The History of MPI

1972-02-15 02:54:30

MPI is founded

Robert E. (Buzz) Bartow, CM, is the driving force behind the creation of Meeting Planners Institute. It is established with 159 charter members.

1972-06-12 05:43:48

MPI first president

Marion N. Kershner, CM, CAE, is named first president.

1972-07-01 02:54:30


Bobby Fischer wins chess title from Boris Spassky.

1972-08-22 02:54:30

MPI chartered

The state of Illinois issues charter for Meeting Planners International, Inc. (A vote on June 12, 1972 selected the official name).

1972-11-07 05:43:48


U.S. President Richard Nixon is re-elected.

1972-12-01 02:54:30

Military draft

U.S. military draft is abolished.

1972-12-01 02:54:30

I am Woman

Helen Reddy’s song "I Am Woman" causes a feminist sensation.

1972-12-07 05:43:48

Apollo 17

Apollo 17 astronauts spend 74 hours and 59 minutes on the moon.

1973-03-27 00:00:00

The Godfather

"The Godfather" wins Best Picture Oscar.

1973-04-08 00:00:00


Spanish artist Pablo Picasso dies.

1973-07-01 00:00:00

Code of Conduct

MPI’s Professional Code of Conduct is established.

1973-08-15 00:00:00

Vietnam War

U.S. involvement in Vietnam War ends.

1973-09-20 00:00:00

Tennis match

Tennis pro Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs.

1973-10-16 00:00:00

Oil embargo

Arab oil embargo causes economic troubles.

1973-11-13 00:00:00

First chapter

The first MPI chapter-Rocky Mountain Area-is organized.

1974-01-01 00:00:00

Daylight Savings Time

In response to oil embargo, US starts daylights savings time in January.

1974-05-01 00:00:00


Streaking becomes a worldwide fad.

1974-07-01 00:00:00

First African-American President

Ralph K. Wynn, CM, becomes MPI’s first African-American president.

1974-07-22 00:00:00

Meeting Management Degree

MPI helps develop a meeting management degree program at Metropolitan State College in Denver, the first of its kind in the U.S.

1974-09-01 00:00:00

Kershner's New Role

Kershner is named MPI’s second executive vice president/chief executive officer.

1974-10-02 00:00:00

IT&ME Participation

MPI participates in the Incentive Travel and Meeting Executives Show in Chicago for the first time.

1974-12-02 00:00:00

Chapter formation

A policy and procedure manual outlining rules for chapter formation is adopted.

1975-02-11 04:44:32

Margaret Thatcher

The British Conservative Party chooses it's first woman leader, Margaret Thatcher.

1975-04-07 00:00:00

Member types

Two classes of members are created: Regular (Planner) and Associate (Supplier).

1975-07-27 00:00:00

San Salvador

First International Board of Directors meeting held outside of the U.S. in San Salvador.

1975-07-30 04:44:32

Hoffa disappears

American Teamsters union labor leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears

1975-09-16 04:44:32

Mobile phones

Motorola is issued patent for first mobile phone.

1976-05-08 04:44:32

MPI dues

Chapters retain $20 of the annual $75 dues.

1976-07-01 04:44:32

MPI awards

Initial Planner and Supplier of the Year are named: JoAnn Benzer and Howard Feiertag, CM, CMP, CHSE, CHA, respectively.

1976-07-18 04:44:32

Perfect score

Gymnast Nadia Comaneci of Romania gets seven perfect scores at the Summer Olympics in Montreal and wins three gold medals.

1976-10-01 04:44:32


Alex Haley’s "Roots" is a best seller.

1976-12-03 04:44:32


First Professional Education Conference-North America (MPI Fall Conference) is held in Orlando, Florida.

1977-01-01 02:54:30

Annual dues

Annual dues increase to $100.

1977-04-01 02:54:30

Canada crops

Favorable weather in Canada helps produce a record wheat crop, the largest since 1966.

1977-06-01 02:54:30

Australia drought

Australia experiences a serious drought that sharply cuts wheat harvest.

1977-06-01 02:54:30


Sundresses are the hot-weather attire choice for women, making bare shoulders and backs part of the summer look.

1977-06-22 02:54:30

MPI education

Three educational tracks are introduced at Annual Convention: Basic, Advanced and Associate.

1977-06-22 02:54:30

Rocky Mountain Area

Rocky Mountain Area (was Rocky Mountain Association) Chapter is chartered.

1977-06-22 20:24:32

Greater New York

Greater New York Area (now named Greater New York) Chapter is chartered.

1977-06-22 20:24:32

Chicago Area

Chicago Area Chapter is chartered

1977-06-22 20:24:32

Dallas/Forth Worth

Metroplex (name changed to Dallas/Fort Worth) Chapter is chartered

1977-06-22 20:24:32

Ohio Valley

Ohio Valley Chapter is chartered. The chapter's name is changed to Ohio.

1977-06-22 20:24:32

Southern California

Southern California Chapter is chartered.

1977-06-22 20:24:32


Wisconsin Chapter is chartered.

1977-07-01 02:54:30

MPI library

The first MPI library is created in Denver Public Library.

1977-12-01 02:54:30

Meeting in motor home

International Board of Directors meeting is held in a deluxe motor home.

1978-01-01 17:12:12


Disco music sweeps the world.

1978-04-17 17:12:12

Membership milestone

MPI membership tops 1,000.

1978-06-09 20:24:32

Delaware Valley/Philadelphia

Delaware Valley (charter was for Greater Philadelphia but board of directors changed the name) Chapter was chartered. Chapter is now the Philadelphia Area.

1978-06-09 20:24:32

Northern California

Northern California (charter application was for Pacific Northwest but the board of directors changed the name) Chapter is chartered.

The History of MPI

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