Did You Know?
Spooky season is upon us – A time to share candy, costumes and...ghost stories! Did you know that the White House is haunted? From Abraham Lincoln ghost sightings to hearing eerie sounds down the hall, there are plenty of ghostly tales to be told from the White House. Read them here.
5 Things to Know in October
- FICP hosted the 2021 Annual Conference Pre-Event Virtual Day on October 25. Watch the opening remarks from Michael Burke, CMP, as he shares important health & safety updates and #FICP21 details.
- Your colleagues are discussing their recent experiences with international travel on TheNetwork. Join the discussion!
- Did you miss the October FICP Chats? Access the recording, “Supporting Each Other Through Challenging Times” on TheNetwork.
- Ever wonder how your peers are managing their budgets? Answer the polls in TheNetwork (top right corner) and find out how other FICP meetings professional members answered the questions.
- Represent the FICP community and play an important role in contributing to the future of the meetings and events industry by taking on a volunteer position with the Events Industry Council. Applications are open now through November 12.
2021 Silent Auction: Place Your Bids & Support a Great Cause
Whether you're looking for a travel getaway or a BBQ kit to enjoy at home, the FICP 20th Annual Silent Auction has something for everyone. In addition to booking your dream trip or taking home an awesome package, your bids also support the Phoenix Rescue Mission. Bidding closes on November 16 at 1:45 p.m. MST. Place your bids on one or more of the 100+ items and support this great cause today!
Converge With Industry Experts at the 2021 Annual Conference
This year's Industry Panel session is one of the many can't-miss discussions at the 2021 FICP Annual Conference. Converge with esteemed industry experts to reflect on how the community has responded to past challenges, address emerging trends and discuss the top priorities for you and your teams moving forward. Learn more about the Industry Panel session online, and, if you haven't already, register to attend the Annual Conference today!
Health and Safety Update for the 2021 Annual Conference
For public health and safety reasons, everyone attending the 2021 FICP Annual Conference will agree to comply with all health, safety and distancing guidelines and must provide proof that they have completed the vaccination for COVID-19 no later than two weeks prior to arrival. If a health or religious reason requires an exemption from being vaccinated, attendees must request an exemption by November 1. Please review the health and safety FAQs and view a video from Conference Chair, Michael Burke, CMP, for more information.
Calling All Strategic Leaders
FICP is now accepting meetings professional applications for the 2021 FICP Strategic Leaders Event, taking place December 6-7 in Chicago. Get ready to explore topics in leadership alongside your peers during this two-day event. Apply now to secure your spot at our industry's top leadership event.
FICP Winter Symposium Sales Go Live Today!
Kick off the new year by making new industry connections under the bright lights of Times Square at the 2022 FICP Winter Symposium, taking place January 23-25 in New York City. Sponsorship sales for the event went live today, October 28 at 11:00 a.m. CDT. Learn more about how you can become a sponsor. Meetings professional registration will open on November 1.
Call for 2022 Evening Event Hosts
FICP is looking for evening event hosts for the 2022 Winter Symposium in New York City and the 2022 Education Forum in Pasadena, Calif. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Shelby Fulkerson at email@example.com.
Don't Miss Tomorrow’s FICP Anytime Webinar!
Our next FICP Anytime webinar, "Building Agility and Controlling Risk in Uncertain Times,” sponsored by Global Speakers Agency, takes place tomorrow, October 29 at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Join guest speaker, Dr. Dave Williams, who has experienced first-hand and successfully led large organizations to thrive in high-stakes environments. Discuss and learn how controlling risk is critical for success in the aerospace and healthcare sectors where he learned lessons from data-driven decision making, speaking up, and working collaboratively benefits many other sectors.
The best way to predict the future is to shape it through knowledge and embrace it with agility. Register to attend on TheNetwork.
Last Chance to Claim Your Spot on the 2021 Referral Program Leaderboard
The FICP Referral Program for this year concludes on November 1. Head over to TheNetwork to see the current Referral Program scoreboard and leaders. There are just a few days left for you to refer an eligible meetings professional and earn points. Visit the Referral Program page of our website for information on earning points.
New to the 2022 Hospitality Partner Advisory Committee (HPAC)
The FICP Board of Directors is pleased to announce that three hospitality partners have been appointed to begin three-year terms on the HPAC beginning January 1, 2022.
- Nathan Horne, Senior Account Executive, L!VE
- Meghan McSkimming, Executive Manager, National Accounts, MC&A
- Freddy Muller, AVP, Global Corporate, Incentive & Charter Sales, Royal Caribbean International
The Board appointed Jason Cohen as 2022 HPAC Chair. Jason is Director, Global Accounts with Accor. Continuing on the HPAC are Rocky Dufauchard, CMP, New Orleans & Company; Joe Fijol, ETHOS Event Collective; and Jenna Jorge, Goodman Speakers.
Departing the HPAC at the end of 2021 are Lori James, DMCP, AZA Events, Inc.; Lisa Ray, Pebble Beach Resorts; and Sterena Strickland, ACCESS Destination Services
Strategic Partner Profiles
Amanda Kliem, CDME, HMCC, CITP, Director of Sales
"The challenges presented to our industry last year truly underscored the immeasurable value of strategic partnerships like the one fostered with FICP. Now more than ever, the importance of meaningful relationships and one-to-one communication with high-level meetings professionals is of great value to myself and my team. FICP’s amazing culture promotes seamless collaboration and continues to provide the best platform in the industry to keep key decision-makers informed of all that’s happening in Newport Beach. We are grateful for your partnership and intend on continuing to provide inspired and safe solutions to help our meetings and events industry thrive."
Take a fun, fast-paced tour of the natural beauty and unforgettable group experiences in Newport Beach. From sun-drenched meeting space to the perfect SoCal off-site venues, we have planners and attendees covered!
Freddy Muller, AVP, Global Corporate, Incentive & Charter Sales, Royal Caribbean International
"One of our annual key investments is into our Strategic Partnership with FICP. It provides the perfect platform to engage with the Financial & Insurance community about the Royal Caribbean Group. Royal Caribbean Group is the owner and operator of three award winning cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises & Silversea Cruises. With three distinctive brands we have a product to accommodate any Financial & Insurance program at sea."
FICP Welcomes New and Returning Members and Partners
Lyndsey Nagel, Baird
Katie Lesemann, CMP, The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
Millie Khoe, Wedbush Securities
Stephanie Centrone, EY
Brent Peck, HealthMarkets Insurance Agency
Juliana Dreyer, EMC Insurance
Sydney Shulz, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
Gina Shanfeld, Safety National
Sarah Almonte-Williams, PUBLIC Hotel New York City
Tiffany Alves, Makeready Hotels
Anne Marie Arpaia, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
Cathy Bergeron, Marriott International
Elena Betkoski, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
Allison Borden, Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
Sara Broderick, Wynn | Encore
Neil Brodie, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
Lisa Bulriss, Visit South Walton
Laura Campi, Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco
Julia Carey, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
Lily Cohen, Lotte New York Palace
Andrea Comings, Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Oriane Coquerel, InterContinental Paris Le Grand
Christine Cunningham, The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa
Colleen Davidson, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch
Lindsay DuPont, Wild Dunes Resort
Katrina Endejan, The Ritz-Carlton South Beach and The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
Lindsey George, Hyatt Regency La Jolla
Erica Gilbreath, Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Gineau Grandmain, Lodge at Spruce Peak
Nicole Haddy, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
Elizabeth Hendrix, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
Gina Hughes, Fairmont Austin
Gabriela Iturralde, Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Cory Jasmin, The Coeur d'Alene Resort
Kyla Knudson, CIS, CASE, Tourism Calgary and Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Deborah Lahti, Visit Phoenix
Brent Lausterer, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel & The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort
Scott Lewis, Encore Boston Harbor
Michael Libotte, Ovation Italy
Mark Lindsey, Arizona Biltmore
Sara Lleida Gunderson, Four Seasons Hotel Madrid
Jose Lopez, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
Brianna Macfarlane, Royal Palms Resort and Spa
Andrea Martin, Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
Sandra Mazier, Hilton Aventura Miami
Bettina Mazzitelli, Faus DMC
Alec Melman, Gotham Artists
ScottMifsud, CMP, DMCP, Just Right! Destination Management
Cindi Occhuizzo, CIRCA Destination Management
Marina O'Leary, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve and Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Donn Oswald, Visit Phoenix
Maggie Patterson, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
Mike Payne, Marriott International
Lara Porn, Marriott International Luxury Brands
James Ramsay, Thompson Buckhead Hotel
Jamie Randall, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
Erin Reichert, Waldorf Astoria, LXR & Conrad Hotels and Resorts
Jessica Rice, Grand Hyatt Vail
Chris Robertson, Visit Phoenix
Caryn Rosenthal, Buy The Sea
Brian Sabones, Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas
Jeff Scypinski, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
Steve Seeram, Lake Nona Wave Hotel
Jennifer Starnes, Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Katelyn Timpani, The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
Maribel Velazquez, Visit Phoenix
Kerlyn Verde, Thompson Austin
Leslie Vosburgh, Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Diana Voto, MBA, CMP, Disney Meetings & Events
Daniel Walsh, Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts
Christine Watson, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Todd Wiggins, InterContinental San Diego
Ella Zhang, Mandarin Oriental Boston
FICP Partner Featured Blog
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|360 Destination Group
||ACCESS Destination Services
||AZA Events, Inc.
|Fiesta Americana Hotels & Live Aqua Hotels & Resorts
||Global DMC Partners
||Island Partners Hawai'i
|Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
||Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings
||Visit Newport Beach