February 2017


We're head-over-heels for our members and hospitality partners - stay another year with FICP! Learn more about the member renewal process below, including important instructions about changing your password. 

Five Things to Know in February

  1. 2017 is shaping up to be a delicious year: learn more about 2017 food and beverage trends.
  2. Focus on the Future: industry leaders discuss the future of events.
  3. Young meetings and events professionals are revitalizing the industry.
  4. From Social: What Trump’s Immigration Ban Means for the Meetings and Events Industry
  5. The February digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available! This month's issue features articles about forming great teams, using drones at meetings and more.

Hospitality Partner and Member Renewal

There's still time to renew with FICP! Be sure to renew your membership by Tuesday, February 28 to guarantee your name will be included in the FICP Directory. Your membership also allows you to attend  FICP events and gives you access to great year-round resources, such as TheNetwork.

How to Renew

Login to MyFICP and click on “Join/Renew Financial & Insurance Conference” to create your invoice and pay for your renewal. If it’s your first time logging into the new portal, you must reset your password here. Your username is the email address you have on file with FICP.

If you have any issues or questions, please reach out to FICP headquarters at info@ficpnet.com.

Winter Symposium Wrap-up

The 2017 FICP Winter Symposium took place January 29 – 31 at the Boston Park Plaza. Drawing more than 100 attendees, this unique event offered a noteworthy line-up of speakers and sessions focused on industry trends. Plus, several memorable networking events provided the chance to connect with colleagues – making this the perfect way to kick-off the new year! 
Be sure to visit TheNetwork for session receipts, presentations and more! 


Thank You 2017 Committees and Event Teams

Thanks to our new and returning 2017 committee members! These individuals volunteer their time to help further the mission and vision of FICP and the professional development of its members. View the 2017 FICP leadership here.


2017 Education Forum Sponsorship Sales

Sponsorship sales for the 2017 FICP Education Forum at the Montage Palmetto Bluff, in Bluffton, South Carolina, will go live on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. CST.  Learn more about this year's Education Forum here, and look out for sponsorship reminder emails in the coming weeks. 

2017 FICP Directory Advertising Sales

Each year, FICP publishes a comprehensive directory, which includes detailed information for planner members and hospitality partners. Increase your company’s visibility in this hard copy, printed piece – a go-to resource for FICP planner members. Advertisers interested in reserving space in the FICP Directory must return their signed agreements to FICP by Monday, April 3. Contact us for more information.

Strategic Partner Profile 

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


FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners

Meetings and Events

Rich Cronin, Credit Union National Association
Casey McCrudden, Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Sara Rosen, CMP, Brandes
Silvia Fuentes, Pinnacol Assurance
Marisa Thornton, Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Kendra Heredia, NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company
Melissa Arsenie, Commonwealth Financial Network
Chelsea Eaton, CMP, Morgan Stanley
Laura Ditto, CPCU, CIC, AAM, AIS, Central Insurance Companies
Tavar James, AXA Equitable
Michelle Clayton, CIS, Travelers
Emily Wills, GWG Holdings, Inc.
Kristen Hubela, Legg Mason Global Asset Management
Mindy Musch, Northern Trust
Kristen Farrell, MBA, Ash Brokerage

Hospitality Partners
Daniela Fazoli, MGM National Harbor
Debi DeBenedetto, Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB
Michel Couturier, Dubai Business Events
Carrie-Ann Ratner, CMP, Wynn Resorts
Donna Marchese, Sonesta Hotels International
Courtney Brown, St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission
Alex Hurd, Discover Newport, Rhode Island
Mandy Brown, Hornblower Cruises & Events
Sandra Torenburg, Pendry Hotel
Sandrine Jabouin, Shackman Associates - Destination Management & Special Events
Kini Sanborn, Vintage Estate
Laura Saeger, Bermuda Tourism Authority
Danielle Dunfee, Benchmark Hospitality
Michelle Olewinski, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
Robert Lepisto, CTC, SeaDream Yacht Club
Gillian Griffin, Adare Manor
Christian Heydt Iberger, NXTevent
Liz Vinsand, Vail Resorts Meetings & Events
Geoffrey Christian, EMS Software
Kim Lowe, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center
Mark Constantinou, Hyatt Regency Chicago
TL Green, Kellogg Conference Hotel
Shelby Connett, Visit Sarasota County
Rosy Merlino, Trump Soho New York
Mary Geong, Rocco Forte Hotels
Erin Feeney, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Karen Staples, CMP, CASE, Visit Salt Lake
Elisa Jaworski, CMP, HMCC, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Isabel Flores, ESA Latin America
Judi Havill, On-Site Productions, Inc.
William Adams, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Cynthia Benequista, AlliedPR Arizona
Lindsey Silver, Pebble Beach Resorts
Lisa Vogt, Celebrity Cruises
Andrew Boardman, The Hotel Viking
Karl Edmunds, Educational Measures, LLC
Felix Barreras, AlliedPRA
Nanette Hinkle, WorldWide Speakers Group
Marilyne Bouteiller, St. James Hotel
Romain Meinardi, InterContinental Paris Le Grand
Heather Brown, CMP, DMCP, AlliedPRA Chicago
Sujata Kumar, Taj Hotels