Welcome to the MPI Heartland Chapter!

MPI Heartland is made up of meeting planners and suppliers from across Iowa and Nebraska and we are a part of the MPI Global community.

MPI Heartland brings networking and educational opportunities to our members, and non members, in order to advance the meeting profession. Almost every month there are opportunities to be involved in the chapter through events.

Meeting Professionals International, the meeting industry’s largest and most vibrant global community, is committed to delivering success for its nearly 17,000 worldwide members by providing innovative knowledge and learning experiences, connecting people and ideas, and creating rich marketplace opportunities. Founded in 1972, the Dallas-based organization delivers global human connections through its 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries. For more information or to join, visit www.mpiweb.org


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Member Spotlight


Mary Cason

Iowa Automobile Dealers Association, Director of Special Events

MPI Member since: 2000

How long have you been in the meetings / hospitality industry? 20 Years. That is a long time, I must have started when I was in high school.

How has MPI helped in the support and growth of your career? Attending MPI meetings and events has provided opportunities to network and develop relationships personally and professionally. I have met wonderful people by getting involved with MPI.

Have you done business with any MPI members, locally or nationally? I have made many connections through MPI events.  It is a great way to learn and explore new locations during the chapter meetings and social events.

What three tips can you share with others in our industry?
It is true, the more you get involved the more you will get out of anything you do – in all aspects of life.
2. Change is inevitable. Learn to adapt and most of the time the change will make work easier. 
3. Find time each day to do something you enjoy – even for just 10 minutes.

What is your dream vacation spot? Somewhere sunny, warm and close to the pool/ocean.

What do you do in your spare time? I spend a lot of time transporting my kids to activities and watching them participate – soccer, basketball, baseball, track and football. It is a crazy busy schedule, but I enjoy it.

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