Join FICP for An Incredible Learning and Networking Opportunity

FICP recognizes that our community is aching to come together, in person, to celebrate having made it through this tumultuous time, share their recent experiences and lessons learned, and simply talk to one another without the aid of an electronic device.

So that’s the plan – hosting the 2021 FICP Annual Conference, November 14-17, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. You will experience relevant education that enables you to continue to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape, along with creative new opportunities to make those connections you so desperately crave to nourish your professional development. You will leave Phoenix with the tools, resources and renewed creativity to execute flawless meetings and events in the future.

With the return to in-person events, this will be a great opportunity to discover trends and hear innovative new ideas. These are in addition to breakout sessions spanning all of our areas of interest to help you hone your meeting planning skills and maximize your impact in whatever circumstances lie ahead. You’ll even get a few CMP-eligible contact hours in the process.

Meetings professional registration is open. We encourage you to sign up now so you can start planning your time in Phoenix and are able to book your stay at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The hotel cutoff date is October 15, or whenever rooms sell out – whichever occurs first. Instructions on how to book your hotel room will be included in your registration confirmation email. 

New this year, we are also holding a Pre-Event Virtual Day on October 25. The Pre-Event Virtual Day is a free networking event that is open to all meetings professionals, regardless of registration status for the 2021 FICP Annual Conference, as well as all hospitality partners who are attending the conference. Conference attendees are automatically registered to attend this virtual networking event. 

FICP is also taking measures to ensure you feel safe and comfortable at this event. On September 3, we released new health and safety requirements to attend the conference, including requiring proof of vaccination. Learn more about our updated Health and Safety information, and view the health and safety FAQs page.


2021 FICP Annual Conference Event Team 

  • Michael Burke (Chair) – The Hanover Insurance Group
  • Laurie Dolan – JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
  • Rocky Dufauchard (HPAC Liason) – New Orleans & Company
  • Karen Eminian – Marriott International
  • Marcia Merando – Frankenmuth Insurance
  • Joe Schmelz – Wolfgang Production Agency
  • Bill Soucy – JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
  • Julie Sutter – Selective Insurance Company
  • Shane Watkins – Alfa Mutual Insurance