Amy Spatrisano and Nancy Wilson, founders of the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC), are retiring from its board of directors, GMIC announced early this month. In their place, GMIC has named a new leadership team led by new Board President Guy Bigwood, group sustainability director of the MCI Group, and new President-Elect Paul Salinger, vice president of marketing for Oracle.
Spatrisano and Wilson, who also are co-founders of MeetGreen, started GMIC in 2003 with the goal of improving meeting management practices by promoting environmentally responsible strategies through the collaborative efforts of the hospitality industry, corporations, government and community organizations.
One of the fastest growing organizations in the meetings industry, GMIC has experienced 300 percent growth in the last two years.
"It is a tremendous honor for us to take the helm of an association which has been defining green meetings for the last seven years," Bigwood said in a statement. "Today, GMIC members are among the foremost leaders in the movement for a sustainable society and industry. They are the early adopters and the visionaries, who today are recognized as driving more sustainable, more effective and more successful events and businesses."