Leadership & Governance

International Board of Directors

2024 Officers



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

 

Rob-Adams
Chair-Elect

Rob Adams
(Term expires 2026)
CEO
Bishop-McCann
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

Ex-Officio


Paul- Van Deventer

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

Artoush-Varshosaz

Legal Counsel
Artoush Varshosaz

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

Board of Directors - Terms Expiring 2024


chris-meyerChris Meyer
CEO
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
CEO
Creatividad
Mexico City, Mexico


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


Rachel Andrews

Head of Global Meetings & Events
Cvent
Denver, Colorado, USA
michael-guerriero-hires
Michael Guerriero

Consultant
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Board of Directors - Terms Expiring 2025



michael-guerrieroCharles Bello, CDS
Senior Vice President
ConferenceDirect
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
Freeman
Dallas, Texas, USA

Board of Directors - Terms Expiring 2026


 

Robbert-Weddepohl
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
President
Kinsley Meetings
Littleton, Colorado, USA

Emeritus


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



Chair
Susie Townsend

Chief Destination Experience Officer
Visit Indy
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA


Jennifer-Beatty
Immediate-Past Chair
Jennifer Beatty, DES, HMCC

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


Chair-Elect
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

CEO
CTA Event Designer & DMC
Cancun, Mexico

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

Owner
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
President
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
CEO
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

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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

Diane HawkinsDiane Hawkins, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Executive Vice President Volunteer Engagement

Kevin KirbyKevin Kirby

Executive Director, MPI Foundation

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Structure


 

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.