David Bruce, Executive Director and Founder
With more than 43 years of experience, knowledge and connections, David has a competitive advantage in almost every way. He’s seen just about everything in this business, he can draw inspiration from ideas that worked and dismiss directions that didn’t. In addition to planning meetings, he also manages the company’s day-to-day operations, serves on several professional boards and has twice been given Convention South Magazine’s “Meeting Professional to Watch” award.
Mike Dominguez, Board of Advisors
Michael Dominguez is our Chief Sales Officer and joined MGM Resorts in June 2012 after an impressive hotel career of over 30 years. Michael has worked with numerous hotel companies including Hyatt Hotels, Starwood Hotels, Marcus Hotels and was with Loews Hotels & Resorts prior to joining MGM Resorts.
Michael is actively involved in leadership roles in the Meetings and Events Industry and serves in a number of roles that support advocacy and growth of the meetings & events industry. Michael’s leadership involvement includes board positions as:
-Past Chairman, MPI’s International Board of Directors
-US Travel Association (Executive Committee)
-Co-Chair of the Meetings Means Business Coalition
-Co-Chair APEX Room Piracy Taskforce with the Convention Industry Council
-APEX Standards Committee with the Convention Industry Council
-GBTA Foundation Board
-HSMAI Foundation Board
-FICP – Hospitality Professional Advisory Committee
-ASAE’s – Industry Alliance Council
-Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees
Michael has been recognized for his leadership in the industry and other numerous honors including:
-BizBash’s Top 500 People in the Events Industry 2018
-HispanicBusiness.com’s “50 Most Influential Hispanics in the US”
-Successful Meetings Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry 2013 - 2016
-Smart Meetings 2015 Smartest Industry Leaders
-HSMAI’s 2014 Top Minds in Sales and Marketing
-Meetings Focus Trendsetter
-MeetingsNet Changemakers -MPI’s Industry Leadership Award 2015
-LV Hotel Association’s 2016 Industry Leadership Award
-Lanyon’s 2016 Industry Leadership Award
-Timothy S.Y. Lam Foundation’s 2017 Leadership Award in Collaboration
Bob Schuster, Board of Advisors
Bob Schuster heads up our Florida office. His four decades of experience is extensive in areas of marketing, negotiations, public relations, special/media events, tradeshows and corporate golf outings, which has given CMP a serious advantage and a trusted resource. He’s worked with corporations, associations, governments and teams, and has consistently exceeded their expectations.
Paul Trapp, Board of Advisors
Paul Trapp - A former senior military leader, Paul served as Chief of Recruiting for the Army National Guard and successfully managed a national sales force of over 4,500 military recruiting personnel. Paul's background includes event management, government contracting, sales management & training, multi-state operations and overseeing a nine-digit annual budget. Assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer of National Conferencing, Inc., Paul is responsible for driving EBITDA, business development, associate training, internal and external communications, and branding / marketing. He currently oversees an international team of 53 full time meeting professionals and over 3,000 annual events. Paul is also the founder of an emerging franchise brand, EventPrep, a home-based franchise model providing Hotel Site Selection, Registration, Housing and Event Planning services. Paul is a proud graduate of Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, and currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife Kimberly.
Suzanne Spaner, Board of Advisors
Her 20+ years of experience in the hospitality industry began in 1998 as Business Manager / Controller with Marriott International's Senior Living Services division. Armed with a B.S. in Finance from Penn State University and the perspective gained during her studies abroad at Tel Aviv University–Suzanne shifted gears and joined Marriott's change management team traveling around the country to 180 hotels delivering presentations / sharing best practices / coaching teams on how to better utilize new technology / credit model / labor management scheduling systems in conjunction with the new shared service center handling these transactions. That experience taught her that she had the skills and relationships necessary to transition to a Sales role on the front lines as opposed to back of the house in accounting. Suzanne quickly rose to the role of Senior Group Sales Manager, earning Marriott's Chairman’s Circle Award for exceptional performance. In 2005, she was acquired by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company where she led in sales for the Southeast region which was the highest region in the company, an achievement for which she won the prestigious Keys to Success Award.
Robyn M. MIETKIEWICZ, Board of Advisors
Robyn Mietkiewicz, CMP, CMM, is an industry leader and innovator. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, providing cutting edge education to the meetings and events industry. She continually contributes articles to several meeting industry trade publications on a wide range of topics from Strategic Meetings Management, Contract Strategy, Budget & Cost Savings Techniques, and more!
Robyn has earned the prestigious CMP and CMM certifications. She is a Past President of the MPI Orange County Chapter and has served as Chair of an MPI International Task Force. As President, she was responsible for overseeing a 19 member Board and 400 member Chapter. Robyn received the 2014 MPI RISE Award for Member of the Year and was also recognized by the CIC in 2013 with a Pacesetters Award. She continues to advance the meetings industry through industry volunteerism, serving on multiple Advisory Boards and consulting MPI Chapters on strategic initiatives.
Jeff Berger, Board of Advisors
Bringing over 25 years hotel sales, marketing and operational experience to the firm, Jeff Berger is the company's President & CEO. Prior to the introduction of Conference Planning Resources, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Sales for an industry leading hotel site selection firm. As SVP, Mr. Berger oversaw the company's efforts in building a team of entrepreneurs with offices in dozens of cities across Canada, the United States and Brazil. These remote offices secured relationships with virtually every major hotel brand, independent properties and cruise lines and assisted hundreds of organizations in obtaining access to the best deals at appropriate hotels and resorts worldwide. Mr. Berger has been awarded the honor of serving on the Client Advisory Board for the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.
MaryBeth Powers, Board of Advisors
MaryBeth A. Powers has been in the Hospitality business for more than 20 years. She has spent the majority of her professional life working for a variety of associations, cultivating a myriad of skills involved with planning successful meeting and events ranging from 10 to 5,000+ attendees per meeting. Her company, Planning Powers, specializes in site selection and contract negotiations, as well as logistics and conference management. MaryBeth has achieved her CMP and is an active member of Alliance of Independent Meeting Professionals (AIMP) and Professional Convention and Management Association (PCMA), where she served as a member of the Independent Professional Task Force. She was an active member of Association of Meeting Professionals (AMPS), where she served on the Program Committee for 3 years including one year as Chair. MaryBeth works out of the DC area.
Alex P. Doyle, Board of Advisors
Alex P. Doyle, CMP has been with 21st Century Group since April 2000 and is responsible for providing major meeting accounts with conference management, event strategy, sponsor/partnership and event communication related services. Mr. Doyle personally manages over 15 meeting accounts ranging from national associations, major corporations and professional societies located in the Pacific Northwest, US West as well as around the United States. In 2016, Doyle was elevated to the position of Vice President, Sales for 21st Century Group.
With over 35 years of practical experience in the meetings industry, Doyle has served both on the hospitality side as a Director of Conference Services, National Sales Manager and as Director of Sales & Marketing for a number of meeting resort hotels in California, Florida and Hawaii and as an independent conference planner. In addition, Mr. Doyle also served the Western Energy Institute as their in-house conference strategy director from 2003-2009 for this Portland, OR based training association. In his career as an independent conference planner, Doyle has managed over 1500 meetings, varying in size from 12 to over 4000 attendees.
Mr. Doyle holds a BS in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno and is active in numerous meetings industry organizations such as Meeting Professionals International, Rocky Mountain Chapter Oregon Society of Association Management, and Professional Convention Management Association. He is also recognized as a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) by the Convention Industry Council. In 2014, Alex was recognized by Meeting Professionals International-Oregon Chapter as their Planner of the Year Award recipient.
Alex resides Aurora, CO with his wife Debbie and is actively involved in the meeting and hospitality industry community as well a supporter of numerous charitable endeavors and local service organizations such as the Rotary Club of Parker, CO and the Knights of Columbus Council 7880. Hobbies include CrossFit, golf, cycling and the great outdoors.
Jeff Canham, Board of Advisors
Jeff Canham is a Partner with Prestige Global Meeting Source. Prestige is a site selection, meeting management firm headquartered in Minneapolis, MN with offices throughout the US and Canada. We currently have a team of 56 amazing, talented hospitality experts that strive for the best solutions for our clients. Jeff joined Prestige in 1999 after working on the hotel property level as a sales manager with various brands. Jeff resides in Palm Springs with his partner and 2 awesome dogs – Jake and Benny!
Andy Ortiz, Board of Advisors
Andy Ortiz, founded Global Incentive Management, DMC in 2001 and is its President and Managing Director, with a corporate office in Cancun, Mexico. As GIMDMC’s President, Mr. Ortiz is responsible for the management of 10 destinations throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America.
Global Incentive Management currently has satellite offices in Mexico City, Los Cabos, Punta Cana, Puerto Vallarta, Cuba, Panamá, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. This enables to provide destination management services for clients with needs in these unique places with the same degree of service and professionalism that Global Incentive management is known for. Ortiz began his career 27 years ago with Penta Hotel Corporation in New York, Hilton Hotel in Philadelphia, Sands Hotel & Casino in Puerto Rico, Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, Hyatt Resort Caribbean In New Jersey (Regional Office) and Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, Cancun in various operations and sales positions. Also a pioneer in the development and promotion of several hosted buyer programs, not only in Mexico but also in Central America and the Caribbean.
Hosted buyer program with USA, Canada
direct and third-party buyers
Business Card Exchange- Hosted Buyer Program- Mexico & Caribbean (11 years to Present)
Mexico Showcase & Travel Expo in Cancun (13 years)
Puerto Rico Showcase & Travel Expo (3 Years)
Punta Cana Showcase & Travel Expo (2 years)
Founding Member MPI- Cancun Region-2000
President MPI Mexico Chapter-2005-2006
Active Past President MPI Mexico Chapter 2006-Present
Founding Member PCMA México Chapter-2012
Cindy Dodson, President Meeting Services Inc
Cindy Dodson is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) and Certified Government Contractor (CGC). She is a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP).
She has been a recognized leader in the meeting industry for over the past twenty years. She was named “One of the Top 100 Meeting Professionals to Watch” by Convention South Magazine. She served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Government Meeting Professionals National Capital Chapter in various capacities. She has received numerous awards throughout her career including twice begin named “Contract Planner of the Year” for the Society of Government Meeting Professionals National Capital Chapter and received the NATCPA President’s Award for Excellence and the SGMP National President’s Award of Excellence. Cindy was also named “Meeting Planner of the Year” for Meeting Professionals International Carolinas Chapter.
During her years in the industry, she has managed conference planning, registration procedures, and special event planning for groups of 5 to 5,000 persons. Her client contacts include Federal Aviation Administration – Office of the Administrator, Aerospace Transportation and Flight Standards, United States Postal Service – Office of the Postmaster General, USDA Leadership Academy, Society of Financial Examiners, International Hunter Education, NC Center for Nonprofits, Department of Defense, and the Comptroller of the Currency.
Cindy has presented at numerous national conferences in the meeting planning industry. Cindy also served as a member of the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board.
Cindy participated as program developer and instructor for the pilot session offered by Society of Government Meeting Professionals for an industry certification for government meeting planners. Cindy has been involved in the structure of the program, content of the course materials, and instructed in the pilot program in May of 2005. This program offers a Certified Government Meeting Professional to the successful participants and is the highest such designation in the Government meeting planning industry.