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Carol Hall


Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center


Association & Government Sales Manager


Chair, Shining Star Committee


Member since 2000

As part of the Grants and Recognition Committee mission, we support and applaud members with Shining Star Awards. Your Grants and Member Recognition Committee recognizes members for making extra-ordinary efforts on behalf of our organization. Please take the time to nominate your fellow deserving members via the form below.

Our next Shining Star will be named in late summer so please nominate your fellow members!

January 2018
Amy Hokkanen
Independent Planner
Member since 2011


Congratulations to Amy Hokkanen, Independent Planner, our Quarterly Shining Star recipient for January 2018. 

Amy is always enthusiastic about her roles. This past year she joined the Community Outreach committee working with Laura Steele, CMP. Amy helps coordinate Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) volunteer programs and would receive an A+ in attendance for all of the MPI Georgia programs and events she attends. You can count on Amy greeting you with a smile whether you see her at a meeting or at the grocery store. One of her cherished qualities is to ensure that everyone feels included and appreciated. Looking back a few years, Amy served as Association Manager for our chapter from 2011-2015. During this time she worked with Nardone Consulting Group as an Association Account Manager.

We asked Amy a few questions to get to know her better:

  • Hobbies: Of course, UGA Football… just take a look at her Facebook page. Go Dawgs. And on the creative side, she is a Gone with the Wind collector.

  • Family Matters: I’m a proud Aunt of my only nephew, Brandon, who is the starting QB on his high school football team.

  • Dream Career: Sports Marketing or Country Music Promotions.

December 2017
Jill Eisel
Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge
Sales Manager
Member since 2015

Our December 2017 Quarterly Shining Star Award Winner is Jill Eisel of Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge. As the chair of this year's Fall Classic, Jill has worked tirelessly to produce a flawless event. She attracted new participants and ensured the committee volunteer experience was rewarding for all. Jill is not the kind of person that is looking for a thank you… but she’s getting one this month. She also worked with the Strategic Events Team for the Phoenix Awards this past summer. Carol Hall, Association & Government Sales Manager at the Augusta Marriott Convention Center, had a recent chat with Jill.

 If you could be a celebrity: Oprah – to have the ability to spread so much good through the world

A unique job in the hospitality industry: I lived on an Island in the Bahamas for 14 months with Disney Cruise Line

Favorite island-themed beverage: Crystal Light and Sprite with Rum

If you had to choose another profession: Nursing

July 2017
Dawn Andrews
Georgia Speakers Bureau
Member since 2016

Although Dawn is new member, she has already made an impact. Here are the comments from the individual who submitted her nomination: Dawn was eager to make an impact with this year’s Phoenix Awards. She was always generating new ideas and sharing her perspective as we designed this special event.

Dawn enjoys tennis, running, and scuba diving. We also asked Dawn a few additional questions about herself to share with the MPI Georgia members.

Embarrassing moment: I fainted during my wedding vows. Still married with 32 happy years.

Celebrity: I’d like to be a famous tennis player. I would make enough money to help people, and stay in shape at the same time.





Thank you to our

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Previous Award Winners:

May 2017: Megan Perks, Palm House Group

January 2017: Lissette Mathus, Dave & Buster's of Atlanta

October 2016: Tierra Copeland, Building Owners & Managers Association of Georgia

May 2016: Ashley Izydore, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

January 2016: Steven Schumacher, Dunwoody CVB

October 2015: Anna Williams, Juice Studio

September 2015: Tracy Keller, CMP, ASHRAE

May 2015: Tara Brashear, Freeman

March 2015: Arielle Galimidi, CMP, AG Events  

January 2015: Miranda Allen, CMP, Live Event Solutions

September 2014: Carol Hall, August Marriott at the Convention Center

May 2014: Chris Bonnett, Omnience

March 2014: Eileen Roehl, CMP, Murfee Group

February 2014: Kelli Lusk, Destination South Meetings & Events

January 2014: Tracy Stuckrath, CHC, CMM, CSEP, Thrive! Meetings & Events

December 2013: Tess Vismale, CMP, Atlanta Technical College

November 2013: Britney Darby, Hinman Dental Society of Atlanta

October 2013: Laura Pope, Hinman Dental Society

September 2013: Naomi Green, Fox Bros. BBQ

August 2013: Karyn Kotler, Tabernacle, Live Nation

July 2013: Megan Drew, CMP, TMP, Macon-Bibb County CVB

May 2013: Laura Guerin, CMP, SEDC

March 2013: Andy Williams, TMP, CVB of Dunwoody

February 2013: Sara Justice, Starwood Atlanta Metro Market

January 2013: Alice Tarkington, CMP, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

December 2012: Natalie Broadus

November 2012: Marie Turner

October 2012: Kim Maling, CMP, DCMP, InLine Meeting & Site Selection

September 2012: Bobby Hobes, CCTE, CMP, Chenega Corporation

August 2012: Shannon Pike, Classic Party Rentals                        





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The MPI Georgia Shining Star Award recognizes members for making extraordinary efforts on behalf of our organization. You can only nominate one individual at a time. Please complete an additional form for each subsequent nomination.

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