November 2015  

President's Corner

President's Message

Dear MPI WestField Colleagues, Members and Friends,

I am so thrilled to stand here today as your 27th President of the WestField Chapter of MPI.   It's an honor to be able to serve with our new Board of Directors for 2015-2016. 


Thanks so much! Kerri 

Kerri LaGrutta Otto 
MPI WestField President, 2015-2016 
District Account Executive, CORT Event Furnishings

Click here for Kerri's complete message

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Upcoming Events

We hope you are as excited as we are for the 2015-2016 Educational Year!

Warmest Regards,

Santiago R. Carmona  
VP, Education 
   Anne Baron
   Director, Professional Development    
   Nancy Bookchin
   Director, Program Logistics 
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WestField Fun Facts

We want to share some fun facts for your reading pleasure and give you, our members an edge of knowledge:

  • On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in America.
  • On October 22, 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
  • The birthstone for November is the topaz.
  • The birth flower for November is the chrysanthemum.
  • On November 6, 1869, the first intercollegiate football game was played in the United States between Rutgers and Princeton.
  • In December, Nobel Prizes are awarded.
  • December 27th is National Chocolate Day
  • On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made their first flight.
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MPI WestField Member Incentive



We all love friendly competition....and we have Members among us that like friendly competition and we love competition between our Planners and the end we all work together!
We would like to formally announce the recent Winners for the month of September and October......drum roll please!

The Winners were both Suppliers!!!!! Yay....way to go Suppliers.....
September was Judy Stern
October was Santiago Carmona

According to the RULES & REGULATIONS of our Incentive we have the First Check in for a 3 Month Milestone for the Member with the highest points.....and the Winner is.....

Judy Stern!!!!!!!!!

You are the recipient of either a Complimentary admission for our next Education program or a $20 American Gift Certificate

Lets all keep motivated and keep playing and engaging to see who will be our next Winner for November 2015 and December 2015 and learn who our second check in for our 6 Month Milestone will be....

MPI WestField wants each and every member to be fulfilled in their experiences! What better way to do that than by rewarding you for every event that you attend, every committee you belong to, every new member referral, or any number of additional ways to Win!

Beginning July 1, 2015 and announcing winners at our Annual Event in June of 2016, you’ll earn “points” by participating in these various Chapter activities and be eligible to win the following: 

1st place: Complimentary admission to all MPI WestField Education programs in 2016-2017 or a $250 AMEX Gift Certificate

2nd place: Complimentary one year MPI Membership 2016 – 2017 or a $150 AMEX Gift Certificate

3rd place: Complimentary admission to our MeetNow 2016 program or a $50 AMEX Gift Certificate

Download the full Member Incentive Program and find out how you can start earning points today.


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Most Valuable Member

WestField's Most Valuable Members - October

Sam Zaim

Lexon Limo

Joe Guilderson

Corporate Audio Visual

WestField's Most Valuable Members - November 
Adrienne Sbarbaro, CMP

Hilton Westchester

Robin Gardner


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WestField Member News

Membership Monthly Renewal Drawing

Tis the season...Renew your MPI membership before 2016 and you will be entered into a drawing for one of three great prizes. The winner will pick one! Renew today!

  • ½ off registration to WEC 2016 (June 11-14) or EMEC 2016 in Copenhagen (Feb 7-9)
  • 1 year extended membership
  • Receive 6 complimentary tickets to any chapter event (up to $300). Can be used for six tickets to one event, one ticket to six seperate events or any combination. Must be used by January 2017. 
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Noteworthy Venues

DORAL ARROWWOOD, The Premier Meeting Destination in the New York, Metropolitan area

Most hotels take a conventional approach to meetings, weddings, and special events. Not so at Doral Arrowwood.

Nestled just outside of White Plains, in the charming town of Rye Brooke Village, in Westchester County, the resort offers a picturesque conference center and well-appointed lodging, in a stunning and inspiring setting. Let us start you off with far more than a blank canvas. Our expert amenities, and services, complemented by a striking New York location and a quarter century of expertise, provide the perfect palette to make any event a masterpiece.

•Nestled amid 114 wooded acres in Rye Brook village in Westchester County, New York 
•Just 45 minutes from midtown Manhattan 
•Easily accessible to major highways and airports 
•Only three miles from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y.


Discover a picturesque retreat of Doral Arrowwood - an enchanting enclave in Rye Brook, New York - where great things begin.

  For information and assistance:

Valerie Barrett
[email protected]



Discover the Leader among Hotels in Connecticut’s Gold Coast - Fresh from a multi-million dollar renovation, the Crowne Plaza Stamford, boasts 355 guest rooms including 30 spacious suites and over 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

Crowne Plaza Stamford is perfectly suited for leisure and business travel featuring well-appointed NEW furnishings, comfortable beds, flat panel TV, free WIFI access and complimentary downtown shuttle service. With capacity for over 1600 guests, Crowne Plaza Stamford is ideal for hosting a wide range of events ranging - from casual meetings to full-fledged conferences and gala social events; we are “The Place to Meet” featuring:

  • Complimentary Shuttle Service within a 2 mile radius
  • Free wireless internet throughout the hotel 
  • Complimentary access to our state-of-the-art fitness center with indoor pool and Jacuzzi 
  • On-site Restaurant 2701, Bar & Room Service
  • Soosh – Specialty Sushi Restaurant
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car onsite
  • Carmine’s International Hair Salon
  • Translation Service available

The Crowne Plaza Stamford is uniquely located in downtown Stamford between I-95 and the Merritt Parkway, just 40 minutes outside of New York and 1 hour from Hartford. Our proximity to the major highways, Fortune 500 companies, Metro-North & Amtrak rail service, and three major airports makes Crowne Plaza Stamford the ideal location for any meeting.

  • Between I-95 & The Merritt Parkway - “Connecticut’s Main Roadways”
  • Minutes away from Amtrak/Metro North
  • 40 minute train ride from Grand Central Station
  • Complimentary shuttle for guests to and from Stamford Train Station
  • Westchester Airport -15 miles
  • La Guardia - 34 miles
  • JFK - 39 miles
  • Airport Service available

With capacity for over 1600 guests, Crowne Plaza Stamford is ideal for hosting a wide range of events ranging - from casual meetings to full-fledged conferences and gala social events, we are the place to meet!

  • 20 Meeting rooms to accommodate 2 to 1000 guests
  • High Speed Internet Access
  • State-of-the-art Audio-Visual Services available 
  • Dedicated Crowne Meetings Director to help you create a successful event and helps you keep tab on your budget with a Daily Meetings Debrief
  • Finally, you get the rewards of all your hard work. We now offer a rewards program created exclusively for Meeting Planners IHG Business Rewards! It’s never been easier for you to earn and redeem points. 

At the Crowne Plaza Stamford, along with luxurious accommodations and amenities, you’ll also experience premier service and meticulous attention to detail. Guests are assured a pleasant night’s rest with the Sleep Advantage Program - a holistic approach to better night’s sleep. And Crowne Plaza Stamford’s recreation facilities provide the perfect wind down to a fulfilling day with a heated indoor pool, whirlpool, steam, sauna and a State-of-the-art fitness center.

Host your next event at the Crowne Plaza Stamford where your comfort and convenience is our top priority!
For information and assistance, or to learn about our Promotional Offers, contact, Sara Subramanian, Director of Sales at 203.978.5619 or email [email protected]

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Elegant Event Furnishings

From mobile tablets to cell phones and everything in between, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to work colleagues, email, family, social media, etc. CORT Event Furnishings, the nationwide leader in furniture, lighting and accessory rentals, has introduced a new line of powered rental furniture that is sure to electrify the events industry. CORT’s powered solutions offer a seamless way to help guests and attendees stay connected while maintaining the overall look of the event design.

With powered furniture that is functional and stylish, searching for a wall outlet to charge your device is a thing of the past. Offerings such as the Powered Banquettes or the Endless Powered Collection allow for flexibility and creativity in designing unlimited seating arrangements that incorporate charging outlets into the furniture and tables. Other soft seating options with built in outlets include the powered Roma and Naples collections.

From special events to corporate meetings, CORT will help you power up the possibilities at your next program.

Contact Kerri LaGrutta Otto, your MPI WestField President, at CORT Event Furnishings for more information at 973-766-3046 or [email protected].

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Professional Development

Hit Interview’s Carol Sosalla- Providing Turnkey Solutions for Executive Advancement, Career Search, and Professional Success

As an agency recruiter, I was surprised when candidates had paid for the typical professional “resume makeover”. These resumes looked great at five feet (sometimes) but would rarely deliver results when submitted - I always had to start over. By rebuilding a staggering number of resumes, I developed the methods, situational calls, and results-based expertise to consistently land my candidates interviews and offers.

Competitive, high-volume recruiting is a rare place to study tens of thousands of applicants as they navigate an ocean of open positions. I’ve watched the train wrecks, the big wins, and everything in-between. By paying close attention, clear patterns emerged and difficult problems faded away. 

I founded Hit Interview to apply 20 years of recruiting experience, online networking strategies, and proven resume know-how to YOUR job search. I know what works in hiring and how to put that expertise to work for you. Hit Interview currently assists executives, founders, and professionals from across the U.S. and Internationally.

Service, Training & Solution Areas Include:

  • LinkedIn Profile Optimization, professional branding, and training to shorten searches and capture opportunities.
  • Resume Writing applying a proven process to draw out and showcase key skills and expertise.
  • A keyword focused approach to drive results online, in-person, and in ATS database searches.
  • From CEOs and C-Level Executives, to VPs, Directors, and Managers- each product is tuned to engage the decision makers at your career level.
  • Specialized services to: create a compelling Executive Bio; attract new business for Owners and Consultants; raise capital for Founders from PE firms, investors, and crowd funding sources; secure a corporate or non-profit Board of Directors appointment.
  • Personalized solutions for: Interview Prep, Advanced Job Search Tactics, Strategic Correspondence, and Salary Negotiations.
  • Customized Training Programs for a Full Company or specific Business Unit.
  • Hire Carol Sosalla to Deliver a Speech or Presentation at your next meeting or corporate event.
  • Full Service, Best in Class, Specialized Outplacement Services Packages, for an individual employee to large groups of personnel.

To learn more about how Hit Interview can help put you into “professional overdrive”, contact Carol Sosalla at 702-900-1640 or via email at [email protected].


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WestField Partners

Thank you to all out MPI WestField Partners!









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