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    1. Luther Villagomez and Gabe Garza, MPI-HAC president.

    1. Luther Villagomez and Gabe Garza, MPI-HAC president.
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    2. Blended Beauty Entertainment/Live Photo Wall by J&D Entertainment.

    2. Blended Beauty Entertainment/Live Photo Wall by J&D Entertainment.
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    3. James Brown, dynamic emcee for MPI-HAC.

    3. James Brown, dynamic emcee for MPI-HAC.
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    4. Luther Villagomez, 2018 ANATS honoree, CEO of Houston First Corporation and manager of George R. Brown Convention Center, alongside his wife, Karen Villagomez of Visit Houston, and their family.

    4. Luther Villagomez, 2018 ANATS honoree, CEO of Houston First Corporation and manager of George R. Brown Convention Center, alongside his wife, Karen Villagomez of Visit Houston, and their family.
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    5. President-Elect of MPI Houston Area Chapter, Christy Spisak of Cosmo Cool Concepts Inc. with Dan O’Brien, co-owner of J&D Entertainment.

    5. President-Elect of MPI Houston Area Chapter, Christy Spisak of Cosmo Cool Concepts Inc. with Dan O’Brien, co-owner of J&D Entertainment.
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    6. Lounge furniture provided by CORT Event Furnishings and event design and production by iDesign Meetings.

    6. Lounge furniture provided by CORT Event Furnishings and event design and production by iDesign Meetings.
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    7. Floral design sponsored by Blooms Design Studio.

    7. Floral design sponsored by Blooms Design Studio.
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    8. Incoming 2018-2019 Board of Directors for MPI Houston Area Chapter. Bottom row, from left: Juliana Wathen, Cosmo Cool Concepts; Ilde Salazar, The Woodlands Resort; Lori Roberts, CMP, Hilton Houston Post Oak; Christy Spisak, Cosmo Cool Concepts; Gabe Garza, Marriott Marquis Houston; Linda Hampton, CMP, Norris Conference Centers; Megan Flowers, VisitPearland; Shannon Smith, Boys and Girls Country. Top row, from left: Elizabeth Brazil, independent meeting planner; Thuy Pham, The Four Seasons Hotel Houston; Ursula Sloan, Steak48; and Niki Wade, Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria.

    8. Incoming 2018-2019 Board of Directors for MPI Houston Area Chapter. Bottom row, from left: Juliana Wathen, Cosmo Cool Concepts; Ilde Salazar, The Woodlands Resort; Lori Roberts, CMP, Hilton Houston Post Oak; Christy Spisak, Cosmo Cool Concepts; Gabe Garza, Marriott Marquis Houston; Linda Hampton, CMP, Norris Conference Centers; Megan Flowers, VisitPearland; Shannon Smith, Boys and Girls Country. Top row, from left: Elizabeth Brazil, independent meeting planner; Thuy Pham, The Four Seasons Hotel Houston; Ursula Sloan, Steak48; and Niki Wade, Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria.

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Houston Area Chapter hosted the third annual “A Night Among the Stars” awards gala at the newly opened Marriott Marquis Houston. The 2018 honoree was Luther Villagomez, CEO of Houston First Corporation and manager of the George R. Brown Convention Center.

On March 6, nearly 200 meeting planners, event producers, experiential design experts and vendor partners gathered at Loyola University Chicago’s Damen Student Center to talk cutting edge tech trends, explore new educational topics and connect with friends old and new.

 

If there is a better hair-of-the-dog drink than a bloody mary, we sure don’t know what it is. Visit Beaumont shared its recipe for a tasty Sunday brunch cocktail, and they even made it for eight, so you can treat your friends!

 

Born and raised in Bryan, about 90 miles east of Village of Salado, Chadley Hollas, Village of Salado’s director of tourism, says he came to the town with one goal: to help Salado become Texas’ best small destination. His favorite thing about his adopted hometown is the people. “They are quirky, creative and hospitable—a neat combination that makes for many good conversations,” says Hollas.