February 2014


With Valentine’s Day just last week, we wanted to take a moment to share the love and appreciation we have for you – our planner members and hospitality partners. We appreciate your commitment, whether it's attending a conference, serving as an FICP volunteer, participating in TheNetwork, or any of the several ways to get involved with FICP. We look forward to sharing 2014 with you.

Five Things to Know in February

  1. Registration for the 2014 FICP Education Forum will open in March. Look for more information soon.  
  2. Hospitality partners: You still have the opportunity to attend the 2014 FICP Annual Conference by participating in the 2014 New Member Recruitment Contest. Learn more here
  3. The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage – home of the 2014 FICP Fall Symposium, was recently named a “Notable Opening” on CNN’s Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2014. Read more here
  4. Mark your calendars – Sponsorship sales for the 2014 FICP Education Forum will open Tuesday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. CST and 2014 FICP Summer & Fall Symposia sponsorship sales will open Tuesday, April 8 at 11:00 a.m. CST.
  5. Want to relive some great moments from our Annual Conference? Check out our new Flickr page!

FICP Winter Symposium Wrap-Up

The first of FICP’s three-part Symposia series, FICP Winter Symposium, drew attendees from all over to connect and learn at the Conrad New York. Attendees heard from Actor, PBS TV Host and UN Emcee Chris Bashinelli, who shared his colorful story of international travel in the opening keynote, participated in a rousing panel discussion on hot industry topics, and received a lesson on bandwidth from Jim Spellos of Meeting U., just to name a few highlights.

Did you attend Winter Symposium? The 2014 FICP Winter Symposium offered 6.5 credit hours toward CMP designations. Click here for the meeting agenda and session receipt to submit CMP credits.

Meetings (Still!) Mean Business: Updated CIC Economic Significance Study

Last week, the Convention Industry Council (CIC) released updates to its Economic Significance Study, and the news is looking good! A few highlights, by the numbers:

  • 10 percent: Increase in participant volume since 2009
  • 1.83 million: Meetings in the US in 2012
  • 225 million: People attended those meetings
  • 1.7 million: Jobs created by those meetings
  • $115 billion: Direct impact on U.S. GDP (an increase of 9% over 2009)
Read the executive summary here. FICP Planner Members and Hospitality Partners may read the full report in TheNetwork (login required).

Spice Up Your Year at the 2014 FICP Education Forum

Join us at the 2014 FICP Education Forum, taking place June 18-20 at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Attendees will “Think it up, Live it up and Jazz it up,” as they enjoy the rich culture of New Orleans, absorb important industry information and connect with peers and colleagues. Registration for the 2014 FICP Education Forum will open in March. We hope to see you in New Orleans!

Advertise in the 2014 FICP Membership Directory

The printed 2014 FICP Membership Directory will be distributed to more than 1,400 FICP Planner Members and Hospitality Partners this June. For information on advertising opportunities in the directory, click here.  All advertising materials are due by Friday, March 21.

Please note: Last year’s advertisers are offered the first right of refusal. Positions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Renew Your Membership for 2014 

Don’t forget to renew your affiliation with FICP in 2014. Planner members and hospitality partners may access renewal information by logging into the FICP website. Click on “My Membership & Transactions” to submit payment or download a copy of your invoice.  

Those who wish to be included in the printed 2014 FICP Membership Directory must renew by Friday, February 28.

Featured Strategic Partners

FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about Disney Destinations and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Click their logos to read our interview with them.                                                                                                          






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

TheNetwork Corner

A few of our busiest discussions on TheNetwork this month include:

Jump in on these great discussions, or start your own. FICP login and proper credentials required for each group. Questions? Contact the Community Manager.

FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Laura Bakun, John Hancock Financial Services - A division of Manulife Financial

Jessica Bartley, CMP, Nationwide Insurance

Mary Connell, CMP, Arch Insurance

Meg D'Angelo, Lincoln Financial Group

Danielle Foreman, Wells Fargo

Mindy Gunn, CMP, CMM, Wells Fargo

Lee Linderman, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Leah Mensigna, Manulife Insurance

Caitlyn Mieske, BA, Manulife Financial

Caroline Monette, Standard Life

Teresa Muzzi, Sun Life Financial

Jittaun Phillips, CMP, CMM, Wells Fargo

Cheryl Rollins, Wells Fargo

Julie Seyler, Wells Fargo

Kathryn Shaw, CMP, Vanguard

Ashley Solovy, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

Kristine Sudyka, Mutual of Omaha

Courtney Thomas, CMP, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

Megan Tourtellotte, Wells Fargo

Ashley Vance, Nationwide Insurance

Meghan Welborn, VDA Productions

Hospitality Partners

Ashlee Barton, Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco Union Square

Marla Bedrosian, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts/Raffles Hotels & Resorts

Mara Bonfeld, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

Anton Cobb, Hilton Portland Executive Tower

Linda Davis, AlliedPRA

Margaret Dennis, CMP, Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Kristen DiIullo, Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Alexandra Gausson, Liberty Incentives & Congresses

Kelley Howard, DMCP, ACCESS Destination Services

Jennifer Knapp, Image Technologies Corp

Martine Laberge, Omni Mont-Royal Hotel

Eva Lopez, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa

Simon Mesler, J&S Audio Visual

Jorge Meraz Ibarra, Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Marissa Moyer, Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa

Marina O'Leary, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Wendy Schuck, Hotel Irvine

Andrea Smith, The Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago

Ellen Thornton, El Encanto

David Umanzio, Destination Hotels & Resorts

Lee Vinciguerra, JW Marriott Desert Springs

Claudia Wehrman, CMP, DMCP, AlliedPRA

Teresa White, Dolce Hotels & Resorts

Nancy Wilkerson, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Yolanda Woeke-Jacobs. Dragonfly