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MPI Announces 2014 RISE Award Recipients

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the winners of its 2014 Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence (RISE) Awards. The recipients have been selected for exceptional achievements in leadership, community and organizational initiatives, and will be honored at the annual RISE Awards presentation and luncheon on August 3, 2014, during MPI’s World Education Congress (WEC) in Minneapolis.

The RISE Awards include annual awards in three categories: individual achievement, community achievement and organizational achievement. Recipients are recognized for innovation, global transferability, impact and influence within the meeting and event industry.

“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. By being strategic in our actions like these exemplary leaders, we can all influence and make an impact within our industry,” said John Ehlenfeldt, CMP, chair of the RISE Awards Judging Panel.

This year’s recipients are:

The RISE Award for Young Professional Achievement: Jean Wheaton (Sacramento, CA), program coordinator for the California Association of Boutique and Breakfast Inns (CABBI).  Wheaton was selected for her strategic use of technology and social media to help the bed and breakfast industry in California embrace the new generation of travelers.

The RISE Award for Meeting Industry Leadership: Silke Fleischer (Santa Rosa, CA), for her innovation in helping produce sustainable meetings. Shortly after co-founding ATIV Software in 2010, Fleischer launched the EventPilot mobile app to fulfill a vision to reduce the amount of paper used and discarded at conferences and events.

The RISE Award for Member of the Year: Robyn Mietkiewicz, CMP, CMM (Irvine, CA) for her volunteer leadership with the MPI Orange County Chapter and international volunteer groups.

The RISE Award for Community Achievement in Knowledge and Ideas:  MPI Chicago Area Chapter for its annual Technology Conference (TechCon), which began in 2010.  Created to meet the increasing demand for technology-specific education as it relates to the meeting and event industry, the conference provides helpful information for suppliers and planners on how technology can solve common challenges such as sales leads, event marketing and audio-visual needs.

The RISE Award for Community Achievement in Marketplace Excellence:  MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter for their annual program, Backpacks to Briefcases (B2B).  The program connects college students with meeting professionals for personal and professional growth through education, mentorship, internship opportunities and networking.

The RISE Award for Organizational Achievement: LPL Financial for its strategic and successful use of multiple conferences to roll out its new corporate theme of a “Smarter, Simpler, More Personal LPL” for its advisors, clients and employees. The company surveyed stakeholders to help develop relevant content for its large conference, focus13.

The RISE Award presentation will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on August 3 during MPI’s WEC event at the Minneapolis Convention Center. For more information, please visit



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