August 2017  

President's Message

Hello MPI South Florida,

Sun is shining, weather is sweet – makes you want to move your dancing feet. – Bob Marley

As the summer comes to a close we look back on the year that has passed and the promise of the upcoming year.  

This past June we came to celebrate the 2016-2017 year and welcome the new 2017-2018 Board of Directors.  This incredible event was chaired by Marianne Schmidhofer who diligently worked with the special events committee to create a seamless event.  As emcee, Sam Simon carried us through the night with great humor and great heart!

Here is an excerpt from that evening:

“I picked the theme Back to the Future for a few reasons – first it’s a fantastic movie – second I love all things 80’s…but 3rd the message that sometimes you need to go back to move forward.  

That is our plan for the 2017-2018 year. Back to basics. Back to all the things the have made MPI a powerful, educational, and inspirational organization.  Our education team led by the amazing Patrick Brochu is diligently working to make sure this year is action packed with the types of educational events you are looking for.  I have the utmost confidence that Patrick and with Cathy Fox leading our special events team- they are going to blow you all away with their creativity and trend setting events. Events that will have the highest in education and networking opportunities. Because that is after all why so many of us are here.  We should all be “buying MPI”.

I could not be more excited to take this journey alongside my great friends on this board of directors and in this chapter.  I always said it never felt like work – because I was always having so much fun with people I respected and enjoyed being with.”

I am looking forward to serving as your president and meeting you at the many events MPISFL will have this year.  I can not implore upon you enough the importance of VOLUNTEERING!! Join a committee – become an engaged member of this chapter- there is an opportunity for everyone.  We are stronger when we all work together.  

Fallon Gechter
2017-2018 MPISFL Chapter President
Educate - Innovate - Connect - Grow

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MPISFL Education Event: September 26, 2017 at the Hard Rock Stadium

We’re THRILLED to partner with the Hard Rock Stadium to offer an afternoon of Education, and special event for MPI Members. Enjoy an educational seminar, and then get a behind the scenes look at everything they have to offer.

Register today at

MPI Global Education Opportunities:

The Event Design Certificate course offered by Event Model Generation and supported by San Diego State University and Meeting Professionals International is a three day program that will help meeting professionals design better events and create value for stakeholders.

August 19-21, 2017
Toronto, Canada

August 31-September 2, 2017
University of Amsterdam

MPI WEC 2018

MPI SES 2018

Save the date now! August 22-24, 2018

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MPI SFL welcomes a new resort on Hutchinson Island to the Meeting & Events Community.

Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa in Jensen Beach is the Treasure Coast of Florida's new premier resort for family vacations, meetings, corporate retreats, oceanfront weddings, and spa getaways. Enjoy 184-rooms of oceanfront accommodations with coastal-inspired decor and luxury amenities steps from the sand on Florida's East Coast. The first new resort to be built on Hutchinson Island in almost two decades, the new resort will feature an oceanfront restaurant, two pools, a jacuzzi, a signature spa, 8,000 square feet of oceanfront meeting space, and a spectacular beachfront location perfect for soaking up the sun, cooling off in the surf, and sinking your toes in the sand.

Opening in Spring 2017, The Hutchinson Shores Resort is a welcome addition to the area. With more than 8,000 square feet of meeting space and a prime oceanfront setting, the resort is an exciting new addition for meeting planners here in South Florida.

Learn more about Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa at

Sponsored by Hutchinson Shores.

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Did you know that MPI SFL & MPI Global have a host of information available to you? Take a look at all of our publications, and launch your Fall Season with the most up to date research and information!


The Meeting Professional ®
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Meetings Outlook
A quarterly report offering a unique look through the eyes of your peers into the future of the meeting and event industry.


MPI Blog
MPI’s award-winning blogs focus on industry issues and trends as well as what’s happening in the MPI community.

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