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September 22, 2016

Thursday Roundup: Reorganization at MPI, Hilton Into Montenegro

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From a big restructuring at MPI to Hilton’s new Montenegro hotel, here’s what’s new in the meetings and events industry. 

MPI’s Big Reorg

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced a new organizational realignment that it says will position it for further long-term, strategic growth. As part of the plan MPI has created new leadership positions, realigned management responsibilities and restructured staff roles and teams. 

Marianne Stroble has been hired as MPI’s new senior vice president of marketing and community. In the new position she will manage MPI’s membership, chapter operations, creative services, brand marketing and communications teams. With over 25 years of experience in strategic marketing, sales and communications, Strobel has previously held leadership positions with Alorica, AT&T and Sprint. Strobel has served as a consultant for MPI for the past few months and will assume the new role on October 3.

Matthew Marcial has been promoted from MPI’s senior director of events to the organization’s vice president of education and events, with oversight of MPI’s global events portfolio and the MPI Academy educational products, experiences and professional certificate programs. He has been with MPI since 2014 and, prior to that, led the Meetings & Education Department at NAFA Fleet Management Association and the Meetings & Events Department at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Evan Casey has been promoted from senior director of business development to vice president of sales. He was with Plan Your Meetings for 16 years before MPI acquired it in November 2015. In this new role, Casey is responsible for leading the association’s business development team in global sales efforts. 

Finally, Bernie Schraer, who has served as a consultant for MPI for the past 18 months, has been hired on as vice president of revenue and channel development. In this new role, he manages MPI’s Strategic Alliance, Plan Your Meeting Audience Development, and Publishing teams. Schraer was previously with Northstar Travel Media for 24 years, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President/Group Publisher and was responsible for global media sales and strategic vision.

In addition, Diane Hawkins, MPI’s vice president of people, performance and administrative services has assumed responsibility for the volunteer experience team, which manages board relations and governance. Jodi Ann LaFreniere Ray, MPI’s current vice president of membership and volunteer experience, will depart in mid-November; she has been selected as the incoming executive director and CEO of the Texas Society of CPAs.  

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Hilton Opens First Montenegro Hotel

In hotel news Hilton has opened its first Monentegro property, the Hilton Podgorica Crna Gora. The new 180-room, 23-suite hotel is located in the city center, close to all public and commercial facilities. 

The hotel has one of Podgorica’s largest meeting spaces, with five meeting and conference rooms, all with natural daylight, along with the pillar-free, 425-square-metre Crystal Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 435 guests in theatre style.

There are also four food and beverage venues on property, including the 8th floor indoor/outdoor Sky Bar, signature Restaurant Crna Gora, local Terrace Fontana with views of the fountain, and The Bar and Cigar Club. Guests staying in the executive rooms and suites can also enjoy complimentary breakfast in the morning and snacks and drinks throughout the day in the Executive Lounge, situated on the sixth floor of the hotel with a terrace overlooking the park.

Hilton Podgorica Crna Gora also has one of the largest spas in the city, Doclea Spa, with a Finnish sauna, Bio sauna and steam bath, as well as an indoor pool, experience showers offering visual, sound, temperature and aromatic effects and VIP massage rooms.

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Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina’s New Wellness Rooms

In the U.S., the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina has debuted new Stay Well wellness-focused rooms. 

The South Tampa hotel has converted 34 guest rooms on one floor to the new concept, which includes an air purification system that reduces allergens and toxins, as well as circadian mood lighting designed to emulate the color of natural outdoor light to enhance sleep quality, energy levels and productivity. Guests can also take advantage of long wave night lighting that aims to allow guests to safely navigate at night while minimizing sleep disruption, as well as special mattresses designed to support the back. In the morning, a dawn simulator wakes guests gradually and gently with increasing levels of music or natural sound, coupled with gradually increasing light. 

Also available are aromatherapy, as well as a Vitamin C-infused shower system that neutralizes the effect of chlorine, known to dry the skin and hair.

Stay Well guests also get access to healthy menu selections, allergy-friendly cleaning processes, wellness programs, and meditation options via a mobile app, plus complimentary access to Cleveland Clinic’s wellness programs for sleep, nutrition and stress management. 

Scientist Live Launches in London

In events news, Scientist Live has launched in London and will run through September 25 at the ExCel London

Over 20,000 visitors are expected at the event, which will showcase the latest in science and technology on five stages, 120 exhibitors and hundreds of speakers. The show, which is in its inaugural year, will have four zones covering Brain & Body, Technology, Earth and The Cosmos to showcase how science, technology and engineering drive our economy, shape our culture and improve our lives.

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