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RLA Director of Event Services, one of only 47 International Meeting Executives to Receive Global Certificate in Meeting Management

January 28, 2014

Meeting Professionals International Recognizes Industry Leaders for

Achieving Certificate in Meeting Management

DALLAS, January 28, 2014 — Meeting Professionals International (MPI) announced today that it recently presented the Certificate in Meeting Management to forty-seven meeting and event professionals around the world. The certificate and resulting designation recognize the strategic decision-making ability of industry leaders to manage and deliver exceptional meetings and events that drive organizational success.

"The Certificate in Meeting Management has been valued by the meeting and event industry since its inception in the mid-1990s. By earning the certificate and designation, these forty-seven leaders have made a significant investment in their professional development," said Paul Van Deventer, president and chief executive officer of MPI.

In December 2013, MPI and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) announced that they joined forces to create the updated CMM Designation Program, which is an evolution of the prestigious Certificate in Meeting Management program. The new program provides the first and only collaborative designation for both meeting and travel professionals, and features an intensive business management study program led by highly esteemed university professors from renowned business schools.

"CMM has been and will continue to be a highly accomplished designation, and through this partnership with GBTA, the value of the designation will be recognized beyond the meeting and event industry," explains Van Deventer.

Please join me in congratulating the following professionals who recently obtained the Certificate in Meeting Management and CMM designation:

Jodi Adcock, CMM, CMP, Texas Instruments

Elizabeth Devine Antonopoulos, CMM, Connecticut Education Association (CEA)

Nicole Armstrong, CMM, CMP, Internet Society

Debra A. Arneson, CMM, Metropolitan Denver Dental Society

Melissa Atchley, CMM, Multiview

Linda M. Bahr, CMM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Erika Biddix, CMM, CMP, MAC Meetings & Events

Carolyn Browning, CMM, CMP, MEETing Needs, LLC

Mike Burke, CEM, CMM, CMP, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Kate Cheney, CMM, CMP, ConventionALL Management Inc.

Mary Craig, CMM, Balboa Meeting & Event Solutions

Laird Crandall, CMM, CMP, DMCP, DVIP Inc. Event Services

Tawnya K. Curatola, CMM, CMP, Regional Learning Alliance

Tina Debos, CFA, CMM, Women in Capital Markets

Colleen Deckert, CMM, Investors Group

Lina DiMatteo, CMM, CMP

Melinda Eggenberger, CMM, Lex Mundi, Ltd.

Hannah Olawunmi Faniran, CMM, CMP, MCI Middle East (L.L.C)

Leon Fuchs, CMM, APG

Lourdes Gonzalez Juarez, CMM, International Incentive Travel

Mary Gordon, CMM, Institute of Medical Device Development (IMDD)

Christine Gruber, CMM, CMP, Ontario Real Estate Association

Kathleen Haase, CMM, CMP, Boston Scientific

Vaughn Hardin, CMM, ConferenceDirect

Julie Harrington, CMM, CMP, Ontario Stone Sand & Gravel Association

Mark A. Harvey, CMM, Society of Government Meeting Professionals

Teresa Harwood, CMM, Alcon Laboratories, Inc

Hugo Hellberg, CMM, Colorado Association of Realtors

Roxanne Hernandez, CMM, CMP, Herbalife International of America, Inc.

Paulius Janciauskas, CMM, TheMiceCream

Cheryl Lancaster, CMM, CMP, Toyota Motor Sales USA

Audrey C. Langlois, CMM, CMP, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.

Diane Langner, CMM, CMP, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors

Jennifer McMahon-Hinz, CMM, CMP

Kimberly O'Keefe, CMM, CMP, Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Annette M. Ott-Barnett, CMM, CMP

Karin Pearce, CMM, CMP, Cascadia Motivation

Mark Plocki, CMM, Ariba, an SAP Company

Vimari Roman, CMM, Be Productive Meetings & Events

Jefferson Carlos dos Santos, CMM, Guia MKT

Irene Saulsbery, CMM, New York State Association of Realtors

Marianne Schmidhofer, CMM, Maritz Travel

Kelly Sophy, CMM, CMP, Aesculap, Inc

Stephanie Starr, CMM, CMP, namast(E)vents

Kara Strittmatter, CMM, United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

Marc Viens, CMM, AXIS Medical Education, Inc.

Marcia Williams, CMM, CMP, EVENTive Management

About MPI

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest and most vibrant global meeting and event industry association. The organization helps its members thrive by building human connections through knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces. MPI membership is comprised of approximately 20,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide. For additional information or to join, visit


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