February 2018 Print

Board Member Exposé


Sonja Wood, CMP

Director of Finance

This girl knows meetings! Part of that is because she brings over 20+ years of hospitality business to the table. The other part? She’s just plain great at working with people and delivering on her promises. If you already know Sonja, she isn’t all business! In fact, she’s all about building great (and lasting) client relationships, and having fun along the way. She loves her job as the Manager of Go Great Meetings for Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Regional CVB, representing remarkable people and properties, and affordable meeting opportunities in Midland, Bay City, Saginaw, Birch Run and Frankenmuth to meeting professionals everywhere.

She has been an active member of our MPI Michigan Chapter for over 20 years, has worked on numerous committees and served on the Board of Directors in several positions. Currently, Sonja is our Director of Finance. In 2002, she was selected as the recipient of the MPI Michigan Chapter Rookie of the Year Award, was named a MSAE OrgPro Genius and in 2015, was named Michigan’s Finest Sales Professional by MPI Michigan Chapter.

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Save The Date

World Education Congress

June 02, 2018 
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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Indiana Convention Center
100 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46225

The conference is scheduled for June 2-5, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indianapolis is the #1 convention city in the U.S, and it’s the perfect host for WEC’s cutting edge education. Every programming decision MPI is making for #WEC18 is toward the goal of revitalizing you and the events you plan. From the keynotes to concurrent sessions; from the networking functions to the food, #WEC18 will be the place to recharge yourself and the experiences you design.



Planner $899
Supplier $999
Faculty $449
Student $249


Planner $1,099
Supplier $1,199


Planner Membership Bundle $1,199
Supplier Membership Bundle $1,299
Faculty Membership Bundle $599
Student Membership Bundle $259


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Celebration Nominations

Hello MPI Michigan members!

We are excited to announce that nominations are now OPEN for MPI Michigan's upcoming annual awards gala Celebration!, June 12 at Suburban Collection Showplace.

Please consider nominating yourself or an industry colleague in these categories:

  • Meetings Impact Award
  • Young Professional Achievement
  • Meeting Industry Leadership
  • Member of the Year
  • Finest Meeting Site
  • Finest Non-Property Vendor

Please email Terra Damchuk your nominee with a few short sentences of why you think your submission should win:
[email protected]

Deadline to submit is March 13. 

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New Sponsorship and Advertisting Opportunities!

Now is the time to BUY MPI Michigan Chapter! To find out more about strategic partnerships and advertising opportunities, visit http://mpimichapter.org/images/downloads/2017_2018_sponsorship_catalog.pdf

Why buy? With 50 percent planner members in its membership, you are directly hitting your market. MPI Michigan Chapter is a prominent association for professional meeting planners and suppliers.

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Membership Information

Monthly Renewal Drawing for February 2018

Renewal Drawings:  www.mpiweb.org/renew

Are you up for renewal this month? Renew your MPI membership before the end of June and you will be entered into a drawing for one of THREE great prizes. The winner will pick one! Renew today!

  • 6 month extended membership
  • Complimentary CMP Study Kit  (valued at $312)
  • Receive $200 off any MPI Professional Development Certificate Program

Benefits of Membership:


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