October 2013


The New Face of NewsNet

Welcome to the new and improved FICP NewsNet. Take a look around. We've cleaned up the navigation, written shorter and more concise articles and implemented more simple and appealing aesthetics. We even built in easy print and sharing capabilities.

We hope you enjoy the new and improved NewsNet. Questions? Contact us.

Five Things to Know in October

1. NewsNet is new! We encourage you to share it with your colleagues and professional contacts. And don't hesitate to let us know how we can continue to improve your FICP newsletter.

2. Contribute to the 2013 FICP Annual Conference Silent Auction, benefitting Junior Achievement®. Bidding opens on Monday, October 21.

3. Take a few minutes to update your profile today and make the most of your involvement with FICP. Just log in and click "My Information." It only takes two minutes, and if you do it before October 31, you'll be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card.

4. Hospitality Partners: secure an ad in one of the most popular FICP resources - the Annual Conference Photo Directory. Reservations must be made by Friday, October 25.

5. Don't forget, Ask Ed is out at TheNetwork to answer your questions about everything from tipping to space selection to finding helpful documents on TheNetwork.

Annual Conference Update

The Annual Conference is fast approaching and as expected, there is a lot of interest from our planner community to be part of the conference. Recently, we closed planner registration and established a waitlist for those seeking to attend. With our growing membership and the high demand to go to Boston, we’re excited to announce that we have decided to increase planner attendance at this year’s Annual by more than 15% of plan. The result will be near record-high planner attendance and a greater number of planners able to attend than in more than five years.

Thank you to everyone who has contacted us the past few weeks regarding this matter. As always, we appreciate the feedback and value your input.

Strategic Partners

Each month in NewsNet, we feature FICP Strategic Partners. This month, we showcase these three fantastic companies. Click their logos to read our interviews with them.



2013 FICP Annual Conference Silent Auction

Submit your silent auction donations today and support Junior Achievement® (JA) and JA of Northern New England. FICP is seeking donations big and small and a successful auction offers something for everyone, so be creative. To donate, visit the FICP silent auction pageBidding opens Monday, October 21.

Why JA? FICP partnered with JA because it is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. To learn more about JA – including opportunities to volunteer in your community – visit www.ja.org

2013 Recruitment Contest Winners

The Member Recruitment 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 (this year, in Boston). FICP proudly welcomed 49 new members as a result of the 2013 contest. Thanks all of the hospitality partners who helped grow FICP.

Ann Levan
A. Levan, Inc. Resort Choices

As the hospitality partner winner, Ann receives a guaranteed, complimentary spot at the 2014 FICP Annual Conference.

Jennifer Sisk, CMP
Cole Real Estate Investments

As the planner winner, Jennifer receives complimentary registration, hotel stay, and airfare for the 2014 Annual Conference. 

Congratulations to Ann and Jennifer and thank you to everyone who helped grow FICP's planner community this year through recruitment efforts.

Update for the 2014 Recruitment Contest: Each hospitality partner who successfully recruits at least one new planner members to join FICP and if that planner registers for the 2014 Annual Conference, will have the opportunity to register at the reduced rate of $2,800 for the 2014 Annual Conference in Hawaii. The overall winner of the recruitment contest (the hospitality partner who recruits the most new planners who attend the 2014 Annual Conference) will receive a guaranteed, complimentary spot at the 2015 FICP Annual Conference at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Andrea Beveridge, FM Global
Lauren Callahan, Commonwealth Financial Network
Leann Coppola, LPL Financial
Derek DeSousa, RBS Citizens Financial Group
Maria Dillon, FTI Consulting
James Dwyer, Lockton Companies
Ann Hutchinson, DundeeWealth
Kathy Iwata, DundeeWealth
Jessica Kennedy, Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated
Shannon Myhre, Discover
Robert Nelson, Scottrade Financial Services, Inc.
Angie Pfeifer, Investors Group
Chantal Pharand, Dynamic Funds
Amy Ryan, Grange Insurance
James Susler, Northwestern Mutual
Donna Valentine, Wells Fargo
Paige Williams, United Guaranty Residential Insurance Company - An AIG Company


Hospitality Partners

Candice Alexander, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Miquel Assis, Events by TLC Brazil
Zaki Badawi, Gulf Dunes LLC
Philippe Bassoul, Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel and Conference Center
Troy Batt, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Beth Bryan, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Griselda Collado, Casa Marina & Beach Resorts
Julie Deagan, Hilton Westchester
Lindsey Dealy, Taj Hotels
Genevieve Dumont, BBC Destination Management - A Global Events Partner
Susan Frei, AlliedPRA
Alexia Gibler, Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six
Devin Gleason, Chatham Bars Inn
Lisa Gross, Hyatt Regency Boston
James Hutton, Relay Strategies Inc.
Natalie Kennedy, Kennedy DMC Austin, A DMC Network Affiliate
Nancy Matos, Group Services, Inc. – A Global Events Partner
Alexandra Papaioannou, InterContinental Athens
Suzanne Pfeifer, Wolfgang Films, Inc.
Cara Pratt, Destination Partners Inc.
Erika Pumphrey, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
Karen Reinman, The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Patsy Roy, Westin Montreal
Jerry Spencer, Bartha
Anthony Wenzler, Talking Stick Resort
Stephen Wheeler, The Trump International Hotel and Tower

Holly Wright, One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa