Board of Directors

Leadership

The Board of Directors exists to provide strategic direction, set policy, ensure the association’s financial viability, provide sufficient resource allocation and oversee the performance of the Executive Director. Directors are elected by the membership. The board works as a unit to govern the association and serve the best interests of the profession as a whole. It also oversees the Executive Director who employs a professional staff to carry out the board’s directives.

Chair

Wayne Robinson, CMP CMM

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Assistant Vice President
FM Global
Johnston, R.I.
(401) 415-1271

Chair-Elect

Michael Burke, CMP

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Director, Conference & Travel Services
The Hanover Insurance Group
Worcester, Mass.
(508) 855-2344
 

Past Chair

Marcia Merando, LLIF, FLMI, LUTCF

 

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Director of Marketing
Frankenmuth Insurance
Frankenmuth, Mich.
(989) 652-6121

 


Meredith Brewer

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Corporate Vice President, Corporate Events
New York Life Insurance Company
New York, N.Y.
(212) 576-8293
 

Allison Cooper

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Vice President
LPL Financial
Fort Mill, S.C.
(704) 249-5270
 

Erin Longo, CMP

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Vice President, Conference and Meeting Services
Prudential
Newark, N.J.
(973) 802-2911
 

Jennifer Squeglia, CMP

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Independent Contractor
Boston Private
Warwick, R.I.
(781) 248-6606

Lynn Schwandt, CMP

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Senior Event Planner
Thrivent Financial (Retired)
Appleton, Wisc.
(920) 841-9992

 


 

Executive Director

Steve Bova, CAE

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Executive Director
Financial & Insurance Conference Planners
Chicago, Ill.
(312) 245-1023
 

View a list of past presidents/chairpersons.
 

Eligibility, Nomination & Election

Applications are now open for the 2020 Board of Directors. Interested meetings professional members should complete the 2020 Candidate Application Form and return it to sbova@ficpnet.com by August 26, 2019.

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To be considered for board service, all candidates must:

  1. Be an FICP meetings professional member in good standing for two continuous years or more.
  2. Be able to maintain their corporate and/or meeting planning responsibilities as well as their FICP director responsibilities.
  3. Have the full support of their company's management, since Board service requires additional work and occasional travel.
  4. Have at least five years of work experience in the meeting planning profession.
  5. Have not served on the board of directors in the previous two years.

Director terms are for three years and typically include the additional responsibility of serving as chair of an FICP committee or event team. Candidate applications will be kept on file and placed in consideration for three consecutive years.

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