Join the Meeting Professionals International Orange County Chapter
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Throughout the year we offer many opportunities for members to learn, share industry experiences and network with others. Founded in 1987, our membership is comprised of corporate & independent meeting planners, special event & incentive planners, hoteliers (both on the local and national level), transportation companies and other local suppliers. We have representation from Allergan, Arbonne International, Epson America, Inc., Experian, Ingram Micro, Kawasaki Motors Corp USA, The Boeing Company, and Pacific Life just to name a few.
We have over 270 members and affiliates, and the majority of our members participate on a committee at some level. We average approximately 100-130 attendees at our monthly educational programs (6 per year), 125-175 at our special events (4 per year) and over 400 at our Annual Education Conference. Our monthly meetings are typically held on the first Wednesday of the month.
Membership Types & Dues
Corporate/Association/Non-Profit/Government Meeting Professionals
Planner membership is available to those individuals primarily engaged in planning and managing meetings. Annual dues are $399 (includes a $50 administration fee), and are generally tax-deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.
Corporate Meeting Professional – a person who is primarily employed by a corporation to plan and/or oversee the strategic and financial management and/or logistics of that corporation’s meetings.
Association/Non-Profit Meeting Professional – a person who is primarily employed by an association or not-for-profit organization to plan and/or oversee the strategic and financial management and/or logistics of that organization’s meetings. This category also includes private universities.
Government Meeting Professional – a person who is employed by a government agency or public university to plan and/or oversee the strategic and financial management and/or logistics of that government’s meetings. Individuals serving as faculty in a university should join as an Academic Professional.
Supplier Meeting Professionals
A Supplier Meeting Professional is a person who provides and/or sells products and services to the meetings industry, such as a destination management, hotelier, audio-visual, florist, transportation, production or convention and visitors bureau company. This classification of membership is not limited to the groups listed. Supplier membership is available to those individuals primarily engaged in supplying goods and services to the meeting industry. Annual dues are $519 (includes a $50 administration fee), and are generally tax-deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.
Meeting Management Professionals
A Meeting Management Professional is a person who provides meeting services including strategic and financial management and/or professional meetings management services to multiple clients. The applicant must specify whether their job responsibilities are primarily planning or supplying based on where they spend 51% or more of their time. Supplier or Planner memberships are available to those individuals primarily who are the sole proprietor of, or are employed or engaged by, a meeting management company. Annual dues are $519 (includes a $50 administration fee), and are generally tax-deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.
Student memberships are available to full-time students of colleges, universities and other educational institutions as well as part-time students working toward a degree, with emphasis in the meetings, hospitality, events or tourism industries. Applicant must be enrolled in a post-secondary academic program with emphasis in the meetings, hospitality, events or tourism industries. An applicant must:
Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours or equivalent quarter credit hours either undergraduate or graduate programs unless the academic institution defines it otherwise
Submit to MPI, with this completed application, proof of enrollment in academic courses prior to membership acceptance. (Proof of enrollment may be a current semester transcript or courses/credit hours defined on school letterhead and signature of authorized school representative.
Annual dues are $40.
A faculty membership is available to those employed as faculty in post-secondary academic programs related to the meetings, hospitality, events or tourism industries. The individual’s main employment, remuneration, direction and efforts must be in a recognized academic institution and they must be considered an employee of their institution. Annual dues are $195.
Applicant’s primary employment, remuneration, direction and efforts must be in a recognized academic institution
Applicant must be considered an employee within their institution
Applicant must submit proof of academic employment with this application AND MUST provide proof on an annual basis to retain their faculty membership. (Proof of academic employment should be on employer’s letterhead and include validation of employment, courses and signature of departmental head)
Guest lecturers are NOT eligible for faculty membership
Dual MPI / HSMAI Membership Package
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Affiliate Member Information
Becoming an affiliate member of MPIOC. We offer affiliate memberships to any current MPI member in good standing with any other MPI chapter. Fees are $75.00 per year (July 1-June 30). To become an MPIOC Affiliate Member now, Click Here.
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NOTE: MPI membership belongs to the individual supplier or planner who originally joins the association, even if the employer paid for it. If the employer pays for the membership and the member leaves their organization, the employer is eligible to receive a trial three-month "limited membership". After the three-month trial, the member is expected to pay full annual dues to continue the membership. Please call Member Services at 972-702-3053 for details.
Member dues are non-refundable and are due annually on the anniversary date of acceptance. Dues quoted are subject to change. Annual membership includes a $99 annual subscription to The Meeting Professional magazine. A portion of dues are rebated to local chapters for education.