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2017-2018 MPIKC Annual Awards Nominees

We’re thrilled to announce the nominees for the 2017-2018 MPI Kansas City Annual Awards. These awards were developed to recognize members who have contributed generously to our profession.

MPI Kansas City will recognize a supplier and planner member of the year, as well as an event and venue of the year. These nominees have supported MPI Kansas City by their commitment to the organization and continue to propel the chapter forward to meet the ever-changing challenges of the meetings industry.

Other awards to be announced during the event are the Legacy Award, honoring a company that is driving the positive transformation of the hospitality industry, showcasing leaders and visionaries in tourism best practices, and being true innovators in the Kansas City area; and the Rising Star Award, recognizing someone that has been a member for less than two years and has made an impact in the chapter. The Rising Star Award Recipient is nominated and voted on by the Board of Directors.

The nominees for our 2017-2018 MPI Kansas City Annual Awards are:

Event/Program & Venue of the Year Nominees Supplier of the Year Nominees Planner of the Year Nominees Legacy Award Nominees
AC Hotel – Hot Topics Round Table Alicia Menz Doug Fager Agenda USA
Aladdin Hotel – Trivia Night Amy Worden Kathy Thompson Loews Hotel
Dave and Busters – Membership Appreciation Event Andrea O’Hara Mindi Johnson MJMeetings
Hamburger Mary’s – Hambingo Fundraising Event Audra Ebelshauser, Aramark Shannon Higgins Overland Park Convention Center
Intercontinental Hotel – Past Presidents Event Featuring Michael Dominguez Bob  Compton Whitney Butler Visit KC
Kansas City Airport Marriott – The Future of the Kansas City Airport Janet O’Hagan
Kansas City River Market and Crossroads District – Dine-Around Jill Davis
Lenexa City Center – 2018 MPIKC Professional Educational Conference John Kirby
Overland Park Convention Center – MPIKC Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet 2016-2017 Kelly Kirby
Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza – Are you ready? How to keep attendees safe in an unsafe climate

MPI Academy

What is the MPI Academy? It is the one-stop shop for members for meeting and event industry skill training, CE credits and certificate courses. Features live and on-demand instructor-led courses and webinars – its the perfect resource for the job you have or the job you want!

Visit the MPI Academy for more information.


Changes to CMP-IS:  Impacts for 2017 Exams and Beyond

What does this change mean for those taking the 2017 exam and subsequent exams? Really, just a change in the emphasis or numbers of items (exam questions) in some domains, and the elimination of Domain J items (2 questions, replaced by the CMP Code of Ethics).

There are a few new skill statements, however, addition of items to the CMP exam occurs over time. The writing of new items, whether for a new skill or for established ones, goes through a rigorous process before they are included as items on an exam. That includes subject matter expert (CMP) writing, psychometric re-writes, Item Review panel analysis, confirmation of references in study texts, pretesting, more statistical analysis, more committee review and, finally, live testing.

In summary, candidates should not be concerned or expecting major changes with this iteration of the CMP-IS.

Crosswalk of changes to CMP-IS

2017 CIC CMP-IS