Veterans have served for freedom’s sake, and now they deserve the freedom to navigate with heads high and renewed confidence. In 2015, MPI | SEC supported Paws for Patriots!™ as our Corporate Responsibility Project. With your donations, our group was able to name a puppy who will bring freedom and independence to a veteran in need.
Meet Our Featured Planner
Jody Hall, CMP, Manager, Community Relations & Corporate Events
WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
As a planner, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… It’s an amazing opportunity to meet regional suppliers, be exposed to local trends and new ideas, and experience relevant educational sessions.
I Unlock My Ingenuity by… changing my environment. It helps my mind to explore different ways of doing things. Exposure – hearing from thought leaders and then applying the ideas to my world – that takes real creativity!
Meet Our Featured Volunteer
Leslie Bloznalis, Senior Sales Executive
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina
As a volunteer, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… I love being involved with so many sharp minds and great personalities. Above all, it’s the right thing to do.
I Unlock My Ingenuity by… having the freedom to take chances and have your friends/colleagues support you. Dream big!
Meet Our Featured Sponsor
Amanda Bernstein, Sales & Marketing Director
Dorene Collier’s Event Show Productions
As a sponsor, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… as a new MPI member, this experience has helped me make many new friends and learn the importance of a great relationship between the suppliers and planners in our industry. Through our collaboration I am confident that we will be naming a new Paws for Patriots puppy. Start Donating Now!
I Unlock My Ingenuity by… working with my creative team and friends.
Meet Our Featured Speaker
Ryan Shortill, CEO/Founder
As a speaker, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… sharing and receiving information that is new and exciting with folks from so many walks of life strengthens and bonds us as a community. By engaging with one another, we create shared experiences of lasting friendships, chance introductions and transformative growth. You will get what you put in and it’s clear tremendous effort has gone into this year’s event. I am counting the days until I see you all!
I Unlock My Ingenuity by… being cleverly inventive with how we approach organizing our educational trainings and givebacks. In our effort to create lasting sustainability and group cohesion, we focus on being bold and unyielding towards the status quo. We simply do not want to follow; we want to lead the way towards a brighter future finding new and innovative ways to get there!
Michael Jernigan’s retiring guide dog, Brittani, looks back on her years as a guide dog
Michael Jernigan is a Marine, and he’s seen a few things he can’t forget. I don’t care what they call it—PTSD or a bad day in the darkness—I just know when he needs me. I can feel his body heat rising and hear the edge in his voice. I can smell the stress, but he doesn’t know that. All he knows is that I’m there. And that’s when I put my head on his lap or back up into a hug. It’s my job to calm him down, but it’s more than that—it’s my mission. I was born to serve, and to be Mike’s guide dog, and that’s what I did best. Read More…