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Special Edition: Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International – GaMPI

Meeting Pros

Today’s show is a GaMPI feature show with guest host Larry Greene.

Larry Greene/Greene Worldwide Transportation Facebook

Greene Worldwide Transportation has been in business for 25 years. We are a 24/7 transportation company with someone in our office 24 hours a day to help you with  your every need. Whether you need leisure, corporate or group transportation, we have a large, late model fleet of sedans,5 passenger suvs, vans, 6,10,14 passenger stretch limousines, 31 passenger minibuses and 56 passenger motor coaches to fit all of your needs.

Tracy Stuckrath/Thrive! Meetings & Events FacebookLinkedInTwitter

Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC is a certified event planner and meetings manager whose personal mission is to “make the world healthier one event at a time.” She is also one of 15 million Americans with food allergies. Combining her more than 20 years of event planning experience and food allergies, Tracy founded Thrive! Meetings & Events in 2010 to educate the hospitality industry on how to successfully accommodate dietary needs at events.

Prior to opening Thrive!, Tracy spent her career in corporate America creating and managing events for two Olympic Games, consumer and trade magazines, an auto auction company and two trade associations.  To stay abreast of industry trends, she is an active member of the International Special Events Society, Meeting Professionals International, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, International Association of Culinary Professionals, Gluten Intolerance Group and the Food Allergy Research & Education. In her spare time, Tracy works part-time at Cook’s Warehouse working and interacting with local and national chefs and serves as the Chair of the GaMPI Fall Classic.

Dr. Mark Newton/Gwinnett Technical College Linkedin

Dr. Mark Newton is the President of Newton’s LAW and is the Director of the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Program at Gwinnett Technical College. During the past 26 years at Gwinnett Tech he has taught courses and seminars such as Career Education, Event Planning, Energizing Professional Development as well as many other hospitality-related courses.

Mark earned his Bachelor’s from Cornell University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from University of Georgia.

Mark started his own company, Newton’s LAW in order to meet the demand for his speaking and consulting services. The company name is based on the philosophy that Learning leads to Achieving, resulting in Winning; thus the acronym LAW.

Mark is a member of the National Speakers Association – Georgia Chapter and won the Speaker of the Year award in 2002.

Vanessa Parker/What She Does and The Pink Boss FacebookTwitterFacebookTwitter

Vanessa Parker balances family and entrepreneurship with flare and a style all her own.  Her mission and purpose is to empower women to use their passion and skills to generate income that will allow them the flexibility to do what they love every day.   Parker has taught several entrepreneurship workshops and is currently teaching her Jr. CEO curriculum in the metro Atlanta area.  She credits her success to community involvement and her drive to help women become economically self sufficient through entrepreneurship.


Tish Davis with Elegant Event Sitters, Anne Cohen with Perfect Wedding Guide and Lisa Linehan with Chick Singer Night

Meeting Pros

Tish Davis/Elegant Event Sitters FacebookLinkedInTwitter

Elegant Event Sitters, Inc. is the premier source for special event child care. We are a mobile service which means that we come to the kids! Our energetic staff is CPR/First Aid certified and has been personally trained by the owners. Our sitters are available nationwide for events of all kinds and sizes.

Anne Cohen/Perfect Wedding Guide FacebookTwitter

Anne Cohen has spent the last ten years working with small business owners in creative industries on marketing strategy, business development, brand positioning, and advertising. She has worked in New York City, Vail and Denver Colorado, and Atlanta with an array of companies ranging from Estee Lauder and Clear Channel to Alternative Apparel and Get Married. She is a passionate professional with a commitment to excellence; and as a 6th generation Atlantan, she has found herself at home in her role as the Market Manager of Perfect Wedding Guide.

Lisa Linehan/Chick Singer Night FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Chick Singer Night has been expanding at a rapid pace in this millenia. Chick Singer Night is the world’s most notable original and longest-running songfest for female artists.

Gathering support from NAMM in 2004, and the producer project with Guitar Center bringing winning performers into world class recording studios, CSN has developed into a global presence.

The format is a simple one. All singers are welcome; all styles of music, all levels of experience, all walks of life. Each singer shows up the afternoon of the show, charts in hand, and runs her songs with the CSN Band. Later that evening they hit the stage with a hot band in a cool venue and give the performance of a lifetime!

CSN founder Lori Maier hosted the first Chick Singer Night in Chicago over 20 years ago, and it is now stonger than ever. Since then, CSN has spread its wings across the country and is now a national monthly or quarterly event in multiple cities across the U.S. and as far away as Stockholm, Sweden. The success of this program has inspired CSN alumna to support singers and songwriters with similar spinoff showcases through the years. It’s all an amazing testament to that first CSN show in November of 1988.

Chick Singer Night will hold its 25th Anniversary Party at the Hard Rock Cafe on October 19.


Deidra Champagne and Wendy Hogg with Flowering Events, Mark and Tracy England with This Is You and Travis Gilbert with Fonix Entertainment

Meeting Pros

Deidra Champagne and Wendy Hogg/Flowering Events Facebook

Serving the Atlanta area since 2000, Flowering Events provides quality services to the corporate client, hospitality industry, event planning business and bridal customer.

Owner, Deidra Champagne was trained in Japan in the ancient traditions of Ikebana floral design. Her work reflects unique craftsmanship blending Occidental and European traditions revealing a passionate expression through flowers.

Upon returning to the United States, Deidra sharpened her skills and industry knowledge with some of the finest florists in Atlanta. She brought this broad and diverse experience together to create Flowering Events, where she is dedicated to unmatched personal service, quality floral product and unique design elements for all her clients. Deidra has an ongoing relationship with Atlanta’s upscale event venues and her work can be seen in the best of the city’s hospitality and corporate properties. Deidra believes “a floral artist is never a master but always a student” and thus welcomes each new floral challenge.

The talented staff of Flowering Events offers truly authentic boutique service. Providing custoomized designs to fit your personal style. When you contact us, you can expect a detailed and experienced assessment of your floral needs. Available for consultations, site visits, and daily deliveries throughout the Atlanta area.

Mark and Tracy England/This Is You Facebook

This Is You weddings can be seen on Style Me Pretty, Oh Brides, Perfect Wedding Guide, & Atlanta Brides. Mark is also lead editor for Raw Focus, a post processing company for professional photographers. Tracy also directs Southern Square Bridal Shows, the one stop shop for the Southern bride.

Travis Gilbert/Fonix Entertainment FacebookLinkedIn

Fonix Entertainment is a leading service provider of DJ’s and Entertainment Services in Atlanta, GA and the Southeast. Bride’s Choice Award 2011, 2012, & 2013 as best Wedding DJ’s on & a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business! Our team of entertainment specialists will customize your event to be a unique reflection of your taste and style. Our focus is to truly listen to… your entertainment needs while providing educated advice to bring your Party Vision to Fruition with Flawless Execution! Services include DJ’s for all types of occasions such as Weddings, Nightclub Events, Corporate Parties, Birthdays, Mitzvahs, Pool Parties, Sweet 16’s, Prom’s, College Events, and School Functions. Fonix Entertainment also provides Movie Night Services, Karaoke Services, Inflatable’s, and much more!