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MPI selected by Florida chapters to manage Southeast Education Conference

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has been selected to provide meeting management services for the Southeast Education Conference (SEC), a collaborative education conference hosted by the association’s four Florida chapters – Tampa Bay Area, Greater Orlando, North Florida and South Florida – collectively known as TONS. MPI will be responsible for developing and managing the overall program for the conference in 2017 and 2018.

The two-year agreement is the first of its kind for the association’s global team. As the official meeting manager, MPI will oversee all event logistics including site selection, staffing, registration, housing, sponsorships, and marketing and communications support. In addition, the association will partner with TONS to plan the general sessions, educational programming, networking opportunities, hosted buyer program, tradeshow, corporate social responsibility (CSR) project, fundraising auctions and more.  

“We look forward to partnering with the MPI Florida chapters on planning and managing the Southeast Education Conference over the next two years,” said Matthew Marcial, senior director of events at MPI. “The team at MPI Global is ready to deliver an outstanding event experience to SEC attendees that is synonymous with the caliber of our signature event World Education Congress. It is our hope that this partnership will be the first of more opportunities in which we collaborate with MPI chapters.”  

Established in 2000, SEC has been held 14 times over the past two decades and takes place in August in a local Florida destination. It attracts an average of 500 attendees from across the United States and Caribbean. The dates and locations for SEC 2017 and 2018 will be determined and announced this fall.  

“We are so excited about the partnership with MPI to manage the Southeast Educational Conference. The continued success of the conference and our vision to be the premier professional development conference in the southeast led us to a complete redesign of the leadership and management for the conference,” explained T.J. Worrell, TONS Chair and Regional Vice President, Hotel Sales at Encore Event Technologies.   

Earlier this year, TONS restructured the responsibilities for the SEC meeting manager role by empowering it to manage all of the logistics, which would alleviate the burden on volunteers. In January, TONS issued a call for proposals in search of the new SEC meeting manager and received submissions from several incredibly qualified MPI members.  

“Without a doubt, all of the applicants would have helped the conference grow. However, MPI Global brought far more resources and opportunities to the SEC which are unmatched. Not only does the MPI Events Team have the experience and track record in managing first class meetings and events, the partnership will also provide an aggressive and analytic driven marketing strategy; increase international exposure for our Florida marketplace; provide guidance from the MPI Senior Planner Task Force to help us redefine our education curriculum and keep the conference on the leading edge of meeting trends and best practices; and lastly help with sponsorship sales and management. We are confident MPI can take SEC to the next level in serving our MPI members through this partnership,” added Worrell.

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