Kevin M. Hinton, Executive Vice President of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) and of Associated Destinations Worldwide (ADW) – ALHI’s Global Solution, will become Chairman of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) for its 2012-2013 fiscal year. Hinton has been serving as the Chairman-Elect for MPI since July 1, 2011, after being selected by MPI’s nominating committee and approved by the members of the worldwide organization.
In addition to his duties at ALHI, Hinton will also continue to serve on the MPI International Board of Directors, and on the MPI Executive Committee, for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. As Chairman of MPI, Hinton will lead the 18-member MPI Board of Directors, the governing body of MPI, which is responsible for reviewing and approving the organization’s strategic plans, for overseeing financial integrity and for monitoring performance against achievement of strategy and long-term vision.
“I’m very excited about the privilege of serving as Chairman of MPI,” said Hinton. “I really look forward to working with our Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and with the membership of MPI to strategically build upon MPI’s already strong foundation. MPI is an outstanding organization and an exceptional resource for all involved in the meetings industry, and I am very excited about leading the team to move our meetings and events industry forward.” Hinton added, “Plus, MPI is uniquely positioned to provide a strong voice for the value of face-to-face meetings, and I look forward to promoting that message throughout my tenure.”
David Gabri, ALHI’s and ADW’s president and CEO, said, “Kevin is the perfect person to lead MPI, as he is a committed visionary leader, skilled strategic planner, and a passionate MPI advocate who truly inspires. He will do an outstanding job for us all.”
Hinton is Executive Vice President of ALHI, a prestigious dues-based National Sales Organization (NSO), which has exclusively provided National Sales services and support for its portfolio of more than 130 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts to the North American meetings and incentive marketplace. Hinton is responsible for the global sales solutions and account advocacy for meeting professionals and incentive/recognition specialists located in North America, which have programs globally. He specifically serves as Executive Vice President of Associated Destinations Worldwide, ALHI’s new Global Sales Organization (GSO) specialist unit launched in October 2011. He is based in the ALHI/ADW Global Sales Office in Chicago.
Prior to joining ALHI, Hinton served as CEO of hinton+grusich, which was acquired by ALHI in January 2011. Hinton has also served as MPI Chicago Area Chapter’s president, receiving the “President’s Award” from the Chicago Area Chapter of MPI. He began his service on the MPI Board of Directors in 2008. He is a graduate of Marquette University, with a degree in Finance and German. He also graduated from the University of Chicago’s Executive MBA program. After college, he was a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Mali, West Africa.