About MPI Gulf States Chapter

Explore, learn and engage with MPI Gulf States!  We are the Gulf Coast's resource for the Meeting Professional Industry. Stay up to date on current trends, attend an education event and get involved.  Join us as we journey through this ever changing, creative industry together.

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. Founded in 1972, the organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals including more than 17,000 engaged members and its Plan Your Meetings audience. It has more than 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries.

The Gulf States Chapter was founded in 1997, in New Orleans, LA.

‚ÄčImportant Facts about MPI:

  • Founded in 1972

  • 45 Chapters in the United States

  • 7 Chapters in Canada  

  • 2 Chapters in Latin America

  • 13 Chapters in Europe 

  • 2 Chapters in Asia

  • 23 Student Clubs in North America

  • Membership presence in 71 countries

  • More than $26 billion in MPI global member buying power

  • 4,800 exclusive planner members

 

 

 

PAST PRESIDENTS

1997 – 1998 | Jennie McNeill, CMP, CMM

1998 – 1999 | Jorge Hernandez

1999 – 2001 | Jan Allen, CMP

2001 – 2002 | Genelle Perrin, CMP

2002 – 2003 | Keith Levey, CMP

2003 – 2004 | Barry Brantley, CMP, CAE

2004 – 2005 | Maria Irwin

2005 – 2006 | Stephanie Miller, CMP

2006 – 2007 | Terry Jackson

2007 – 2008 | Todd Whalley

2008 – 2009 | Shari Fisher, CMP, CHME

2009 – 2010| Rachel C Vella

2010 – 2011| Marc Becker

2011 – 2012 | David Rome, CMP, DMCP

2012 – 2013 | Erin Boreros

2013 – 2014 | Mae Johnson, CMP

2014 – 2015 | Kristen Kain

2015 – 2016 | Lyndi Smith, CMP