Leadership & Governance

International Board of Directors

2024 Officers

Michelle Allgauer, CAE, CMM, CMP Fellow
(Term expires 2025)
Senior Vice President, Education & Engagement
Financial Services Institute (FSI)
Washington D.C., USA



Rob Adams
(Term expires 2026)
Kansas City, Missouri, USA


Cleo Battle
Immediate Past Chair

Cleo Battle, CDME, CASE
(Term expires in 2024)
President & CEO
Louisville Tourism
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Bobby-HeardVice Chair - Finance
Bobby Heard, CAE
(Term expires 2024)
Chief Operating Officer
American College of Emergency Physicians
Irving, Texas, USA


Paul- Van Deventer

Paul Van Deventer
President and CEO
Meeting Professionals International
Dallas, Texas, USA


Legal Counsel
Artoush Varshosaz

Legal Cousel
Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Dallas, Texas, USA

Board of Directors - Terms Expiring 2024

chris-meyerChris Meyer
George P. Johnson
San Francisco, California, USA

Lisa-MessinaLisa Messina
Chief Sales Officer
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

micael-wojlmuthMichel Wohlmuth
Mexico City, Mexico

Susie Townsend
Chief Destination Experience Officer
Visit Indy
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Rachel Andrews

Head of Global Meetings & Events
Denver, Colorado, USA
Michael Guerriero

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Board of Directors - Terms Expiring 2025

michael-guerrieroCharles Bello, CDS
Senior Vice President
San Francisco, California, USA

michael-guerrieroGerilyn Horan
Vice President, Group Sales & Strategic Accounts
Hilton Worldwide
New York, New York, USA

Dzidra JuniorDzidra Junior, CMP
President - Renditions Consulting
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

michael-guerrieroJim Russell
Executive Vice President, Client Relationships
Dallas, Texas, USA

Board of Directors - Terms Expiring 2026


Robbert Weddepohl

Group Venue Director
Stage Entertainment B.V.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Scott Beck
President & CEO
San Francisco Travel
San Francisco, California, USA


Luis Lamar
Vice President Sales, Group Operations
MGM Resorts International
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


Steve Kinsley
Kinsley Meetings
Littleton, Colorado, USA


Jon Howe

Legal Counsel - Emeritus
Jonathan T. Howe, Esq.

President/Senior Partner
Howe & Hutton, Ltd.
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Global Board of Trustees

2024 Executive Committee

Susie Townsend

Chief Destination Experience Officer
Visit Indy
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Immediate-Past Chair
Jennifer Beatty, DES, HMCC

Director of Partnerships
Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Rebecca DeLuca, CMP
Vice President of Destination Sales
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Antonio-DucceschiVice Chair - Finance
Antonio Ducceschi CMM, CHBA 

Chief Commercial Officer
Starhotels Group
Florence, Italy

Richard AllchidVice-Chair Business Development
Richard Allchild, CMP

Head of Sales North America
IMEX Group
Brighton, UK

Valeria-Serrano-SuzanVice-Chair Programs
Valeria Serrano, PCS

CTA Event Designer & DMC
Cancun, Mexico

Darlene-Kelly-StewartVice-Chair Chapters
Darlene Kelly-Stewart

Stonehouse Sales & Marketing Services
Richmond, Ontario, Canada

Terms Expiring 2024

Ernest-StovallErnest Stovall
Vice President of Sales, Catering and Conference Services
MGM Resorts | Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

darren-greenDarren Green
Chief Sales Officer
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Los Angeles, California, USA


joey-nevinJoey Nevin 
Vice President
Giants Enterprises
San Francisco, California, USA 

Rich-ReasonsRich Reasons
Simpleview Inc.
Boulder, Colorado, USA

sarah-soliman-daudinSarah Soliman, DES
President & CEO
Soliman Productions, Inc.
Orlando, Florida, USA


Karin Davis

Vice President of Sales
The Venetian Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada USA



Terms Expiring 2025

Angie Ahrens Angie Ahrens, CMP Fellow, CMM
Director, Global Events
MRI Software
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

krzysztof-celuchDr. Krzysztof Celuch, CMM, CITE, CIS, HMCC, CED
Rector / Professor
Vistula School of Hospitality
Warsaw, Poland

brad-deanBrad Dean
Discover Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Darlene-Kelly-StewartGary Murakami, GTP, GLP, CMP, CMM, DES
Vice President of Sales and Industry Relations
Teneo Hospitality Group
San Francisco, California, USA

Kimberly Napolitano, CASE
Executive Director, Industry Relations, and Intermediary Group Sales
Hilton Worldwide
McLean, Virginia, USA


john-ehlenfeldtJohn Ehlenfeldt, CDME, CMP
DEI Consulting and Strategy
Long Beach, California, USA

Term Expiring 2026

Joe-MarcyJoe Marcy, CMP, CITP, CMM
Sr. Business Development Executive
See Monterey
Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

Brent Hill Brent Hill
Vice President, Global Sales
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Orange Park, Florida, USA



Telesa Via

Head of Sales
IHG Hotels & Resorts
Washington D.C., USA


Alice Harrington-Caravello
Vice President, Account Sales & National
Group Sales
Marriott International
Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Heather Dow, CPhT, CAE, CPC (HC), HPDE, HMCC
Senior Manager
Events & Management Plus, Inc. 
Kingston, Ontario Canada

Brian Crumby, CED
Director of Sales - Key Accounts & Strategic Partnerships
Caesars Entertainment
Houston, Texas, USA

 Executive Leadership


Paul Van Deventer

President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Michael CrumrineMichael Crumrine

Chief Administrative Officer

Drew Holmgreen
Drew Holmgreen, CED

Chief Brand Officer

Tim Boobar 

Chief Finance Officer 


Rachel-BenedickRachel Benedick

Chief Revenue Officer

Kevin KirbyKevin Kirby

Executive Director, MPI Foundation




The governing body of MPI is the International Board of Directors. The International Board is responsible for reviewing and approving the organization's strategic plans. It oversees financial integrity and monitors performance against achievement of strategy and long-term vision. The current MPI International Board of Directors will remain in office until through the end of the calendar year.

Each year, MPI members in good standing are eligible to submit an application to serve on the MPI International Board of Directors. The call for applications open July 1st each year. By November 1st, the Board Development Committee shall submit a slate of one (1) candidate for each vacancy on the MPI International Board of Directors and each office of MPI.  See the complete volunteer timeline.

Call for 2025 Applications for International Board of Directors and the Global Board of Trustees are open!
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