who were his mentors or mentees, colleagues and
friends, all of which he feels have combined to make
him the seasoned and successful meeting professional he is today, ready to lead MPI in 2017. He refers to
MPI as “a laboratory” because in the 30 years he has
been af;iliated with the association he’s had thousands of learning experiences.
“MPI has been a laboratory of learning for me from
the beginning,” he says. “There’s the aspect, when
you’re new, of ;inding mentors and gleaning informa-
tion from them. And then when you get to be more
senior, it’s almost like the 12th step of giving back to
others in your profession.”
And it is the ful;illment of the concept of giving
back that compelled to Stevens to join the MPI board
to begin with, and what has inspired him to take the
board chair now.
“One of the reasons I’m doing this is to give back
to the profession that did so much for me,” he says.
“It’s [also] just good for business. I get to learn myself
what the Millennials are up to, what the changes in
technologies are. I get to meet a lot of new people I
would never meet otherwise.”
Goals for MPI
With many years of experience as an MPI member and
At the heart of Stevens’ plan to make the
enterprise of MPI strong is to vigorously
engage both the planner and supplier
sides of the membership.