Circle of Excellence Awards

The Circle of Excellence Awards are presented annually to the members of MPI Tennessee in recognition of outstanding association/industry contributions, leadership and professionalism at the Circle of Excellence Awards Gala and Silent Auction. Recipients represent models of excellence for chapter involvement, commitment and achievement.  A complete list may be found in the Chapter History section of this website.

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Planner of the Year - Recognizes a planner member who represents leadership and excellence in the meeting planning profession along with a commitment to the local meeting community and an exemplary record of customer service in their industry. Nominations are received from the membership and will be reviewed and voted on by external committee.  All chapter planner members are eligible.

Supplier of the Year - Recognizes a supplier member who represents leadership and excellence in the meeting planning profession along with a commitment to the local meeting community and an exemplary record of customer service in their industry. Nominations are received from the membership and will be reviewed and voted on by external committee.  All chapter supplier members are eligible.  

New Member of the Year - Recognizes a MPI Tennessee Chapter member volunteer for their enthusiastic contributions to the chapter, involvement in a committee and demonstrated leadership ability during their first 12 months of membership in MPI and MPI Tennessee Chapter. Open to eligible members who joined starting April 1 of the previous year. Nominations are received from membership and voted on by an external committee.

Chapter Meeting of the Year - Middle & West Regions - Recognizes the meeting that had the greatest impact on our members and provided a return on investment. MPI Tennessee Chapter recognizes the year’s highest-scoring speaker and venue. This award is based on attendee evaluations and is awarded to all vendors involved in producing the meeting.

Volunteer of the Year - Recognizes the special impact and contributions of a committee member who has volunteered his or her services to the chapter in the current year. Their active dedication, enthusiasm and numerous hours of volunteerism has demonstrated unparalleled commitment to the advancement of our chapter. Nominated by Board of Directors and voted on by an external committee.

The Pillar Award – Middle & West Regions - Recognizes an individual or company that makes continuous contributions to the Tennessee Chapter.  Nominated by the Board of Directors.

President’s Award - Recognizes a Tennessee Chapter member who has gone beyond the call of duty, providing outstanding contributions to the chapter. Selected upon discussion of president, immediate past president and president-elect, and ultimately the president can make the final decision on the recipient yearly.  All chapter members are eligible. 

The Beth Calveard Volunteer Spirit Award - Recognizes quiet leaders who continually stand behind the chapter, supporting it and pushing it forward. A leader whose inner strength, character and integrity are seen by everyone around yet not often traits they see in themselves.  Final selection of this award is made by the Past Leaders Council and suggestions are made to the committee by the Board of Directors.  

The Hall of Fame / Lifetime Achievement Award - Appointed by the Executive Committee when applicable.