Member Spotlight

@MPISTL – December 2017 – Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight – Lenny Klinger

This month’s spotlight is on Lenny Klinger. Lenny joined the St. Louis Area Chapter in May and immediately jumped in to volunteer on the EduCon Committee. He assisted with securing speakers and helped bring in the Keynote Speaker, Sam Glenn.

Lenny hails from New York and settled in St. Louis in 1983. He formed two musical groups, Galaxy and GalaxyRed, which are based out of St. Louis and perform all over the country.

Representing the Las Vegas Speakers Bureau in the Midwest and East Coast, Lenny is an Entertainment Buyer and Speaker Specialist for Jaki Baskow.

In addition to the work he does with the Speakers Bureau, he is an event planner and books national acts for corporations and casinos.

Lenny likes to step out every now and then for a glide across the dance floor, practicing his salsa and merengue steps. He is also a lover of Latin music.

When asked if he is a binge-watcher, he said, “I have binged ‘Game of Thrones’ and one snowy day, it was ‘Orange is the New Black’.”

When you see Lenny at the next event, please take the time to introduce yourself.

@MPISTL – November 2017 – Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight – Brett Politte

St. Louis MPI’s November member spotlight is Brett Politte. Brett joined our chapter last month. He is a 2015 graduate of Missouri State University’s Entertainment Management program and began his career with Maritz and a restaurant event position.

Brett currently serves as the Conferences and Events Specialist at The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management in Chesterfield. The organization’s role is to connect potential MBA students with minority backgrounds to nearly 20 member schools. One of the ways Brett is helping these students is planning of the Consortium’s 1,500-person annual conference. Students have the opportunity to connect with corporate partners like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Starbucks. Most leave the conference with at least an offer for either an internship or a job offer. “My role here is a great fit, as I knew I wanted to do something in meeting planning, events and I wanted to travel,” Brett said. When asked about the impact he’s having so far in his role at the Consortium, Brett adds, “The job makes me feel good, because we’re making needed connections on both the student, university and employer sides.”

Brett has joined the Recruitment Committee, where he’ll work to recruit student members. When he’s not working, Brett enjoys spending time with friends, attending baseball games, movies and playing sand volleyball. Please introduce yourself at an upcoming event and welcome Brett to our MPI family.

@MPISTL – September 2017 – Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight – Jessica Utterback

This month we recognize Jessica Utterback, Sales Director for Westport Social. Jessica currently serves as the Director of Venue Procurement for MPI St. Louis Area Chapter. She finds the biggest benefit of her MPI Membership is meeting new people and learning about great opportunities in St. Louis. She has acquired new friends and learned many lessons during her short time with MPI. Jessica’s advice to professionals in the meeting planning industry could not be said any better; “I would always advise people to support one another. We are all part of the same industry and have the same end goal in mind.” Jessica’s love for what she does comes from seeing events come to life and the pride on the planner’s face when their coworkers and bosses compliment them on a great party! In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time in the gym lifting weights, drinking coffee and hanging out with her boyfriend, Matt and two cats, Lucy and Toby.

Westport Social is opening soon! Westport Social is a refined bar and gaming lounge in Westport Plaza featuring indoor bocce, pop-a-shot, floor and table shuffleboard, ping pong, darts, snookball, private karaoke rooms, live music, and more. A stocked bar along with a full kitchen serving small, shareable plates makes Westport Social a perfect setting for a night out.


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