Industry Update
Appointment28 August 2017

Darren Temple

Appointed Chief Operations Officer
At Meeting Professionals International (MPI) in Dallas - TX, USA

Darren TempleMeeting Professionals International (MPI) has named Darren Temple as its new chief operations officer (COO). Temple previously served as the association’s Chief Business Development Officer leading strategic business development and global sales planning. He will continue to report to MPI president and CEO Paul Van Deventer. As COO, Temple is charged with driving strategic business plans and execution, established operational excellence, revenue growth and brand consistency throughout MPI. He will manage the Education & Events and Marketing & Communications teams and maintain oversight of the association’s global sales organization. Temple will also continue to lead the MPI Foundation as Executive Vice President, Ex Officio. Temple has made significant contributions since joining the MPI Global Team in September 2014 and as a past member of the MPI Board of Directors (2012-2014). His accomplishments include developing a revenue strategy that has resulted in sustained revenue growth, implementing significant process improvements, and driving efforts that increased fundraising for the MPI Foundation by more than 25 percent. Prior to MPI, Temple held leadership positions with Visit Dallas, PSAV Presentation Services and Freeman. In addition, MPI has promoted Bernie Schraer to Sr. Vice President, Global Business Development, reporting to Temple. Schraer previously served as Vice President of Revenue & Channel Development. In this new role, he will assume responsibility for the association’s Global Sales Team and continue to manage the Strategic Alliance, Hosted Buyer, Publishing and Plan Your Meetings teams.

Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest and most vibrant global meeting and event industry association. 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.
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