January 2014


Happy New Year from FICP! We look forward to sharing 2014 with you. From new opportunities to connect with fellow FICP planner members and hospitality partners, chances to learn from industry experts and several new events taking place, FICP has much in store this year. We hope you'll join us as we continue to connect, learn and grow.

Five Things to Know in January

  1. Busy schedules this time of year are a given. We're offering planners a one-day registration option for the upcoming FICP Winter Symposium. Learn more.
  2. FICP is pleased to announce its 2014 leadership. Take a look at who makes up our 2014 Board of Directors and Hospitality Partner Advisory Council (HPAC).
  3. Get involved in TheNetwork in 2014 and get the most out of your FICP membership! Join a discussion, browse great resources and make new connections here.
  4. Sponsorship sales for the 2014 Annual Conference will go live on Tuesday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m. CST
  5. Sponsorship sales for the 2014 Education Forum will go live on Tuesday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. CST. Please review the “Safe Send” instructions listed below to ensure FICP emails are delivered straight to your inbox. 

FICP Winter Symposium Offers Exceptional Education, Smaller Environment

In addition to a new, one-day registration option, the FICP Winter Symposium offers attendees a chance to connect in a smaller, more focused environment. The FICP Winter Symposium will feature top educational content, including sessions led by these industry experts:


Lior Arussy, Founder, The Strativity Group Exceptional or Nothing, The New Performance Standard
Chris Bashinelli, Actor, PBS TV Host & UN Emcee From Brooklyn to Africa
Dianne Devitt, President/Owner, D3Dimensions Creativity with a Message
James Spellos, President, Meeting U  The Meeting Professionals Guide to Internet Connectivity
Jim Wexler, President, Experiences Unlimited Planning for Gamification


2013 Annual Conference favorite Jessica Holmes will also make an appearance at FICP Winter Symposium, performing during Tuesday evening’s ENCORE! event. View the session schedule for an all-inclusive look at the exceptional educational and networking opportunities offered at this event and register today.

Renew Your Membership for 2014

Don’t forget to renew your affiliation with FICP for 2014. Planner members and hospitality partners may access their profile and renewal invoice by logging into the FICP website. Click on the “My Memberships and 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.

Looking for a Way to Increase Your Impact with Junior Achievement?

With programs located throughout the United States, Canada, and across the globe, a volunteer opportunity with Junior Achievement® may be just around the corner.

Visit ja.org to learn more about volunteering with Junior Achievement, or sign up to volunteer today.

Ensure You're Receiving All FICP Emails

While we all get a lot of emails, it's also a primary source of communication between FICP and its members and hospitality partners. If you are concerned you may not be receiving all FICP emails, please consult the steps below:

  1. Check your spam, junk or bulk folders for emails from FICP. If you see a message from us in one of those folders, add info@ficpnet.com to the safe sender list in your email platform.
  2. If you cannot locate the email in the above-mentioned folders, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may be blocking one of Constant Contact’s (the email management platform used by FICP) IP addresses. Since Constant Contact does not always send your email from the same IP address, it is not possible to determine which particular IP address has been blocked. To ensure that all IP addresses are being accepted by your ISP, you may wish to request a whitelist for FICP from your ISP or IT department. If you need more assistance, please contact FICP's Community Manager.

Featured Strategic Partner

FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about The Broadmoor. Click their logo to read our interview with Pierre Stone.



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

TheNetwork Corner

Ask Ed is busy again in 2014! This week, he is looking for input on international travel security. There are also some great discussions about new venues, green meetings and more. Join his group in TheNetwork and join the discussions! Have a question for Ed? Submit it here.




FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Brian Brown, CMP, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Linda Cavenee, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Courtney Davis, Wells Fargo

Rachel Dworsky, DMCP, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Alyssa Groom, CMP, Wells Fargo

Beth Hamacher, QBE North America

Ashley Haynes, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Maggie Hoi, CMM, CMP, Wells Fargo

Jodi Ieva, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Jack Kolb, American Family Insurance

Edeline Larkins, Wells Fargo

Patti Levey, CMM, CTE, PwC

Michelle Lynch, Cambridge Associates

Alisha Martorella-Smith, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Sandra Moore, CMP, Sun Life Financial

Darci Motta, CMP, CITE, CSAA Insurance Group

Lori Nguyen, Wells Fargo

Sej Pandya, CMP, Capital One

Nancy Parish, Summit Partners


Hospitality Partners

Lori Aparicio, The Venetian  | The Palazzo

Raqual Baptiste, CMP, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau

Lesli Blye, Iacono Productions

Jennifer Brown, Aspen Ski Company

Carmela Buenrostro, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

Ryan Buzzard, Omni Hotels & Resorts

Chris Carpenter, The Edwardian Group London

Ashley Cawood, CMP, The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Matt Cuevas, Cappa & Graham

Josh DeSilva, DeSilva Meetings Consultants

Meredith Dicker, The Hiltons of Washington

Mike Drinkwalter, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

Nalini Dube-Borzym, CMP, Discover Palm Beach County

Meghan Duff, Sonnenalp Hotel of Vail

Scott Eames, AlliedPRA

Annie Farrell, Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

Nacho Ferrando, Spaintacular DMC

Pat Gappmayr, Tourism Kelowna

Jessica Gibbons, Antonopoulos Group: Hotel Nelligan and Place d'Armes

Cheryl-Ann Grimes, Loews Don CeSar Hotel

Lauren Halpern, Deco Productions, a DMC Network Company

Donald Harvey, FireSky Resort and Spa

Troy Hedenskog, The Ranch at Rock Creek

Holls Hicks, The Ranch at Rock Creek

Erica Hussey, DMCP, Hosts Global Alliance

Susan Kennedy, Sanderling Resort

Kyle Kidder, Turning Stone Resort

John Ksar, The Harry Walker Agency, Inc.

Eric Kuester, Pinehurst Resort

Sarah Lantzer, MGM Grand Hotel

Meghan Lynch, AlliedPRA New York

Karen Mahrous, Ocean House

Jim Manley, The Ranch at Rock Creek

Heifi Miesrsemann, CMP, The Westin Verasa Napa

Marlene Piat, Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Lori Rehm, The Sagamore

Trevor Roald, QuickMobile

Natasha Shah, The Hay-Adams

Karen Strgagich, Noble House Hotels and Resorts

Kelsey Swan, Winegardner & Hammons, Inc

Steven Tanzer, TripBuilder Media Inc.

Ryan Thompson, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

Kimberly Urich, CMP, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

Brian Whitt, DSC, Destination Services Corp.

Jennifer Worthley, Enchantment Group

Marcella Zuniga, Dorchester Collection