VA VOICE: June 19, 2019 Print

Leadership & Governance

Congratulations to the 2019-2020
MPI VA Chapter Board of Directors, inducted June 6, 2019 at Hilton Norfolk The Main. It is going to be an exciting year!

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Featured News

Mindfulness, Being Present & the In-Between 
Article by Charles Waddell

Many types of physicians will tell you the intrinsic nature of our basic mind functions for navigating our survival. We “re-run” life episodes imagining how we might act or react differently, ensuring we are equipped to live our best lives. Relying on our acquired past is a part of how we prepare for what may come next. Often, we may find comfort in the past while experiencing fear in our future simply because we can control one and not the other. Google has an accurate definition of mindfulness as “a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”

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Annual Conference

Speaker Highlight

Michael Dominguez

Breaking News!
Michael Dominguez is back by popular demand!
He’ll be kicking off our Annual Education Conference with his 2019 Industry Update on Wednesday afternoon from 4:00-5:00 pm, followed by the Opening Reception where we’ll network and discuss the trends we just heard. If you’ve been debating over which day to arrive, Wednesday is it!

We listened and we heard your feedback! Additional educational programming has been added to Thursday morning, so please take note of the earlier start time.

This year’s Annual Education Conference is jam packed with hot topics and experiential technology. You don’t want to miss a thing! Not registered yet? Why would you pay full price when you can be an early-bird for $199?

Early- Bird Registration Ends Soon!

Hotel Reservations
A block of rooms are available at the Norfolk Marriott Waterside at a discounted rate of $139/night.  Reserve your room by July 17 to take advantage of the discount.  


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Kim Martin
Director of Specialty Programs
Virginia REALTORS®

Best thing about job: 
I really enjoy planning the details of events and choosing the F&B.  I always choose wisely for the guests, but make sure I include a few of my favorites, too!                 

Volunteer positions: 
I volunteer as an Ambassador at James River Winery doing tastings and pouring wine for guests.  I also volunteer at Innsbrook Afterhours Concerts as a Concerteer working the beer truck.  I get to hear great music while serving guests.

Event horror story:  
The venue changed the time of our dinner during the planning stages and I did not catch it.  When we showed up, they were not ready for us and said we were 30 minutes early.  I made the situation seamless and no one ever knew!

Fishing, Swimming, Music, Volunteering

Husband: Chuck Martin, Children (young adults): Robbie & Rachel.  Pets:  Penny (Miniature Dachshund) & Missy (Chubby Chihuahua).

Pet Peeve:
Decorating a Christmas tree and hanging two same color balls side by side. Miscellaneous junk on coffee and kitchen tables, also known as unnecessary clutter.

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Scholarship Opportunity

We would like to thank everyone who took the opportunity to submit their application for the 2019 MPIVA Scholarship Program.  We are pleased to announce the following winners:

Planner Recipient
Rachel Schools, PRA Group

Supplier Recipient
Anna Fitzgerald, The Craddock Terry Hotel

$100 off membership renewal
Rachel Fessenden, 

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Sponsorship Opportunities

2019 Annual Conference
Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

CLICK HERE to learn more. 

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Community Service


MPI Virginia members now have the opportunity to support the MPI Foundation during the event registration process. If you’d like to contribute, please choose an amount in the donation box and submit with your event registration request. We will announce our Chapter’s contribution total at the Annual Conference each year.

Click here to learn how the MPI Foundation gives back to members worldwide.

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