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    • 22 Oct 2015
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Early Mountain Vineyards 6190 Wolftown-Hood Road Madison, VA 22727
    MPI After Five Social & Networking Event

    Thursday, October 22 2015

    4:30pm - 6:00pm

    Early Mountain Vineyards

    6109 Wolftown-Hood Road
    Madison, VA 22727

    Come mix and mingle with your MPI-VA colleagues and industry friends at this FREE event! Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.


    • 22 Oct 2015
    • 11:30 PM
    • 23 Oct 2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Charlottesville, VA
    2015 MPI Virginia Fall Board Retreat

    Thursday, October 22-23, 2015

    Holiday Inn Charlottesville    
    1901 Emmet Street
    Charlottesville, VA 22901

    :    FREE!
    Click here to Register!

    Retreat Agenda

    Thursday, October 22, 2015
        Retreat Day 1  (Lunch provided)       
    4:30pm-6:00pm     MPI After 5 Event-  Early Mountain Vineyards
    6:30pm      Board Dinner- Location TBD
    Transportation will be provided to/from hotel, vineyard and dinner on Thursday night.

    Friday, October 23, 2015
          Board Retreat Day 2 (breakfast and lunch provided)         

    How can I book a room?
    Room charges are the responsibility of each individual board member.  The Holiday Inn is offering a very generous discounted rate of $89 per night! 
    For overnight rooms, you can contact the Holiday Inn on their toll free reservations line at 888-737-3995 or directly at 434-977-7700.  Ask for the VAMPI rate.

    • 05 Nov 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM (EST)
    • (EST)
    • Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront 3315 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451
    Thursday, November 5, 2015                        
    11:00am - 1:30pm

    Location: Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront

    Topic: Group Sales and Tourism Director

    Speaker:  Dianna Starkey


     11:00am - 11:30am Registration & Networking 
     11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch
     12:30pm - 1:30pm Education

    Session Title: “The Alphabet Soup of meetings and events for MPI = A.B.C.D’s, the 5-I’s, and the importance of A.A.R.-SAY What?”

    Session Description: 

    This session will provide meeting and event professionals with an understanding of how to market, promote, and sell events. We will dive into finding target audiences for various meeting and event tracks. Planning is essential! Create a marketing, promotion, and media plan to attract diverse and multi-generational audience and attendees. Answer these questions: Can I collaborate with my competition to better promote my event? Do the 5-I’s matter to my organization? What is AAC and do I really care? 

    3 Learner Objectives:

    1. Find potential partnership and opportunities with sponsors, donors, suppliers and other compatible organizations to boost your marketing.

          2.  Understand why multi-tiered, cross-promotions, and numerous tracks work for a diverse audience


          3.  Recognize the importance of your after action

    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund

    • 11 Nov 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (EST)
    • (EST)
    • Hyatt Place Charlottesville 2100 Bond Street Charlottesville, VA 22901
    Wednesday, November 11, 2015
    8:30am - 9:30am

    Hyatt Place Charlottesville

    2100 Bond Street

    Charlottesville VA  22901

    Click here to register!

    Please join us for our first Charlottesville Breakfast Forum of the 2015-2016 Season. 

    Come join us for an hour of lively discussion….

    - Building a Professional Network 

    - Opportunities for networking while traveling.

    - Maintaining relationships

    -Time Management – tips for keeping work out of our personal lives 

    And other fun topics of conversation you would like to bring.

    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 3 days from event date: Full Refund
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund

    • 23 Nov 2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 24 Nov 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 North Parham Road, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23294
    Virginia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International
    in Partnership with VirginiaTech
    presents The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) 2015 Boot Camp

    November 23-24, 2015

    9:00am - 5:00pm both days

    Virginia Tech Richmond Center
    2810 N Parham Road, Suite 300
    Richmond, VA 23294

    Click here to Register

    The boot camp will include intensive sessions covering the recommended texts used to prepare for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP®) exam. This session will prepare you to negotiate efficiently and effectively while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Participants will walk away with skills and tools to be prepared for their certification exam and show the ROI of their new skills. This course earns 14.0 Clock Hours (1.40 CEU credits) toward your CMP Application! 

    Cost (for 2 days): 
    $175 for VAMPI Members

    $200 for Non-Members

    Meetings and events account for more than $120 billion in annual business volume in the United States alone. Their economic value as an enabler and facilitator of business and policy decisions is far broader.* This is one of the most important and expensive areas in business

    Instructor:  Ann Buhl, CMP

    Event cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellations outside of 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date:  $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date:     No refund

    **The information you provide is subject to the Freedom of Information Act guidelines.
    **Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
    • 03 Dec 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • (EST)
    • TBD - Richmond, VA

    VAMPI Holiday Luncheon and Auction Fundraiser

    Thursday, December 3, 2015
    10:30am - 1:30pm

    Location: TBD


     9:00am - 10:30am Board Meeting 
     10:30am - 11:00am Registration, Silent auction & Networking 
     11:00am - 12:30pm Luncheon and Silent auction
     12:30pm - 1:30pm Auction check out

    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund

Past events

10 Sep 2015 September Education: Use All The Crayons! The Colorful Guide to Simple Human Happiness
20 Aug 2015 MPI Virginia Chapter Annual Awards Reception & Dinner
20 Aug 2015 MPI Virginia Chapter Annual Education Conference & Awards Ceremony
20 Jul 2015 CMP Boot Camp - July 2015
23 Jun 2015 June Charlottesville Breakfast Forum:
04 Jun 2015 June Networking & Induction Meeting
07 May 2015 May Education: The Most Overlooked Contract Clauses You Can't Afford to Ignore
29 Apr 2015 April Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Let's Talk Best Practices!
28 Apr 2015 MPI After Five
28 Apr 2015 VAMPI 2015 Annual Board Retreat
05 Mar 2015 March Education: Let Us Break Bread Together: Using Food in your Recipe for Success
19 Feb 2015 VAMPI CMP Recognition Reception
05 Feb 2015 February Education: Do it Well. Make it Fun.
28 Jan 2015 January Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: 2015 Meetings Outlook
08 Jan 2015 State of the Industry with Kevin Kirby, MPI International Chairman of the Board
11 Dec 2014 Holiday Luncheon and Auction Fundraiser: Members may bring a guest for free!
06 Dec 2014 EDMARC Gift Wrapping Community Service Project
24 Nov 2014 CMP Boot Camp
14 Nov 2014 November Education: Leveraging Social Media for Planners & Suppliers
07 Nov 2014 VAMPI Mid-Year Board Retreat
04 Nov 2014 November Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Contracts!
01 Oct 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum 2014-2015 Kick-Off
11 Sep 2014 September: Unlocking a Data Conscious Culture
13 Aug 2014 2014 VAMPI/HSMAI Annual Education Conference
21 Jul 2014 CMP Boot Camp
05 Jun 2014 VAMPI 2014 Awards Luncheon
13 May 2014 2014 VAMPI Board Retreat
21 Apr 2014 CMP Boot Camp
10 Apr 2014 April Education: ZOMBIES 2030! Taming the Most Challenging Conference Imaginable
27 Mar 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: March 2014
20 Mar 2014 Meeting Professionals' Industry Fair
06 Mar 2014 March Education: Quickfire with Bob Mellinger
20 Feb 2014 VAMPI CMP Support Program: “Committed to Making Professionals”
06 Feb 2014 February Education Meeting: Building a Legacy of Leadership
29 Jan 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: January 2014
09 Jan 2014 January Education: Virginia Travel Industry Updates
05 Dec 2013 Holiday Auction & Luncheon
12 Nov 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Let’s talk about Food and Beverage!
07 Nov 2013 Speed Learning - Industry Roundtable Discussions
06 Nov 2013 2013-2014 VAMPI Board Midyear Retreat
28 Oct 2013 CMP Boot Camp
03 Oct 2013 Risk Management & Event Insurance
26 Sep 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Discover how your fellow planners and suppliers expect to see 2014 shape up.
12 Sep 2013 True Innovation: Inspiring Your Audience
15 Aug 2013 CAMP VAMPI! Campfire Gathering (Guests Only)
15 Aug 2013 CAMP VAMPI! Annual Education Conference
29 Jul 2013 CMP Boot Camp
26 Jun 2013 Tidewater Breakfast Forum: Thinking Outside the Box
18 Jun 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Benefits and Options for Advancing your Career
06 Jun 2013 VAMPI Awards Reception & Dinner
29 May 2013 Tidewater Breakfast Forum: Are you in the Business of being an Exceptional Business?
23 May 2013 2013-2014 VAMPI Board Retreat
02 May 2013 “Experience plus Education equals Success”
17 Apr 2013 EVENT CANCELLED Wine with VAMPI
28 Mar 2013 From Logistics to Strategy: A Journey into the Mind of the Ultimate Decision Maker
26 Mar 2013 How to Achieve the Perfect Atmosphere at your Event
25 Feb 2013 Used any cool technology lately?
21 Feb 2013 VAMPI CMP Support Program: “Committed to Making Professionals”
07 Feb 2013 “LET ME HELP!: Volunteers in Special Events Administration”
15 Jan 2013 Richmond Breakfast Forum
10 Jan 2013 Virginia Travel Industry Updates Panel Discussion
15 Dec 2012 Got Community? EDMARC Gift Wrapping Event
12 Dec 2012 "What's Your Plan B?"
06 Dec 2012 Naked Negotiating & Holiday Auction
13 Nov 2012 CMP Exam: What You Need to Know About the New CMP Application Guidelines
01 Nov 2012 Meet Like A Mouse: Apply Theme Park Methodology
23 Oct 2012 Risky Business: Planner & Business Partners Prepare for Contingencies?”
16 Oct 2012 Is Your Head Spinning? Charlottesville Breakfast Forum
05 Oct 2012 “Maximizing Attendee Engagement with Mobile Apps”?
27 Sep 2012 VAMPI Unique Meets Tour 5
18 Sep 2012 Mobile Apps: What’s it all about? - Richmond Breakfast Forum
13 Sep 2012 Working Professionally From the Road
23 Aug 2012 2012 Annual Education Conference