April 2017

Take a break from your spring cleaning — it's time for NewsNet

Five Things to Know in April

  1. Working on your CMP? FICP is a CMP Preferred Provider! Learn how FICP can help you achieve this important industry designation.  
  2. Upcoming webinar: Why You Should Make Mobile Part of Your Event Marketing Mix
  3. Did you see the Faces of FICP? Check out our Facebook to learn about some of our meetings and events professionals! 
  4. From Social: 20 Tips to Get Attendees to Open your Emails
  5. The April digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available! This month's issue includes what you need to know about Wi-Fi pricing, planning purposeful meetings and more!

2017 Education Forum

Planner registration for the 2017 FICP Education Forum has reached capacity and is now closed. Spots may open up between now and the event. Please email registration@ficpnet.com if you wish to be added to the waitlist.

Summer and Fall Symposia Registration

Did you miss out on the Education Forum? Never fear — planner registration for the Summer and Fall Symposia is now open! Join FICP later this year for these events, which offer timely education, exceptional networking opportunities and truly unforgettable destinations.

The Summer Symposium allows attendees to experience a high-quality venue in the bustling city of Toronto, a cultural hub that is one of North America's largest cities. 

The Fall Symposium affords attendees the opportunity to rejuvenate at a luxurious desert resort in the picturesque plains of New Mexico.


Global Meetings Industry Day

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), held April 6, 2017, celebrates the meetings and events industry by demonstrating the positive impact the industry has on communities, businesses and economies.

FICP celebrated by featuring our members on Facebook, with a personal greeting from FICP Executive Director Steve Bova and by attending the Choose Chicago Industry Xchange (pictured)!

How'd you celebrate? Let us know by posting in TheNetwork or on social media. 

Slow Down and Be Strategic

In April, FICP is focused on stragetic thinking, ROI and ROE to help meetings and events professionals better demonstrate their value to their organizations. This month's blog, written by FICP Board of Directors member Katie Senkowski, CMP, dives deep into strategic thinking! Click here to read her insight on how to use critical thinking skills when approaching an event. 

Strategic Partner Profile 

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


FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners

Meetings and Events Professionals

Halie Cohen, BlackRock
Dayna MacLeod, BMO Financial Group
Wilmi Schmidt, Combined Insurance
Natalie Jones, Ernst & Young
Jin Kim, Ernst & Young
Kelly Rippon, Prudential
Kristin Koscho, Raymond James Financial, Inc.
Julia Smee, RBC
Rose Szymkiewicz, State Farm Insurance
Ashley Haynes, State Farm Insurance
Melissa Hanisch, State Farm Insurance
Erika Birk, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Shelly Cole, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Lauren Anderson, Voya Financial
Katelyn DeFord, Wells Fargo
Kelly Owens, Wells Fargo
Kim Robinson, Wells Fargo
Lauren Barham, Wells Fargo
Toshia Rossiter, Wells Fargo
Megan Tate, Wells Fargo

Hospitality Partners

Aysun Lynch, Banff Lake Louise Tourism
Marcos Iser, Belmond Copacabana Palace
Justin Ely, La Quinta Resort Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Darren Green, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Gia DiBenedetto, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa
Brittany Longman, Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
Andy Sharpe, SongDivision
Diane Forester, Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center
Cheryl Miller, Terramar, a DMC Network Company
Bruce Roberts, The Day Traders
Dianne Zampino, The Ritz-Carlton
Danny Liedka, The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club
Ryan Thompson, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Tyler Hosking, Trump Soho New York