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MPI Announces 2014-15 Leadership


Meeting Professionals International (MPI) announces its 2014-2015 Board of Directors and volunteer chairs as well as the MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees and Council Members for July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

2014-2015 MPI Board of Directors Executive Committee:

  • Chairman:  Kevin Kirby, Principal, The Kirby Consulting Group LLC
  • Chairwoman-Elect: Fiona Pelham, Managing Director, Sustainable Events Ltd and Positive Impact
  • Vice Chairman of Finance:  Darren Temple, CTA, Chief Sales Officer, Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Vice Chairman: Brian Stevens, President and CEO, ConferenceDirect
  • Vice Chairwoman: Erin Tench, CMP, CMM, Associate Director of Special Events, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Immediate Past Chairman: Michael Dominguez, Senior Vice President of Sales, MGM Resorts International
  • Ex-Officio: Paul Van Deventer, President & CEO, Meetings Professionals International

2014-2015 MPI Board of Directors Members:

  • Amanda Armstrong, CMP, Corporate Travel and Meetings Manager, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
  • Krzysztof Celuch, Ph.D. CMM, CITE, CIS, Vice-Rector, Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and Head of Poland Convention Bureau Polish Tourist Organization
    • Angie Duncan, CMP, CMM, Global Accounts Director, BCD M&I
    • Annette Gregg, CMP, CMM, Vice President, Conferences, LPL Financial
    • Anne Hamilton, Vice President, Resort Sales and Services, Disney Destinations
    • Gerrit Jessen, CMP, CMM, Regional Managing Director Germany, Austria and Czech Republic, MCI Deutschland GmbH
    • Allison Kinsley, CMP, CMM, Chief Meeting Architect, Kinsley Meetings
    • Michael Massari, Senior Vice President of Meeting Sales and Operations, Caesars Entertainment
    • Audra Narikawa, CMP, Vice President, Senior Manager, Travel and Meetings, Capital Group
    • Alisa Peters, CMP, CMM, National Account Manager, Experient Inc.
    • Ken Sanders, President, Freeman Audio Visual Solutions
    • Marti Winer, Vice President, Communications and Event Services, Wyndham Hotel Group
    • Gus Vonderheide, Vice President of Global Sales-Americas, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts (MPI Foundation Board Representative)

2014-2015 MPI Volunteer Chairs:

  • Audit/Finance Committee:  Darren Temple, CTA, Chief Sales Officer, Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Chapter and Membership Advisory Council:  Jason Carroll, CMP, Director of Sales & Events, The Florida Aquarium
  • Educational Proposal Review Task Force: Robyn Mietkiewicz, CMP, CMM, Director, Global Meeting Management, Meeting Sites Resource
  • Governance/Nominating Committee:  Michael Dominguez, Senior Vice President of Sales, MGM Resorts International
  • New Member Engagement/Acquisition Task Force: Chris Gasbarro, Chief Creative Officer, Creative Community Connections, LLC
  • Professional Development Advisory Council:  Michelle Allgauer, CAE, CMP, CMM, Vice President of Member Engagement, Financial Services Institute, Inc.
  • RISE Awards Judging Panel:  John Ehlenfeldt, CMP, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Visit Huntington Beach
  • Senior Meeting Professional Task Force:  Laura J. Smith, U.S. Oncology Sales & Marketing Operations, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Student/Young Professional Task Force:  Carol Krugman, MEd, CMP, CMM, Department Chair, Hospitality, Tourism & Events; Assistant Professor, Meeting & Business Event Management, Metropolitan State University of Denver

2014-2015 MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees Executive Committee:

  • Chairman: Gus Vonderheide, Vice President of Global Sales-Americas, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
  • Chair-Elect: Stephen Revetria, Vice President and General Manager, Giants Enterprises
  • Immediate Past Chairman: Dave Johnson, President and CEO, Aimbridge Hospitality
  • Vice Chair of Finance: Bryan Gay, Vice President of Sales, The Mirage
  • Vice Chair of Development: Jim Russell, Senior Vice President, Sales, Freeman
  • Vice Chair of Programs: Leslie Menichini, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Rosen Hotels & Resorts/Convention Hotels

2014-2015 MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees Members:

  • Jordan Clark, Vice President of Sales, Caesars Entertainment
  • Shelley Williams, Director of Sales-Eastern Region, Caesars Entertainment
  • Carole McKellar, Executive Director-Europe, HelmsBriscoe
  • John Tolbert, General Manager, Marriott International
  • Greg Van Dyke, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, PSAV
  • Jeff Wagoner, Executive Vice President, Brand & Customer Services, Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Brandon Hall, CMO and Co-Founder, One Hope Wine
  • Eric Kreins, Divisional Director of Sales, Business Travel-North America, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
  • Gregg Hopkins, Vice President of Marketing, Newmarket International, Inc.
  • Tammy Kockaya, CMP, CMM (Chapter Liaison), Associate Director, Events and Meetings, KPMG

2014-2015 MPI Foundation U.S. Council Members:

  • Chair: Jordan Clark, Vice-President of Sales, Caesars Entertainment
  • Diana Voto, National Sales Director, Disney Destinations
  • Robin Deyo, Founder & Executive Director, Cendyn
  • Tom Faust, Vice-President of Sales, Omni Hotels and Resorts
  • Chandra Allison, Vice-President of Sales, The Venetian/The Palazzo
  • Tami Hance, Vice President, Destination by Design
  • Rodney Gutierrez, Sr. Director Sales, Event Management & Exhibitor Services, Orange County Convention Center
  • Michael Beardsley, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Aimbridge Hospitality
  • Ron Freeman, National Account Executive, MillerCoors
  • Junior Tauvaa, Senior Vice President Sales & Meeting Solutions, Anaheim/Orange County Visitors & Convention Bureau

2014-2015 MPI Foundation Canada Council Members:

  • Chair: Shelley Williams, Director of Sales-Eastern Region, Caesars Entertainment
  • Helene Moberg, Executive Director-Sales, Destination Halifax
  • Danielle Piche, Director of Development, Hotels & Facilities, Freeman Company
  • Trevor Lui, Director of Operations & Sustainability, The International Centre
  • Robin Paisley, General Manager, IncentiveWorks
  • Fiona Marshall-White, Managing Director, Canada, CIBT Visas Inc.

2014-2015 MPI Foundation EMEA Council Members:

  • Chair: Carole McKellar, Executive Director-Europe, HelmsBriscoe
  • Ray Bloom, Chairman, IMEX Group
  • Julie A. Krueger, Global Sales Lead, Freeman
  • Anthony Hyde, Consultant, Anthony Hyde Consultants
  • Alda Egurrola-Wienke, Regional Director, Elite Meetings


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