Welcome to the MPI Heartland Chapter!

MPI Heartland is made up of meeting planners and suppliers from across Iowa and Nebraska and we are a part of the MPI Global community.

MPI Heartland brings networking and educational opportunities to our members, and non members, in order to advance the meeting profession. Almost every month there are opportunities to be involved in the chapter through events.

Meeting Professionals International, the meeting industry’s largest and most vibrant global community, is committed to delivering success for its nearly 17,000 worldwide members by providing innovative knowledge and learning experiences, connecting people and ideas, and creating rich marketplace opportunities. Founded in 1972, the Dallas-based organization delivers global human connections through its 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries. For more information or to join, visit www.mpiweb.org


Cvent, Inc. (NYSE: CVT) is a leading cloud-based enterprise event management platform, with more than 1,450 employees and more than 12,600 customers worldwide. Cvent offers software solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue selection, event management, mobile apps for events, e-mail marketing and web surveys. Cvent provides hotels with a targeted advertising platform designed to reach event planners looking for suitable venues. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage hundreds of thousands of meetings and events. http://www.cvent.com/


Member Spotlight

Cory Carlson

Hyatt Hotels Coorporation

Director of Business Development, Sales for Hyatt Place & Hyatt House Brands

MPI Member Since: February 2016

How long have you been in the meetings / hospitality industry? 22+ years

How has MPI helped in the support and growth of your career? MPI has given me so much in a short time. The connections I have made have really helped to “plug me in” to the local hotel and CVB communities in both Omaha and Des Moines. Attending MPI’s Annual World Education Congress the past 3 years, has given me the opportunity to connect with planners and suppliers from all over the world helping me to raise the profile of the brands I represent.   

Have you done business with any MPI members, locally or nationally? Definitely Both. I work with all of the HelmsBriscoe Associates locally. I have also booked business with several planners thru connections made on the national level.  

What three tips can you share with others in our industry? 
1. Get Involved/Volunteer – You will get so much more out of it than you put in.
2. Pick up the phone. Make a conscious effort to talk on the phone with at least 3 clients per day vs. just email/text. It will enrich your relationships and bring more business to your organization.
3. Be a mentor. Take someone under your wing that is less experienced in our industry and pass on the knowledge you have gained.  

  • What is your dream vacation spot? Australia
  • What do you do in your spare time? Any hidden talents? Fun facts about yourself?  I try to spend most of my free time with my wife Darcy of 16 years, and my two boys, Jack (12) and Bennett (7). I do play-by-play for local high school football games in the Fall for 102.7, Spirit Catholic Radio. One of my favorite jobs was my 3 years working as an Archery Instructor at Hummel Park Day Camp in Omaha in the mid 1990’s. I am an avid Nebraska Cornhusker Football Fan.  

          Follow Us on Twitter       Find Us on Facebook       Join Us on LinkedIn

Log in to see this information

Either the content you're seeking doesn't exist or it requires proper authentication before viewing.