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August 2018 President's Message

Thursday, August 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Tim Barrett, CMP
Director of Meetings & Program Operations
Destination South Meetings + Events
MPI Georgia Chapter President
Member since: 2004

The Power of Using a Name

My membership details show that I joined the MPI Georgia Chapter in 2004. I was living in Athens, Georgia, at the time and would drive into the city for the monthly educational programs. Michael C. Hall, Global Account Director of InterContinental Hotels Group, was our Chapter President; and you’d always find him greeting members as they entered the ballroom. Looking back, I know he was blessed with some stealth “ninja eye movement” enabling him to quickly read name badges without anyone noticing. Nonetheless, he would offer his hand with a friendly greeting and call me by my name. 

As your Chapter President, it is a privilege to serve you – our membership of 500+ and growing, our dedicated sponsors, and future members as well. For more than 10 years, every professional success I’ve been fortunate enough to have can be traced directly back to this organization. Maybe even better, I have formed many personal friendships through MPI. And, it all started because someone stood at the door and called me by my name.

It is my pledge to do the same. I am committed to call you all by your name. MPI Georgia will continue to provide opportunities where you can do the same with one another. We encourage you to be an active member – work on a committee or serve as a mentor.

Let’s identify the best way for you to contribute and stretch yourself:

  • Join us at our educational programs where we will continue to provide meaningful content
  • Attend our networking receptions where we will create an environment for positive and fun interactions
  • Connect  through our various communication platforms and give us a virtual hello from time to time
  • Experience our events whether they be on the dance floor, in the community, or on the greens
  • and, Support us through sponsorship so we can continue these endeavors

These are the ways you can become reacquainted with other members, get to know new members, and most importantly… make a personal connection with a name. Please feel free to reach out to me or any of our board members so we can connect you with other members and discuss opportunities to ensure you are getting the most from your membership. 

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