Did you Know?
July is here! Between Canada Day and Independence Day, most of our community kicked off the month with (socially distanced) barbeques, beach days, and fireworks. While Canada wasn't completely independent of England until 1982, on July 1, 1867 the Constitution Act joined the three provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, marking the beginning of the nation. In the United States, July 4 also symbolizes the country's independence from Britain, celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Read more about the history of Independance Day and Canada Day.
5 Things to Know in July!
- FICP Chats and webinar recordings from Education Week are now available in TheNetwork.
- The July digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available.
- ICYMI: Learn how your peers are handling COVID-19 with the Spring Pulse Survey results.
- Learn how FICP is approaching planning the 2020 Annual Conference in this recent blog post.
- Your peers are discussing planning virtual events on TheNetwork.
Meetings Professionals Registration for the 2020 FICP Annual Conference is Now Open
Register now to attend the 2020 FICP Annual Conference, November 15-18, 2020 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. for an unprecedented learning opportunity! We're going to bring you relevant education, and host creative new opportunities for you to make those connections you so desperately crave, in a socially distanced and responsible manner. With risk-free registration, we encourage you to register now so you can follow along on our journey as we determine the best ways to handle F&B, networking events, general session seating and more - while looking for new opportunities to surprise and delight you in Washington, D.C. Learn more and explore the quality education we have planned.
Check Out The Education Week Webinar Recordings Now Available on TheNetwork
Education Week allowed us to connect with and provide virtual education to our meetings professional and hospitality partners. If you weren't able to make it, or want to revisit a session you found particularly valuable, you can find all the webinar recordings, Speaker Showcase previews, and even the on-demand yoga class now in TheNetwork.
Register for July's FICP Chat About Sustainability
FICP meetings professional members and hospitality partners have been connecting on the future of meetings, and this month's Chat will focus on sustainability. The events industry has made decent progress in the last few years with sustainability – with the global pandemic and the concerns about germs and viruses spreading, we will not abandon but refocus our efforts! Join Jen Squeglia, CMP, FICP Board Member, as she brings together our meetings professionals members and hospitality partners to moderate a discussion about the future of meetings. Register for the July 23 FICP Chat in TheNetwork.
Featured Webinar Recording: Health Security & Hospitality
Ensuring the safety and wellness of attendees is paramount to the return of meetings. Watch this webinar recording and hear from those working on business recovery plans and standards for the hospitality and events industry, as well as legal and medical perspectives. Find the Health Security & Hospitality recorded webinar in TheNetwork.
July Member of the Month: Nicole Georgas
Get to know our featured member this month! In her role of Director, Events Planning for Mackenzie Investments, Nicole Georgas is responsible for development and execution of the annual strategic event plan that supports the achievement of Mackenzie Investments' strategic priorities. She leads an "amazing team" of planners that support these initiatives. Nicole currently serves on the FICP Education Committee and recently won the Education Week Steps Challenge! Congratulate Nicole in TheNetwork.
Tips & Tools for Referring Members
The second quarter results of the Member Referral Program are posted in TheNetwork! Want to up your referral game and snag a top spot in the contest? FICP has compiled a number of resources you can use when referring new meetings professional members. Learn more.
Annual Conference Sales Are Still Available
We invite our hospitality partners to join us in making the financial and insurance meetings and events industry even stronger. Sponsorship sales for the 2020 FICP Annual Conference, taking place November 15-18 in Washington, D.C., went live last month. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in attending the event. Learn more about Annual Conference sponsorship opportunities.
Strategic Partner Profiles
Leona Balthazar, Vice President of Sales at Island Partners Hawai'i
“Being a FICP Strategic Partnership allows complete, high level, year-round exposure and networking opportunities with the leading decision makers and trend setters, enabling us to share best practices and stay ahead of emerging trends. The equity of association and privileged partnership in a forum where our voice and opinions are sought and acknowledged is very much appreciated. Knowing the relationship between Members and Strategic Partners is created by a culture of inclusion, shared knowledge and equivalent value is inspiring. The Hawaiian proverb “One Succeeds, All Succeed” has been apparent throughout our association, and clearly defines the partnership we experience. During every FICP Education Forum and Annual Conference, past clients of Island Partners Hawai‘i continue to introduce me to planners who have future Hawai‘i program opportunities. (Insurance and Financial Services business is now the largest percentage of Island Partners Hawai‘i revenue). Our return on investment has been optimized multi-fold from the very beginning of our relationship.”
Joe Fijol, Managing Partner, 360 Destination Group Florida
"The knowledge gained from our partnership is invaluable. It allows us to keep our finger on the pulse of important trends and, most importantly, what financial and insurance planners need. Using these insights, we're able to build programs that exceed their expectations and deliver a strong return on investment."
FICP Welcomes New Members
Gina Allega, CMP, Fiserv
Ann Anofienem, BNY Mellon
Erin Babarskis, EY
Jessica Bauer, TD Ameritrade
Dwana Billings-Watson, MFS Investment Management
Joely Blanton, Bank of America
Stephanie Boelhauf, Ameriprise Financial
Jen Buck, Athene
Becca Buckley, AllianceBernstein
Pamela Bulanda-Barks, CMP, Ameriprise Financial
Alexis Burrall, Union Mutual
Marissa Cazares, Invesco
Alba Cera, Citi
Elyse Dawson, CMP, Invesco
Emily Fletcher, CLU, CLF, FLMI, ARA, PCS, AIRC, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company
Stephanie Garbaciak, OneAmerica
Melissa Huckerby, Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
Stephanie Khanna, KPMG LLP
Emily Kretz, BNY Mellon
Lisa Kyle, CMP, E*TRADE Financial
Jessica LaPointe, CMP, Cigna
Alex Leitch, Invesco
Tetrina Lewis, Advisor Group, Inc.
Lisa Linn, Global Atlantic
Lindsay Machado, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Jordan Mais, Ansay & Associates
Cindy Mao, Deutsche Bank
Lyndsay Maxwell, Invesco
Jason McCallum, Hamilton Lane
Lisa McCarthy, Ameriprise Financial
Julie McMartin, Mackenzie Investments
Alex McRae, John Hancock Life Insurance Company
Stephanie Menashe, CMP, TD Ameritrade
Nandita Mohile, Oliver Wyman
Margeaux Nice, CMP, PNC
Marsha Nichols, Morgan Stanley
Heather Nutter, Commonwealth Financial Network
Alyssa O'Kelley, The Doctors Company
Patrice Parente, Bank of America
Ellen Regan, BNY Mellon | Pershing
Lisa Robertson, Aflac
Tara Salter, Financial Independence Group
Pam Sgueglia, Cigna
Staci Shelman, Advisors Excel
Sylvia Shum, E*TRADE Financial
Jennifer Shur, Hamilton Lane
Selene Solis, Invesco
Betsy Sowle, OneAmerica
Nita Thompson, Aflac
Tristin Thompson, American National Insurance Company
Emily Thornhill, TD Ameritrade
Diane Vecchiarello, Centerview Partners
Kerri Wawrin, CMP, CPL, Westfield
Sabrina Williams, Invesco
Lauren Bergmann, The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Wendy Blaney, Groups360
Heather Brown CMP, DMCP, PRA Chicago
Zachary Fine, Wynn | Encore
Carla Goncalves, VOQIN experiences & events
Amanda Kliem, CDME, Visit Newport Beach
Marty MacKay, DMCP, Hosts Global
Karen Shackman, Shackman Associates
Sarah Smith, PRA Washington, DC
2020 FICP Strategic Partners
All Other Partners
|ACCESS Destination Services
||AZA Events, Inc.
||Preferred Hotels & Resorts
|Disney Meetings and Events
||Fiesta Americana Hotels
||Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
|Global DMC Partners
||Island Partners Hawai'i
||JPDL Destination Management Canada
||Visit Newport Beach
||Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings