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

     
    POSTED November 10, 2016
     

Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meetings Professional International, has been appointed to coalition co-chair of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition effective January 2017.

“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," says MMB co-chair Richard 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.”

The previous co-chair, Michael Dominguez, helped expand the coalition across the globe and updated MMB’s website. Van Deventer and Harper will work with MMB’s partners, including MPI, to host the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day.

“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.”

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