Did You Know?
In this edition of NewsNet, we're welcoming Fall! Every September, the Autumnal Equinox marks the day that the sun's trajectory perfectly aligns with the equator. In doing so, both the southern hemisphere and northern hemispheres experience a perfect half day of sun and a half day of night. In the northern hemisphere the autumnal equinox occurs on September 22nd, 23rd, or 24th each year. It also marks the official shift in seasons from Summer to Fall. As the air gets chillier and the leaves start to turn, how are you celebrating the arrival of Fall? Learn more about the Autumnal Equinox.
5 Things to Know in September!
Don't miss these upcoming FICP events.
The September digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available.
Secure your spot for the Annual Conference. Learn more.
From Insights: 'Collaborate for Success'. Read the article.
View the results of the SITE, FICP and IRF Release Second Landmark Study of the Incentive Travel Industry here.
The Annual Conference is Right Around the Corner
Meetings professional registration is open for the 2019 FICP Annual Conference, November 10-13 at the Fairmont Austin in Austin, Texas. This year's education spans the spectrum of our industry, from dietary restrictions to crisis management. Make the most out of your Annual Conference by taking the time to explore all that Austin, the city where quirk meets cowboy, has to offer, by adding the pre-event city tour to your conference experience. Secure your spot now. Registration is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lead the Conversation in Chicago
The FICP Strategic Leaders Event is unlike any other FICP event. This exclusive gathering of change-makers and trailblazers in the meetings industry promises two days of in-depth conversation and problem-solving. Before gathering December 9-10 in Chicago, attendees will complete a survey to gauge interest on topics of conversation around management skills, corporate navigation, reverse mentorship, and more. If you are the most senior management professional within your company’s meeting planning department and have at least 10 years of meetings management experience, apply now to attend the 2019 FICP Strategic Leaders Event.
Don’t let session title fool you, this upcoming FICP Anytime webinar is anything but a snooze. On September 27, tune in to The Science of Sleep, presented by Romy Nelson, MEd, NDTR, Health & Wellness Specialist. Find out how the quality and quantity of your sleep influences how rapidly you age and the degree to which you learn and retain information. Take a self-assessment before attending the session to find out if you are at risk. This webinar contains the same information as presented during the 2019 FICP Education Forum session of the same name.
Thoughts on the Pulse Survey
Tune in to this FICP Anytime podcast to hear Mike Dominguez, President & CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International and Joe Scully, Past FICP Chair, and Senior Director, Meeting & Event Management, John Hancock Financial Services dissect the results of the Spring 2019 FICP Pulse Survey with Jennifer Squeglia, FICP Board Member and Chair of FICP’s Influence Committee. Mike and Joe touch on the topics below and more:
- Adjusting programming to bitable content
- Communicating to stakeholders the current “slow down” in growth
- Risk Management strategy: being cautious but not tight
- The pros and cons of providing best offers up front
Listen on TheNetwork!
Help Support the Austin Community
FICP’s Silent Auction will benefit the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center in Temple, Texas, and the Austin VA Outpatient Client in Austin, Texas. You can support the auction by donating a hotel stay, sports outing, small electronics, gift certificates and more. Donating is easy and can be done entirely online here.
Annual Conference Photo Directory Advertising Opportunity
Each year, FICP publishes a comprehensive printed Directory and an Annual Conference Photo Directory, both of which include detailed contact information for meetings professional members and hospitality partners. In addition to the directory listing recognition, FICP offers directory and website advertisement opportunities to hospitality partners. A hard copy, printed piece has longevity and heightened impact with audiences. Increase your company’s visibility in this go-to resource. Learn more about advertising opportunities.
What You May Have Missed in TheNetwork
Here are some recent discussion threads you may have missed this month in TheNetwork:
Strategic Partner Profiles
“This year marks 31 years since I attended my first FICP annual meeting (at the time called ICPA). FICP’s planner members and hospitality partners are among the most professional people I have met during my career. Membership and strategic partnerships have afforded me invaluable learning and networking opportunities which have enabled me to offer products and services better suited to the needs of this business sector."
"Arrive in James Bond style"
FICP Welcomes New & Returning Members and Hospitality Partners
Linsey Poletti, SEI
Meaghan Wiemer, RBC
Holeigh Daniel, Aflac
Jeff Welger, Arch Insurance Group
Trisha Galapon, Aflac
Vickie Gamble, Aflac
Kierra Williams, Aflac
Denice Waldhuetter, Northwestern Mutual
Connie Love, Aflac
Sherri Plemons, Aflac
Laura Lee, Aflac
Jason Pearce, Aflac
Laura Kinsman, Aflac
Nicole Quattlebaum, Aflac
Judie Cayce, Aflac
Christie Vining, Aflac
Katherine LaMacchia, Baird
Cody Morgan, Aflac
Robyn Ledbetter, ALFA Mutual Insurance
Brittany Daniel, ALFA Mutual Insurance
Peggy McCumber, American Family Insurance
Drew Nelesen, CUNA Mutual Group
Scott Harrison, BMO Financial Group
Cassandra Wightman, BNY Mellon
Lori Burton, Impact Partnership
Ilene Gaines, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Terry Dembowski, Fairmont Austin
Jeanne Delgado, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
Paul Cush, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Kyle Huddy, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Kathy Fino, JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa
Suzanne Pfeifer, Wolfgang Films, Inc
Heidi Feveyear, TERRAEVENTS
Eduardo Nunez Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
Evonne Melendez, Hilton Worldwide
Stephanie Deaton, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania Cruises & Norwegian Cruise Line
Lori Del Bosque, Hyatt Regency by Mall of America
Tina Smith, MGM Resorts International
Kristina Oumedlouz, MGM Resorts International
Tim Hancock, Fairmont Chicago
Nicole Thompson, Park Hyatt Chicago
Dana Hahn, Hilton Worldwide
Candice Alexander, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Justin Tischer, 1 Hotel West Hollywood
Scott Robinson, Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa
Samantha Say-Szombaty, Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Kim Lefebvre, 360 Destination Group
Natasha Sellick, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Barbara Caccamo, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
Mary Becke, The Langham, Chicago
Gaia Terrazzi, TERRAEVENTS
Lanette Torres, The Confidante Miami Beach
Jill LeMasters, Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel
Mark Lindsey, Arizona Biltmore
Tracey Svenningsen, Chatham Bars Inn
Julie Giorgio Bloomington, Convention & Visitors Bureau
Kelly MacDonald, Speakers' Spotlight
Lorraine McCarthy, Four Seasons Resort Maui
Patricia Herlin, Kimpton Fitzroy London
Sonja Turek, Niagara Falls Business Events
Tyler Adams, Visit Denver
Todd Wiggins, InterContinental San Diego
John Hansen, Hyatt Regency Savannah
Romy Linde, Hello! California
Elizabeth Baum, Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
Laurie Knapp, PRA
David Woodward, Meetings + Conventions Calgary
Jennifer Links, The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club
Ravi Chalaka, Jifflenow