Did You Know...
Did you know that FICP offers an 18-month membership option? If you or someone you know would benefit from an FICP membership, there's no better time than now to join! With our 18-month membership option, you'll be able to reap our membership benefits now through the end of 2023. From networking and in-person events to on-demand education and resource bundles, your 18-month membership ensures you have enough time to make the most of the FICP community and to enhance your industry knowledge on your own time and terms. Don’t wait – learn more and join today!
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Register for Tomorrow's FICP Anytime Webinar
Event Tech Trends – What’s New and What’s Coming
Friday, August 12, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. CDT
Join Will Curran from Endless Events as he dives into event tech trends that are on the horizon. You will leave this session with the trends and tools to take back to your team and implement right away.
During this program, we will discuss such hot trends as:
- Building a year-long community
- Collecting data & analytics to deliver a better event ROI
- Hybrid event technologies to bring together your in-person and virtual audience
CMP-IS: Domain G - Meeting or Event Design
Learn more about this webinar, and register now on TheNetwork.
Register for the 2022 FICP Annual Conference by August 16 for a Chance to Win Free Registration
Yep, you read that right. We're giving away three free meetings professional registrations to the 2022 FICP Annual Conference... but not for long. All you have to do is register by Tuesday, August 16, 2022 to be entered into the drawing to win one of the three free registrations. Don't delay – time is running out!
Why register? Well, in addition to exploring the cobblestone streets with history around every corner, look forward to a robust conference schedule curated with future-focused education and tailored networking opportunities that will leave you feeling energized, reconnected and ready to level up your next event. Explore this year's exceptional lineup of education, including various hot topic breakout sessions, peer dialogue, the "attendee favorite" Speaker Showcase, inspiring keynote presentations, a first-ever Closing Experience as an incredible endcap to the event and more.
Visit the Annual Conference website and view our interactive advance program for additional event details.
The Opportunity Is Now: Serve on the FICP Board of Directors
The FICP Board of Directors is seeking a few dynamic leaders to help drive the association into the future! Here is a chance for the right leaders to become involved in forging the association’s future and driving toward its mission to amplify the positive impact and value for all financial and insurance industry meetings and events professionals.
If you are interested in serving on the Board, or know of members you would like to recommend, complete the online Candidate Application Form by August 26, 2022. This deadline is necessary to give the Governance Committee an opportunity to consider the full slate of potential candidates.
For additional information, please access these tools and resources:
Official Notice for 2023 HPAC
This is typically the time of year when FICP reaches out to the Hospitality Partner Community with an open invitation to submit applications to serve a three-year term on the association’s seven-member Hospitality Partner Advisory Committee (HPAC).
Appointments to the 2023 HPAC will be an exception to the norm, as FICP seeks to replace Jason Cohen’s (Accor) position with that of another Chain Hotel representative.
The HPAC exists to listen to the needs of FICP’s hospitality partners and represent their interests to the Board of Directors. The committee provides advice and guidance on meetings professional needs and monitors hospitality partner and sponsor needs and trends, as stated in the Purpose and Charge.
Winter 2023 on the Mind?
Your time is at a premium, more than ever, and FICP is shifting the 2023 event strategy with you in mind.
FICP will not be holding a Winter Symposium next year, but we are exploring the possibility of holding meetups in areas of dense membership, like the Northeast, for 2023.
Craving that local connection? You won’t have to wait long. We anticipate there will be a sizeable assembly of Northeasterners at this year’s Annual Conference in Boston. Come meet your local community live this November!
Register for the Next Event Disruptions SIG Exchange Call
Thursday, September 8 | 1:00 p.m. CDT
On September 8, join Sabrina Colquitt, CMP and Jenny Hung, CMP as they facilitate our next Event Disruptions SIG call. During this conversation, we will discuss how inflation, compression and the possible start of a recession are disrupting our meetings and events. We will also continue the conversation around the Great Resignation and its lingering effects within our own companies and those we work closely with.
Register now on TheNetwork.
Register for the Strategic Leaders Event
Meetings professional registration is now open for FICP’s Strategic Leader’s Event, taking place December 5-6, 2022, at the Pendry Chicago.. Bringing together senior meetings professionals from across the country, this exclusive event provides two days of tailored education sessions, powerful networking opportunities and relationship building designed to advance common goals. Seats are extremely limited so register today.
Hospitalty partners interested in attending the Evening Reception and Dinner can submit a sponsorship application on Thursday, August 25 at 11:00 a.m. CDT.
Donate to the 21st Annual Silent Auction
The 21st Annual FICP Silent Auction will take place at the 2022 Annual Conference. Help contribute to the success of the auction by donating a package or item today! To submit a donation, simply complete this online form where you will be able to upload images and provide a description of your donation. Please ensure you complete the entire form, including important restrictions such as expiration dates or blackout dates. All donations must be submitted online by October 7, 2022. More information about this year’s benefitting organization(s) will be announced soon.
Thank you to our 2022 FICP Silent Auction Committee!
Call for 2023 FICP Sponsorship
Calling all potential in-kind sponsors for 2023 FICP events: if you’re interested in providing any services in kind for our 2023 Education Forum and/or 2023 Annual Conference, now is the time to raise your hand. In-kind options may entail hosting evening events, entertainment, airport transfers, evening event transfers, meal décor, other activations, etc. Please reach out to FICP Director of Events Ellie Hurley if interested.
Education Forum Panel Recording: Supply Chain and How It Affects the Meeting Industry and YOU
The supply chain has been affecting individuals around the world no matter what you're trying to get access to. Hear from industry experts on how supply chain is affecting your job within the meetings and events industry as they talk through the challenges they have seen as well as solutions around last-minute changes. Download and listen to the recording, today. FICP recordings are usually an FICP member or partner-only benefit so act now to unlock this valuable education!
Congratulations to These New CMPs
FICP would like to recognize the following members for recently earning the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the Events Industry Council (EIC). The CMP program was launched in 1985 to enhance the knowledge and performance of meeting professionals, promote the status and credibility of the meeting profession and advance uniform standards of practice. These members join nearly one-third of FICP members who have achieved this designation. Congratulations!
- Kelly Houten, CMP, Eaton Vance
- Meredith Nolan, CMP, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
- Kerianne Szewczyk, CMP, Prudential
Learn more about the CMP and FICP’s Preferred Provider status.
Is There Someone You’d Like to Nominate as an FICP MVP?
Is there an FICP member or hospitality partner that is leading the way and doing great things for our industry? Recognize their hard work by nominating them as an FICP MVP! Complete this nomination form.
Strategic Partner Profiles
Diana Voto, MBA, CMP, National Sales Assistant Director, Disney Meetings & Events
"At Disney Meetings & Events, connecting with others is paramount in building successful partnerships, both personally and professionally. FICP continues to give us an opportunity to connect, collaborate, and find real solutions with financial services and insurance industry meeting and events professionals. We want to help you inspire your teams, elevate their level of engagement, recognize and reward their accomplishments, and of course have some fun, because we all deserve it! Our FICP Strategic Partnership allows us to build and grow our established partnerships and also begin new ones. We are all passionate about the value of face-to-face meetings to our organizations so let’s work to continue to lift our industry and partnerships together!"
It all comes down to your story, our storytellers. We invite you to use our imagination!
Lindsay Maloni-Kuntz, Global Sales Director, DMC Network
"As a member of FICP for 20 years, starting as a planner member and now representing the HP community I have always said that the foundation of this organization is relationships. This mantra came before me and I am confident will always be the recipe for success for FICP. The more involved you are the more you benefit and we at The DMC Network are here for our planners and our fellow suppliers to collaborate and continue to take this amazing industry of ours to next levels."
Collaboration is front and center in our Network of award-winning DMCs. Pictured here is the Destination South Meetings + Events team, just one of our partners that has won multiple accolades for events that span borders, require close connections with an engaging mix of local and international suppliers, and tap into immense levels of creativity — qualities all of our DMC partners can be counted on to deliver.
Anthony Duggan, HMCC, CIS, DES, National Sales Manager, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
"The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has been a hospitality partner for nearly 20 years. This relationship has grown year over year due to the excellent ongoing support we receive from FICP through education and invaluable client networking events. Las Vegas is the premier destination for Financial and Insurance meetings and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with our amazing Financial and Insurance meeting planners."
Freddy Muller, AVP, Global Corporate, Incentive & Charter Sales, Royal Caribbean International
"FICP has been instrumental in Royal Caribbean Groups’ strategic plan, especially for the past several years. This highly recognized association allows us to offer unique and inclusive options to the Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals. The professionalism of its members, staff, and the entire community allows us to continuously receive our return on investment. As Royal Caribbean Group, parent company of Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises & Silversea Cruises we navigate in over 900 destinations. We have the good fortune to welcome so many FICP planners & their delegates on board our beautifully appointed vessels & look forward to welcoming so many more.
We thank FICP for allowing us to be part of such a great community!"
FICP Welcomes New and Returning Members and Partners
Nicole Bailey, Amica Mutual Insurance Company
Angela Cacciola, The Auto Club Group
Katelyn Canaan, HealthMarkets Insurance Agency
Michelle Clayton, CMP, Travelers
Jennifer Goodhope, Lincoln Financial Group
Ashley Hurst, MTA, CMP, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC)
Jessica King, CMP, First Command Financial Services
Lillian Li, TD Bank
Judy Lu, MBA, CMP, MNP
Victoria Luciai, RBC
Alexa Mealer, Farmers Group, Inc.
Tiffany Newsome, Aflac
Darci O'Brien, Fidelity Investments
Kristen Parker, The Auto Club Group
Elizabeth Pun, CMP, AIG
Jessica Scudieri, Travelers
Karina St-Germain, Desjardins Financial Security
Renee Taylor, Fidelity Investments
Michelle Treistman, New York Life Insurance Company
Amy Altorfer, Montage Big Sky
Kristen Arnold, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Shelley Bankard-Weaver, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
Joe Barrow, The Omni Homestead Resort
David Belew, Hyatt Regency Frisco - Dallas
Cindy Berdan, JW Marriott Nashville
Jerome Booker, Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
Elaine Bouchard Clark, The Inn at Mattei's Tavern, Auberge Resorts Collection
Barbara Caccamo, A Seattle Collection (Hyatt Regency Seattle, Grand Hyatt Seattle and Hyatt Olive 8)
Theresa Chan, San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Ryan Cornelius, The Alida Hotel
Nancy Covell, Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
Michelle de Diego, Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour
Emilie Depierrois, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts - South of France (Bordeaux / Lyon / Marseille)
Elaine Dunne, The K Club
Jenna Feuerman, The St. Regis New York
Tommy Fullove, The Westin Anaheim Resort
Lauren Gilbert, Caesars Entertainment
Lindsey Gintner, The Seabird Resort & Mission Pacific Hotel
Lenne Goslin, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
Evina Haikalis, Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
Casey Hayter, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Alice Huh, Maybourne Hotel Group
Lindsay Hyde, Four Seasons Hotels UK Collection
Brandy Jones, Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel
Jennifer Kishpaugh, Caesars Entertainment
Florent Kohler, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts - South of France (Bordeaux / Lyon / Marseille)
Lylliam Lacayo, Celebrity Cruises
Cynthia Lavery, CSI DMC
Kim Lefebvre, Imprint Events Group
Daniel Lewellin, Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago
Leigh Libero, Caesars Entertainment
Brooke Lizotte, Fairmont Copley Plaza
Felicia Lopez, Caesars Entertainment
Lizzy Low, Ottawa Tourism
Kim Lowe, The Westin at The Woodlands
Abhi Maskeri, Omni Hotels & Resorts
Kelly Murphy, Vail Resorts Meetings & Events
Matt Ojinaga, Thompson Denver
Kathya Parsons, The Cape, a Thompson Hotel
Steven Patton, CIS, CITP, Auberge Resorts Collection
Chris Reed, THE RANCH
Katherine Ross, Hilton Toronto
Christine Schwitzgebel, VEA Newport Beach, A Marriott Resort & Spa
Samantha Semczyszyn, Sun Life
Barbara Silva, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
Alison Stevens Gavitt, GPS Destinations DMC Collective
Lisa Tomaselli, ShowTec
Julie Van Noten, Marriott International
Derek Wood, JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa
2022 FICP Strategic Partners
|360 Destination Group
||ACCESS Destination Services
||AZA Events, Inc.
||Disney Meetings & Events
||Fiesta Americana Hotels & Live Aqua Hotels & Resorts
||Global DMC Partners
Island Partners Hawai'i
|JPdL Destination Management Canada
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
|Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings
||Preferred Hotels & Resorts
||Visit Newport Beach