Did You Know?
While the United States celebrates Independence Day on July 4 with hot dogs, fireworks, and parades, this month, we're highlighting Canada Day as we get ready for the Canadian Seminar on August 12! Canada Day, celebrated on July 1, commemorates the day the three British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada united to form a single country. The name "Canada" comes from the Huron and Iroquois word, "kanata", which means village. Many don't know that until 1982, Canada Day was called “Dominion Day." Given that this name did not translate well into French, legislation was passed to officially change the name to Canada Day. Cheers to our Canadian peers celebrating their month of independence! Learn more about Canada Day.
5 Things to Know in July!
Don't miss these upcoming FICP events.
The July digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available.
Secure your spot for the Fall Symposium. Learn more.
From Insights: 'Cruising Along'. Learn more.
Take the Incentive Travel Industry Index Survey. Learn more.
Secure Your Spot at Annual Conference
Registration is open for the 2019 FICP Annual Conference, November 10-13 at the Fairmont Austin in Austin, Texas. Attendees of FICP’s flagship event should come prepared to network, as the event offers plenty of ways to connect, including our all new Meetings Spots! From a private tour of Austin to evening events at some of the city’s most sought-after venues and more, this is an event you won't soon forget. Secure your spot now. Registration is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Book Your Stay in Savannah
Hotel rooms are filling fast for the 2019 FICP Fall Symposium! Register now and book your room at the Andaz Savannah to join us for three days of networking and education in historic Savannah, Georgia. Experience true Southern hospitality at an evening reception hosted at the charming Perry Lane Hotel. Nestled among the ardent squares in the heart of Savannah's Historic District, Perry Lane Hotel pays homage to the neighborhood's rich ambiance.
Find Your Way to Toronto
This summer, the best and brightest Canadian financial and insurance meetings professionals are gathering in Toronto for the 2019 FICP Canadian Seminar. Register now to join us on August 12 for a full day of education and networking that will focus on trends and challenges unique to the Canadian meetings and events industry. Learn more about the powerful keynote speakers, Wayne Lee and Justin Kingsley, who will inspire you to reach for success.
Avoid "Death By PowerPoint"
PowerPoint is a wonderfully helpful aid for both meetings professionals and their contracted speakers. Unfortunately, most professionals do not use it effectively and some use it in a manner that hinders getting the message across. Tune in to this month’s FICP Anytime webinar, taught by Corbin Ball, a professional speaker who has used PowerPoint on five continents in more than 20 countries, for tips, ideas and suggestions on how to make your computer presentations more powerful and, just as important, how not to use it distractingly.
July 16, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CDT
Presented by Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, DES, MS, international speaker, consultant and writer
CMP-IS Domain G: Meeting or Event Design, 1 CE
Log in to TheNetwork to register for the webinar >>
The ITII Survey is Live
The Incentive Travel Industry Index is a wide-ranging analysis of business conditions, attitudes and expectations impacting the incentive travel and motivational events industry worldwide. With over 1,000 survey respondents from more than 80 countries, it will be the largest survey of senior players in the incentive travel industry. Take the ITII survey.
FICP Member of the Month: Meet Ceri Riihiluoma
In Ceri Riihiluoma's Marketing role for Liberty Specialty Markets Bermuda (formerly Ironshore), she is responsible for marketing, events and communications for the Bermuda office. In 2018, she attended the FICP Annual Conference for the first time. Get to know Ceri on TheNetwork.
What has been your favorite moment of your career so far? I loved being part of the America's Cup when it was in Bermuda. We hosted several events on both land and sea which I planned and executed. This culminated in a huge party for our clients and brokers which was touted around the community as the best party they had ever attended. That was a huge accomplishment and a very proud moment for me.
What You May Have Missed in TheNetwork
Here are some recent discussion threads you may have missed this month in TheNetwork:
Strategic Partner Profiles
Lindsay Masterson, General Manager, 360 Destination Group
“360 Destination Group’s partnership with FICP is the cornerstone of the coast-to-coast rapid expansion of our core clientele within the Financial and Insurance meetings’ market. The strong network within FICP has allowed us to build lasting one-on-one relationships with experienced meetings professionals who share the same core values as we do: dedication to expanding each meeting with cutting edge engagement opportunities for guests and meticulous attention to executing the finer details. While I knew that the exclusive access granted by this group would lead to growth of our company, it has been beyond my expectations, the personal and professional development that I have gained by attending meetings, learning and staying connected within this ever changing market! I want to thank FICP for this partnership, and the members for their continued word of mouth referrals and feedback that is critical to our continued and future successes as an industry leader of destination management services.”
You want 'Wow!' You need 'Wow!' , and you need a partner to help you get there. We’ll work to earn trust. We’ll deliver to become your partner. It’s how we ensure success. It’s how we make 'Wow! happen.
Anthony Duggan, HMCC, Las Vegas Convention and Sales Authority, Sales Executive
"Our strategic partnership with FICP provides incredible opportunities to increase visibility for Las Vegas while spending valuable time with our clients at premier industry events that drive business forward.”
FICP Welcomes New & Returning Members and Hospitality Partners
- Hyun Park, CBB Bank
- Kimberly Dahl, Wells Fargo
- Emily Cox, Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company
- Amanda Hammes, RBC
- Susan Chebookjian, IMT Insurance Company
- Jamie Draheim, MetLife
- Morgan Bandkowski, Colonial Life
- Marina Barskaya, EY
- Fritzie Goldenberg, BlackRock
- Tina Powell, Colonial Life
- Kris Reagan, NEXT Financial Group
- Ronny Hill, OppenheimerFunds, Inc.
- Michael Greto, Sentry Insurance
- Lisa Flannery, Pacific Life Insurance Company – Life Insurance Division
- Julie D'Anastasio, New York Life Insurance Company
- Anna Noonan, FM Global
- Theresa Fuerbringer, Principal
- Beatriz Lopez, District Experience
- Theresa Zimmermann, Conrad New York Midtown
- Courtney Henderson, The Henderson
- Caleb Rice, The Broadmoor
- Mary Collins, Failte Ireland
- Jessica Kim, The Fairmont Royal York
- Deb Thompson, InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta
- Lizette Marin, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
- Christina Hanvey, Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt
- Meg Oxford Taylor, ATL Airport District CVB
- Devin Dial, Fashion Island Hotel
- Mark Ledogar, One Smooth Stone
- Derrick Rogers, SLS Baha Mar
- Christeen Brewer, Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
- Jamie Knoepfli, The St. Regis Toronto
- Bent Hadler, Hadler DMC Scandinavia
- Alger Leon, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Mexico
- Patrick Antille, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London