January 2017


The new year is here — what are you looking forward to in 2017? FICP is excited for our five events, new initiatives and – most importantly – helping advance the meetings and events industry. 

Five Things to Know in January

  1. FICP members let us know they want access to more resources and tools, so FICP is starting a newsletter is starting a newsletter entitled Education Essentials. Be on the look out for our first edition, coming later this month!
  2. Attending the Winter Symposium? We’ve optimized the FICP website to serve your needs while on-site. There will not be a separate mobile app. Contact communitymanager@ficpnet.com with any questions.
  3. From social: 10 Ideas for a More Organized 2017.
  4. 2016 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 a stress-free timeline for planning a general session, six strategies that will make your sponsors love you and more.

Important Information Regarding TheNetwork

Due to a system upgrade, TheNetwork will be temporarily unavailable Monday, January 30 to Friday, February 3
Those interested in downloading the attendee list prior to the Winter Symposium should plan to do so before Friday, January 27.

There's Still Time to Renew

Have you renewed with FICP for 2017? There's no time like the present to check this item off your to-do list. Your FICP membership allows you to evolve as a meetings and events professional by connecting with industry peers and learning best practices and emerging trends. 
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.

2017 Winter Symposium 

The 2017 Winter Symposium will focus on maintaining your personal brand, speaker management, the DOL ruling, ROI and more! After attending these sessions, you'll walk away with refreshed perspectives that will help you generate new, exciting ideas and demonstrate the positive impact that meetings have on your organization.

Learn how to hack your life at Life Hacks for Busy Event Professionals, Monday, January 30 at the Boston Park Plaza.

The FICP website has been optimized to serve your needs while on-site. There will not be a separate mobile app. Contact communitymanager@ficpnet.com with any questions.


2017 Annual Conference Partnership Opportunities 

Sales for the 2017 Annual Conference at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego will go live Thursday, February 9 at 11:00 a.m. CST. The link will be made available on the FICP website and posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages at the time sales open.  Look out for sponsorship reminder emails in the coming weeks.

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.

Meet the 2017 Strategic Partners

FICP strategic Partners support the organization year-round. Take a look at the strategic Partners for 2017.


  • 360 Destination Group


  • ACCESS Destination Services
  • AZA Events, Inc.
  • Disney Destinations
  • DMC Network
  • DSC, Destination Services Corp.
  • Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts & Live Aqua Hotels & Resorts
  • Global DMC Partners
  • Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • 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

Meetings and Events

Christine Harrison, Zurich American Insurance Company
Nikki Lunkenheimer, American Fidelity Assurance
Laura Ditto, CPCU, CIC, AAM, AIS, Central Insurance Companies
Tavar James, AXA Equitable
Casey McCrudden, Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Mindy Musch, Northern Trust
Marisa Thornton, Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Kristen Hubela, Legg Mason Global Asset Management
Silvia Fuentes, Pinnacol Assurance
Roxane Ault, RBC Wealth Management

Hospitality Partners
Shelley Bankard-Weaver, JW Marriott Nashville
Felix Barreras, AlliedPRA
Cynthia Benequista, AlliedPRA Arizona
Shelby Connett, Visit Sarasota County
Karl Edmunds, Educational Measures, LLC
Erin Feeney, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Christian Heydt Iberger, NXTevent
Robert Lepisto, CTC, SeaDream Yacht Club
Rosy Merlino, Trump Soho New York
Karen Staples, CMP, CASE 
Liz Vinsand, Vail Resorts Meetings & Events
Marilyne Bouteiller, St. James Hotel
Sujata Kumar, Taj Hotels
Michelle Olewinski, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago