August 2015

The Summer Symposium starts today and we couldn't be more excited to kick off the event at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal in beautiful Montréal, Canada. If you weren't able to join us this week, there is still time to sign up for the Fall Symposium and the Annual Conference

Get the last of your summer reading in by downloading the just-released FICP Incentives Survey results. Hospitality partners have access to the executive summary, while planner members can read the full report in TheNetwork.

Five Things to Know in August

  1. Take a look at our newest video featuring Steve Bova, regarding FICP's affiliation with CIC and the broader industry.
  2. There is still one day left to submit your FICP Board of Directors and Hospitality Partner Advisory Committee nominations! Nominate someone today.
  3. Have you downloaded the FICP year-round app? Stay up-to-date on FICP happenings, including all FICP events. Search 'FICP' in your app store or download here.  
  4. FICP is currently accepting donations for the 2015 Annual Conference silent auction. Donations are due by November 1 and bidding begins October 1. Donate today!
  5. The August digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available! This month's cover story features everything you need to know to plan safe and secure meetings outside the U.S.



2015 FICP Incentives Survey Results

The 2015 FICP Incentives Survey was conducted to gather trends and data related to incentive programs. The information on programs’ length, attendance and frequency, as well as financial considerations and insight into programs’ locations, will help drive incentives’ strategy. Read the executive summary here.  The full results are available to FICP planner members in TheNetworkLog in here to access.


Register NOW for IMEX America in Las Vegas, October 13-15, 2015

Get ready for all-out business with up to three full days of deal-making, inspiring education and global networking. The industry's pace-setting show is at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas this October. Count on new opportunities at the largest meetings industry trade show in the U.S. Register now at


Recruit a New Member Today - 2015 Contest Ends Soon

Time is running out to participate in the 2015 FICP Member Recruiting Contest. Spread the word about the valuable education and networking opportunities FICP membership provides! Thank you to those who have already recruited new planner members.

Hospitality Partner Guidelines:

  • Any hospitality partner that recruits one (1) or more meeting planners to join FICP and register for the 2015 Annual Conference by September 30 will earn a spot at the 2015 Annual Conference, but must still pay a discounted registration fee of $2,800 ($5,175 value). Note: Limited spots are available for hospitality partners to attend through new member recruitment.


  • The Hospitality Partner who recruits the most new planner members between October 1, 2014, and September 30, 2015, will receive a complimentary registration ($5,175 value) to the 2016 Annual Conference November 9-12 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Note: In the event of a tie, the longer-standing Hospitality Partner will win the prize and no second place prize will be awarded.


  • NEW FOR 2015: The hospitality partner who recruits the most new planner members each quarter will have the opportunity to submit a brief (3 minute max) video snippet that will be distributed by FICP through NewsNet. The hospitality partner will be responsible for creating this video which will offer the chance to promote themselves and their business to the FICP community. 

Click here to learn more.

Planner Guidelines:

The Planner who recruits the most new planner members between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015, will receive prizes for the following year's Annual Conference, including:

  • Complimentary registration to the 2016 Annual Conference November 9-12, 2016 at the Omni Nashville Hotel.
  • Complimentary hotel stay at the Omni during the 2016 Annual Conference.

Click here to learn more. 




Don't Miss the Fall Symposium

The 2015 FICP Fall Symposium, taking place September 30 - October 2 at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, CA, offers several opportunities to connect with fellow attendees in a focused environment.

An evening event at the luxurious Bacara Resort & Spa will offer ample time to network while enjoying the stunning property and sampling cuisine inspired by the local Chumash Indians. The following evening, join fellow attendees for a seated dinner at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara.

Keynote speaker Janet Evans, sponsored by Rave Reviews Speakers & Entertainment, will deliver an inspirational keynote address at the Fall Symposium. Drawing from her experience as a four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Evans will discuss how she learned the true meaning of being a winner. Learn more about Janet and other educational offerings available at the Fall Symposium.  

A Look Back at the Education Forum

In advance of the event, FICP Education Forum registrants told us they wanted to attend to network, learn more about emerging technologies, share ideas and learn best practices. Ninety-six percent of attendees rated the overall networking opportunities as excellent/good. Sessions like The Benefits of Using Tablets at Events and The ROI on Event Apps and Social Media helped educate attendees on emerging technologies. Download presentation materials and a session recording for these educational offerings in TheNetwork. Notes from the Planners’ Exchange showcase the idea exchange and learnings that took place among colleagues during that highly rated session and can also be found in TheNetwork. On top of all of that, 92% of attendees rated both the Speaker Showcase and the variety of sessions as excellent/good. Learn more from the educational offerings presented at this year’s well-received Education Forum.

Featured Strategic Partners

FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about Island Partners Hawai'i and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Click their logos to read our interviews with them.




TheNetwork Corner

TheNetwork is your place to connect with each other, find resources, browse past event materials and interact with your FICP community. Why not take a second to update your profile? Freshen it up with a new picture and make sure everything is up to date! 

  • Planners, a fellow member is seeking ideas for a business cocktail theme. Help her out!
  • Have you planned an incentive to Tokyo, Japan recently? Offer your advice
  • If you have creative ways to present updates to your team, share them here.

FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Stacy Anthony, NFP
Debra Berg, New York Life Insurance Company
Erin Boylan, MetLife
Melissa Churlonis, MetLife
Lua Clark, BMO Financial Group
Ryan Dickey, Combined Insurance
Jenea Garrod, CMP, The Motorists Insurance Group
Anita Glasmeier, Liberty Mutual, Mid-Atlantic Region
Jill Harris, CMP, Protective Life Insurance
Jan Hennessey, AssetMark, Inc.
Alison Jackman, Sun Life Financial
Ted Johnson, MetLife
Aimee Kain, Nationwide Insurance
Meghan Keener, Guggenheim Partners
Christine Larson, Zurich American Insurance Company
Brian Nestor, Nationwide Insurance
Dennis Ontaneda, Combined Insurance
Jennifer Smith, MetLife
Kris Snedeker, Allianz Life Insurance of North America
Caitlin Solli, MetLife


Hospitality Partners

Austin Bagwell, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Aurelie Bonnardel, JW Marriott Cannes
Sarah Carter, CMP, Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Vivian Delharo, Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach
Erin Dunn, Wolfgang Films, Inc
Heather Fishbein, Sunbound
Jessica  Gross, The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
Mariana Hernandez, The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Eliana Key, Rosen Hotels & Resorts
Sarah McCabe, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau
Teresita  Meadows, Langham Place, New York
Dan Moller, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain
Dennis Morgan, The Launch! Group
Filomena Nepomuceno, DMCP, Altima Concept Inc
Lenka Simkova, Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague
Christine Sweet, Dubai Business Events
Bill Taradash, Breakout Technologies
Nicole Trottier, The Leading Hotels of the World
Linda Velazquez, CMP, Marriott International
Lori Wagner, Porter Airlines Inc.