• MPI Announces 2014 RISE Award Recipients

    POSTED May 14, 2014

The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) recently announced the winners of the 2014 Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence (RISE) Awards. The RISE Awards include annual awards in three categories: individual achievement, community achievement and organizational achievement. The recipients will be honored at the annual RISE Awards presentation and luncheon on August 3, 2014 during MPI’s World Education Congress in Minneapolis.

"The 2014 RISE Awards recipients all demonstrate how one can create life changing results for individuals and businesses by simply identifying a need and focusing their efforts," said John Ehlenfeldt, CMP, chair of the RISE Awards Judging Panel. "By being strategic in our actions like these exemplary leaders, we can all influence and make an impact within our industry."

The MPI Chicago Area Chapter will receive the RISE Award for Community Achievement in Knowledge and Ideas for its annual Technology Conference (TechCon). TechCon began in 2010 and was created to meet the increasing demand for technology-specific education as it relates to the meeting and event industry.

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