April 2016

Did you celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day? FICP did! Check out the new, popular series we featured on social media called, "Faces of FICP." 

Five Things to Know in April

  1. On April 6, the U.S. Department of Labor released a new rule that will have impacts on the industry. Learn more here.
  2. 2016 FICP Summer Symposium planner registration will open on May 4, 2016. Mark your calendars! 
  3. Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) was celebrated on Thursday, April 14 - re-live the celebration with the GMID Anthem.
  4. From Social: Added Value That's Really Added Value
  5. The April digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available! This month's issue features the increase in incentive travel spending, seven strategies for driving conference registration and more.

Webinar: DOL Rule


On Thursday, April 14, FICP Executive Director Steve Bova and SITE CEO Kevin Hinton hosted a webinar titled, "New Rules for Selling Retirement Products and Services in the United States: What it Means for Meetings and Incentives." Those who attended the webinar learned the potential impact of the new Department of Labor rule on SITE and FICP members, how both organizations and members have responded and about the opportunities that exist to demonstrate the power and value of face-to-face events. Watch the webinar here, and follow along with the slides, which can be found in TheNetwork


Membership Recruitment Contest

The 2016 FICP New Member Recruitment contest is underway! This year's prizes include opportunities to attend the 2016 FICP Annual Conference, taking place November 9-12 at the Omni Nashville Hotel as well as the 2017 Annual Conference taking place November 12-15 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Calif. Thank you to those who have already recruited new planner members. These new members can leverage the numerous membership benefits and services that have been critical to your professional development. If you haven't done so already, spread the word about the valuable educational and networking opportunities FICP membership provides!

2016 New Member Recruiting Contest Guidelines:

Planner Members

Hospitality Partners

The 2016 FICP Education Forum takes place on June 22-24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Near the Bay Area, this picturesque spot is the perfect backdrop for attendees to network and enhance their industry knowledge.  

Registration is filling up quickly: sign up now to secure your spot at this highly-anticipated event! Register now.

FICP in the News

In the March/April issue of Insurance & Financial Meetings Management, Steve Bova, executive director of FICP shared trends, fads and ways of life that professionals in the industry should watch in 2016, as discussed at the Winter Symposium, January 24-2016 at the Omni Parker House in Boston, Mass.

Read the full article to hear thoughts from Bova and panelists Luann Edwards, strategic communications consultant, social media marketing, marketing division, FM Global; David Riederman, CAE, director, global accounts, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Scott Eames, SMMC, global sales director, AlliedPRA; and Jennifer Squeglia, CMP, independent contractor, Boston Private, on the difference between trends and fads, and where infographics, Airbnb and wearables fall in the list.

Congratulations to FICP Members Elected to the Prevue Board

On April 6, 2016, Prevue announced its 2016 Advisory Board, which included 3 members of FICP! Prevue selected these individuals because they were highly knowledgeable and experienced meeting planners. Congratulations to FICP board member Michael Burke, as well as Patricia Rourke and Koleen Roach on being chosen to serve on this advisory board! Learn more here

Featured Strategic Partners


FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about AZA Destination & Event Management. Click the logo to read our interview with them.                                                                                                  

FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Nicole Avellan, Capital One
Nicole Campos, Wells Fargo
Sandra Daudlin, CMP, Sun Life Financial
Kristin Dilorenzo, John Hancock Financial Services
Amy Ewing, Wells Fargo
Susannah Frances, CMP, Sun Life Financial
Colleen Keenan, CMP, John Hancock Financial Services
Jessica Ketrow, FM Global
Elina Khusid, Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
Kate Millar, Sun Life Financial
Marilyn Muljat, CMM, CMP, Pacific Life Insurance Company - RSD (Annuities) Division
Lindsay Owens, CNO Financial - Bankers Life
Kathy Seaberg, Ameriprise Financial
Lauren Smith, Dominion Lending Centres
Deirdre Tinsley, Ironshore Insurance Services LLC
Melissa Truong, CMP, CIS, Manulife Financial
Brittany Welch, Liberty Mutual


Hospitality Partners

Lyn Acocella-Bagley, CMP, Wyndham Hotel Group
Cindy Aldea, La Concha, A Renaissance Resort
Shelley Bankard-Weaver, Omni Nashville Hotel
Andrew Barnes, St. Regis New York
Joanna Biggs, Eventory
Lindsay Borkowski, Sunriver Resort
John Brooks, Diplomat Resort & Spa
Hillary Burton, Visit Newport Beach
Marc Crawford, Educational Measures, LLC
Kristina Djorovic, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago
Scott Doonan, Boulders Resort & Spa
Marc Dooner, Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mark Feldman, Visit Santa Barbara
Laura Kinzler, The Westin Charlotte
Zachary Lockett, JW Marriott Indianapolis
Dana Ohmann, Kauai Marriott Resort On Kalapaki Beach
Miriam Rosenbaum, The Warwick Hotel, Rittenhouse Square
Marc Schwabach, DMCP, Ambiance Incentives
Aurelie Senizergues, The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
Ursa Stearns, Destination Hotels
John Tate, The Launch! Group
Yajaira Torres, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Nicole Wetz, The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort