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Message from MPI CEO Regarding Hurricane Irma Support


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Dear MPI Global Community,

This week our thoughts are with those impacted by Hurricane Irma including MPI Global staff based in Florida and members of our Tampa Bay Area, Greater Orlando, North Florida and South Florida chapters. Authorities are working to assess the magnitude of the storm’s destruction, and millions of people do not have electricity.

Let’s keep everyone affected by both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey in our thoughts and prayers. We can also show our support by making a donation to national and local relief organizations such as the American Red Cross, All Hands Volunteers, Direct Relief, One America Appeal, Florida Disaster Fund and the Houston Food Bank. In addition, the MPI Houston Area Chapter has created the MPI Houston Disaster Relief Fund to help provide assistance to members of their chapter.

As a reminder, for members directly impacted by these storms, MPI will waive your membership dues for one full year as part of our Natural Disaster Aid Program. We will also further support the affected chapters by continuing to fund the rebate for those members who apply and are approved for the hardship membership. Please contact MPI’s Member Services Team for more information at or +1 972-702-3053.



Paul Van Deventer
President and CEO
Meeting Professionals International

About the Author

Paul Van Deventer
President & Chief Executive Officer at Meeting Professionals International

Paul Van Deventer joined the MPI Global Team in April 2013 as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this role, he leads the strategic direction of both MPI’s global association and the MPI Foundation, with responsibility for managing its global staff, operating budget, membership programs and community services.