Missed the meeting? January Education Highlights

We enjoyed a bangin' non-traditional venue (thanks C&I Studios & A2 Events), a great presentation from Renee Radabaugh, CMP of Paragon Events Inc. (I'm so glad I can now say I've graduated from the "School of Renee"), and amazing delectables from Bill Hansen Catering!

Here are just a few highlights from the event:

It started with the FABULOUS C&I Studios where over 60 attendees (a recent record so far this year for MPISFL)  were graciously welcomed with a warm smile, kitchy decor, and a funky vibe that only Fat Village could provide.  Yes, that is an airstream on the left....  :)

We then made our way through a secret passage (yes, I said SECRET PASSAGE - and yes, it was cool) to enter the meeting space where we enjoyed a little pre-education networking sesh and found our seats for some immersive learning (thank you AFR for the amazingly comfy seating BTW). 

We then dove right into the learning (we all know what the "School of Renee" is thanks to our wonderful President Fallon Gechter).  Quote of the night though goes to Patrick Brochu with, "Way to make the speaker cry right before going on stage."  Don't worry, they were happy tears...  :)

Starting with some real life stories and scenario's, Renee Radabaugh ran us through several common crisis that pop up including hurricanes, power outages, travel strikes and government shut downs, and then also the unthinkables such as physical emergencies.  We then went in to the hands on portion of the program and created our own crisis plan in groups based on some similar scenario's to what had been discussed.  After that, we rounded out the evening with some final networking and noshing.  All in all, it was a great evening filled with fun, connections, and leasons galor.

We would be remise if we didn't mention the event chair, Marianne Schmidhofer, and all of the hard work she and the committee put into planning this fabulous function.  Also, thank you for leading us during the hands on practical of the crisis planning scenarios.

Special thanks to Creative Focus for the amazing photography, A1A for being our transportation partner, and Sam Simon for being such a great MPI supporter!

The Venue

C&I Studios
541 NW 1st Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

C&I Studios is located in the heart of the new and upcoming Fat Village Neighborhood. With over 2,500 square feet of creative space, it brings any meeting or event to life.

The Presenter

Renee Radabaugh, CMP
President & CEO
Paragon Events Inc.

Renee Radabaugh, CMP is the President and Managing Director of Paragon Events, Inc. headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida with offices in Boston, MA; Orlando, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Richmond, VA; Pittsburgh, PA; and Washington, D.C. Paragon Events offers meeting and event planning services globally under Renee’s internationally recognized management.

Renee has over 30 years of experience in the event planning and event marketing industry, specializing in corporate, government, nonprofit, healthcare, and high-end social events, as well as large-scale meetings, conferences and tradeshows.

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Don't want to miss our next great program?  FOMO is real!  Mark your calendars for these upcoming dates:

February Mix N' Mingle
More to Come!

February 27, 2018
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: TBD

March Education Event
Registration Now Open

March 27, 2018
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Tower Club, Ft. Lauderdale
Click here to register


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