March 2014


As the seasons change, FICP is preparing for two exciting events that will take place this summer: FICP Education Forum and FICP Summer Symposium. Both events promise top-notch education and networking opportunities, in two terrific locations. We hope to see you there, and at FICP events throughout the year. 

Five Things to Know in March

  1. Mark your calendars – Sponsorship sales for FICP 2014 Summer and Fall Symposia go on sale Tuesday, April 8 at 11:00 a.m. CDT.
  2. Did you catch the newly released Convention Industry Council Economic Significance Study in last month’s NewsNet? Read the executive summary or log in to TheNetwork to read the full report.
  3. Are you planning to attend the 2014 FICP Education Forum? Check out the 2014 Forum video and learn more. Planner registration opened this week - Register today!
  4. Hospitality Partners: Take part in FICP’s newly developed Mentorship Program. Learn more and submit your application to become a mentor or to receive one.
  5. Don't miss your chance to advertise in the 2014 FICP Membership Directory. The deadline is tomorrow, March 21, so act now. See below for important details.

2014 FICP Education Forum

Are you planning to attend the 2014 FICP Education Forum, taking place June 18-20 at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans? Browse the education sessions and networking opportunities for a taste of what this event has to offer. This year’s Education Forum is packed with top-notch speakers and important industry topics, all in a unique and diverse location. Learn more and register today


Last Chance: Advertise in the Membership Directory

The printed 2014 FICP Membership Directory will be published and distributed to more than 1,400 FICP Planner Members and Hospitality Partners this June. All advertising commitments must be received by FICP Headquarters by March 21 and materials must be received no later than April 18. Click here for more information. Positions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thank You to the 2014 FICP Committees & Design Teams

Annual Conference Design Team:
Board Liaison: Kelli Livers, CMP, Forethought Financial Group
HPAC Liaison: Clarence Day, CMP, The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
Leona Balthazar, Island Partners Hawai’i
John Cruz, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
Kathy Dever, Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau
Alison Hall, MeetingsNet/corporate&incentives
Russ Kembel, Hilton Waikoloa Village
Jeff Leggett, Co-operators Insurance
Karin Pontelandolfo, Liberty Mutual
Carlin Putman, AIG Life and Retirement
Todd Zint, CMP, CMM, NFP

Education Forum Design Team:
Board Liaison: Jeff Leggett, Co-operators Insurance
HPAC Liaison: Julie Holmen, Tourism Toronto
Heidi Carlisle, Aflac
Mary Cretella, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
Victoria De La Garza, NEXT Financial Group
Alison Hall, MeetingsNet/corporate&incentives
Kathy Ramsay, Sun Life Financial


Symposia Task Force:
Board Liaisons: Caryn Taylor Lucia, SEI;
Karin Pontelandolfo, CMP, Liberty Mutual
HPAC Liaisons: Isabel Mahon, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts North America;
Linda Burley, CMP, Red Rock Resort
Julie Calvert, The Canadian Payroll Association
Darci O’Brien, Pyramis Global Advisors, a Fidelity Investments Company
Maureen Wallace, Ernst & Young, LLP

HPAC/Sponsorship Committee:
Board Liaison: Shelia Cleary, National Life Group;
HPAC Liaison: Clarence Day, CMP, The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
Linda Burley, CMP, Red Rock Resort.
Chris Gilbert, Charleston Place.
Padraic Gilligan, BA, MA, HDE, Ovation Global DMC.
Julie Holmen, Tourism Toronto.
Isabel Mahon, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts North America.
Kevin Regan, MBA, Silversea Cruises, Ltd.
Education Committee:
Board Liaisons: Jeff Leggett, Co-operators Insurance;
Kathy Roche, Western & Southern Financial Group
HPAC Liaisons: Padraic Gilligan, BA, MA, HDE, Ovation Global DMC;
Kevin Regan, MBA, Silversea Cruises, Ltd.
Kim Boriin, CMP, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Aoife Delaney, Ovation Global DMC
Sherri Lindenberg, CLU, Crump Life Insurance Services
Deborah Lipsky, SEI
Chris Long, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Stephanie Montini, metroConnections
Lynn Schwandt, CMP, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Matthew Schermerhorn, CMP, CSAA Insurance Group
Katie Senkowski, AIG Benefit Solutions
Sarah Whitlock, CMP, Pioneer Investments
Membership Committee:
Board Liaisons: Marla Hannigan, CMP, Mutual of Omaha;
Marcia Merando, LLIF, FLMI, LUTCF, Frankenmuth Insurance
HPAC Liaison: Chris Gilbert, Charleston Place
Anita Carlyle, MCC Destination Management
Louise Fellstrom, CMP, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Ron Foxworthy, CMP, Wells Fargo
Art Gordon, Salamander Hotels
Nicole Greber, Wynn Las Vegas
Tammy Hanerfeld, CMM, CMP, PwC
Maggie Johnston, CMP, Assurex Global
Natale Patterson, ACCESS Destination Services
John Schreiber, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
Christine Seaver, Pioneer Investments
Annie Thalman, Washington Speakers Bureau
Shari Wallack, Buy the Sea
Carolee Weinstein, Omni Hotels & Resorts


Featured Strategic Partners

FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about 360 Destination Group and Fiesta Americana. Click their logos to read our interviews with them.                                                                                                       




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TheNetwork Corner

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FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Kathy Andrews, Ernst & Young

Liz Aughey, BlackRock

Erica Baum, CMP, Ernst & Young

Jenny Belonis, Liberty Mutual

Jennifer Brock, Ernst & Young

Jaime Coffey, Ernst & Young

Kristina DeBrito, S&P Capital IQ

Gina DiChiara, CMP, Dreyfus

Katherine Faubert, PwC

Jill Flynt, Ernst & Young

Jason Fowler, Ernst & Young

Meredith Fried, Ernst & Young

Natalie Jones, Ernst & Young

Talia Kornfeld, BlackRock

Jim Kowitz, Ernst & Young

Terri Ann Lindelow, CMP, SEI

Eileen McDonough, S&P Ratings Services

Cassandra Muniak, BlackRock

Donna Nobida, The Doctors Company

Alison Parenti, Ernst & Young

Jaclyn Patterson, BlackRock

Mia Righetti, AIG Financial Distributors

Jared Silverman, CMP, Ernst & Young

Shara Stewart, Ernst & Young

Renee Taylor, Natixis Global Asset Management

Bailey Tomson, Ernst & Young

Carrie Turney, Ernst & Young

Sarah Van Nortwick, CMP, Ernst & Young

Shannon Wayt Sessoms, Ernst & Young

Haley Weinger, BlackRock

Berny Wickersham, The Leaders Group, Inc.

Katie Yonushewski, American Realty Capital

Hospitality Partners

Diana Bright, St. Regis Aspen Resort

Bree Brostko, Kindred Resorts & Hotels

Jennifer Brown, Aspen Ski Company

Rajeev Brown, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago

Rachel Carey, Hilton Orlando Bonney Creek

Patti Elliot, C.I.S, Langham Hotels International

David Fast, Sheraton West Des Moines

Isabel Flores, The DMC Group

Ashley Glander, Blackberry Farm

Joanna Gresh, The American Club Resort

Maureen Hare, Marriott International

Sean Hutchinson, Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

Patricia Kindness, AlliedPRA

John Ksar, The Harry Walker Agency, Inc.

Clemence Legouy-Benamar, Pacific World

Vanessa Londono, B Ocean Fort Lauderdale

Leandra Lopez, The Carneros Inn

Anne Macy Malit, St. Regis Deer Valley

Matthew McNally, The Resorts of Dana Point

Susan Proffitt, CMP, The Sebastian - Vail

Neil Sabin, Maritur-Destination Management Company of Mexico

Melanie Strang, Hutton Hotel

Lindsey Strutzenberg, Island Hotel Newport Beach

Carlos Valdes, DMCP, Worldwide Destination Management

Meghan Welborn, VDA Productions