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Chair of Shining Star Committee

Carol Hall

Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

Association & Government Sales Manager

Member since 2000

As part of the Grants and Recognition Committee mission, we support and applaud members with Shining Star Awards. Your Grants and Member Recognition Committee recognizes members for making extra-ordinary efforts on behalf of our organization. Please take the time to nominate your fellow deserving members via the form below.

Our next Shining Star will be named in May so please nominate your fellow members!

January 2017
Lissette Mathus
Dave & Buster's of Atlanta
Special Events Manager
Member since 2015

Congratulations to Lissette Mathus with Dave and Busters who received the Shining Star Award in January. Like many members, she has a busy schedule, yet is always there to help coordinate logistics with the team and to execute fabulous education programs.

Here are some interesting tidbits about Lissette:


If you had to pick another profession, it would be what?

Marine Biologist


Favorite Beverage?

Depends on location. A Mai Tai at the beach and a glass of red wine at home


How would your colleagues describe you?

Dependable, friendly, and a “go to” person

  October 2016
Tierra Copeland
Building Owners & Managers Association of Georgia
Events, Education & Membership Coordinator
Member since 2016

Congratulations to Tierra Copeland of Building Owners & Managers Association of Georgia! She was chosen as the Shining Star for October 2016. Tierra served as Program Manager for July which is always a tough program to coordinate. She did a wonderful job, was enthusiastic and has offered to volunteer again.

Talk about the personal touch:  Tierra was unable to attend the luncheon, and our chairperson, Carol, went to her office and personally presented the award to her in front of her bosses.    

Here are some interesting tidbits about Tierra:

  • Weirdest type of food she has eaten – Alligator Meat
  •  Her least favorite food and why – Olives because of their taste and how they smell
  • One of her favorite Atlanta restaurants – Taco Mac
  • If she could be any celebrity, which one would you choose and why- Oprah Winfrey because she sticks up for what is right and believes you can do anything if you put your mind to it!







Thank you to our

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Previous Award Winners:

May 2016: Ashley Izydore, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

January 2016: Steven Schumacher, Dunwoody CVB

October 2015: Anna Williams, Juice Studio

September 2015: Tracy Keller, CMP, ASHRAE

May 2015: Tara Brashear, Freeman

March 2015: Arielle Galimidi, CMP, AG Events  

January 2015: Miranda Allen, CMP, Live Event Solutions

September 2014: Carol Hall, August Marriott at the Convention Center

May 2014: Chris Bonnett, Omnience

March 2014: Eileen Roehl, CMP, Murfee Group

February 2014: Kelli Lusk, Destination South Meetings & Events

January 2014: Tracy Stuckrath, CHC, CMM, CSEP, Thrive! Meetings & Events

December 2013: Tess Vismale, CMP, Atlanta Technical College

November 2013: Britney Darby, Hinman Dental Society of Atlanta

October 2013: Laura Pope, Hinman Dental Society

September 2013: Naomi Green, Fox Bros. BBQ

August 2013: Karyn Kotler, Tabernacle, Live Nation

July 2013: Megan Drew, CMP, TMP, Macon-Bibb County CVB

May 2013: Laura Guerin, CMP, SEDC

March 2013: Andy Williams, TMP, CVB of Dunwoody

February 2013: Sara Justice, Starwood Atlanta Metro Market

January 2013: Alice Tarkington, CMP, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

December 2012: Natalie Broadus

November 2012: Marie Turner

October 2012: Kim Maling, CMP, DCMP, InLine Meeting & Site Selection

September 2012: Bobby Hobes, CCTE, CMP, Chenega Corporation

August 2012: Shannon Pike, Classic Party Rentals                        



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The MPI Georgia Shining Star Award recognizes members for making extraordinary efforts on behalf of our organization. You can only nominate one individual at a time. Please complete an additional form for each subsequent nomination.

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Please provide a brief description of why you are nominating this MPI GA member for a shining star.

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