• Paul Van Deventer Appointed to Co-Chair Meetings Mean Business Coalition

     
    POSTED October 28, 2016
     

The president and CEO of Meeting Professional International, Paul Van Deveter, has been named the Meetings Mean Business Coalition co-chair.

Beginning Jan. 2017, Van Deventer will work alongside fellow co-chair Richard Harper, executive vice president, HelmsBriscoe. Together, they will help the organization highlight the importance of in-person meetings, conferences, conventions, trade shows and more.

Previously, Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer, MGM Resorts International, served as co-chair.

“I’m very excited to join the coalition as co-chair and continue the great work done by Michael and Richard,” says Van Deventer. “I’m confident that MMB will keep advocating for the industry with one strong, united voice.”

Additionally, Van Deventer and Harper will host the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day and work with the newly formed Meeting Planners Task Force to engage with professionals in the industry.

“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," saiys Harper. “He is the first MMB co-chair who leads a meeting professionals’ organization and his insights and experience will help us spread the MMB message to a larger audience in the coming years.”

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