The North Florida Chapter of MPI was established in 1995 and consists of approximately 150 members. It has a strong mix of planner members including corporate, association and third party independent planners. Our membership is rounded out by suppliers and hospitality partners. MPI North Florida serves meeting planners in the Greater Jacksonville area, south to Daytona and West through the Florida panhandle. Meetings are regularly held in the Jacksonville area and Tallahassee.
To be the first choice for professional career development and a prominent voice for the global meeting and event community.
To provide MPI members, chapters and the global meeting and event community with innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and to act as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry.
A copy of the bylaws and /or polices can be obtained by contacting our Chapter Administrator here.
Our membership directory and other resources at MPIweb.org may be accessed here.
MPI membership is comprised of more than 24,000 members belonging to70 chapters and clubs worldwide.Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the meeting and event industrys largest and most vibrant global community, helps our members thrive by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces for meeting professionals in the North Florida area.
Whats In It For You?
- MPI is leading the charge to make meetings and events, and those who produce them, a key strategic component of every organizations business. We are committed to your success.
- MPI provides world-class education customized to your level and position, opportunities to build professional relationships, and a personalized lifetime professional development plan for you.
- For employers, MPI provides you with the education, contacts, and tools you need to execute more effective meetings that further the organizations overall strategic goals and demonstrate ROI.
- For suppliers, MPI means business via exposure for your company tomore than10,000 planners with average budgets over $1.5 million.
- Benefits for all members include chapter membership, volunteer leadership opportunities, discounts on MPI products and conferences, subscription forThe Meeting Professional, early access to news and trends, and research such as salary surveys, industry forecasts, multicultural projections and more.
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. The organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals including more than 17,000 engaged members and the Plan Your Meetings non-traditional meeting planner audience. It has more than 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries. For additional information or to join, visit www.mpiweb.org.
About the MPI Foundation:
The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation fuels the growth and advancement of MPI members by providing professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. The not-for-profit organization also propels the meeting and event industry forward by funding important and quality research initiatives. For more information, visit www.mpiweb.org/foundation.
MPI Key Facts:
- Founded in 1972
- More than 17,000 engaged MPI members representing 71 countries
- More than 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries
- 45 Chapters in the United States
- 7 Chapters in Canada
- 2 Chapters in Latin America
- 13 Chapters in Europe
- 2 Chapters in Asia
- 23 Student Clubs in North America
- More than $26 billion in global buying power
- 4,800 planner members exclusive to MPI have about $11.5 billion in buying power
Our Board of DirectorsMeet Our Awesome & Creative People
Susan Wiley, CMPPresident
Event Planning Manager,
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Mandie McKenzie, CMPImmediate Past President
Conference Center Manager, Jacksonville’s Public Library
Marianna Gioia, CMPVP of Education
Director of Catering, Omni Jacksonville Hotel
Casey HollingsworthVP of Membership
National Sales Manager, Caesars Entertainment
Karen Morris, CMPDirector of Administration
National Sales Manager, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
Sarah CrockerDirector of Chapter Collaboration
Training Events Manager, Â Software Quality Engineering
Dorry TaylorDirector of Leadership Development
Sales Manager, Omni Amelia Island Resort
Laura Knoll, CMPDirector of Northwest Florida Strategic Planning
Assistant Director of Meetings & Events, Association for Institutional Research
Elizabeth HallDirector of Special Events
Sales and Events Manager, World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum
Josh HoceDirector of Strategic Partnerships
National Account Manager, Visit Jacksonville
TestimonialsWhat Our Awesome Members Say About Us!
As MPI Past President and member of over 15 years, MPI has broaden my horizons, and given me access to the hospitality industry professionals, it has provided me stellar educational sessions and an unprecedented networking opportunities.
Being very involved in MPI for over 20 years has been a passion and a pleasure. MPI has provided me with the education and resources to excel in my meeting planning career and I have made many wonderful friends that have also been instrumental in my success. A majority of my client base is built upon the connections I have made through MPI. My return on investment with MPI has been ten-fold in multiple ways and I encourage anyone in the meetings industry to take advantage of these benefits.
Being on the Board for MPI North Florida has allowed me to collaborate with men and women in our profession on a regular basis to move the needle for our Chapter. I have grown as an individual, built solid relationships, learned more about MPI and became a better “me”.
Of all the professional organizations I have been a part of, I find the MPI North Florida Chapter to be the most engaging organization. It has allowed me the opportunity to not only benefit from the education and networking but to also share it with industry friends and colleagues.
MPI has helped educate, enlightened and enhance my personal and professional career. I first started really connecting with MPI by attaining my Certified Meeting Professional Designation in 2014. This was not just an educational accreditation but also helped me to build personal and professional friends along the way! MPI is more than just a meeting or luncheon. It a community of ‘friends’ that work together to help educate and grow business together. I am stronger and more confident because of MPI!
Serving on the North Florida MPI Board has given me the opportunity to grow professionally as I have worked with fellow board members to better the chapter by navigating challenges together. Its been incredibly rewarding personally to begin and deepen friendships with individuals who are prioritizing the welfare of others before themselves.
Our Past Presidents
2014-2015 Mandie McKenzie, CMP
2013-2014 TJ Worrell, CTS
2012-2013 Melissa Milione, CMP,CPCE
2011-2012 Vickey Woodley
2011 Linda McMahon
2010-2011 Sabrina Young, CMP
2009-2010 Gayle Jackson-Menk
2008-2009 Cheryl Schreiner
2007-2008 Carol Cullen
2006-2007 Luis Sanchez, CMP
2005-2006 Anne Urban
2004-2005 Bill Rodish, CMP
2003-2004 Eileen Pearson
2002-2001 Eve Szymanski
2001-2000 Dana Rigdon, CMP
2000-2001 Candace Mingo
1999-2000 Ann Shea
1998-1999 Roger Dockery
1997-1998 Jeri Leedy
1996-1997 Brenda Boring
1995-1996 Vickie Corder, CMP