MPI 2021 International Board of Directors and Global Board of Trustees Slate Announced

DALLAS, December 7, 2020 —Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the largest and most influential association supporting the business events industry, is pleased to announce the approved slate for the 2021 MPI International Board of Directors and the 2021 MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees. 

The International Board of Directors is the primary governing body of MPI with responsibility for developing, reviewing and approving MPI’s long term vision and strategic plan, while providing governance and operational oversight, ensuring MPI’s long-term sustainability and industry leadership. The Global Board of Trustees is the governing body of the MPI Foundation, with responsibility for Foundation governance, strategic planning, financial oversight, and the raising and distribution of funds.

“On behalf of the Board Development Committee, I am very proud of the qualified applications received and the rigorous discussion we had to arrive at this slate,” said Amanda Armstrong, 2019-2020 MPI Board Development Committee Chair and Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors.

MPI is extremely fortunate to have such talented and deep board slates, reflecting the innovative spirit, diversity and senior leadership of our industry, leading our association” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “I would like to thank each of them for their volunteer service and contributions to MPI and our community.”

Board members, Trustees and Officers will take office effective January 1, 2021, for the term from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. 

Attached below is the full slate of the 2021 MPI International Board of Directors and the 2021 MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees. 

2021 MPI International Board of Directors

The slate of officers includes:

  • Chair: Stephen Revetria, President, Giants Enterprises, San Francisco, CA, USA •

  • Chair-Elect: Bonnie Carlson, CDME, President & CEO, Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bloomington, MN, USA

  • Vice Chair – Finance: Michelle Allgauer, CAE, CMM, CMP, Senior Vice President, Engagement & Education, Financial Services Institute (FSI), Washington, D.C., USA

  • Immediate Past Chair: Steve O’Malley, HMCC, CITP, EVP/COO, Maritz Travel, St. Louis, MO, USA

The new directors that will join the Board for the 2021 year include:

  • Julie Coker, President & CEO, San Diego Tourism Authority, San Diego, CA USA •

  • Janet Dell, President & Chief Operating Officer, Freeman Company, Chicago, IL USA

  • Michael Guerriero, President, Digitell Inc., Jamestown, NY USA

  • Chris Meyer, CEO, George P. Johnson, San Francisco, CA USA

  • Tammy Routh, Senior Vice President – Global Sales, Marriott International, Chicago, IL USA

  • Michel Wohlmuth, CEO, Creatividad, Mexico City, Mexico 

Returning Board members include:

  • Rob Adams, CEO, Bishop-McCann, Kansas City, MO, USA

  • Cleo Battle, CDME, CASE, Chief Operating Officer, Louisville Tourism, Louisville, KY, USA

  • Jason Carroll, CMP, President & CEO, OnPoint Events Group, Tampa, FL, USA

  • John Ehlenfeldt, CDME, CMP, Executive Vice President & COO, Visit Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach, CA, USA

  • Kerry Lambert, CMP, MTA, Vice President, Digital Delivery, Freeman Company, Arlington, VA, USA

  • Leslie Menichini, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Orlando, FL, USA

  • Miguel Neves, CMP, CEO,, Copenhagen, Denmark

2021 MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees

The slate of officers includes:

  • Chair: Todd Marinko, Group Vice President, Marketing, PSAV, Dallas, TX, USA (previously elected)

  • Chair-Elect: – Gary Schirmacher, CMP, CEO, Total Hospitality Industry Solutions (THIS), Denver, CO USA

  • Vice Chair - Programs – Gina Samci, Senior Director, Global Accounts, Marriott International, Lincoln, NE, USA

  • Vice Chair – Business Development – D. Bradley Kent, Senior Vice President & Chief Sales Officer, VisitDallas, Dallas, TX, USA

  • Vice Chair - Finance – Jennifer Beatty, Director of Business Development, International and Ottawa, Tourism Calgary, Canada

  • Vice Chair - Chapters – Sarah Soliman Daudin, DES, President & CEO, Soliman Productions, Inc., Orlando, FL, USA

  • Immediate Past Chair: Chandra Allison, Senior Vice President of Sales, The Venetian Resort and Sands Expo Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, USA

New Trustees include:

  • Antonio Ducceschi, CMM, CHBA, Chief Commercial Officer, Starhotels, Florence, Italy

  • Sharon Jarrett, President & CEO, Jarrett Affairs, Charlotte, NC, USA

  • Joe Marcy, CMP, Business Development Executive, Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Monterey, CA USA

  • Yumi Yasuda, Deputy Director, Chiba Convention Bureau & International Center, Mihamaku, Chiba Japan

Returning Trustees include: 

  • Europe Council Chair: Krzysztof Celuch, CMM, CITE, CIS, HMCC, CED, Vice – Rector/Professor, Vistula School of Hospitality, Warsaw, Poland

  • Brad Dean, CEO, Discover Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Darren Green, Senior Vice President, Sales, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • Gerilyn Horan, Vice President, Group Sales, Hilton Worldwide, New York, NY, USA

  • David Kliman, CMM, President, The Kliman Group, Inc., Tucson, AZ, USA

  • Mary Kreins, CASE, Senior National Sales Director, Disney Meetings & Events, Washington, D.C., USA

  • Julie Krüger, Business Development Director – International, Freeman Company, Dallas, TX, USA

  • Vince LaRuffa, Senior Vice President, Resort Sales & Marketing, Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL, USA

  • US Council Chair: Lisa Messina, Vice President of Sales, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas, NV, USA

  • Joey Nevin, Vice President, Giants Enterprises, San Francisco, USA

  • Canada Council Chair: Candace Schierling, Director of National Sales, Tourism Saskatoon, SK, Canada

  • Ernest Stovall, Vice President of Sales, Mandalay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV, USA

  • Susie Townsend, Senior Vice President, Visitor Experience, Visit Indy, Indianapolis, IN, USA



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