San Diego Businesswoman Recognized by Meeting Professionals International with Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Overall Industry. Erin Scholes, Founder of SD Meetings & Events, Honored at Annual World Education Congress

SAN DIEGO, June 22, 2018 – San Diego’s own small business leader, Erin Scholes, founder of SD Meetings & Events, was recognized nationally this month for her expertise, professionalism and service to the international meeting planning community.

Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) Chair, Amanda Armstrong, presented Scholes with the Chairman’s Award at the World Education Congress where 2,200 attendees from 35 countries gathered to learn the latest trends in events and network with other planners.

“At MPI, our vision is to build a rich, diverse community where our members can connect, learn and grow. In the spirit of recognizing the strength of this community, it is my pleasure to present the 2018 Chairman’s Award to Erin Scholes of SD Meetings & Events. She makes our industry stronger, leads by example, is well-respected, and inspires others,” Armstrong said. “Erin is smart, entrepreneurial and is teaching the next generation of hospitality professionals at San Diego State University. Congratulations and thank you for inspiring me and so many others throughout your accomplished career.”

Scholes has been a member of MPI for more than 17 years. She began her hospitality career in-house at a premier Vail, Colo resort. In 2000, she relocated to San Diego and worked for the Hotel Del Coronado and Omni San Diego. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Scholes launched her own business in 2013. Today, Scholes and team work all over the country concepting and delivering events for more than 3,000 attendees and 100 exhibitors down to intimate executive meetings for 10.

“It is such an honor to be recognized for excellence in meetings and events,” said Scholes. “I am truly inspired every day by what I do. Seeing the faces of engaged event attendees and happy clients gives me a true sense of accomplishment. And being able to help inspire the next generation of meeting planners provides me with so much personal satisfaction from my students.”

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