTM, they use matching software that automatically pairs up suppliers and planners based on their specific mutual needs and requirements. “In the past, exhibitors who did not prepare properly, and as a result didn’t get the anticipated business leads, would blame the show,” she says. “But the hosted buyer model guarantees that each

exhibitor will have appointments and thus justify their investment”. Small companies that exhibit can also benefit because it allows them to attend the show and get solid leads where they might not otherwise in the past due to budget constraints. Participants are required to fulfill eight appointments per day over the two days of the trade show, which still allows five free hours each day to walk the show floor. The planners also take advantage of CEUs (Continuing Education Units) accredited education sessions fueled by MPI, PCMA and others, and also enjoy a number of daytime and evening networking opportunities. All in all, the entire experience for the buyer meets all of their needs— business, education and networking. Here’s a short list of advantages to a Hosted Buyer program:

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GRAMS – THE NEW MODELshows? FOR TRADE SHOWS? new model for trade SELLERS • Buyers prequalified • Schedule arranged through matching software • Alternative to traditional trade shows where buyers are approached as they walk by • Knowing which meetings are scheduled ahead of time helps to prepare • Education and networking opportunities BUYERS • One stop shop: exposure to multiple destinations/venues in short period of time • Minimal commitment with little or no cost • No registration cost • Customized schedule arranged through software • Education and networking opportunities

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THE FUTURE OF EVENT PLANNING: MOBILIZING display to them should be in “snackable” bites, able to be digested quickly, as well as being relevant. As found with twitter and social media, the trick is reducing the content, while still getting enough information by to intrigue the audience and inspiring action.


lanning a successful event does not just hinge on which caterer you choose or picking the best venue. It’s also the overall experience you provide, when all these things come together, which your attendees and sponsors will remember. Whether you are planning a tradeshow, symposium, or conference, the experience of your audience and sponsors is integral to the success of your future events. By focusing on four key concepts we can go a long way to ensure that your audience and sponsors are engaged. Providing relevant content ensures the audience receives information which is tailored to their interests and will provide value quickly and when they want it. In-themoment service takes the experience to a new level by offering the audience ‘control’ in what at times can feel like unmanageable crowds. Multiple interaction points empower your audience to engage with your content how they want to, when they want

to, and in a way which they know. New revenue sources are also possible when deploying mobile technology, the key is to know how to do it without being overbearing. Relevant content Whether attempting to grow a network, drive lead generation, or just focus on the customer experience, relevant content is at the heart of every successful campaign. This is no less true for tradeshows and large events; it makes the difference between being a part of the conversation and being that person that talks only about themselves. For trade shows you might think that your topic choices are fairly easy. For example, at a symposium on Mobile Payments you’d give your audience access to information about the Mobile Payment announcements that your sponsors are releasing. Relevant content however doesn’t just consist of the content, but also how that content is read. Your audience probably has very little down time, and is on-the-go, therefore whatever content you

In-the-moment service When dealing with a constantly mobile and always-on audience, servicing them quickly is essential to providing a great experience. By giving them a way to fulfill their need or complete their task faster and more easily, your audience is more likely to become invested in the experience your company is providing and it will become easier for you to inspire immediate action. Look no further than the growth of mobile apps which help people order food for pickup and delivery. They provide such benefits as designing your order exactly as you want it, while avoiding pitfalls such as waiting in line. People love being able to skip the lines; it makes them feel in control, a member of an ‘elite’ club who gets to walk straight up to the counter, or even better have their order brought to them. By providing your audience with a service that easily lets them achieve what they want, they will value the experiences and be more likely to use it. Multiple interaction points With an audience that may have a wide range of devices (smartphones, tablets, or computers) and skill levels,

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G THE EXPERIENCE OF YOUR EVENT ATTENDEES providing multiple ways for them to interact with your content is crucial for successful adoption. Think of QR codes, many of us know how to use them, but even with years of use not everyone is familiar with them or likely to recognize the added value of the content they can get just by scanning them. Text-in keywords have been around for ages and may feel passé, but have predictable usage rates. NFC (near field communication) is relatively new to the US and not all phones are capable of interacting with NFC yet. By combining multiple interaction points, it becomes much easier to engage with your audience. When appropriate, use QR Codes, Text-In Codes, NFC embedded posters, and kiosks with simple calls to action to ensure proper coverage of your entire event audience no matter their age or skill level. New revenue sources Mobile engagement can offer an audience multiple ways to interact with an event. From finding directions, to texting in questions, to providing feedback, there are a number of ways to utilize this technology. Aside for providing a variety of information, mobile engagement can also be used as another source of revenue for any event. Optional sponsorship add-ons can include sponsored mobile messages for the length of the event, mobile advertising, and sponsored mobile websites. These types of mobile engagement are successful

because they are simple to interact with and can be accessed on any web-enabled phone, regardless of carrier. Mobile messages can be particularly useful, especially when 97% of text messages are read within the first 15 minutes they are received and 84% are responded to within an hour. Embedding hyperlinks with added content or multimedia information into these mobile messages can allow your audience to delve further into the relevant content you provided them when they have the time. Similarly, mobile advertising and co-branded mobile pages work to get your sponsors’ names and products in front of the audience’s eyes throughout the event. By connecting sponsors with your audience using mobile engagement you’re taking the sponsors’ ROI to the next level. Now they’re able to give their displays and advertising mobile calls to action which show interaction rates coupled with mobile app/webpage analytics.

Final Thoughts As people increasingly rely on their phones to do everything from organize their day to search the web, the number of mobile technologies and techniques for event planners to utilize has grown. The trick to utilizing these technologies and techniques to mobilize your event relies on your understanding of the audience. If you take the time to consider your audience and how they would like to engage, you will be more likely to win their attention and inspire their actions. According to INMA[i], the average adult attention span is 2.8 seconds—roughly long enough to read 140 characters or a headline…or perhaps a well-timed text message. Your audience of mobile, onthe-go consumers wants to be engaged with succinct content which can be accessed anywhere, at anytime from the device they constantly keep by their side. By keeping these four key concepts in mind, you can easily mobilize your event for the best possible audience and sponsor experience. Contributed By: Jason A. Howie

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Date: Friday, January 24, 2014 Location: The Heldrich Hotel 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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MICHELLE CASTILLO, CMP Senior Vice President Digiday 62 Clara Street Brooklyn, NY 11218

JILL MARCUS Area Sales Leader Marriott International 41 Fairview Place Montclair, NJ 07043

RICHARD McCADDEN National Sales Manager Caesar's Entertainment 105 Mill Race Drive Easton, PA 18045

NANCY RICHARDSON Visit Napa Valley 1001 Second St. #330 Napa Valley, CA

MARGARET COYLE National Sales Director Vail Valley Partnership PO Box 1130 Vail, CO 81658

CHRISTINE MRUZ Meetings Manager MatureHealth Communications 502 Centennial Ave Cranford, NJ 07016

ISABEL MUSIAL-DOTO Vice President The Compass Group, Inc. PO Box 610 Montville, NJ 07045

DOROTHEA CALABRESE Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel & Conference Center 9100 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD 21842

CHIP DEMILIO NMR Staging & Events Inc 28 Abeel Road Monroe Township, NJ 08831

MATTHEW FISHER Student County College of Morris 3 Cobblewood Court Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

JESSICA FORST Red Door Spa Seaview 400 E Fairway Lane Galloway, NJ

STACY FREDRICKS Manager, Event Markeing Realogy Corporation 175 Park Avenue Madison, NJ 07940

ALANNA MAGILL Student County College of Morris 13 Calais Rd Randolph, NJ 07869

SHANNON MULDOWNEY Conference Center Sales Manager The Culinary Conference Center 161 Newkirk Street Jersey City, NJ 07306 ISABEL MUSIAL-DOTTO Vice President The Compass Group, Inc PO Box 610 Montville, NJ 07045 JAMIE PANFILI Corporate Sales Manager Nassau Inn Ten Palmer Square Princeton, NJ 08542 VERONICA PATERNO Student County College of Morris 18 Sleepy Hollow Drive Oak Ridge, NJ 07438 SANDRA ROMEO Sales Manager Greek Peak Mountain Resort 2177 Clute Rd Cortland, NY 14850

This listing contains all New Members, Chapter Transfer Members and Affiliate Members from January 1 to February 28, 2014. If you should not be listed please contact:

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MPI-NJ SCHOLARSHIPS 2014 A Call for 2014 MPI New Jersey Scholarship Applicants The MPI­NJ Chapter will be accepting applications for two scholarships during the weeks of March 3, 2014 through April 22, 2014, via email. All applications are due April 22, 2014. Two MPI New Jersey members will be chosen as recipients. Scholarships are worth up to $2,800 for use toward the following: • Attendance at the MPI WEC (August 2­5 2014) • CMP Conclave (September 6­8 2014 New Orleans) • Toward educational programs including CMP or CMM certifications. *** Please note that the scholarship funds cannot be used towards MPI­NJ Chapter monthly education programs.*** Scholarship eligibility includes all current MPI­NJ Chapter members in good standing for a minimum of one year (2012­2013). Affiliate members and previous scholarship recipients within two (2) years of receiving award are not eligible. [The entire application must be completed.] MPI­NJ encourages all members to apply and take advantage of the knowledge and many benefits they provide: • • • • •

Gain innovative ideas Streamline your work processes Demonstrate ROI in meetings and events Connect and network with professionals in your industry Gain an advantage over your competition

Scholarships Choice Options ­ Save the Dates! 1. World Education Conference (WEC) worth $2,800.00 August 2 – 5, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN

CONCLAVE 2. CMP Conclave – worth $2,800.00 September 6 – 8, 2014 in New Orleans, LA

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3. CMM & CMP /Professional Education Classes or any other event/class deemed educational. Worth $2,800.00 CONTRIBUTOR: Jamie R. Keith, CMP Chair ­ Scholarship Committee (2011­2013) Tel: 732­603­7790 Email:

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MPI-NJ CHAPTER would like to acknowledge and thank our Strategic Partners for their Support of the Chapter

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EXECUTIVE BOARD President Julia Ramos, CMP JR Global Events Associates, LLC 201­333­8834

President­Elect Pam Wynne, CMM, CMP Carlson Wagonlit Travel 609­771­0415

Past President Michelle Wescott, CHSP Radisson Lackawanna Station 570­558­3916

VP Administration Kaaren Hamilton, CMP Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group 908­448­7804

VP Communications Mary Lou Pollack Ocean Place Resort and Spa 732­571­5739

VP Education Kellie Ann Cahill, CMP New York Hilton Midtown 212­261­5966

VP Finance Todd Steinberg, CMP Sonesta Collection 862­228­7079

VP Membership Chet Jasinski, CMP 908­234­1481

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Director of Internal Communications Carol Malinky, CMP C.A.Malinky Communications 201­232­0110

Director of Education Nancy Sutta Berns Nancy Sutta Berns, LLC. 973­886­8852

Director of Finance Michael Brill MEDALS LLC (Medical Education Delivery, Advisory and Logistics Support) 732­659­1133 Director of Strategic Partnerships John Pursel Hyatt Regency Jersey City 201­469­4763

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COMMITTEE CHAIRS Awards & Scholarship Committee Jamie Keith, CMP, Chair Hilton Woodbridge 732­603­7790

Education Committee Lisa Kelly, Chair The Westfield Group Rhonda Moritz, Co­Chair Cadaret Grant and Company 973­770­2300

Golf Committee Melissa Ullmann, Co­Chair Philadelphia CVB 856­228­7079

Membercare Committee Rebecca Wakefield, CMP, Chair KPMG LLP 201­307­7259 Bruce Boillotat, Co­Chair Royal Coachman 973­400­3204

OnSite Committee

Special Events Committee

Paula Dellaluna, Chair GEM Limo 732­618­8485

Merlene Wilder, CMP, Co­Chair TeamUnity (formerly UniREc) 973­325­9111

PR/Marketing Committee

Dagmaris Graziani, CMP, Co­Chair 917­620­2762

Patty Stern, CMP, Chair DMM Group Communications 973­669­2891 Michele Ross, Co­Chair FRHI Hotels and Resorts 709­883­9808

Social Media Committee

Student Leadership Committee Melissa Winfield, Chair Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group 973­919­9125 Linda Santangelo­Mosley, Co­Chair Santangelo Consulting, LLC 973­615­1398

Lisa Drake, Chair Ocean Place Resort & Spa 732­571­5739

Chapter Administrator Ruth Marion, CMP MPI NJ Chapter Phone: 201­875­2476

Don’t Forget to mark your calendars and make your reservations for our Annual Golf Outing on June 26th.

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