May 2016

Summer is almost here, and FICP is getting ready to make a splash with three incredible events! This summer's packed schedule begins with the 2016 FICP Education Forum, happening at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay in Half Moon Bay, Calif. 

Five Things to Know in May

  1. If you missed the May CMP Certification Test, don't worry - there are still two other opportunities this year. Learn more.
  2. Education Forum Keynote Spotlight: view our website to see videos and read interviews with our keynote speakers!
  3. From Social: 14 Skills Every Professional Should Have.
  4. The May digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available! This month's issue features welcoming the smartphone to site inspection, how to deal with the economics of meetings today and more.
  5. TheNetwork is the perfect place for you to connect with your fellow FICPers in between the in-person events. Start a discussion today!

2016 FICP Education Forum 

The 2016 FICP Education Forum has reached capacity and we are looking forward to an exciting learning and networking experience in Half Moon Bay. FICP is accepting names for the wait list in the event that any spots open up due to cancellations. Openings will be addressed on a first-come, first-served basis from the wait list.

Unable to make the Education Forum? No problem! There are plenty of other opportunities for you to build your knowledge and create new connections at FICP in-person events this year, starting with the 2016 FICP Summer Symposium.

2016 FICP Summer and Fall Symposia Registration

Planner registration for the Summer and Fall Symposia is now open! Join your fellow FICP members and hospitality partners in Canada this summer at two great events - in two stunning locations - for unmatched education sessions and networking events. 

Learn more about the 2016 Summer Symposium, taking place August 18-20 at the InterContinental Toronto Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada by clicking here, or learn more about the 2016 Fall Symposium, taking place September 28-30 at the Fairmont Banff Springs in Banff, AB, Canada by clicking here.

Are you planning on bringing three or more planners to the Summer Symposium?
Register two planners from your company and receive a third registration for free! And, don't forget: a 50% discount is being offered across Westjet's extensive networks of flights for all planners traveling to the Summer Symposium.

Hospitality partners: receive a 10% discount when you book your flight to the Summer Symposium with Westjet.

2016 FICP Annual Conference Education


The 2016 FICP Annual Conference, taking place at the Omni Nashville Hotel on November 9-12, has the education you need to enhance your industry knowledge. Carefully designed for meetings professionals, the education sessions are sure to make you more effective in your career. From peer-to-peer and strategic thinking sessions, to forward-looking sessions and meeting planner mainstays, this education slate is perfect for planners at all stages in their career.

Planner registration will open this June, and is expected to sell out quickly at this highly-anticipated event. Be on the look out for future communications from FICP to ensure you're ready for registration when it's live! Hospitality Partners must have secured their spot through the online sales process or membership recruitment. Learn more.


New Member Recruitment Contest

The 2016 FICP New Member Recruitment Contest is underway! This contest is a simple - yet effective - way to increase the number of companies represented in FICP, thereby creating even more opportunities for exposure, education and networking opportunities across the financial services and insurance industry.

This year's prizes include opportunities to attend the 2016 FICP Annual Conference, taking place November 9-12 at the Omni Nashville Hotel, as well as the 2017 Annual Conference, taking place November 12-15, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. 

2016 New Member Recruitment Contest Guidelines:

Planner Members

Hospitality Partners

Featured Strategic Partner

FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Click the logo to read our interview with them.

FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Leigh Anzano, Prudential
Claire Bourquin, Prudential Retirement
Amy Delo, ALMI, Farm Bureau Insurance
Nicole Force, Amica Mutual Insurance Company
Christine Garrett, ACS, SCOR Global Life
Caroline Picha, Legg Mason Global Asset Management
Kerry Sullivan, Amica Mutual Insurance Company

Hospitality Partners

Cheryl Abney, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Paula Carcamo, InterContinental Toronto Yorkville
Julie Garber, Boulders Resort & Spa
Lisa Gonzalez, Kuoni Destination Management
April Hays, Belmond La Samanna
Lori James, AZA Events, Inc.
Tony Polito, Highgate Hotels
Lesley Pope, New Orleans Marriott
Joyce Wood, The Greenbrier