Cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMB), has appointed Paul Van Deventer, president and chief executive officer of 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 of HelmsBriscoe to lead the industry lobbying organisation as it highlights the critical role of in-person meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions.
“Paul is already an active coalition member and I am thrilled to work alongside him next year as we continue to expand MMB’s reach and influence,” said Harper. “He is the first MMB co-chair who leads a meeting professionals organisation and his insights and experience will help us spread the MMB message to a larger audience in the coming years.”
MMB will further shine a light on the industry’s value around the world by working with partners, including MPI, to host the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID).
Van Deventer said he was “very excited” to join the coalition as co-chair. “I’m confident that MMB will keep advocating for the industry with one strong, united voice.”
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 expanded its reach out of the US across the globe and collected testimonies from business leaders both in and outside of the industry validating its importance.
Meetings Mean Business is comprised of more than 50 members. More information: www.MeetingsMeanBusiness.com
Caption: L-R: Paul Van Deventer, Michael Dominguez and Richard Harper