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by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 01, 2016
(Pictured) Paul Van Deventer
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Meeting Professionals International has restructured its membership model, offering a new tiered program for joining.

"Our redesigned model has more flexibility and choices, which allows us to meet the needs of our membership better and will attract a broader audience, including emerging professionals who need a more affordable option," said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of the association.

Planners and suppliers now can choose from the following:

• Essential Membership ($279 annually for planners) provides access to MPI's online resources, including free education webcasts, •recorded event sessions, the membership directory, the job board, the MyMPI Online Community, and more.

• Preferred Membership ($355) includes Essential Membership benefits plus chapter affiliation, special rates for chapter events and assistance in completing the application to receive the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation.

• Premier Membership ($449) is for the most active members, offering Essential and Preferred benefits, plus access to marketing lists; VIP passes to events; previews of MPI's Meetings Outlook quarterly research; career and academic counseling, and more.

Among the offerings of a new e-subscription service launching in August will be the digital edition of the MPI's magazine and select live-education webcasts.