"Mark Cooper of the United Kingdom is the chief executive officer of IACC and in 2021 Chair of the Events Industry Council, a global federation of 33 business events associations. Cooper brings to IACC over 30 years of experience in the global meetings industry working for companies across 4 continents in a number of leadership roles. With an extensive industry background, he has held senior posts with respected conference venue operators and global third-party agencies, including Dolce Hotels & Resorts and ConferenceDirect, and for the last years, as CEO for IACC. Before joining as CEO in 2012, Mark has previously held positions on both the European and Global Boards of IACC and has been an active member in the association for 18 years. Members that make up the community of IACC are an incredibly exciting group of impassioned experts and ambassadors. Founded in 1981 IACC is a not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the conference venue industry and to giving member venues the tools necessary to provide an exceptional IACC meeting experience. Active members meet a set of stringent Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Kenya, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, England, Scotland, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, and the Philippines. For more information, visit the website at www.IACConline.org or www.eventscouncil.org"