by Sarah J.F. Braley | January 01, 2007

Bruce MacMillanFollowing an extensive six-month executive search, Dallas-based Meeting Professionals International hired Bruce MacMillan, right, a 13-year member of the association, as its president and CEO. MacMillan, who spent the past three years heading up Tourism Toronto, the Toronto Convention and Visitors Association, begins his tenure as the 21,106-member organization’s top staff person this month.

M&C recently asked MacMillan a few questions.

As a longtime MPI member, what special quality do you bring to your new position?

MPI has helped make me successful, whether it’s learning the key values of creating great meetings for the attendees and stakeholders, learning from leaders, like David Kliman and Kitty Ratcliffe, or hearing great speakers like Rick Pitino.

How could the organization better serve members?

I’d like to help the association learn how to make our members as successful as it has made me. MPI has been amazing for kick-starting people’s careers. Now we need to understand how we can serve members who have become successful through the organization. We can bring more value to our senior members.

What do you see as your first order of business for MPI?

I’m going to work with the team in Dallas. Our organization has gone through a long period without a leader, during which our membership has grown and our retention is at an all-time high, and that’s thanks to that team. I need to get to know them, because they’re going to help me deliver the message.