DALLAS — Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has unveiled the approved slate of volunteer leaders for its board of directors and the MPI Foundation global board of trustees in 2017, it was announced Nov. 10. Board member selections are effective Jan. 1, 2017, for the term of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017.
Brian Stevens, CEO of ConferenceDirect, will assume the role of chair of the MPI board of directors. He has been an active member of MPI since 1985. Jim Russell, executive vice-president, sales at Freeman, will become chair of the MPI Foundation global board of trustees. He has been an active member of MPI since 2010.
Every year, MPI seeks industry champions who are passionate about the association’s mission to serve on its international board as well the foundation’s board. The nomination process is open to all MPI members in good standing worldwide and is managed by an independent board development committee, which interviews all applicants and then evaluates each candidate’s skill set against clearly defined requirements and competencies.
2017 MPI Board of Directors – officers. Chair: Brian Stevens, CEO, ConferenceDirect, Calif., United States; Chair-Elect: Amanda Armstrong, CMP, corporate travel and meetings manager, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., United States; Vice Chair of Finance: Gerrit Jessen, CMP, CMM, regional managing director, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic, MCI Deutschland GmbH, Berlin, Germany; Immediate Past Chair: Fiona Pelham, managing director, Sustainable Events Ltd and Positive Impact, Manchester, United Kingdom.
2017 MPI Board of Directors – Members. Bonnie Carlson, CDME, president and CEO, Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bloomington, Minn., United States; Jason Carroll, CMP, regional account executive, Visit Tampa Bay, Washington, DC, United States; Angie Duncan, CMP, CMM, U.S. client account specialist, Touch Associates, Indianapolis, Ind., United States; Annette Gregg, CMP, CMM, MBA, vice-president – corporate west, AlliedPRA, San Diego, Calif., United States; Anne Hamilton, vice-president, global travel, The Walt Disney Company, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., United States; Michael Massari, chief sales officer, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas, Nev., United States; Kevin Olsen, president, founding partner, Keyway, LLC, Aurora, Ill., United States; Steve O’Malley, division president, Maritz Travel, St. Louis, Mo., United States; Ken Sanders, president, Freeman Audio Visual Solutions, Dallas, Texas, United States; Courtney Stanley, marketing strategist, Courtney Stanley Consulting, Grand Haven, Mich., United States; Helle Svaneborg, exhibition and conference director, Danish Pharmaceutical Information, Copenhagen, Denmark; Marti Winer, MBA, chief of staff, Drew University, Madison, N.J., United States.
2017 MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees – Officers. Chair: Jim Russell, executive vice-president, sales, Freeman, Dallas, Texas, United States; Chair-Elect: Jordan Clark, vice-president of sales, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas, Nev., United States; Vice Chair of Development: Carole McKellar, MA, CMM, managing director, Northern Europe, HelmsBriscoe, Macclesfield, United Kingdom. [EMEA Council Chair]; Vice Chair of Finance – Gregg Hopkins, president, Gregg Hopkins and Associates, Orlando, Fla., United States; Vice Chair of Programs – Chandra Allison, vice-president sales, The Venetian and The Palazzo Hotels, Las Vegas, Nev., United States; Immediate Past Chair: Stephen Revetria, senior vice-president, Giants Enterprises, San Franciso, Calif., United States.
2017 MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees – Members. Carol Bullock, senior vice-president, global sales, Wyndham Hotel Group, Parsippany, N.J., United States; Doreen Burse, vice-president, global sales, corporate accounts, Marriott International, Chicago, Ill., United States; D. Bradley Kent, chief sales and services officer, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dallas, Texas, United States; Kevin Kirby, vice-president, business development of North America, PicSolve, Orlando, Fla., United States; Laurie Knapp, vice-president – global sales, PSAV, Mokena, Ill., United States; Trevor Lui, director of operations and sustainability, The International Centre, Toronto, Canada (Canada Council Chair); Anthony Miller, chief marketing officer, Lanyon, Dallas, Texas, United States; Rob Scypinski, senior vice-president, hotel sales-The Americas, Hilton Worldwide, San Francisco, Calif., United States; Junior Tauvaa, senior vice-president, sales and services, Visit Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif., United States; Alison Taylor, senior vice-president, American Airlines, Dallas, Texas, United States; Diana Voto, national sales director, Disney Destinations, Orlando, Fla., United States (US Council Chair); Angela Xavier, CSP, vice-president, Americas Sales, InterContinental Hotel Group, Atlanta, Ga., United States.