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MPIOC Annual Awards & Installation
Date: June 8, 2017 Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Balboa Bay Resort
WEC California and Aloha Chapter Reception
Date: June 19, 2017 Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Double Barrel Roadhouse

Member Awards & Recognition

At the MPI Orange County Chapter, our members are what make us great! 

MPIOC is fortunate to have members who are very generous with their time, talents and resources.

With the demands of balaning a successful career and busy family life, there is no doubt that being involved with an organization, such as MPI, takes commitment and energy. 

There are members in our chapter who stand out by going above and beyond the call of duty.  These members generously donate their time to help move the Orange County Chapter forward.

Throughout the year, our Chapter has the honor of recognizing members for their outstanding contributions to our chapter, our industry and to our members.

2016 Annual Awards & Installation Gala
June 2, 2016 at Great Wolf Lodge

This year’s Awards & Installation dinner truly made a splash at Great Wolf Lodge, the newest indoor water park and event space in Garden Grove.  The night was filled with award winners, special honorees and a celebration of accomplishments from the board.

The night was kicked off with a cocktail reception full of networking, light up walking robots and a bubble girl from the creative minds of Rolando and Heather of Champagne Creative Group.  Guests mingled around water themed cocktail tables by Absolutely Fabulous plus a walk up photo area created by Balloons Sound Great.  Music from Kirschner Creative Artists took the members away on vacation to a tropical “futuristic” beach.

The anticipation built once the doors to the ballroom opened to reveal Great Wolf Lodge’s Grand Ballroom decorated with pops of orange and grand floral centerpieces created and installed by the team of Elite Productions International.   Representation of OC and “making a splash” could be seen in the décor which also included bubble balloons from Francie and Balloons Sound Great.  

The evening’s show was filled with laughter, awards and presentations provided by the Board of Directors who filled in as the Emcee’s of the evening; a new and very interactive move for this event.  Music filled the room from the amazing Westsiders by Scott Cummings Music.

Two highlights of the evening was the surprise presentation of the President’s Award to Brian Gilman who was shocked to receive a video introduction by his two kids and the Hall of Fame award to Tim Brown who passed away earlier this year.  To accept was his wife who walked to the stage to a standing ovation.

The evening wrapped up with an Espresso Bar by Urban Espresso and freshly made donuts by Rebel City Doughnut which were set towards the back of the room surrounded by amazing furniture and sofas provided by Lounge Appeal.

Another highlight event for the MPIOC chapter which much of the credit belongs to the Awards and Installation Dinner Committee!

  • AnaLaura Beccera - Allied PRA
  • Alisa Walsh - Eventworks
  • Mercedes Coy - Lounge Appeal
  • Tracey Hueth - Rebel City Doughnut
  • Lisa Oler - Rebel City Doughnut
  • A special thank you to photographer Teresa from T. Taylor Photography for all the photos available on the MPIOC website.



MPIOC congratulates the following members who were recognized with awards at our 2016 Awards & Installation: 

Meeting Planner of the Year - Dawn Petran, Meetings & Events Planner
Hall of Fame Award - Tim Brown, Meeting Sites Resource (In Remembrance)
Supplier of the Year - Visit Anaheim / Jessica Rienecker, CTA, CTP, CMM
Outstanding Chapter Leadership - David Jacob, CMP, Marriott International
Shining Star of the Year - Murielle Ferdinand, Accor Hotels
Venue of the Year, Special Events - Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Venue of the Year, Monthly Meetings - The Grand Plaza at Anaheim Convention Center
President’s Award – Brian Gilman, Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
President’s Award – Chip Szmurlo, CMP, Disney Destinations

2015-2016 Shining Star Award Recipients

Murielle Ferdinand - AccorHotels
Diana Jameson
- Gateway Canyons
Jessica Niblett
- AlliedPRA
Maureen Sloan
- Community Retail Marketing


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