MPI announced its 2019 International Board of Directors and 2019 MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees. 

Board members, trustees and officers will take office effective January 1, 2019, for a term that extends through December 31, 2019. Following is a list of 2019 board appointments as provided by MPI.

2019 MPI International Board of Directors

The slate of officers includes:

  • Chair: Steve O’Malley, HMCC, CITP, Division President, Maritz Travel, St. Louis (previously elected)
  • Chair-Elect: Annette Gregg, CMM, MBA, Regional Senior Vice President, PRA, San Diego
  • Vice Chair Finance: Michael Massari, Chief Sales Officer, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas
  • Immediate Past Chair: Amanda Armstrong, CMP, Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., San Diego

The new directors that will join the Board for the 2019 year include:

  • Rob Adams, CEO, Bishop-McCann, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Cleo Battle, CDME, CASE, Executive Vice President, Louisville Tourism, Louisville, Kentucky
  • John Ehlenfeldt, CDME, CMP, Executive Vice President, Visit Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach, California
  • Leslie Menichini, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Orlando
  • Miguel Neves, CMP, Social Strategist, miguelseven.com, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Stephen Revetria, Senior Vice President, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco

Returning Board members include:

  • Michelle Allgauer, CAE, CMM, CMP, Vice President of Meetings, Marketing & Education, Financial Services Institute (FSI), Alexandria, VA, USA
  • Bonnie Carlson, CDME, President & CEO, Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bloomington, MN, USA
  • Jason Carroll, CMP, Executive Director, Tampa Riverwalk Organization, Tampa, FL, USA
  • Antonio Ducceschi, CMM, CHBA, General Manager Cluster, Collezione Starhotels, Monaco
  • Kaaren Hamilton, CMP, CMM, HMCC, Vice President of Global Sales, Red Lion Hotels Corporation, New York
  • Helle Svaneborg, Director of Conference Services, Atrium Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Brent Taylor, CMP, CMM, President & COO, Timewise Event Management Inc., Edmonton, Alberta

2019 MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees

The slate of officers includes:

  • Chair: Carole McKellar, MA, CMM, Chartered FCIPD, Vice President EMEA, HelmsBriscoe, Manchester, United Kingdom (previously elected)
  • Chair-Elect: Chandra Allison, Senior Vice President of Sales, Venetian/Palazzo Resort Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
  • Vice Chair Programs: Todd Marinko, Group Vice President, Marketing, PSAV, Dallas
  • Vice Chair Development: D. Bradley Kent, Senior Vice President & Chief Sales Officer, VisitDallas, Dallas
  • Vice Chair Finance: Bruce Gudenberg, Executive Director, Industry Relations, Hilton, Washington, D.C.
  • Vice Chair Chapters: Trevor Lui, Founder, The Highbell Group, Toronto
  • Immediate Past Chair: Jim Russell, Executive Vice President-Sales, Freeman, Dallas
  • New Trustees include:
  • Sarah Soliman Daudin, DES, President & CEO, Soliman Productions, Inc., Orlando
  • Darren Green, Senior Vice President, Sales, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, Los Angeles
  • Jonathan Kaplan, Vice President, Global Sales Strategy, InterContinental Hotels Group, Atlanta
  • David Kliman, CMM, President, The Kliman Group, Inc., Santa Rosa, California
  • Vince LaRuffa, Senior Vice President, Resort Sales & Marketing, Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando
  • Lisa Messina, Vice President of Sales, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas
  • Ernest Stovall, Vice President of Sales, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
  • Susie Townsend, Senior Vice President, Visitor Experience, Visit Indy, Indianapolis

Returning Trustees include:

  • Canada Council Chair: Jennifer Beatty, Managing Director, resiada, Inc., Toronto
  • Europe Council Chair: Julie Krüger, Business Development Director – International, Freeman, Dallas
  • US Council Chair: Marti Winer, MBA, Vice President of Operations, MGM Resorts Event Productions, Las Vegas
  • Doreen Burse, Vice President, Global Sales, North America, Marriott International, Chicago
  • Dawn Parisi, Vice President, Field Sales, Wyndham Hotel Group, Parsippany, New Jersey
  • Gary Schirmacher, Senior Vice President, Industry Presence & Strategic Development, Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company, Denver
  • Diana Voto, CMP, MBA, National Sales Director, Disney Meetings and Events, New York

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