UPCOMING EVENTS

Sep 26

2017 Taste of Houston

2017 Taste of Houston

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Ashley Chabaud
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Events Coordinator
Member Since 2017

 

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Arin Segall
iDesignMeetings
Houston Event Manager
Member Since 2016
Begin volunteering in 2017
2017-2018 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

 

Fellow Industry Colleagues and Friends,

It is a great time to be a Houstonian! Earlier this year, the city opened its doors to the world as we hosted Superbowl LI, and oh boy did we shine. In the words of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “Houston set a new bar”. Leading up to this, our city introduced more than 5,000 new hotel rooms, a new $1 billion convention campus and many other developments. Additionally, a record 20 million visitors traveled to the Bayou City in 2016. There is no doubt that Houston has become a world-class destination and we – the Houston Meetings Industry – are in the forefront of this transformation and must continue the momentum.

The Meeting Professionals International Houston Area Chapter (MPI-HAC) also set a new bar. Our chapter is better than ever. Over the last couple of years we have experienced record membership growth (which gained us recognition from MPI Global), became a CMP Preferred Provider, hosted heavily attended events, strengthened our finances, and completed the inception of the student-run University of Houston Cougar Chapter. With this success we have been able to provide exceptional education, professional development, and networking opportunities. What’s next?

We have just begun a new fiscal year under the leadership of our 2017-2018 Board of Directors and I have imposed the annual theme of “taking it to the next level”. As chapter leaders we will collaborate to take the MPI-HAC experience to new heights and I challenge you, our members, to join us. Elevate your membership by joining a committee, volunteering your time, and being a part of our success. Whether you are new to the MPI-HAC family or a long time relative, we expect to see you at one of our events this year.

To share a bit of myself, I am originally from Mission, Texas but passionately call Houston home. My wife Danica and I are proud graduates of Texas Tech University (Guns Up!). For nearly five years, I have worked at Marriott International formerly Starwood Hotels & Resorts as an Account Director, Group Sales for The Westin Galleria & The Westin Oaks Houston.

Allow me to personally thank you for the opportunity to serve as President of the Meeting Professionals International Houston Area Chapter. As an affiliate of the world’s most vibrant meetings and events industry association, it is an honor and privilege to lead the advocacy of the Houston Meetings Community.

Your friend in hospitality,

Gabe Garza
2017-2018 President
 
Complex Account Director, Group Sales
The Westin Galleria & The Westin Oaks Houston

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