MPI announces members of its Councils for 2017

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

mpi2 logoThe Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation has confirmed members of its Canadian, European and U.S. councils for the upcoming year.

Council members are appointed by the MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees and will serve two-year terms. The councils will assist with fundraising initiatives and lead various activities to support the purpose and mission of the foundation. Council selections are effective January 1, 2017, for the term of January 1 through December 31, 2017.

Canada Council Members

  • Chair: Trevor Lui, Director of Operations and Sustainability, The International Centre, Toronto, Canada
  • Jennifer Holly, Managing Director, resiada Inc., Ottawa, Canada
  • Karen Kitchen, Business Development Manager, Hotels Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
  • Robin Paisley, General Manager, Events, Meetings + Incentive Travel, Toronto, Canada
  • Nadine Poirier, Sales Manager, RCR Hospitality Group, Halifax, Canada
  • Les Selby, CMP, CMM, Director, Meetings & Events, Aimia, Toronto, Canada
  • Altaf Solvani, MBA, Academic Chair – School of Hospitality & Tourism, Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada
  • Scott Tomlinson, Vice President, Operations, PSAV Canada, Toronto, Canada
  • Natalie Wilson, Manager, Corporate Events, RBC Global Asset Management, Vancouver, Canada

Europe Council Members

  • Chair: Carole McKellar, MA, CMM, Managing Director, Northern Europe, HelmsBriscoe, Macclesfield, United Kingdom
  • Franck Barbaras, Founder, FB Consulting M&E, Barcelona Spain
  • Ray Bloom, Chairman, Regent Exhibitions, Ltd., IMEX Group, Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Alda Egurrola-Wienke, Strategic Accounts Executive, Cvent, London, United Kingdom
  • Anthony Hyde, Director, Sequoia Partnerships, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Julie Krüger, Global Sales Lead, The Freeman Company, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Mike Waddill, Vice President Sales, EAME/Southeast Asia, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Chicago, Ill., United States

US Council Members

  • Chair: Diana Voto, National Sales Director, Disney Destinations, Orlando, Fla., United States
  • Lisa Arias, Regional Vice President, Global Sales – Americas, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Chicago, Ill., United States
  • Michael Fiorentino, President, Epix Events, Hartsdale, NY, United States
  • Ron Freeman, National Account Executive, MillerCoors, Las Vegas, Nev., United States
  • Darren Green, Senior Vice President, Sales, LA Tourism, Las Angeles, Cali., United States
  • Debby Jacobs Felker, Vice President of Sales, Destinations by Design, Las Vegas, Nev., United States
  • Anna Sofia Lanczyner, MidWest Director, Mexico Tourism Board, Chicago, Ill., United States
  • Sabba Nazhand, Global Enterprise Sales Director, Social Tables, Inc., Washington, D.C., United States
  • Joey Nevin, Director, Sales & Marketing, Giants Enterprises, San Francisco, Cali., United States
  • Ryan O’Byrne, Corporate Director, Global Sales, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Dallas, TX, United States
  • Ernest Stovall, Executive Director of Sales, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev., United States
  • Shelley Williams, Director of Sales, Eastern Region, Caesars Entertainment, Atlantic City, NJ, United States

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