About Michael P. Wasserman, Inc.

Michael P. Wasserman, Inc. (MPWI) was incorporated in 1984 as a full-service meeting, destination management and special event-planning firm.  Today, with its broad range of corporate, media, civic and nonprofit clients, MPWI is recognized for its creative work, attention to detail, and highly personalized service.

Our professional team provides the strong operational foundation and inspired touches that are core elements of any meeting, conference or special event.

MPWI is a member of The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) and the International Special Event Society (ISES).

Senior Staff

Michael P. Wasserman, President

Michael Wasserman has more than 30 years experience in planning events and meetings in a wide variety of sites, of varying sizes and featuring the best of local and national entertainment.  He has been a central part of Boston’s entertainment and event world since the time he conceived, designed, and produced Concerts on the Common.  Since founding Michael P. Wasserman, Inc., he has worked with a broad range of nonprofit, private and corporate clients. Michael also has extensive experience producing large scale Association events and has produced three of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Inaugural Galas.  Michael is on the board of the Boston Center for the Arts and Boston Harborfest and was appointed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino to the Boston Cultural Council.


Christine Coleman Farris, Executive Vice President

Chris has served as Executive Vice President at MPWI since 1997, where she has worked as a nonprofit specialist.  Chris works with her clients to assure their event achieves its goals including fundraising, community awareness and donor database development. Starting with a realistic budget and good understanding of various potential income streams, she makes certain the event has a strong and creative message and watches over the entire project throughout the marketing and implementation stages. Prior to joining MPWI, she worked at AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts and had a successful event-planning career in Detroit, Michigan where she was the Director of Operations for a number of large civic events including the Detroit Grand Prix.  She also coordinated the visit of Pope John Paul XXIII to Detroit’s Hart Plaza.


Nancy Petkunas, Vice President of Client Services

Nancy has 15 years nonprofit development experience and, in that capacity, managed many successful events.  Prior to joining MPWI, she was Director of Corporate Relations for the American Cancer Society, Director of Development for Thompson Island Outward Bound, and Director of Special Events for Easter Seals. Before relocating to Boston, Nancy was Executive Director of Greater Dupage MYM an organization of education and support for adolescent mothers in the Chicago area, She has succeeded in cultivating contacts in the corporate, individual giving and foundation worlds. She has been successful in bringing all constituencies together to culminate in special event successes and long-term institutional commitment.