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With Valentine’s Day just last week, we wanted to take a moment to share the love and appreciation we have for you – our planner members and hospitality partners. We appreciate your commitment, whether it's attending a conference, serving as an FICP volunteer, participating in TheNetwork, or any of the several ways to get involved with FICP. We look forward to sharing 2014 with you.
- Registration for the 2014 FICP Education Forum will open in March. Look for more information soon.
- Hospitality partners: You still have the opportunity to attend the 2014 FICP Annual Conference by participating in the 2014 New Member Recruitment Contest. Learn more here.
- The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage – home of the 2014 FICP Fall Symposium, was recently named a “Notable Opening” on CNN’s Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2014. Read more here.
- Mark your calendars – Sponsorship sales for the 2014 FICP Education Forum will open Tuesday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. CST and 2014 FICP Summer & Fall Symposia sponsorship sales will open Tuesday, April 8 at 11:00 a.m. CST.
- Want to relive some great moments from our Annual Conference? Check out our new Flickr page!
|The first of FICP’s three-part Symposia series, FICP Winter Symposium, drew attendees from all over to connect and learn at the Conrad New York. Attendees heard from Actor, PBS TV Host and UN Emcee Chris Bashinelli, who shared his colorful story of international travel in the opening keynote, participated in a rousing panel discussion on hot industry topics, and received a lesson on bandwidth from Jim Spellos of Meeting U., just to name a few highlights.||
Last week, the Convention Industry Council (CIC) released updates to its Economic Significance Study, and the news is looking good! A few highlights, by the numbers:
- 10 percent: Increase in participant volume since 2009
- 1.83 million: Meetings in the US in 2012
- 225 million: People attended those meetings
- 1.7 million: Jobs created by those meetings
- $115 billion: Direct impact on U.S. GDP (an increase of 9% over 2009)
Join us at the 2014 FICP Education Forum, taking place June 18-20 at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Attendees will “Think it up, Live it up and Jazz it up,” as they enjoy the rich culture of New Orleans, absorb important industry information and connect with peers and colleagues. Registration for the 2014 FICP Education Forum will open in March. We hope to see you in New Orleans!
The printed 2014 FICP Membership Directory will be distributed to more than 1,400 FICP Planner Members and Hospitality Partners this June. For information on advertising opportunities in the directory, click here. All advertising materials are due by Friday, March 21.
Please note: Last year’s advertisers are offered the first right of refusal. Positions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Don’t forget to renew your affiliation with FICP in 2014. Planner members and hospitality partners may access renewal information by logging into the FICP website. Click on “My Membership & Transactions” to submit payment or download a copy of your invoice.
FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about Disney Destinations and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Click their logos to read our interview with them.
Do you know an FICP member who deserves Kudos for a promotion, CMP designation, award/honor or outstanding contribution? Let us know!
A few of our busiest discussions on TheNetwork this month include:
Jump in on these great discussions, or start your own. FICP login and proper credentials required for each group. Questions? Contact the Community Manager.
Laura Bakun, John Hancock Financial Services - A division of Manulife Financial
Jessica Bartley, CMP, Nationwide Insurance
Mary Connell, CMP, Arch Insurance
Meg D'Angelo, Lincoln Financial Group
Danielle Foreman, Wells Fargo
Mindy Gunn, CMP, CMM, Wells Fargo
Lee Linderman, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
Leah Mensigna, Manulife Insurance
Caitlyn Mieske, BA, Manulife Financial
Caroline Monette, Standard Life
Teresa Muzzi, Sun Life Financial
Jittaun Phillips, CMP, CMM, Wells Fargo
Cheryl Rollins, Wells Fargo
Julie Seyler, Wells Fargo
Kathryn Shaw, CMP, Vanguard
Ashley Solovy, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
Kristine Sudyka, Mutual of Omaha
Courtney Thomas, CMP, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
Megan Tourtellotte, Wells Fargo
Ashley Vance, Nationwide Insurance
Meghan Welborn, VDA Productions
Ashlee Barton, Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco Union Square
Marla Bedrosian, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts/Raffles Hotels & Resorts
Mara Bonfeld, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Anton Cobb, Hilton Portland Executive Tower
Linda Davis, AlliedPRA
Margaret Dennis, CMP, Ottawa Marriott Hotel
Kristen DiIullo, Royal Palms Resort and Spa
Alexandra Gausson, Liberty Incentives & Congresses
Kelley Howard, DMCP, ACCESS Destination Services
Jennifer Knapp, Image Technologies Corp
Martine Laberge, Omni Mont-Royal Hotel
Eva Lopez, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa
Simon Mesler, J&S Audio Visual
Jorge Meraz Ibarra, Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Marissa Moyer, Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa
Marina O'Leary, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
Wendy Schuck, Hotel Irvine
Andrea Smith, The Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago
Ellen Thornton, El Encanto
David Umanzio, Destination Hotels & Resorts
Lee Vinciguerra, JW Marriott Desert Springs
Claudia Wehrman, CMP, DMCP, AlliedPRA
Teresa White, Dolce Hotels & Resorts
Nancy Wilkerson, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Yolanda Woeke-Jacobs. Dragonfly