President's Message

 

To our WestField members, colleagues and friends.

First, I want to thank each and every one of our incredible members for supporting our chapter and all of those remarkable people who worked so diligently putting together this absolutely elegant golf classic and awards event. We could not have done this without all of you. Each contributing a unique and special element to ensure this came together so gloriously.

I am feeling so many emotions, excited, thrilled, proud and eager to be stepping into the role of President of this fabulous chapter, following in the very large footsteps of some of the finest industry leaders and most inspiring mentors that I have had the pleasure to work with, learn from and call friend.  With so many smiling, happy faces looking back as I begin this new endeavor, I am certain that this is going to be an extraordinary year.  I could not ask for better support and camaraderie than from the members of WestField and being able to work together with this enthusiastic, creative and empowering incoming Board of Directors.  Stay tuned for a cutting edge year filled with invaluable educational programs, unique special events, breathtaking venues and so much more.

In an industry that when I began so many, many, many years ago was not even recognized continues to hold the Best 100 Jobs Ranking, employs over 2 million people in the United States alone and is one of the most rapidly growing professions in the world.  What an achievement for the industry and all of us that are so dedicated, and so proud to part of the fast paced, energetic, growing meetings and convention industry.

This year in particular has brought about so many exciting changes, one being the first ever Global Meetings Industry Day, held on April 14, a monumental occasion for meeting planners everywhere. Offering an opportunity to highlight this $114.2 billion industry and show the world the value of meetings.  This day will continue to be recognized and celebrated as one of the greatest accomplishments in our industry. 

In general, meetings and events foster networking, relationships, education and knowledge sharing.  An industry I am so proud to be part of and to one that I have grown with all these years, building relationships and friendships with so many of you.

While MPI's mission is to provide MPI members, chapters and the global meeting and event community with innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and to act as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry, there is so much more that takes place behind the scenes within each respective chapter.  WestField is no different, we are the best of CT/NY - an initiative put in place by my predecessor, mentor and friend, Kerri, whom I have learned so much from over the past few years and will do my absolute best to continue and expand what she has worked so hard to create.  WestField has so many innovative and exciting initiatives - we cannot wait until they all come to fruition.  

Thank you all for your continued loyalty to our great chapter and I look forward to seeing you all soon at upcoming WestField programs.

.Jane Doyle

MPI WestField President