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

     
    POSTED October 28, 2016
     

The president and CEO of Meeting Professional International, Paul Van Deveter, has been named the Meetings Mean Business Coalition co-chair.

Beginning Jan. 2017, Van Deventer will work alongside fellow co-chair Richard Harper, executive vice president, HelmsBriscoe. Together, they will help the organization highlight the importance of in-person meetings, conferences, conventions, trade shows and more.

Previously, Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer, MGM Resorts International, served as co-chair.

“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.”

Additionally, Van Deventer and Harper will host the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day and work with the newly formed Meeting Planners Task Force to engage with professionals in the industry.

“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," saiys 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.”

With restrictions across the country in a state of constant flux, not everyone is ready to jump back into meeting in person. While some planners are eager to get back to “normal,” the long-term adjustment to new protocols and potential risks make some hesitant to gather.

While wearing masks and social distancing can help keep attendees safe, intentional design choices—such as including natureinspired elements and materials and plenty of plants—can also help calm attendees.

 

When executed safely, in-person meetings and events are possible. But it’s been tough for meeting planners across the nation, due to differing state-by-state and even county-by-county guidelines. In some areas, meetings and events have returned a while ago, but for others, it’s hard to imagine what planning a meeting would be like.

 

On September 1, over 1,500 businesses across the country illuminated their buildings with red lights to draw attention to the devastation that the live events and performance art industries have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.