On Jan. 30, Meetings Professionals International Southern California Chapter held its 2018 “State of the Industry” luncheon at the Pasadena Convention Center. Amanda Armstrong, CMP, incoming chair of the MPI International Board of Directors, was the keynote speaker. In her address, she encouraged MPI members to volunteer. “Find something you’re passionate about and raise your hand. Volunteering is a great way to try out new skills. Don’t be afraid to be a rookie.”
Pasadena Convention Center
James Canfield sells Palm Springs: He’s the executive director of both the 261,000-square-foot Palm Springs Convention Center and the Bureau of Tourism (through the venue management firm SMG). Essentially, it’s his job to keep the center booked and the town busy.
In the early 20th century, Pasadena was an idyllic resort town where wealthy Easterners flocked in winter. Today, the allure remains, and that era’s rich legacy offers a wealth of gorgeous meeting spaces. Beneath a picture-perfect mountain-view setting, with sunny, year-round temps of 75 degrees, even the busiest meeting planners can stop to smell the roses at events in this charming city.