March 2016

Lucky you! NewsNet is here for the month of March, and we've got so much to share with you. 

Five Things to Know in March

  1. Follow FICP on Facebook and Twitter to receive up-to-date, relevant information about industry news and pertinent FICP info. 
  2. Hospitality Partners: The 2016 FICP Summer/Fall Symposia sales will go live on Thurday, April 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. CDT. Mark your calendars!
  3. Planners: the 2016 FICP Summer Symposium registration will open on May 4, 2016.
  4. From Social:11 Farmer's Market-Inspired Event Ideas
  5. The March digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available! This month's issue features the entrepreneur's must-dos, building a board that works and more.

2016 FICP Education Forum: Planner Registration Update

The 2016 FICP Education Forum will provide planner members and hospitality partners the opportunity to customize their educational experience. Taking place at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, June 22-24, this is also an excellent opportunity to site a beautiful and popular meeting location.

Planner registration for this hotly-anticipated event will open the week of March 28. Registration is expected to sell out quickly.

Summer and Fall Symposia Sales: Thursday, April 7

Summer and Fall Symposia sales will open Thursday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. CDT. To learn more about the remaining 2016 sponsorship sales dates, click here. The Symposia are a series of two-day events that offer superior education, a balanced networking environment and the opportunity to experience a first-rate destination. The Summer Symposia will be at the InterContinental Toronto Centre, in Toronto, Ontario: the fourth-largest city in North America. The Fall Symposia will be held at the Fairmont Banff Springs in picturesque Banff, Alberta, Canada. 

FICP offers a variety of multi-level packages, all designed to differentiate your company while accommodating your budget. The 2016 FICP Symposia Sponsorship Opportunities can be viewed here.

Advertise with FICP

FICP offers several opportunities for hospitality partners to advertise to the planner community. 

2016 FICP Directory
The 2016 FICP Directory will be published and distributed to more than 1,400 FICP Planner Members and Hospitality Partners this June. Advertising commitments must be received by FICP Headquarters by Friday, March 25 and materials must be submitted no later than Friday, April 15. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact FICP Relationship Manager Jack Gage. Positions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Annual Conference Photo Directory
This highly-anticipated printed piece is distributed at the Annual Conference to more than 600 planner and hospitality partner attendees.  Space reservations & materials are due Friday, October 14. Complete the advertising agreement on or before this date and send to Jana Dinham.

Become an FICP Contributor

FICP members have shared that they learn best from each other’s experiences. Be an active part of the community and share your own story at an upcoming FICP event. The 2016 Call for Speakers is now open, with opportunities for planners and hospitality partners to present on evening event creativity, keeping attendees engaged post-event, meetings technology and more. Read more and complete the form by April 15. More information here.

Global Meetings Industry Day is April 14

Global Meetings Industry Day is less than one month away! Need inspiration on how to celebrate? Check out these ideas, as provided by Meetings Mean Business. 



Featured Strategic Partners

FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about Miami Air International and Eco Destination Management Services. Click their logos to read our interviews with them.

TheNetwork Corner

You can customize your communication settings in TheNetwork. Once you log in, click your photo in the upper right corner (What’s that? You don’t have a photo up there? Add one!). Then, click the “Profile” button. From there, you’ll see a tab called, “My Account.” Click there, and then manage your email settings in “Community Notifications.”  Questions about TheNetwork or how to make the most of it? Post a thread in the Ask Ed group, or contact FICP’s Community Manager.


MeetingsNet is Searching for Changemaker Nominees

The planners and suppliers who are named to MeetingsNet’s annual Changemakers list have one thing in common: They are passionate about meetings. Who should make the cut this year? Our 20 Changemakers are passionate about meetings; some have an impact during a lengthy career, some make a splash right out of the gate. Read more about what we’re looking for, and send us your nominees. Both planners and suppliers are eligible. 

FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Lauren Callahan, Liberty Mutual
Colleen Conley, Liberty Mutual
Tracy Craterfield, The Boston Consulting Group
Jessica Davis, Colonial Life
Kelsey Fiorelli, The Boston Consulting Group
Ashley Gabriele, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.
Ellen Henningsen, Transamerica Life Insurance Company
Leslie Herald, Transamerica Life Insurance Company
Raquel Hicks, CMP, Transamerica Travel and Conference Services, LLC
Kealy Howard, Wells Fargo
Robin MacDonald, Wells Fargo
Kate Middlebrook, RBC Global Asset Management
Mariola Miguelez, The Boston Consulting Group
Caroline Moran, MasterCard Worldwide
Johanna O'Brien, RBC Global Asset Management
Sarah Orvis, Transamerica Travel and Conference Services, LLC
Celia Price, CMP, Wells Fargo
Mary Beth Robinson, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Rachel Rohloff, Transamerica Travel and Conference Services, LLC
Corrina Sosnowich, RBC Brand Marketing
Alissa Varricchione, Wells Fargo
Robina Wahid, Transamerica Life Insurance Company
Susan Walsh-Caban, Money Concepts International
Brittany Welch, Liberty Mutual


Hospitality Partners

Nicole Bolduan, The St. Regis Aspen Resort
Donald Bostic, Pinehurst Resort
Tracy Craterfield, The Boston Consulting Group
Claudia Gunter, Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort
Suzanne LoGiudice, CMP, AMResorts
Gerry McFarland, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club
Jared Mintz, Alon Las Vegas
Angeles Moreno, events by tlc - Portugal
Daniel Whitehead, InterContinental Hotels Group