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May 2012 Educational Program

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (11:00 AM - 1:30 PM)


Marriott Perimeter Center

246 Perimeter Center Parkway NE


United States

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May Educational Program

GaMPI's State of the Meetings Industry Interactive Think Tank

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Marriott Perimeter Center


10:30 a.m. - Membership Orientation - Madison Room
11 a.m. - Networking & Registration - Grand Foyer
11:45 a.m. - Lunch & Educational Program - Grand Ballroom
1:30 p.m. - Program Concludes

**CEU Credit Applied For**


Session Information:
Join experts from across the industry as they present and discuss the latest trends in the meetings world; including economic issues, technological innovations, education innovations, contract and legal trends, the future of the industry and more. The key expert for this interactive think tank is you – the program revolves around peer-to-peer learning and discussion opportunities. Make sure to join us in shaping the content, discussion and outcome of this interactive event.

Two minute presentation.
Eight minute discussion.
Two minute presentation.
Eight minute discussion.
Think Tank panelists present the trend. You share your thoughts, your expertise, your insights. The process repeats and the end result is an interactive learning experience like no other.

In addition, MPI brings a member of its international board to share what our global colleagues are learning; what trends they are following; and details on how MPI is our industry resource.
Think Tank Participants:
Patty Reger, CMM, Johnson & Johnson, Manager of Meetings and Conventions
Vice Chair on the MPI International Board of Directors

Jane Gentry, Facilitator

Mark Newton, Ed.D., Gwinnett Technical College
Program Director, Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management Program.

Jake Aull, Principal, Zen Fires

Crissy Wright, Marriott Perimeter Center, General Manager
The last member of the Think Tank: YOU! Come prepared for lots of interactive peer-to-peer discussions. Use the interactive Wifitti board to share your thoughts with the other members. Wifitti is a free technology run through Twitter where people can text thoughts/questions/ideas to a certain number, and they will show up on the screen.

Registration Fees:
Early Bird GaMPI Member (before 5 pm on 5/11/12) - $40
Early Bird Non-GaMPI Member (before 5 pm on
5/11/12) - $60
Standard GaMPI Member (after 5 pm on 5
/11/12) - $50
Standard Non-GaMPI Member (after 5 p.m. on
5/11/12) - $70
Student Member - $18
Student Non-Member - $20

Driving Directions:
From ATL Airport (I-75/85 Northbound):
Take I-85 North to Ga 400 Tollroad North. Take I -285 East to Exit 29 (Ashford- Dunwoody Rd)- turn left. Take left at second traffic light onto Hammond Drive. Turn left on Perimeter Center Pkwy. Two blocks to hotel, on left.

From I-75 Southbound:
Take I-75 South to exit 259, take ramp right for I-285-BYPASS East toward Augusta / Greenville (8.48 mi). At exit 29, take ramp right and follow signs for Ashford-Dunwoody Rd (0.29 mi). Turn left onto Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE. Turn left onto Hammond Dr NE. Turn left onto Perimeter Center Pkwy NE. Two blocks to hotel, on left.

From I-85 Southbound:
Take I-85 South to exit 95B, take ramp right for I-285 West toward Chattanooga / Birmingham (5.8 miles). At exit 29, take ramp right and follow signs for Ashford-Dunwoody Rd. Turn right onto Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE. Turn left onto Hammond Dr NE. Turn left onto Perimeter Center Pkwy NE. Two blocks to hotel, on left.

Onsite self-parking will be complimentary for this event. Parking located in the front and side of the hotel. No vouchers are needed.

If you need to cancel your registration a full refund will be granted if cancellation is received in writing at least 48 hours prior to the event. After that time there will be no refunds.  Please send cancellation notice to

If you have registered but are unable to attend the meeting, you may substitute another employee from your company at no additional charge.  If you registered as a member they must also be a member.  Please send written notification of this change to

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