Something To Talk About: MPISCC’s 2017 Awards & Installation Gala

MPISCC’s 2017 Awards & Installation Gala was truly historic in that it received the highest attendance of any gala of previous years. Hosted by The Beverly Hilton, guests enjoyed a welcome reception in the stunning new Wilshire Garden, followed by dinner, an entertaining awards and installation with beautiful vocal harmonies by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and an after-party dance featuring the supergroupStadium. Eyal Simko kept the evening moving forward in his role as master of ceremonies. It was a festive, memorable evening with friends, colleagues and family members.
Brian Stevens, CEO of ConferenceDirect and MPI Chairman, installed the 2017-2018 Board of Directors.
The following persons were honored for their contributions to the Chapter:

President’s Award: Libby Zarrahy, CMP

An individual recognized by the 2016-2017 Outgoing President for their support and guidance.


Past President’s Award: California State Polytechnic University Pomona | Collins College of Hospitality Management

An individual or organization recognized by the Council of Past Presidents for outstanding contributions to the Southern California meetings industry.


Lois K. Hauser Award: Ron Havens, CMP, CMM

This award recognizes an “unsung hero” who is dedicated to committee work and demonstrates a long-term service commitment to the chapter.


Gary J. Rosenberg Scholarship: Amani Roberts

MPISCC has a long and rich history of educational excellence. The Gary J. Rosenberg Scholarship promotes education and opportunity to its members. Funds can be used towards MPI conferences, pursuit of a CMP or CMM designation, attendance at allied meeting association conferences or college courses relating to the meetings industry.


Shining Star of the Year: Melissa Goodman, CMP

Shining Stars are MPISCC volunteers who have been recognized for  making significant contributions. All Shining Stars with current MPI memberships are automatically nominated into the Shining Star of the Year category.


Member of the Year:Michelle Thornton, CMP

This is awarded to an individual who has been an MPISCC member for over two years and who has made significant contributions to the chapter, is active in the industry as a whole and shows commitment to professional development.
Get to know Ron in our Member Spotlight.


Emerging Leader of the Year: Rafael Mendoza

This is awarded to an individual who has been an MPISCC member for two years or under and who has made a significant contribution to the chapter during their short time as a new member.


Chapter Leader of the Year: Joe Martin

This is awarded to a member of MPISCC who has influenced the chapter based on the ability to motivate others, stimulate volunteer action, provide a sense of direction and serve as a catalyst to produce exceptional results.

MPISCC is grateful for the contributions of our Gala Sponsors

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Entire Productions

Five Senses Tasting

Folktale Winery & Vineyards

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JTANL Productions, Inc.

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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One Up Entertainment

Prima-Tex Industries, Inc

PromoShop Los Angeles

Santa Monica Travel & Tourism

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Carnival Cruise Line

Carson Doubletree Hilton

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Four Seasons Westlake Village

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Hotel MdR

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Rose Bowl Stadium

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