Recent Publications

Hotel Contracts: What’s Out, What Needs To Be In? (March/April 2008)


Cummins receives President’s Award (July 2007)

MPI D/FW win 1st Place in Chairman’s Challenge under VP Cummins; O’Donnell wins for 10th time (July 2005)

Wolschon and Cummins receive top awards for Meeting Professionals International Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter (July 2005)


Teaching Hospitality Courses at Area Colleges comes naturally for Planner/Consultant Tony Cummins, CMP (August 2008)

Cummins and Hickman present at PPAI Executive Director Forum (July 2008)


Cummins aligns with formidable group of D/FW Planners, IMP (September 2006)


Hotel Contracts: What’s Out, What Needs To Be In? (March/April 2008)

Negotiating a sound hotel contract goes much further than rates, space and amenities. It’s not always what’s in the contract that matters, but what’s not in the agreement that ultimately determines your exposures and liabilities. Learn more…[PDF]   Back to top.

July 2007 — MPI D/FW Chapter member Cummins receives President’s Award

June 22, 2007 marked the 30th Anniversary of the five-time award-winning MPI Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter, the 6th largest Chapter in the world. At this year’s annual awards gala, five Chapter members received the Chapter President’s Award. The award is given to members who excelled in their level of service to the Chapter, and provided strong support to the President’s goals and objectives in their current term.

President’s Awards were given to Tony Cummins, CMP; Marti Fox, CMP; Laura Jordan, CMP; Jim Monroe, CMP, CSEP and Terri White, CMP. ‘There have been many successes in our Chapter over the past several years, and if you drew a line back their beginning, you will most certainly find the passionate involvement of these exceptional members”.1

The awards were given by Chapter President Sally Goldesberry, CMP, CMM. Back to top.

1 Current, MPI D/FW Chapter, July 2007

July 2005 — MPI D/FW Chapter earns 1st place membership award under leadership of Chapter Membership VP Cummins

Meeting Professionals International (MPI), founded in 1972, is the world’s largest association of meeting industry professionals. Each year, MPI promotes new member recruitment through an incentive program called the Chairman’s Challenge. The Chairman’s Challenge rewards individual members who bring new members into the ranks and recognizes the Chapter which recruits the most members each year.

Under the leadership of the Chapter Membership VP, Tony Cummins, CMP, the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter (MPI D/FW) was awarded 1st place in the 2004-2005 Chairman’s Challenge for the most new members recruited. Chapter Member O.D. O’Donnell of Nightlife Talent, Dallas, TX, recruited the most members that year with a total of seven new recruits. This was the tenth time in 13 years that O’Donnell has walked away with the honors.

MPI’s 2004-2005 Chairman’s Challenge was sponsored by the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLC. Back to top.

July 2005 — Wolschon and Cummins receive top awards for Meeting Professionals International Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter

The MPI D/FW Chapter’s most revered awards were presented last month at the Annual Awards Gala held at the Omni Mandalay Las Colinas, Irving, TX. The two top awards are Planner of the Year and Supplier of the Year. The awards recognize a member’s contribution to the chapter and the meetings industry as a whole. Criteria for the award include local chapter service, industry service, recognition, speaking engagements and community service.

This year’s honors went to Peg Wolschon, CTP, CMP for Planner of the Year and Tony Cummins, CMP for Supplier of the Year. The candidates are first nominated by their industry peers to qualify, then voted in by a panel of past chapter presidents, past award recipients and current members of the chapter’s board.

Peg Wolschon, CTP, CMP is only one of two chapter members to ever be selected for both Planner and Supplier of the Year. Back to top.

August 2008 – Teaching Hospitality Courses at Area Colleges comes naturally for Planner/Consultant Tony Cummins, CMP

Tony Cummins, CMP, Planner/Consultant, THE MEETiNG DEPARMENT®, earned his Master’s in Higher Education in 1979 at the University of South Carolina - Columbia. After graduation, he pursued a career outside of his discipline and it wasn’t until sometime later, in 1994, that he put his degree to work. While working at the Dallas Park Central Hotel, he had the opportunity to serve as an adjunct faculty member at El Centro College’s Food and Hospitality Institute teaching courses in Hospitality Marketing, Employee Supervision and Food Purchasing. El Centro College is part of the Dallas County Community College District.

Cummins says, “This was a great experience for me. The classes were small and allowed for a lot of personal interaction between the students and me. They were eager to learn what it takes to be successful in the industry”.

Cummins also teaches courses at the Collin County District’s Collin College in Frisco, Texas. Course taught there include Hotel Facilities Management and Front Office Operations.

According to Cummins, “Teaching is about sharing your knowledge and experience with others so they can benefit from your past. When you do this, you share a chapter of your life to create a new chapter in theirs. It’s something that seems to come naturally for me.” Back to top.

July 31, 2008 - Tony Cummins, CMP teams with M.T. Hickman, CMP, CTP to present ‘Meeting Planning 201” to PPAI Executive Directors

Tony Cummins, CMP, Planner/Consultant, THE MEETiNG DEPARTMENT® and Ms. M.T. Hickman, CMP, CTP, Program Coordinator for Richland College’s Travel Exposition & Meeting Management Program, worked in tandem to facilitate a 90-minute workshop for 22 Executive Directors of the PPAI (Promotional Products Association International). The Directors were in Dallas for an in-depth series of workshops covering topics related to the administration and operation of the various PPAI regions throughout the United States.

The presentation developed by Cummins and Hickman was customized to the audience based on attendee responses to a pre-meeting survey of current challenges and educational needs. The presentation combined oral & visual presentation methods and an interactive game, but also included a mock telephone conversation performed live in front of the group to illustrate a possible interaction between a meeting planner and hotelier. Topics covered included Six Keys to Successful Meeting Planning, RFP’s, Event Marketing Ideas and Ways to Save on F&B Expenses, Hotel Contract Basics and Member Surveys. Back to top.

September 25, 2006 – Cummins aligns with formidable group of meeting professionals, Dallas-Fort Worth Independent Meeting Planners (DFW IMP).

Tony Cummins, CMP, Planner/Consultant, THE MEETiNG DEPARTMENT®, has joined in with a unique and formidable group of independent meeting planners in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, DFW IMP, commonly referred to only as IMP.

IMP is a consortium of seasoned and credentialed independent meeting planners who have come together in the past five years to form a team of like-minded professionals who, as a group, are positioned to handle any size meeting or convention in the U.S or abroad. Each consortium member is an experienced business owner in their own right, operating their own meeting planning and/or special events company. Each individual has established themselves in the marketplace as a business owner who understands accountability, managing expenses, ROI, and the discipline it takes to manage meeting services.

Most members have 15 or more years experience in the industry and the most are CMP and CMM designees. Many come from Corporate, Association or Non-Profit backgrounds and some, like Cummins, hold advanced degrees in business or education.

The group is unique in that, while they represent competing businesses in the same geographic area of the U.S., they work together to provide services equivalent to and beyond the capabilities of many large planning agencies. The group meets monthly to discuss industry best practices, with emphasis on business ethics and professionalism. Back to top.

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