People & Profiles

  • Industry veteran Julie Coker Graham to co-chair Meetings Mean Business Coalition

    The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) has appointed Julie Coker Graham, president and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), as its next co-chair. Coker Graham will join Paul Van Deventer, president and chief executive officer of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), in leading the coalition and promoting the value of face-to-face meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions. “We are very excited to have Julie be the first CEO of a convention and visitors…

  • MPI appoints Christine Roberts as executive director of Foundation

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has selected Christine Roberts to serve as Executive Director of the MPI Foundation. In this role, Roberts will be responsible for setting strategic and financial goals as well as directing fundraising and operational activities for the foundation. She officially begins the role on September 18, 2017, reporting to Darren Temple, COO of MPI and Executive Vice President of the MPI Foundation. Roberts has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality and meeting and event industries. She…

  • Planner profile: Arlene Schilke, CMP

    Present: Timewise Event Management Inc. Expertise: Meeting and Convention Management Specialty:  Social Media, Leadership, Trends Tell us about yourself. #girlboss, #eventprof, #entrepreneur, #workingmom #snapchatter #foodie — Needless to say, I love social media almost as much as I love face-to-face meetings. I grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba so to live in an era of technology and live streaming where we are able to connect virtually to anyone anywhere, is fascinating to me. After studying English and…

  • PCMA announces proposed 2018 Board Officers and Directors

    The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Nominating Committee met on August 25, in Chicago, IL, to determine the final slate from the extraordinary nominee applications for the 2018 open board officer and director positions. After vigilant due diligence and deliberation, the committee offers the following slate of candidates for leadership positions on the 2018 PCMA Board of Directors. According to the PCMA Bylaws, this official announcement of the proposed slate is to be sent to the membership by Oct. 1.…

  • MPI appoints Darren Temple as Chief Operations Officer

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has named Darren Temple as its new chief operations officer (COO). Temple previously served as the association’s Chief Business Development Officer leading strategic business development and global sales planning. He will continue to report to MPI president and CEO Paul Van Deventer. As COO, Temple is charged with driving strategic business plans and execution, established operational excellence, revenue growth and brand consistency throughout MPI. He will manage the Education & Events and Marketing & Communications teams…

  • The International Centre CEO inducted into business events industry Hall of Fame

    Industry veteran Michael Prescott awarded for 40-year contribution to industry The International Centre, a leading trade and consumer show and conference venue in North America, has announced that CEO Michael Prescott has been inducted into Meetings + Incentive Travel’s Hall of Fame as an Industry Veteran. The award recognizes Prescott’s legacy for business and customer excellence in the Canadian Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) industry over the past four decades. “Michael is a visionary leader who has helped shape…

  • MPI announces new advanced-level education offerings and plans to develop more security and risk management programs

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has introduced several new education offerings from the MPI Academy as part of its new Executive Education Series, including the Women in Leadership Program and a designation program for the highly-regarded MPI Experiential Event Series. In addition, the association formally announced it is collaborating with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi to develop educational programming and resources, with the first course – Emergency Preparedness for Meetings…

  • How to address a problematic volunteer at your event

    Saying thanks, but no thanks to disruptive volunteers There are few things I find more annoying than the comment, “But I am just a volunteer!” Some people join boards or committees only to network, which is noticeable and can often impact the impression you leave. And sometimes not in a good way. What led us here? Performance problems relate to the quality, quantity, timeliness of the work or rate of improvement on an assignment. Your expectations should be clearly outlined…

  • The future of talent in meetings and events

    By Issa Jouaneh Meetings and events are about bringing people together. This is an industry that combines art and science to create unforgettable experiences, and relies heavily on talent within to manage the seamless execution of those experiences. To succeed, it takes a special kind of person with the right training, a firm grasp on new technology, passion and integrity. My team at American Express Meetings & Events has explored the future of talent in the meetings and events industry,…

  • How to be more creative and successful

    When it comes to the concept of innovation, it’s not uncommon for many enterprises and individuals to struggle – big ideas seldom happen, or come to fruition, overnight. But to overcome these initial stumbling blocks, and be more creative and successful in business, all it often takes is a slight shift in thinking – one which can quickly send your prospects soaring into overdrive. Case in point: What people don’t realize is that innovation is often about evolution, not revolution.…

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