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August 10, 2016
Senior Planners Industry Network (SPIN) has appointed Rod Abraham as executive director. Abraham replaces the interim director Mike Vennerstrom, CMP, who has held the position since January. 

"SPIN is ready to move to the next level of growth and value to both our planner members and our supplier partners," said SPIN founder Shawna Suckow in a statement. "I know Rod has the industry experience, reputation, relationships and business savvy to help us do that."

Abraham, a former association executive, is the founder and former chief executive of the Professional Meeting Planners Network, now PlannerNet. He is a charter member of Meeting Professionals International, a two-time chair of the MPI Foundation board of trustees and trustee of the Society of Incentive Travel Executives Foundation.

He has also served as the president of the MPI Greater Philadelphia Chapter, president of the Delaware Valley Society of Association Executives and chairman of the Durham Convention Center Authority.

"I am excited, energized and anxious to get started," said Abraham. "I look forward to working with Shawna, her team and the many volunteer leaders whose commitment has achieved an impressive foundation for future growth."