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October 18, 2016

MPI CEO Paul Van Deventer to Co-Chair Meetings Mean Business Coalition

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMB) has appointed Paul Van Deventer, president and chief executive officer, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), as the coalition co-chair effective January 2017. Van Deventer will work with fellow co-chair Richard Harper, executive vice president, HelmsBriscoe, to lead the organization as it highlights the critical role of in-person meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions.

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Under Van Deventer and Harper’s leadership, MMB will continue to aim to showcase the industry’s value around the world by by working with partners, including MPI, to host the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). They will also work to continue building awareness and driving engagement with key stakeholders including business leaders, policymakers and the media, MMB said. In addition, the coalition will work with its newly formed Meeting Planners Task Force to engage this critical segment of professionals and use their powerful voices as advocates for the industry.

Van Deventer assumes the leadership position previously held by Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer at MGM Resorts International, who has co-led MMB since 2015. Under Dominguez’s leadership, the coalition has expanded its reach across the globe, showcased the importance of how face-to-face impacts the presidential race, received testimonies from business leaders both in and outside of the industry validating its importance, refreshed MMB’s online presence with a new website and much more. With his guidance and support, MMB has grown to house more than 50 members and continues to shape discussions around some of the meetings and events industry’s most critical issues, the organization said.

Visit www.MeetingsMeanBusiness.com

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