I think MPI is great, and our Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter is
fantastic! In 33 years in the business world, I have never felt more warmly welcomed and
more immediately part of an organization. Walk up to anyone at an MPI meeting and say
"Hi!" Thirty seconds later you have a new friend and professional peer who wants
to help you succeed!
At every meeting I have met new people who treat me like I
was a charter member. On two different occasions I spent several minutes getting to know a
"new face." Hours later I learned that I had been talking to a former chapter
president in one case and a national award winner in the other! There was no boasting or
sense of superiority found so often in other professional associations. How refreshing!
Most everyone I have met in MPI seems focused on two
powerful objectives: to enhance the quality of the meetings and hospitality industry and
to contribute to the professional growth of other MPI members. The greatest benefit I
received in my first six months with MPI was the identification of a correctable flaw in
my business perspective. I thought I was in the speaking business. I quickly
learned that I am in the meetings and hospitality business! What a difference that
perspective has made for me. Thank you all!
MPI membership gives me and other suppliers a chance to hang
around our customers. Simultaneously, planners can interact directly with multiple
suppliers and quickly learn the many options available to them. And, to our credit, you
generally cannot tell the suppliers from the planners without a scorecard. Everyone is
pulling for everyone else's success! "Win-win" is frequently mentioned in this
highly competitive world. MPI shows how to put the "walk" into that
I believe the primary reason our DFW chapter is a consistent
award winner is because so many members are involved in one way or another. At my first
meeting, the Christmas party, I told everyone I met that I wanted to be involved. Wow, do
our leaders follow through! In just a couple weeks I was involved and fully accepted in
the chapter activities of my choice.
My MPI membership, and yours, pays for itself in three ways:
first, in the tremendous learning available from education programs and regular networking
with experienced professionals; second, from the ability to grow professionally by being
involved on committees and projects important to our chapter and the community; and third,
through opportunities gained as members do business with each other, knowing that MPI
attracts the best people in our industry.
So let's get on with it - - - "What is your name? What
business are you in? What challenges do you face? What can we do to help you find
solutions to your problems? How can I be of service? In what way would you like to be
involved in MPI?"
With MPI the sky is not a limit!