An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Daymond John has come a long way from taking out a $100,000 mortgage on his mother’s house and moving his operation into the basement. John is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales. He is an award-winning entrepreneur and has received over 35 awards including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year, Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, and Ernst & Young’s Master of Excellence Award. His marketing strategies and ability to build successful brands has made him a highly influential consultant and motivational speaker today. John is also an author of two best-selling books Display of Power and The Brand Within. In 2009, he joined the cast of ABC entrepreneurial business show the Shark Tank by acclaimed producer Mark Burnett. Millions of weekly viewers tune into the show as John demonstrates his marketing prowess and entrepreneurial insights.
Meet Our Featured Planner
Joanna Berens, President
Joanna Berens Hospitality, Inc.
As a planner, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… the MPI SEC is my annual “go to” conference for networking, education, and learning about current trends in the industry!
I Unlock My Ingenuity by… experiencing synergy between like-minded industry professionals and watching it explode!
Meet Our Featured Volunteer
Maria Maggio, CMP
Sunshine Meeting Professionals
As a volunteer, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… of the network of professionals that I have the opportunity to work with. This chapter encompasses some of the most brilliant, creative and fun professionals in our industry, and I’m honored to work side by side with them to create a successful SEC.
I Unlock My Ingenuity by… connecting with others and building relationships – this is the key to resourcefulness. We all have experience and knowledge to share, and together we are better.
Meet Our Featured Sponsor
Jill Manthey, VP of Sales
As a sponsor, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… I want to help showcase our beautiful city, Tampa. I want to help the MPI team make this an unforgettable experience for all attendees and help make it the best SEC to date!
I Unlock My Ingenuity by… surrounding myself with great people in all aspects of my life. My co-workers, my family and friends are truly the people that help me unlock my ingenuity. They help me to be more original, clever and more inventive in all I do!
Meet Our Featured Speaker
Lisa Schalk, Owner
Toffee To Go
As a speaker, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… not only do I get to attend the 2015 MPI SEC, but my husband and I get to speak about our company. Meeting Professional connections is always a highlight.
I Unlock My Ingenuity by… finding ways to turn the obstacles that come with being an entrepreneur into opportunities.
(Written by guest blogger, Stephanie Montini, CMP)
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The CSR Upswing
Volunteerism is often seen as a prominent and important part of our personal lives. And, as the line between our personal and business life blurs, so does the desire for employees to give back at work. To that end, corporate social responsibility (CSR) has recently become a hot topic among meeting executives. CSR events bring corporate groups of varying sizes together through a mix of different activities to benefit local or national non-profit organizations – and, these CSR activities are on the rise. Read More…