President's Message

Hello Tampa Bay Members and Prospective Members!  Fall is in the air and we have some great opportunities for you to mix, mingle, and make new contacts! 

Our next mixer will be held in Pinellas County, with one of our tastiest suppliers – Toffee to Go on October 22nd at 5:30pm.  Come check out their incredible factory and taste some Toffee and hors d’oeuvres while you meet new people and grow your business, or find suppliers that will make your meetings and events shine.  We also have an opportunity “South of the Skyway” on October 27th, with our SOS group growing each month.  SOS starts at 4:30, so you can avoid the traffic; their networking event will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, right near the airport.

But wait, there’s even more...  Our November luncheon is one you will not want to miss!  Mark your calendar and register early for this.  We will be having lunch at the Amalie Arena on November 5th.  We will also be selling discounted tickets to a hockey game on which you can offer to your friends and family.  Registration for this event is open so go to our website, and register early.

Did you notice our own Tara Liaschenko, CMM on the cover of The Meeting Professional magazine?  We are so lucky to have her as an integral part of this chapter.  I hope your read her story, and how she is helping to ensure a strong future for MPI and our chapter.  We have a succession plan in place, and if you would like to grow professionally and personally, I encourage you to get involved and stake your claim.  The training that I have received from MPI has profoundly impacted my business. Our industry is very much back on track, and joining our Board of Directors, or serving as a Committee Chairperson will give you great exposure, offer you some great training and help you make new friends in this industry. 

Thank you to Whiskey Joe’s and all of sponsors who created a great September luncheon.  The view was spectacular and the dolphins decided to show off for us.  Chris Krimitsos, of Tampa Bay Business Owners (TBBO), gave us all kinds of great websites to visit and apps to use in our businesses.  We learned, we had fun, we did some business.  To me, that’s what this chapter is all about.

Wishing you a great month,