Did you know that September 22 is National Elephant Appreciation Day? In 1996, Wayne Hepburn founded the holiday to honor these large and intelligent creatures. So, though tomorrow isn't a hugely celebrated holiday, take a minute to think about your favorite elephants. Learn more here.
Five Things to Know in September
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. FICP has a new name! We are now called Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals. Read more about it here.
Fall Symposium was last week. If you attended, let us know your favorite memory with the hashtag #FICP17.
Are you a Certified Meeting Professional yet? Take advantage of FICP's CMP Center here.
The September digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available!
From social: If You Live in One of These 9 States, You'll Need Your Passport to Travel Anywhere
Now Accepting Donations for the 2017 Silent Auction
FICP is currently accepting donations with a minimum retail value of $75 for the 2017 Annual Conference Silent Auction. Participation from both meetings professionals and hospitality partners is strongly encouraged. A wide variety of items are appreciated, including theater and sporting event tickets, marathon and race entries, spa packages, hotel stays, and restaurant gift certificates. We encourage you to be creative with your donation and offering value-adds, unique experiences or touches will enhance the dollars bid on the package. All Silent Auction proceeds benefit charity organizations, including Junior Achievement of San Diego.
Donations are due by October 13; bidding begins September 27.
We've Changed Our Name - Introducing Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals
The FICP Board of Directors has approved a change in the organization's name, from Financial & Insurance Conference Planners, to Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals, to better align with our recently elevated vision to amplify the positive impact and value of our members.
To learn more about this shift, take a look at this press release.
Now that the name has officially been changed, remember to upload all signature logos that you use to reflect the new name. If you have any questions or need the new logo, please check out this page or send an email.
FICP Photo Directory - Deadline to Submit Materials Nearing
Annual Conference Photo Directory Sales are open to the public this year! The deadline to submit the advertising agreement and materials is October 3.
Please reach out to Susan Frei with any questions.
Endless Summer, Endless Impact: What's New at the 2017 FICP 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. This year's Annual Conference offers an outstanding education lineup, four unforgettable keynote speakers, the all new the Experience Zone, plus much more.
Thank you to those who attended the 2017 FICP Summer Symposium, August 24-25 in Toronto. Attendees heard from a panel of experts about spicing up your events within budget and attended an interactive digital strategy session and networked over sushi rolling. Click here to see photos from the 2017 FICP Summer Symposium.
Also, thank you to those who attended the 2017 FICP Fall Symposium, September 13-15 outside of Santa Fe, N.M. Attendees enjoyed inspiring keynote addresses from Rich Karlggard and Cal Fussman and an exciting tram ride to the top of Sandia’s Peak. Click here to see photos, and log in into TheNetwork to access presentations and other resources from the 2017 FICP Fall Symposium.
Winter Symposium Sponsorship Sales
Winter Symposium sponsorship sales will go live Thursday, October 26 at 11:00 a.m. CT.
The 2018 Winter Symposium will take place January 21-23, 2018 at the newly renovated Revere Hotel in Boston.
Strategic Partner Profile
FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Miami Air International.
FICP Welcomes New & Returning Members and Hospitality Partners
Laura Sullivan, Ameriprise Financial
Julie Kane, Cigna
Jaclyn Kapnis, Ironshore Insurance Services, LLC
Amanda Coetzee, Kalos Financial, Inc.
Georgia Bistolfi, MAG-JLT S.P.A
David Prinz, Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company
Stacy Ripley, Oaktree Capitol Management
Catherine Adams, RBC
Erin Cavanaugh, SEI
Tiffany Kruzitski, Sentry Insurance
Tiffany Castro, State Farm Insurance
Wendy Massey, Transamerica
Mary Ridenhour, Waddell & Reed/Ivy Investments
Kiersten Olsen, 360 Destination Group
Triona Flood, Conrad Dublin
Micha Brooks, CMP, DMCP, Corinthian Events
Paul Steffens, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
John Santaferraro, Educational Measures, LLC
Lindsay Hyde, Four Seasons Hotels UK Collection
Lissi Mullen, Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center
Riley Sassano, Global DMC Partner
Natasha Daneman, Global Speakers Agency
Tricia Harrington, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Hualani Baptiste, Hilton Hawaii - The Villages of Waikiki & Waikoloa
Martin Anderson, Hilton Worldwide
Megan Zawko, Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Stephanie West, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Cindi Gasperini, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
Bryan Headtke, Hyatt Regency DFW
Katie Townsend, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa
Chris Parsons, Hyatt Regency Orlando
Maria Genovese, KSL Resorts
Jasmine Mendez, LondonHouse Chicago
Fernando Manzano, NIZUC Resort & Spa
Robin Wolfson, Robin Wolfson Agency
Sara Poulin, Shackman Associates - Destination Management & Special Events
Surani Fernando, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Kelley Bang, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
Veronica Villegas, Terramar, a DMC Network Company
Julia Quinn, The Dupont Circle
Erica Gilbreath, The Royal Palms Resort & Spa
Michael Drake, Tourism Vancouver
Kimberly Gallagher, VDA Productions
Martin Jakubczak, Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Cindy Matlow, Westin Playa Bonita Panama
Lynn Mueller, Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
Dawn Mojica, Wyndham Hamilton Park