MPI Joins Collaboration

Meeting Professionals International has joined five other organizations as a founding industry partner of the BtoB Events Network on, the event-content platform founded by Tony Lorenz, CMM. The platform, which will serve as an industry-specific portal for live and on-demand content from face-to-face events, was announced last year with the support of American Society of Association Executives, the Center for Exhibition Research, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, the Professional Convention Management Association and the Virtual Edge Institute. The partnering organizations' content will reside online at the portal, potentially broadening their reach to other communities. "Our industry is setting a strong and positive precedent for the broader global-business community," noted Lorenz, with respect to the collaboration. "As my professional history with MPI runs very deep, this partnership is especially welcome and appreciated." MPI's leadership could not be reached for comment on why the organization was not initially part of the collaboration. The BtoB Events Network,'s first, will launch during the 2013 ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo, Aug. 3-6, in Atlanta.