The MPI New Jersey chapter met on February 4 for a monthly educational meeting held at the renovated Crowne Plaza Englewood. Kevin Kirby, chair- man of the MPI International Board of Directors, was the event speaker. He spoke to the crowd of New Jersey and New York event professionals about the state of the meetings industry, as well as the importance of MPI membership.
Retreats and off-site meetings present wonderful opportunities for groups to collaborate, strategize and build relationships away from their normal office environments. With proper planning, these sessions can be highly effective and even pivotal in setting a new direction. However, off-sites may present some unforeseen challenges that can quickly deflate the energy in the room if not anticipated and addressed in advance.