August 2016


Summer may be drawing to a close, but FICP is not done yet! If you're not in Toronto for the Summer Symposium, be sure to join us at the Fall Symposium, September 28-30, at the Banff Fairmont Springs in Alberta, Canada, or at the 2016 Annual Conference, November 9-12 at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. 

Five Things to Know in August

  1. Introduce yourself to your fellow meetings and event professionals (and our newest Community Manager!) in TheNetwork 
  2. Interesting Read: 7 Reasons Your Events Need Better SEO (and How to Improve It)
  3. Want to catch up on items you missed from the Education Forum? Check out this year's presentations by visiting TheNetwork.
  4. From Social: How the Most Successful People Spend the First 30 Minutes of Their Workday
  5. The August digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available! This month's issue features an Education Forum report, from planning to the c-suite and more!

2016 Annual Conference

The 2016 FICP Annual Conference is just three months away, and planner registration is filling up fast. Register today to secure your spot at this highly-anticipated event. Attendees will have the chance to experience top-notch educational sessions, focused on strategic thinking, the fundamentals of excellence and more! With keynote speakers such as record-breaking astronaut Scott Kelly, this event is a can't-miss. 

  Courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

2016 Summer Symposium

The 2016 Summer Symposium starts today! Couldn't make the trip? Follow the event on FICP social media. Our community management team will be regularly updating our Facebook and Twitter pages, and you can follow along with the tag #FICP16.



Annual Conference Silent Auction 

FICP is currently seeking donations for this year's Silent Auction. Donated items must have a minimum retail value of $75. Donating is easy, and can be done entirely online! Learn more, or make a donation, by visiting the donation website

Donations are due by October 12; bidding begins September 28. Donate today.

BOD/HPAC Nominations Close Tomorrow


FICP is seeking candidates interested in serving on the association's Board of Directors or Hospitality Partner Advisory Committee (HPAC) for 2017-2019. Interested planner members and hospitality partners must complete their application form (below) by tomorrow, Friday, August 19. This deadline is necessary to give the Governance Committee opportunity to consider the full slate of potential candidates.

For more information, view the FICP Leadership page. 


2016 Fall Symposium 

The 2016 Fall Symposium is just around the corner! Join your meetings and events professional peers at the Banff Fairmont Springs in Alberta, Canada, for this special event. Located in the Canadian Rockies, Banff is a picturesque location and will be a perfect backdrop for the welcome reception, A Night at the Castle, or the evening event at Brewster's MountView Barbeque.

Register for the Fall Symposium.

IMEX America 2016


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 at


Featured Strategic Partners

FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about Regent Seven Seas Cruises & Oceana Cruises and 360 Destination Group. Click their logos to read our interview with them.


FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Maggie Andersen, Legg Mason

Leigh Armstrong, Travelers Canada

Roxane Ault, RBC Wealth Management

Sara Bross, Nautilus Insurance Group

Kirsten Capacete, Lincoln Financial Group

Corinne Cargnoni, Dimensional Fund Advisors

Amy Chapin, LPL Financial

Caroline Chapman, ALFA Mutual Insurance

Anna Christensen, Cole Capital

Melissa Cummens, American Fidelity

Brittany Daniel, ALFA Mutual Insurance

Casey Earnest, ALFA Mutual Insurance

Lindsey Garner, American Fidelity

Amy Gruber, Sun Life Financial

Peter Hennessey, GPM Life Insurance Company

Christa Horne, LOMA

Nicole Hosephros, Philadelphia Insurance Companies

Shira Jones, SEI

Francesca Lepore, AIG

Brenda Lyle, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines

Jennifer Mosso, Franklin Templeton Investments

Beth Payne, The Cincinnati Insurance Company

Pamela Rugg, Bessemer Trust

Stephanie Sturino, Sun Life Financial

Marrah Thomas, Bank of America

Amy Thompson, Fidelity Investments

Stephanie Treccia, Northern Trust Asset Management

Lauren Watkins, QBE North America

Tara Wylie, Sun Life Financial

Hospitality Partners

Jennifer Altomare, Boston Harbor Hotel

Daniela Arreola, NIZUC Resort & Spa

Michelle Barnard, InterContinental Hotels Group

Theresa Beenken, National Speakers Bureau

September Boscia, Hyatt Regency Denver

Laura Burningham, Access Destination Services or Access Chicago

Jennifer Chamberlain, Visit Albuquerque

Shannon Collins, Thompson Chicago

Marieke Franz, Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Colleen Gerry, Omni Nashville Hotel

Vanessa Giancola, The Ritz-Carlton Company

Susy Lunenfeld, Palace Resorts & Le Blanc Spa Resort

Jane Mato, Hilton Waikoloa Village

James Miller, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Lesley Pinkerton, The Hiltons of Washington

John Pooloe, Cabarrus County Convention & Visitor Bureau

Emily Renn, Loews Minneapolis Hotel

Andrea Reynolds, Key Events

Maria Saavedra, Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Jessica Smith, Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort

Kirstin Smith, The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Stephanie Uy, Tourism Toronto

Jill Vance, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village