CHICAGO – FICP members recently voted to change the name of the organization from Financial & Insurance Conference Planners to Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals. With this change, FICP will align the name of the association with its new vision, to amplify the positive impact and value of financial services and insurance industry meetings and events professionals.
“FICP’s Board of Directors recommended this change based on feedback and input received from surveys and focus groups with FICP members, specifically regarding the need to elevate the perception of meeting planning as a respected and trusted profession,” said 2017 FICP Chair Joseph Scully, Senior Director of Meeting & Event Management for John Hancock Financial Services. “This input – and the resulting vote – allows us to continue to evolve an organization that has served meetings and event professionals for 60 years to better meet that need.”
An overwhelming majority of active FICP members who cast ballots in a special electronic vote approved the board’s recommendation to change the name of the association, change the articles of incorporation to reflect the new name, and to change the bylaws to reflect the new name: Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals. The organization is in the process of making these administrative changes.
“Our members resoundingly agreed in the importance of this subtle yet powerful change, which is intended to emphasize the professional nature of our members’ contributions to their companies throughout their careers,” said FICP Executive Director Steve Bova. “This change will help FICP better serve not just its members, but all meetings and events professionals at financial services & insurance companies, while also aligning more closely to other organizations within our industry.”