Six People Worth Watching in the Meetings Industry

Six People Worth Watching in the Meetings Industry
June 26, 2013

Successful Meetings’ July issue will feature our list of the 25 most influential figures in the meetings industry right now. The list will be released on July 1; in the meantime, however, we’re putting the spotlight on six industry figures who did not make this year’s list, but who are in a position to do some interesting things in 2013.

Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI
MPI is at a crucial point in its existence and strong visionary leadership is what’s needed to get the organization back on track. Van Deventer has an impressive resume of client-facing roles, including VP at Walgreen and 22 years at American Express. It will be interesting to see how his first year plays out.

Dave Dubois, president and CEO of International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
Dubois has been at IAEE’s helm for seven months and the organization has already seen a five percent membership increase. He’s got a proven track record of success as the former president and CEO of the Fort Worth CVB and executive vice president at MPI, so we could see big things from the organization over the next 12 months.

Michael J. Lyons, exhibition director of AIBTM
Lyons is an industry veteran who has stepped in to try and take AIBTM from a regional show to a more national one as it shifts location from Baltimore to a rotation between Chicago and Orlando. The recent Chicago show saw a 31 percent increase in hosted buyers but only a six percent increase in exhibitors. With a full-year to work on the Orlando show, Lyons should be able to boost the exhibitor numbers.

Roger and Sebastian Tondeur, president and CEO, respectively, MCI, Geneva
They are probably the biggest event management company not headquartered in the U.S. but with offices in Toronto and Vancouver they are trying to crack into North American market.

Roger Rickard, partner, chief advocate, Revent, LLC
Roger has been an advocate for citizen involvement since the age of 13 and has worked on many local, regional and state campaigns as well as numerous Presidential campaigns. Roger has used his experience and passion for the topic of advocacy to become a leading spokesman for the business value and economic significance for the meeting and visitor industries. His newly launched Meetings Industry Advocacy Hub has the potential of revolutionizing the meetings industries lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C.