Midwest Meetings: How has being a member of MPI St. Louis made a difference in your career?
Macy S. Russell: I moved to St. Louis in 2014, so I had zero network for vendors. I struggled the first few years to learn the network in St. Louis but that all changed when I joined MPI. Not only do I now have a wealth of quality vendors I’ve meet but my fellow planners have been a priceless resource. They are always offering tips, relaying new information in event design, and are a great sounding board for ideas.
MM: In your opinion, what makes the MPI St. Louis chapter different from other MPI chapters?
MSR: While this is the first MPI chapter I’ve been a part of, I think our Midwest manners make us unique. All the events are very inclusive, whether you’ve been with MPI for 10 years or are a guest.
MM: Does MPI St. Louis offer unique experiences for new members?
MSR: My first year, there was a fantastic evening networking event at Weber Bar & Grill. We took a grill master class where we learned how to make the perfect hamburger by grilling it ourselves. It not only helped introduce me to new people but was delicious!
MM: What is one tip you received in your career that you will never forget?
MSR: Delegation is key. If you have a committee willing to help, empower them with the information and direction they need to make your event stronger.
Midwest Meetings: How has being a part of MPI Michigan Chapter (MPIMI) made a difference in your career?
Chris Rowley: Relationships. The greatest part is building life long friendships with people you work with.
MM: What makes the MPIMI chapter different from other MPI chapters?
CR: The Michigan Chapter works really hard to provide for its members. It’s a great group of people dedicated to improving the meetings industry.
MM: What is your favorite event to be a part of each year and why?
CR: I enjoy the Mid Winter Symposium that the Michigan Chapter puts on. You get a chance to gain great education, build relationships, catch up with people, and have fun while doing it.
MM: Do you have a most enjoyable group experience or tour in the Midwest and why?
CR: I loved our board retreats that we did when I was on the MPIMI board. We geocached at Maumee Bay which is part of the Great Ohio Lodges and had a bonfire. I have also had the opportunity to have the Zehnder family host us for dinner, owners of the Bavarian Inn Lodge, in Frankenmuth. Both were great experiences.