2017 Award Nominees

Congratulations to the MPI New England 2017 Spring Award Nominees – these members have been nominated by their peers for their many contributions to the chapter and the industry as a whole. Each nominee is incredibly deserving of the honor bestowed by the chapter. Join us on June 29th at the Boston Park Plaza to celebrate our winners and congratulate all of our nominees!

Frank Barrett:


Frank is an Account Executive at Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Services, a proud subsidiary of Addison Lee Group. Frank manages client relationships focusing on ground transportation logistics for events, corporate VIPs and full service ground transportation account implementation. He has volunteered with MPI New England on the Education, Institutes and Sponsorship committees and is a huge advocate for the MPI brand.

 Mark Bice, CMP:


Mark is the Regional Vice President for HPN Global, and has been in meeting planning, hotel sales, and hotel operations roles for many years. Mark is a Past President of the MPI New England Chapter, facilitates Board retreats for other MPI Chapters, and frequently speaks at industry conferences on the topics of contracting and contract negotiation.  

Kim Gallagher:

Kimberly Gallagher is a Sales Account Executive at VDA Productions, with a demonstrated history of working in the events industry. Strong sales professional with a Bachelor of Science focused in Hospitality and Tourism Management from University of Massachusetts Amherst - Isenberg School of Management. Kim has been attending MPINE meetings for 3 years and currently serves on the Special Events Committee.

Marjorie Lane:


Marjorie Lane is a Meeting and Event Manager at Maritz Travel. She is responsible for event logistics for national conferences for corporate clients in the tech and investment industries. She has been a member of MPI New England for two years and has been a member of the Education committee since January of 2016. She volunteers her time to assist others through work with her church, Rosie's Place and Dana-Farber.

Rachel Manners:


Rachel Manners is the Director of Sales at the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa where she oversees the catering and group sales efforts. With over 10 years’ experience in the industry she has worked in various capacities from hands on front of the house, to conference and wedding planning, to operations. Rachel has been a member of MPI for 6 years and currently enjoys serving on the membership committee.

Mackenzie Thompson:


Mackenzie is a Johnson & Wales student studying in the Sports/Entertainment/Event Management field. She has worked on campus as a Games Operations Student Assistant and is eager to enrich her meeting and event industry experience every opportunity she gets. Mackenzie sits on the board of  the Student Chapter of MPI New England and helps lead the presence on campus.

Melanie Walton:


Melanie Walton, CMP, currently is the Conference Director at PlanetConnect, where she oversees a small team of industry professionals who create and produce successful events for their pharma clients.  With 20 years in the events industry and 10 years as an MPI member, Melanie's career has been dedicated to bringing people together through meetings and events to make meaningful connections and move business forward. With experience on both the planner and supplier sides of the industry, Melanie views events as a strategic means to reach organizational goals.  Her focus and personalized service allow her to exceed expectations and produce memorable events that achieve results.Recently moving back to New England in the Summer of 2015, Melanie currently is active in MPI-NE chapter on both the Membership Committee and the Fall Institute Committee.