GBTA and MPI recognize new class of CMM recipients

Industry leaders first to receive designation for enhanced program redesigned for both meeting and travel professionals

The GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) announced today that they recently presented the distinguished Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) to 46 meeting and travel professionals. This inaugural class marks the first group to successfully complete the updated CMM program developed jointly by GBTA and MPI and delivered by the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and thus they have earned the premier CMM designation – the business standard of excellence for meeting and travel professionals.

The first updated CMM program was delivered this past November with an immersion program in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and received high satisfaction scores from participants for overall programming, onsite support, and educational material. Moreover, an overwhelming, majority of participants – approximately 97 per cent – said they would recommend the program to others.

“The teams at GBTA and MPI could not be more pleased with the positive feedback we’ve received from this first class of participants on the redesigned CMM program,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “We commend each of these leaders on this milestone achievement and wish them unlimited success in the future.”

In December 2013, MPI and GBTA first announced that they joined forces to develop the updated CMM program, which is a three-phased comprehensive business education program designed for both meeting and travel professionals. It includes a 3.5 day on-site immersion program comprised of rigorous business education courses delivered in a participatory learning format by professors from the renowned Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia; a virtual boot camp with on-demand offerings focused in both meeting management and business travel management; and the development and evaluation of an independent work-based, business project.

Earlier this week, MPI and GBTA launched the first CMM class of 2015 with an immersion program held in Puebla, Mexico, that began May 31 and ended June 3. Following are upcoming program dates and locations, and more information can be found at or

  • August 27-30, 2015 in Denver, Colorado
  • October 1 – 4, 2015 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • October 22-25, 2015 in Mexico (City TBD)
  • November 12-15 in Anaheim, California

“With MPI, we designed the updated CMM program to help meeting and travel professionals bolster their business management skills and advance their careers,” said Daphne Bryant, GBTA Foundation Executive director. “These 46 leaders did just that through the intensive study program we’ve developed that will leave them poised to drive business success in their companies.”

MPI and GBTA congratulate the following professionals who recently obtained the CMM designation, increasing the total number of CMM holders worldwide to 996.

  • Laura Bell Way, Autodesk, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Best, Niagara Region
  • Kelly Bishop, Liberty Mutual
  • Heather Borneman, Teleflex
  • Jerome Bruce, Association of Government Accountants
  • Susan Burruss-Gibson, JBS & Associates
  • Carol Cassano, Cleveland Event Solutions
  • Nicola Chiappa, PartnerRe
  • Matthew Derner, MD Events
  • Sandra  Dewberry, Merz North America, Inc
  • Deborah Dickerson, American Express
  • Jorgelina Diez De Doeyo, Xtreme @Microsoft
  • Virginia Dodge, VA Productions, Inc.
  • Cristy Donaldson, Baxter Healthcare
  • Dave Eckberg, Bishop-McCann
  • Charlene Forde, Canadian Finance & Leasing Association
  • Debbie Friedman-Hueller, Laureate Online Education
  • Margaret Garcia, Farmers Group, Inc.
  • Betsy Gonzalez, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Kaaren  Hamilton, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
  • Michelle Heller, McVeigh Associates
  • Kyle Hillman, NASW IL
  • Shinhye Hwang, International Meeting Partners
  • Paulette Jensen, ACTAVIS
  • Anthony Kalyk, Telluride Conference Center
  • Laura Kesselman, Kesselman-Jones, Inc.
  • Sandra  Khoury, LIUNA
  • Barrie Lynch, SCMABC
  • Michelle Manire, Coast to Coast Conferences & Events
  • Diana Marinos, Boston Scientific
  • Teresa  Matamoros, Meetings Partner LLC
  • Elly McCloud, LIGHTFAIR International
  • Julie Nack Locke, HelmsBriscoe
  • Natalie  Norri, Meetings and More, Inc.
  • Lynnette Offen Gerber, HelmsBriscoe
  • Joanna  Oliver, EmCare
  • Tamara Olson, DJO Global
  • Elizabeth Peeler, D-P Planning Meetings & Events
  • Dawn Perrone, Sanofi Pasteur
  • Jennifer Scigliano, Inn at Laurel Point
  • Whitney Smith, Rice University’s Baker Institute
  • Kim Stanley
  • Joyce Watson, Events DC/ Washington DC Convention Center
  • Vittoria Wikston, Niagara Falls Tourism
  • Lisa Wilson, NCH Marketing Services, Inc.
  • Crystal  Zawilinski, Fox Premier Meetings and Incentives


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