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MPI reveals 2007-2008 international leadership and chapter presidents

The 2007-2008 Board of Directors, MPI Foundation Board of Trustees, MPI Foundation Canada Board of Trustees, European Council, Committee Chairs, and Chapter Presidents have been revealed by the Meeting…

The 2007-2008 Board of Directors, MPI Foundation Board of Trustees, MPI Foundation Canada Board of Trustees, European Council, Committee Chairs, and Chapter Presidents have been revealed by the Meeting Professionals International (MPI).



Angie Pfeifer, CMM, assistant vice president, corporate meetings, travel & incentives, Investors Group Financial Services, Inc, will assume the role as the 2007-2008 chairwoman of the International Board of Directors.



Michael Beardsley, CEO, Inn Fluent, LLC, will lead the 2007-2008 MPI Foundation Board of Trustees as MPI activates its new vision of building a global meeting industry community.



Pfeifer has been a member of MPI for 13 years, serving on the International Board of Directors and its Executive Committee for four years.



Beardsley has been a member of MPI for six years, volunteering with the MPI Foundation as a member on the Board of Trustees where he served on the Projects and Development Committee. Additionally, he served as Vice Chair of the Development Committee and has been a member of the MPI Chairpersons Advisory Council for the last five years.



2007-2008 MPI Board of Directors Executive Committee:


  • Chairwoman: Angie Pfeifer, CMM, assistant vice president, corporate meetings, travel & incentives, Investors Group Financial Services, Inc.

  • Chairman-elect: Larry Luteran, vice president, group sales and industry relations, Hilton Hotels Corporation

  • Vice Chairman of Administration: Paul Kennedy, MBE, group exhibition director, Reed Travel Exhibitions

  • Vice Chairwoman of Finance: Ann Godi, CMP, president, Benchmark360, Inc.

  • Vice Chairman of Member Services: Eric Rozenberg, CMP, CMM, president, Ince & Tive

  • Immediate Past Chairman: Mark S. Andrew, CMP, CHA, president & CEO, Andrew Hospitality, Inc.

  • Ex- Officio: Bruce MacMillan, CA, President & CEO


2007-2008 MPI Board of Directors Members:


  • Marge Anderson, associate director, Energy Center of Wisconsin

  • Betsy Bondurant, CMP, CMM, Coronado, CA

  • Matt Brody, CHSP, director of marketing, JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa

  • Luca Favetta, director global events EMEA – APA, SAP Swisse SA

  • Caroline Hill, strategic development manager – conference and events, Roche Products Ltd

  • Karen Massicotte, CMP, CMM, BA, director of operations, PRIME Strategies

  • Carole McKellar, MA, CMM, MCIPD, managing director, Resources for Business Group

  • Michael Owen, managing partner, EventGenuity, LLC

  • Ole Sorang, director of regional marketing – Nordic Countries, Rezidor SAS Hospitality

  • Sebastien Tondeur, CEO, corporate division, MCI

  • Alexandra Wagner, director of corporate meetings & events, Sun Trust Bank

  • Carl Winston, program director, hospitality and tourism management program, San Diego State University

  • European Council Representative: Gerrit Jessen, managing director, P’Concept Berlin

  • MPI Foundation Board Representative: Michael Beardsley, CEO, Inn Fluent LLC

  • International Chapter Leadership Committee Representative: James McDonough, director training & meeting services, Fusion Productions

  • Legal Counsel: Jonathan T. Howe, Esq., president/senior partner, Howe & Hutton, Ltd.


2007-2008 MPI Foundation Board of Trustees Executive Committee:


  • Chairman: Michael Beardsley, CEO, Inn Fluent LLC

  • Immediate Past Chairman: David G. Gabri, president/CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels

  • Chairman-Elect: Rita D. Plaskett, CMP, CMM, president, ASSET

  • Vice Chairman-Projects: Allison Kinsley, CMM, CMP, principal, Kinsley & Associates, LLC

  • Vice Chairman-Finance: Margaret A. Moynihan, CMP, director, Global Conference Group, Deloitte

  • Vice Chairman-Development: Ken Sanders, executive vice president, VER

  • Vice Chairman-Chapter Connections: Tony Lorenz, CMM, president, ProActive, Inc.

  • Vice Chairman-Marketing: Kevin A. Olsen, senior partner, One Smooth Stone

  • Ex-Officio: Katie Callahan-Giobbi, executive vice president, MPI Foundation


    • 2007-2008 MPI Foundation Board of Trustees Members:


      • Tom Chevins, VP Sales and Marketing, Regus

      • Melanie Cook, director, corporate sales, Coast Hotels & Resorts

      • Mike Fegley, vice president of sales, InterContinental Hotels Group

      • Scott E. Hermes, CMP, senior vice president sales and field marketing, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

      • Richard C. Harper, CMP, vice president, sales & marketing, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

      • Hattie A. Hill, CMM, CEO, Hattie Hill Enterprises, Inc.

      • David W. Johnson, president and CEO, Aimbridge Hospitality, LP

      • Carol Krugman, CMP, CMM, director, client services, The George P. Johnson Company

      • Robin Lokerman, CEO, institutional division, MCI

      • Catherine McKenna, CMP, national sales manager-Midwest Region, Visit Charlotte

      • Randy K. Miller, vice president of sales, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

      • Lise Puckorius, CMP, senior vice president, convention & trade show services, SmithBucklin

      • Kathleen M. Ratcliffe, president, St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission

      • Lesly Rehaut, CMP, CMM, regional director of group sales, Millennium Hotels & Resorts

      • Steven Revetria, VP sales & marketing, San Francisco Giants

      • Jeff Sacks, CMP, vice president, St. Louis, Experient

      • Helen Van Dongen, CMP, CMM, senior manager events & travel, Deloitte & Touche LLP

      • Don Welsh, president & CEO, Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau


      2007-2008 MPI Foundation Canada Board


      • Chairwoman: Helen Van Dongen, CMP, CMM, Senior Manager – Events & Travel, Deloitte & Touche

      • Immediate Past Chairman: Mark Hope, Executive Director, Brand Development, Coast Hotels & Resorts

      • Vice Chairman-Elect Finance: Vito Currali, Managing Director of Sales – Canada, Hilton Hotels

      • Vice Chairman Development: Joe Nishi, Director of Global Sales, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

      • Vice Chairwoman Projects: Janet Victor, CMP, Principal, Eventives Conference & Event Management

      • Trustee: Doreen Ashton-Wagner, President, Greenfield Services Inc.

      • Trustee: Mitchell Beer, CMM, President, The Conference Publishers

      • Trustee: Janet Jakobsen, CMP, Director Business Development, AVW Telav Audio Visual Solutions

      • Trustee: Marcia Lyons, General Manager, Calgary Telus Convention Centre

      • Trustee: Sarah Lowis, CMP, CMM, President, Sea to Sky Meeting Management

      • Trustee: Rita Plaskett, CMP CMM, President, ASSET

      • Trustee: Susan Prophet, MC&IT Manager, Tourisme Quebec/Destination Quebec


      2007-2008 MPI European Council Members:


      • European Council President, Gerrit Jessen, managing director, P’Concept Berlin

      • Paul M. Cunnigham, International Information Management Corp.

      • Elizabeth Hansa, Grazer Congress

      • Pier Paolo Mariotti, CMP, CMM, meeting manager, European Academy Bolzano

      • Yvo Van Der Tol, Marriott International Hotels and Resorts

      • Karen Walters, account director, Hiltons of London


      2007-2008 MPI Committee Chairs


      • Awards and Recognition Committee: Hattie Hill, CMP, CMM, CEO, HHE, Inc.

      • Chairwoman’s Advisory Council: Angie Pfeifer, CMM, assistant vice president, corporate meetings & incentives, Investors Group Financial Inc.

      • Community Membership Committee: Elizabeth Zielinski, CMP, CMM, president, Meeting Horizons

      • Compensation Committee: Angie Pfeifer, CMM, assistant vice president, corporate meetings & incentives, Investors Group Financial Inc.

      • European Council: Gerrit Jessen, CMP, managing director, P’Concept Berlin

      • Finance Committee: Ann Godi, CMP, president, Benchmarc360, Inc.

      • Global Development Committee: Mary Casey, vice president, strategic account management, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc

      • Governance Committee: Mark S. Andrew, CMP, CHA, president, Andrew Hospitality, Inc.

      • International Chapter Leadership Committee: Kevin Hinton, principal, hinton + grusich

      • Knowledge and Learning Committee: Barb Taylor Carpender, CMM, CHSC, chief alliance officer, Taylored Alliances

      • Marketing and Brand Strategies Committee: Kevin Kirby, senior director of sales, Hard Rock International

      • Marketplace Advisory Committee: Chuck Bowling, executive vice president sales and marketing, MGM Grand Resorts

      • Student Faculty Committee: Charles Massey, CMP, founder/CEO, SYNAXIS Meetings & Events, Inc.


      2007-2008 MPI Chapter Presidents


      • Aloha Chapter, Edith Hafdahl, CMP, CTC, Kauai Visitors Bureau

      • Arizona Sunbelt Chapter, LoriAnn Harnish, CMP, CMM, MAOM, Speaking of Meetings, Inc.

      • Atlantic Canada Chapter, Kristi Wenaus, Tourism Nova Scotia

      • Belgium Chapter, Milo Vergucht, MCI Benelux

      • British Columbia Chapter, Aila Karpio, CMP, Spets Destination Services Ltd.

      • Carolinas Chapter, Ginny Fountain, CM, North Carolina Association of Electric Co-ops

      • Chicago Area Chapter, Joyce Paschall, CMP, CAE, The Center for Association Growth

      • Connecticut River Valley Chapter, Florent Fougerouse, CMP, Mohegan Sun

      • Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter, Nancey Hernandez, CMP,Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau

      • Denmark Chapter, Anders Olsen, One2Speak A/S

      • Eastern Great Lakes Chapter, Matthew Peglow, CMP, Greater Rochester Visitors Association


      • Finland Chapter, Vappu Vauhkonen, Helsinki City Tourist & Convention Bureau

      • France-Switzerland Chapter, Marie Sibiude, EISAI Laboratory

      • Georgia Chapter, Cynthia Alford, CTP, Destination South Meetings & Events

      • Germany Chapter, Till Runte, pcma GmbH professional congress & marketing agency

      • Greater Calgary Chapter, Brenda Taft, CMP, Hilton

      • Greater Edmonton Chapter, Craig Berry, AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions

      • Greater New York Chapter, Mondell Sealy, Independent

      • Greater Orlando Chapter, Holly Ragazzo, CMP, House of Blues

      • Gulf States Chapter, Todd Whalley, Louisiana North Shore CVB

      • Heartland Chapter, Nancy Herselius, CMP, Creative Meetings & Events, LLC

      • Indiana Chapter, Amanda Cecil, CMP, Indiana University

      • Italia Chapter, Emilio Milano, Meetitaly

      • Kansas City Chapter, Inge Hafkemeyer, CMM, IAAP

      • Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter, Shannon Byrne, Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management

      • Manitoba Chapter, Jordon Lanthier, Delta Winnipeg

      • Mexico Chapter, Enrique Calderon, CMP, Grupo Posadas S.A.B. de C.V.

      • Michigan Chapter, JodieAnn Cady, CMP, Michigan Association of Realtors

      • Minnesota Chapter, Jan Tolle MacDonald, CMP, CTC, CMM, Bloomington MN CVB

      • Montreal Chapter, Maxime Lefebvre, Techni-Logique

      • Netherlands Chapter, Ruud Janssen, Congrex

      • New England Chapter, Patrick Lynch, CMP, CHSP, Destination Worcester

      • New Jersey Chapter, Frank Fricano, CMP, Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe

      • New Mexico Chapter, Robbie Garcia, Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North

      • North Florida Chapter, Carol Cullen, Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center

      • Northeastern New York, Judith Rucinski, CMP, New York State United Teachers

      • Northern California Chapter, Sharon Marsh, CMP, CMM, Cisco Systems Inc.

      • Norway Chapter, Edgar Valdmanis, MBA, The Norwegian Computer Society

      • Ohio Chapter, Michael Moseley, CHSP, Crowne Plaza Columbus & The Lofts Hotel

      • Oklahoma Chapter, Jane Anderson, CMP, Winner`s Circle Inc.

      • Orange County Chapter, Marie Botvinick, CMP, Independent

      • Oregon Chapter, Belinda Rasmussen, CMM, Cutting Edge Planning Meeting & Events

      • Ottawa Chapter, Darlene Kelly-Stewart, B. Comm, STONEHOUSE Sales & Marketing Service

      • Philadelphia Area Chapter, Paul Fogarty, CMP, New Jersey Dept. of Education

      • Pittsburgh Chapter, Una Kilberg, CMP, Software Engineering Institute

      • Potomac Chapter, Cornelia Horner, CMP, Convention Meeting & Hospitality Solutions

      • Puerto Rico Chapter in Formation, Muriel Lazaro, Muriel`s Events

      • Rocky Mountain Chapter, Cherie Hogue, Citicorp Diners Club Inc.

      • Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Chapter, MaryAnne Bobrow, CMP, CAE, CMM, Bobrow & Associates

      • San Diego Chapter, Pierre Charmasson, CMP, Professional Event Solutions

      • South Florida Chapter, Shawn Lavoie, CMP, Experient, Inc.

      • Southern California Chapter, MaryKim O`Brien, CMP, JC Resorts

      • Spain Chapter, Eric Mottard, Eventoplus

      • St. Louis Area Chapter, Wade Thompson, CMP, St. Louis Airport Marriott

      • Sweden Chapter, Roger Mogert, ABF Stockholm

      • Tampa Bay Area Chapter, Tara Liaschenko, The Link Event Professionals, Inc.

      • Tennessee Chapter, Bethany Carlson, CMP, Gospel Music Association

      • Texas Hill Country Chapter, Donna Harbers, CMP, Texas Apartment Association

      • Toronto Chapter, Robert Kawamoto, CMP, Tourism Toronto

      • United Kingdom Chapter, Sofia Vandaele, Sheraton Belgravia Hotel

      • Virginia Chapter, Anita Chapman-Erwin, CMP, Helms Briscoe

      • Washington State Chapte, Rita Moren, CMP, Talisma

      • WestField Chapter, Andrei Oei, MBA, Sheraton Stamford

      • Wisconsin Chapter, Paulette Heney, CMM, United States Bowling Congress

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