The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMB), a cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative, appointed Paul Van Deventer, president and chief executive officer, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), as the coalition co-chair effective January 2017. Van Deventer will work with fellow co-chair Richard Harper, executive vice president, HelmsBriscoe, to lead the organization as it highlights the critical role of in-person meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions.
“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," said 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.”
“I’m very excited to join the coalition as co-chair and continue the great work done by Michael and Richard,” said Van Deventer. “I’m confident that MMB will keep advocating for the industry with one strong, united voice.”