MPI and GBTA Recognize CMM Recipients from 2015 Dominican Republic Class, Accepting Applications for Las Vegas and Norfolk Programs

DALLAS, TX and ALEXANDRIA, VA – March 9, 2016 – Meeting Professionals International (MPI)and the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), recently presented the distinguished Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) to 17 more meeting and travel professionals, bringing the total number of holders to 1,087 worldwide. This class participated in the program held October 1 – 4, 2015, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

“The CMM Program has become THE business standard of excellence for meeting and travel professionals since its inception three decades ago,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “Congratulations to each of these leaders on their momentous achievement.”

MPI and GBTA are currently accepting applications for two CMM programs scheduled later this year in Las Vegas (May 6 – 9) and Norfolk, Virginia (August 25 – 28). Each program is limited to only 50 participants so interested applicants are encouraged to apply early. Note, the deadline to submit an application for the upcoming Las Vegas program at the Aria Resort & Casino is April 5, 2016.

In addition, the MPI Foundation has CMM Program scholarship opportunities available for MPI members. Scholarships are awarded for up to $2,000 and must be used toward program fees. Last year, the MPI Foundation awarded 31 CMM Program scholarships to MPI members. To apply for a scholarship, visit

For more information on the CMM Program, please visit To learn more about the MPI Academy’s various professional development offerings, check out

MPI and GBTA commend the following 17 professionals from the Dominican Republic class on obtaining the CMM designation.

Sherri Beck/Jack Morton Worldwide

Norma Christina Bock/UNIVERSITY/MYW

Cori Brown, CMP, CMM/Opus Agency

Rochelle Rupnick/Milwaukee Area Technical College

Virginia Williams Fountain/North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives

Deanna Kay Griffith/Time Warner Cable Media

Monica Grinage Cooper, CMP/International Facility Management Association

Catherine Jones Edventives Group

Jessica M. Lamb/Young Presidents’ Organization, Inc.

Kristina Nichols/MassMutual Financial Group

Davide Odella/The National Stadium in Warsaw

Connie Pronschinske/Ashley Furniture Ind

Falon Veit Scott/Evolution Event Solutions

Cynnamon Spain/CCS, LLC

Jessie States/Meeting Professionals International

Sandra M. Totti/Innovation DMC, Inc.

Lisa Volpi/Netflix

À propos de MPI
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest and most vibrant global meeting and event industry association. 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 membership is comprised of approximately 18,500 members belonging to more than 80 chapters and clubs in 22 countries. For additional information or to join, visit

À propos de la Fondation GBTA
La Fondation GBTA est la fondation d'éducation et de recherche de la Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), la première organisation commerciale de voyages d'affaires et de réunions au monde dont le siège est situé dans la région de Washington, DC et qui opère sur six continents. Collectivement, les plus de 9 000 membres de GBTA gèrent chaque année plus de $345 milliards de dépenses mondiales de voyages d'affaires et de réunions. GBTA fournit son réseau croissant de plus de 28 000 professionnels du voyage et 125 000 contacts actifs avec une éducation, des événements, des recherches, des plaidoyers et des médias de classe mondiale. La Fondation a été créée en 1997 pour soutenir les membres de GBTA et l'industrie dans son ensemble. En tant que principale fondation d'éducation et de recherche dans l'industrie du voyage d'affaires, la Fondation GBTA cherche à financer des initiatives visant à faire progresser la profession du voyage d'affaires. La Fondation GBTA est une organisation à but non lucratif 501(c)(3). Pour plus d'informations, voir et