December 2013


Happy Holidays from FICP! Thank you for helping make 2013 a successful year for FICP. We wish you a joyous New Year and look forward to seeing you at the exciting events planned for the coming year.

Five Things to Know in December

  1. Planner registration is now open for the 2014 FICP Winter Symposium. Don’t miss this unique event – register today.
  2. FICP Planner Members: Notes from the 2013 Planners' Exchange may be found here. Please note, these are visible only when logged in to TheNetwork, and only to those who are part of the Planner Member group. 
  3. Are you interested in sharing your industry-related knowledge in an upcoming publication? Contact FICP’s Community Manager
  4. MeetingsNet/corporate&incentives magazine will now be delivered digitally via their new magazine app. Here is all you need to know to continue receiving MeetingsNet.
  5. New RFPs for upcoming service needs can be found here

Save the Date for FICP in 2014

Winter Symposium January 27 – 29, 2014  Conrad New York
Education Forum June 18 – 20, 2014  The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
Summer Symposium August 21 – 23, 2014  Omni King Edward
Fall Symposium September 7 – 9, 2014  The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
Annual Conference November 16 – 19, 2014  Hilton Waikoloa Village

FICP Wraps Up a Successful Year with JA

The 2013 Annual Conference marked the second successful year of FICP's corporate social responsibility (CSR) partnership with Junior Achievement. Through the silent auction, FICP planner members and hospitality partners donated a record-breaking $75,707 to Junior Achievement of Northern New England and Junior Achievement International. 

New this year, FICP hosted a group of approximately 25 students from Boston Preparatory Charter School who attended a special panel and experienced a site visit at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Alan Ranzer, FICP's CSR liaison moderated the panel in discussing careers in the meeting planning and hospitality industry. Special thanks to the Sheraton Boston Hotel for leading the site visit and to FICP's expert panelists: Linda Bourbonnie, Jeffrey Calmus, Kathy Fort Carty and Bridie Quinn.

As a token of appreciation, Chris Harper, a Boston Latin School student, sent a video thanking FICP on behalf of Junior Achievement.

Renew your Membership for 2014

How to Renew: Planner Members and Hospitality Partners can simply log onto the FICP website and click on the "My Membership & Transactions" option to access your renewal invoice. Those who wish to be included in the printed 2014 FICP Membership Directory and receive continued access to TheNetwork must renew by Friday, February 28, 2014

Planners Corporate Membership: FICP offers a flat-rate corporate membership for meeting planners. For an annual fee of $2,250 USD, planner member companies may include an unlimited number of planner memberships for their company. This includes additional planners that are hired by the company throughout the year. If your company is interested in participating, please complete the corporate member renewal form and return to it Megan O'Donoghue at FICP Headquarters. 

Please note: Planner members from companies currently participating in the flat-rate corporate membership will not receive an individual renewal invoice for 2014. These renewals are managed by each company's primary contact and processed through the corporate invoice.

FICP Welcomes New Leadership

FICP is proud to announce new leadership for 2014! 

Board of Directors

Chair: Jana Stern, Director, Conventions & Conference Planning, ING

Chair-Elect: Shelia Cleary, 2nd Vice President, Recognition and Conferences, National Life Group

Past Chair: Kelli Livers, CMP, CTE, Director, Travel & Administrative Services, Forethought Financial Group

Marcia Merando, LLIF, LUTCF, FLMI, Director of Marketing, Frankenmuth Insurance

Jeff Leggett, Meeting Manager, Co-operators Insurance

Marla Hannigan, CMP, Meeting and Event Manager, Mutual of Omaha

Kathy Roche, Manager, Meeting & Conference Planning, Western & Southern Financial Group

Caryn Taylor Lucia, CMP, Director, Corporate Events, SEI

Karin Pontelandolfo, CMP, Senior Meeting Planner, Liberty Mutual

Steve Bova, CAE, Executive Director, Financial & Insurance Conference Planners

Depating from the Board of Directors at the end of 2013 are Eldon Gale, Creative Director, Meeting & Event Management, Nationwide Insurance; Lindsay Maloni, Senior Conference Planner, MetLife; and Koleen M. Roach, Director, Meetings & Conference Management, Securian Financial Group. Thank you for your dedication to FICP!

Hospitality Partner Advisory Council

HPAC Chair: Clarence Day, CMP, Director of National Accounts, The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

Linda Burley, CMP, National Sales Manager, Red Rock Resort

Chris Gilbert, National Sales Manager, Charleston Place

Padraic Gilligan, HDE, DMCP, Vice President, Ovation Global DMC

Julie Holmen, Director of Sales, Corporate & Incentive, Tourism Toronto

Isabel Mahon, Director Global Sales, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Kevin Regan, Corporate & Incentives Sales Director, Silversea Cruises, Ltd.

Departing from the Hospitality Partner Advisory Council at the end of 2013 are Bob Beach, CMP, Director of National Sales, Destination Hotels & Resorts; Colleen Brzozowski; and Diane Goodman, CMP, President, Goodman Speakers Bureau, Inc. Thank you for your time and commitment to FICP!

Strategic Partners

Each month in NewsNet, we feature FICP Strategic Partners. This month, we showcase these two fantastic companies. Click their logos to read our interviews with them.

FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Marcella Rosecrans, AIG Life & Retirement


Hospitality Partners

Rebecca Alexander, BA, Meetings and Conventions Prince Edward Island

Belin Bayon, Hotel Villa Magna

Claire Bovat, InterContinental, Buckhead Atlanta

Lisa Carlson, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts/Raffles Hotels & Resorts

Jason Flores, DoubleDutch

Bonnie Howell, Tourism Toronto

Dee Kirby, Hosts Global Alliance

Sheri Moss, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

Danielle Nichols, New York Hilton Midtown

Lisa Rubino, CASE, San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Ed Simon, Destination Hotels & Resorts

Carin VanSickle, Streamsong Resort

Bernadette Yates, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts


Thank you to all retiring FICP members!

    • Jim Lavold, Northwestern Mutual
    • Peter Humphries, RBC
    • Margaret Moynihan, Deloitte & Touche
    • David Smart, Alfa Mutual Insurance


    Welcome to FICP's newest, future member, Holly Elizabeth Patterson, born December 2 to Natale Patterson from ACCESS DMC. Congratulations! 


    Do you know an FICP member who deserves Kudos for a promotion, CMP designation, award/honor or outstanding contribution? Let us know!