Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC), a cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative, has appointed Michael Dominguez, senior vice president of corporate sales at MGM Resorts International, as the coalition co-chair.
Dominguez will team with fellow co-chair David Peckinpaugh, president of Maritz Travel, to lead the organization as it showcases the value of meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions.
Under Dominguez and Peckinpaugh’s leadership, MMBC will aim to expand its advocacy efforts through an industry-wide advocacy platform, work with partners in Canada and Mexico to host the first annual North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID) and continue engaging with the media and business leaders.
Dominguez assumes the leadership position previously held by Larry Luteran, senior vice president of group sales and industry relations at Hilton Worldwide. Luteran, who has co-led MMBC since the coalition first launched in 2009, has been a vital proponent in gaining momentum within the industry with key MMBC initiatives. During Luteran’s tenure, MMBC united all facets of the meetings and events industry to speak with one voice, launched the Meetings Mean Business mobile app and educated key stakeholders, media and policymakers.
With more than 25 years of experience and as senior vice president of corporate sales at MGM Resorts International, Dominguez provides oversight for the company’s sales strategies in the convention, leisure and transient segments, including industry relations, diversity sales and MGM Resorts events. Prior to his position at MGM Resorts International, he served as vice president of global sales for Loews Hotels & Resorts.
The Meetings Mean Business Coalition was created in 2009 to showcase the robust value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy. Its members span all facets of the face-to-face meeting and events industry.