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RIMS Staff Shining Stars

Meetings and Events team soars towards success!

On June 2, the Greater New York Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) held its annual awards night gala. The event--attended by the industry's leading meeting planners--recognizes and awards those in the meeting planning profession with MPI's highest honors. Samantha Cohn, RIMS senior meeting planner, was nominated in two categories--Rising Star of the Year and Meeting Planner of the Year--and received the Rising Star of the Year award!

"Samantha continues to demonstrate leadership qualities not only in her career at RIMS, but through the many organizations she is involved with and countless committees she serves on," says Salvatore Chiarelli, RIMS director of meetings and events.

Please join us in congratulating Samantha in receiving this prestigious award!

Team Recognition

2007 and 2008 marked banner years of recognition for RIMS Meetings and Events Department staff. The following individuals received certification in their profession:

  • Samantha Cohn, RIMS Meeting Planner received a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).
  • Ann Marie Devine, RIMS Operations Manager received a Certification in Exhibition Management (CEM).
  • Danielle SanMarco, RIMS Conference Sales Manager received a Certification in Exhibition Management (CEM).

The following RIMS Meetings & Events Staff were appointed to:

Salvatore J. Chiarelli, Director of Meetings & Events
Denver Convention Center Client Advisory Board
Orange County Convention Center Client Advisory Board
2007 New York Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Network for the Needy Committee

Samantha Cohn, CMP, Senior Meeting Planner
2007 New York Meeting Planners International (NYMPI) Fundraising Committee, Co, Chair
Recipient of the MPI WEC Terry Spinelli Scholarship

Ann Marie Devine, CEM, Conference Operations Manager
Philadelphia Convention Center Client Advisory Board
2008 International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) CEM Module Rewrite Committee

Blanca Ferreris, CMP, Meetings & Events Manager
2008 Professional Convention Management Associations (PCMA) Industry Issues Committee
Recipient of the 2007 New York Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Scholarship

Danielle SanMarco, CEM, Conference Sales Manager
2007 International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Future Leaders Institute, recipient of the ICAT/IAEE Future Leaders Scholarship
2007 and 2008 IAEE Education Committee
2008 IAEE Expo! Expo! Advisory Committee
2008 NYIAEE Education Chapter Education Committee, Vice Co-Chair


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