by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 25, 2017
Meeting Professionals International has promoted Darren Temple, left, from chief business development officer to COO. Temple's new tasks will include the development and executive of strategic business plans, as well as overseeing operations, revenue growth and brand consistency. He will manage the education and events team, as well as marketing and communications. He is also in charge of the association's global sales organization. Temple also will continue in his oversight of the MPI Foundation as executive vice president, ex officio.
 
"Darren is a strong and seasoned leader," said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI, which currently has more than 17,000 members. "He is well respected within our industry, and has been an invaluable member of our senior leadership team for the past few years. I am confident Darren will excel as our new COO and look forward to partnering with him further to advance our strategy to increase member value and grow the MPI community."
 
Temple joined MPI in September 2014 and is a past member of the MPI board of directors (2012-2014). His accomplishments for the organization include developing a revenue strategy that has resulted in sustained growth, implementing significant process improvements and driving efforts that have increased fundraising for the MPI Foundation by more than 25 percent. Prior to MPI, he worked for Visit Dallas, PSAV Presentation Services and Freeman.
 
"MPI is in a very strong position, and I am bullish on our future," said Temple. "We have made tremendous strides in expanding our portfolio of education offerings, reimagining our live events, collaborating with industry partners and advocating for our community over the past few years. I am excited about what's next for MPI, and it is truly an honor to serve as this association's COO."
 
In addition, MPI has promoted Bernie Schraer, former publisher of Meetings & Conventions, to senior vice president of global business development, reporting to Temple. Schraer previously served as vice president of revenue and 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.