Did you know that a haunted house in Canton, Ohio has won the Guinness World Record three times in a row? Factory of Terror has been named the "Longest Indoor Haunted Attraction In the World" for its venue, an abandoned aluminum foundry that is 160,000 square feet. As you walk more than a mile through the house, you can see five full-length attractions. Learn more about it here
. . .and book tickets, if you dare!
Five Things to Know in October
- Following the senseless tragedy that took place in Las Vegas two weeks ago, Rossi Ralenkotter, President & CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Ray Bloom Chairman of IMEX America and Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts addressed IMEX attendees, which took play shortly after the attack on October 10-12. Read more about it here.
- Annual Conference is less than a month away on November 12-15 in San Diego. What are you most looking forward to?
- If you haven't already, check out this ever-relevant blog post on when disaster strikes from the FICP community.
- The October digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available!
- From social: On Alert: Is Your Event Plan Ready for a Crisis?
Place Your Bids for the 2017 Silent Auction
Help make a difference with FICP's 16th Annual Silent Auction. The 2017 Silent Auction will benefit Junior Achievement® (JA) of San Diego
. Through GlobalGiving, a portion of Silent Auction proceeds will be directed to disaster relief efforts. Current donations include a British Columbia Getaway; a six-night, three island trip to Hawaii; an authentic Chicago excursion, and more.
All bidding will be conducted online
. Bidding ends Tuesday, November 14 at 12:50 p.m. PST.
Spots Running Out for Annual Conference
The 2017 FICP Annual Conference, taking place November 12-15 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, is near capacity! Secure your spot now to experience FICP's flagship event.
Meetings Professionals registration is still open but is expected to sell out soon. Don't delay–register now.
Save the Date for Winter Symposium
The 2018 FICP Winter Symposium
will take place January 21-23, 2018 at the newly-renovated Revere Hotel in Boston, Mass. Registration for meetings professionals will open on Wednesday, October 25.
Sponsorship sales will open Thursday, October 26 at 11:00 a.m. CST. Applications are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Mark your calendar to complete the online application when it goes live! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Volunteers
FICP is seeking passionate, engaged individuals to support several committees and task forces in various leadership capacities for 2018. If you would like to serve as a volunteer, please complete the volunteer form
. Volunteers will be notified when an opportunity that matches their interest area becomes available.
FICP Turns 60
2017 marks the 60th anniversary of FICP! Our industry looks quite different today compared to how it looked in 1957 when we were the Insurance Conference Planners of America (ICPA), but the incredible connections and inspired learning remain.
Have some great stories or old photos to share? Send them to us
! You might see your contributions included in our celebration in San Diego next month.
Welcome to New HPAC Members
FICP is pleased to present Martin Johnston, Montage International, as the 2018 Chair of the Hospitality Partner Advisory Committee (HPAC). We’d like to thank Linda Burley, The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa
, and Cosimo Bruzzese, Briggs Inc.
, for their committed service. In addition, the following hospitality partners will serve 3-year terms on the HPAC beginning January 1, 2018: Katina Athanasiou, Regent Seven Seas Cruises & Oceania Cruise
s, and Sterena Strickland, ACCESS Destination Services.
Strategic Partner Profile
FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about 360 Destination Group.
FICP Welcomes New & Returning Members and Hospitality Partners
Kendall McQuien, AIG Financial Distributors
Susan Rouke, Allstate Insurance Company
Cassandra Wightman, BNY Mellon
Lori Keenan, CMP, BNY Mellon
Dawn Brenner, The Hartford
Dede Pochos, New York Life Insurance Company
Stefany Randazzo, ACCESS Destination Services
Jamie Gagnon, Bellagio
Barbara St. Germain, Belmond
Debbie Shepard, Business Events Toronto
Leigh Trance, CSI DMC
Aaron Weegar, Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
Stephanie Cheung, Dubai Business Events
Victoria Dyson, Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Jennifer Stitz, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Calle Posche, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Jessica Brown, Hello! Destination Management
Mark DiMartino, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
Tracey Wood, Hosts Global
Andy Meece, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino
Jennifer Hunt, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
TJ Helms, Hyatt Regency Denver
Laura Dinu, InterContinental Hotels Group
Meghan Forbes, InterContinental Hotels Group
Spenser Feldstein, InterContinental Hotels Group
Sarah Soriano, InterContinental Hotels Group
Kelly Blecke, JW Marriott Indianapolis
Sabrina Caputo, Lafayette Travel
Kara Adamson, Las Alcobas, Napa Valley
Angela Langham, Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Yann Le Bris, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Leda Del Fiacco, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Nadia Simova, Marriott International
Mary Baxter, Montage Los Cabos
Neil Richardson, Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale
Gabriele Finocchio, Mutika DMC & Events
Marie Lawlor, Ovation Ireland
Gareth Quin, Park Plaza Hotels
Adam Holthouse, Sheraton Nashville Downtown
Giampaolo Ugolini, Starwood Hotels - Florence
Drew Warwick, The Broadmoor
Rebecca Avery, The Peninsula Chicago
Alessandro Buono, The St. Regis Rome
Andrew Plousis, The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
Chris White, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
Katie Newkumet, Willard InterContinental Washington DC