January 2016


Can you believe it's already 2016? There are some exciting developments on the horizon for 2016 and we can't wait to share them with you as the year progresses.

As always, FICP has another five great in-person events planned, with the Winter Symposium just around the corner! Take a look at the event preview below to learn how FICP is kicking off the year with style and in-demand education. We look forward to seeing everyone at the beautiful Omni Parker House in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Five Things to Know in January

  1. The FICP Education Forum website is live! Take a look at the preliminary schedule of events and plan to join us at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, June 22-24. Registration opens in the spring.
  2. You may have already made your resolutions for 2016, but here are some extra great ideas
  3. The Winter Symposium mobile app is available for attendees through the FICP year-round app. When logging in, your username is your email address and your password is winter2016.
  4. 2015 had some great memories, many of which are immortalized on the FICP Flickr page. Head there today and relive the magic!
  5. The January digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available! This month's issue features bringing "meetovations" to the masses, strategic visioning and more.


FICP Winter Symposium Preview

The FICP Winter Symposium is less than a week away, but there's still time to register
Taking place January 24-26 at the Omni Parker House in Boston, the winter symposium offers the opportunity to connect with meeting planners and industry suppliers while experiencing FICP's top-tier education. Education sessions and networking activities include:
  • A welcome reception at the historic Omni Parker House
  • An evening event at the recently-opened Coppersmith
  • Education focused on customer experience, engagement marketing, upcoming meeting trends, evolving technology and more

Don't miss this chance to kick off 2016 with FICP, register today!

FICP Annual Conference Sponsorship Sales

Sales for the 2016 Annual Conference will go live, Thursday, February 11 at 11:00 am CST. The link will be made available on the FICP website and sent via email communication.
Make sure these timely emails are delivered to your inbox by following the instructions 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.

There's Still Time to Renew

Haven't renewed with FICP for 2016? There's still time! Take care of that item on your list today!
How to Renew
Simply log in to the FICP website and click on "My Transactions" to access your invoice. Renew now to ensure uninterrupted access to FICP’s top-notch networking (including TheNetwork).
If you have any issues or questions, please reach out to FICP headquarters at info@ficpnet.com.

Congrats to the FICP Member Recruitment Winner

The New Member Recruiting Contest is FICP’s yearly promotion to grow membership and allow hospitality partners who did not secure a sponsorship opportunity to attend the Annual Conference. FICP proudly welcomed 50 new members as a result of the 2015 contest. Thank you to all of the members and hospitality partners who helped grow FICP!

Congratulations to the 2015 winner, Anne Erickson of Philip Myers Entertainment. As the hospitality partner winner, Anne received a complimentary spot at the 2015 FICP Annual Conference. 


Answer the Call and Participate in the FICP Mentorship Program

FICP is excited to announce that we will be continuing the hospitality partner Mentorship Program in 2016. The program will continue to focus on assisting new and existing hospitality partners with their transition into FICP, and is designed to educate new hospitality partners on how to maximize the value of their affiliation with FICP and provide them with industry expertise. This is a year-round initiative to ensure that knowledge is being shared beyond in-person events, thereby increasing their overall professional development.

Mentors selected to participate in this program have extensive FICP knowledge and are eager to serve as a resource for their colleagues. If you are interested in serving as a mentor in 2016, please submit a Call for Mentor form. If you are interested in being assigned a mentor in 2016, please submit a Mentor Request form. The HPAC will assign mentors later this month.

We hope that you take advantage of this great opportunity to enhance your engagement with FICP. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Sherrard via email or at (312) 245-1023.

Meet the 2016 Strategic Partners

FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. Take a look at the Strategic Partners for 2016.


  • 360 Destination Group


  • ACCESS Destination Services
  • AZA Events, Inc.
  • Disney Destinations
  • DMC Network
  • Eco Destination Management Services of Aruba/Curacao
  • Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts & Live Aqua Hotels & Resorts
  • Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Host Global Alliance
  • Island Partners Hawai'i
  • JPdL Destination Management Canada
  • Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
  • Miami Air International
  • Monaco Government Tourist Office
  • Preferred Hotels & Resorts
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises & Oceania Cruises
  • Silversea Cruises, Ltd.
  • The Broadmoor

FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Marirose Baker, Vanguard
Cindi Brown, Nationwide Insurance
Jordyn Burns, New York Life Insurance Company
Jackie Crader, Prudential
Ariel Crohn, CMP, Coverys
Tom Edelen, Thrivent Financial
Paula Finn, TIAA-CREF
Matthew Garbacz, Nationwide Insurance
Debi Gibson, Thrivent Financial
Chelsea Goff, John Hancock
Kristen Johnson, CMP, Commonwealth Financial Network
Cindy Knoche, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Jennifer Kowal, CMP, CMM, AON Service Corporation
Emily Kruglik, Cambridge Associates
Kimberly Lawrence, Ernst & Young
Stacey Loula, Voya Financial
Kristina Nichols, CMP, MassMutual Financial Group
Ashley Poe, IHC Risk Solutions
Janet Quirk, Connolly, Inc.
Lori Smith, Grinnell Mutual
Chris Sullivan, Travelers
Danielle Tambini, CMP, John Hancock
Laura Walters, MassMutual Financial Group

Hospitality Partners

Judith Andujar, Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Brandon Geoly, Omni Parker House
Militza Orama, Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Regina Rink, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Courtney Sculley, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau
Jamie Tiffany, Destination Hotels
Kellie Walker, AlliedPRA
Alisa Walsh, Eventworks, Inc.