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MPI NEXT Chicago 2016

Posted: 3.08.16
Category: Special Events

AFR Event Furnishings was thrilled to be one of the sponsors for the Meeting Planners International Conference (Chicago Chapter) - MPI NEXT Chicago 2016- that was held on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel on the Magnificent Mile.

MPI NEXT Chicago 2016 - The NEXT big thing for meetings and events!

MPI NEXT 2016 was a one-day symposium bringing together meeting planners, event producers, and marketing professionals to learn from the leading authorities in areas from planning techniques and strategies to the latest in cutting-edge tech trends.

The day started off with a huge welcome from MPI-CAC President Judi Holler. It was followed by an update on the state of the industry and the government impact on Meetings Mean Business. The attendees were able to sit back and relax on the soft seating provided by AFR (see photos below) as they listened to keynote speaker Andrew Tarvin who spoke about Humor that Works!




Following the general session it was time to start Round 1 of the breakout sessions that included multi-level sections that focused on delivering high-energy learning in a format where engagement, forward thinking, and entrepreneurship were key pillars. During this time the AFR Chicago team helped the Marriott staff reset the ballroom for the Luncheon Keynote. AFR added a charging station in the back of the ballroom as well as some more lounge groupings. (see photos below)




In addition to obtaining valuable continuing education credits, attendees had the chance to interact with our industry experts in a one-on-one style setting offering an opportunity you won’t find anywhere else at the InteractiveExpo set up next to the Ballroom. Attendees had the opportunity to see what’s new from key suppliers in the InteractiveExpo and walk away with the knowledge and ideas that will leave them ready to transform their events.




After Keith Ferrazzi gave his Keynote speech about Collaboration for Success there were three more breakout sessions followed by a cocktail reception where AFR also had the opportunity to showcase some new lounge collections as well as brand new Hi-top tables and unique dining tables.




MPI NEXT Chicago 2016 conference was a huge success for both MPI Chicago and for the AFR Chicago Team.  We look forward to partnering with MPI for future conferences.  Please check out the AFR Website at  for the complete line up of our Event Furnishings or feel free to reach out to our Chicago Account Executive, Ryan Campbell at 312-632-0544 or email him at

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