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Message from MPI CEO Regarding Hurricane Harvey Support


Dear MPI Global Community,

We extend our deepest sympathies to all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and especially to members of our Houston Area and Gulf States chapters. News reports are describing the hurricane as the worst and most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history, and a director with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has stated the recovery “is going to last many years to be able to help Texas and the people impacted by this event achieve a new normal.”

Please join us in sending warm thoughts and prayers now and in the months ahead to the affected communities in Southeast Texas and Louisiana. If you would like to show your support with a donation, there are many national organizations such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army as well as local food banks, animal rescue groups and more helping with relief efforts. See the following links for articles detailing ways you can lend support:

  • The Texas Tribune
  • NPR
  • Texas Monthly

  • In addition, the MPI Houston Area Chapter has created the MPI Houston Disaster Relief Fund. Donations to the fund will help provide assistance to members of the MPI Houston Area Chapter directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The chapter’s goal is to collect funds through September 30, 2017, and donate funds soon thereafter to members in need. For more information or to make a donation, visit their YouCaring webpage.

    Finally, for members directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey, 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.