October 2015

The Fall Symposium was a great success and we thank everyone who was able to join us in Santa Barbara. Take a look back at the event by viewing our Fall Symposium Flickr album.  

The Annual Conference is next, and we're looking forward to spending time with attendees at the stunning Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. Planner registration is still open, register here. You must be registered and provide your passport information by November 6 in order to participate in the Cruise Ship Experience.

If you’re already signed up to join us, be sure to spend some time this week reviewing the process emails you’ve received regarding the pre-keynote survey,  The Network – Live appointments and passport information.

Five Things to Know in October

  1. Attending the Annual Conference? Don't forget to complete your pre-keynote survey by November 1. Check your email for the link and conference code, or access through the mobile app.
  2. Planner registration for the Winter Symposium is now open. Plan to join us in Boston this January.
  3. Don't forget to schedule your appointments for The Network - Live through the Annual Conference mobile app appointment setting tool. New this year, hospitality partners can request appointments with up to 5 planners.
  4. Spotted in Meetings & Conventions: Steve Bova, Shelia Cleary, Padraic Gilligan, Isabel Mahon and Cosimo Bruzzese talk 'Top 8 Incentive Trends.'
  5. The October digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available! This month's cover story features the Cvent Marketing Machine.


The FICP Annual Conference is Coming Up Fast

The FICP Annual Conference takes place November 15-18 at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. Attendees can look forward to a unique cruise ship experience, as well as a wide array of networking opportunities. Take a look at the Advance Program for a detailed schedule.

There is still time to help FICP support Junior Achievement® by bidding in the silent auction online or in the mobile app, regardless of whether you will be on site. Items include amazing travel packages from around the world, an autographed Magic Johnson jersey and more! The auction closes Tuesday, November 17, so get your bids in now!

  1. New Users: Register as a bidder by visiting the silent auction website and clicking the 'Register to Bid' link in the upper right-hand corner. The login is silent auction specific, so you will not be able to log in using your FICP username and password.
  2. When placing your first bid, choose the 'Add Credit Card' option, found next to the credit card image. Upon successfully entering your information, choose 'Return to Item' to place your bid.
  3. All participants receive alerts when they have been outbid, including the username* of the person who has placed the higher bid.
*If you would like to bid anonymously, simply make sure your username is non-specific.

IMEX America Recap

FICP is back from another great IMEX event. The 2015 IMEX America welcomed more than 10,600 individuals and 3,100 different companies, making it the largest meetings industry trade show in the United States. The FICP booth provided a centralized location for lively conversations with current and prospective members, while also serving as a presence for the financial and insurance industry. As an added bonus, planner members and hospitality partners that stopped by the booth received a professional headshot for their personal use. 


New FICP Member Video

What makes membership in FICP so beneficial? Let some of our members tell you!
Help us spread the word about FICP by sharing this video with prospective planners in your network! 


2016 Call for Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart of FICP. Each year, we invite planner members and hospitality partners to assist with association activities by serving in various leadership capacities.
FICP is seeking passionate, engaged members to support several committees and task forces in 2016. Details on available opportunities can be found on the FICP Volunteer webpage. If you would like to serve as a volunteer in 2016, please complete the volunteer form.



Congratulations to Kim Sky, CMP, on her 2015 CNA Chairman's Award.

Do you know an FICP Member or Hospitality Partner who deserves Kudos for a promotion, CMP designation, award/honor or outstanding contribution? Let us know!

Featured Strategic Partners

FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts & Live Aqua Hotels & Resorts and The Broadmoor. Click their logos to read our interviews with them.




TheNetwork Corner

The General Discussion group is busy lately with questions! Weigh in with your thoughts on favorite event registration software, engaging 25K+ people at once, tennis events and more.
Remember, you can always search for planners and hospitality partners using the Advanced Search capability, or download the full member list here. 

FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Emily Arends, Innovative Captive Strategies
Susan Chebookjian, MFS Investment Management
Kirsten Davis, CMP, Raymond James Financial, Inc.
Kristen Eicher, Co-operators Insurance
Sarah Hall, Innovative Captive Strategies
Nikki Lunkenheimer, American Fidelity Assurance
Crystal Neubauer, CPLP, Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.
Elizabeth Perallo, BNY Mellon
Angela Pitrone, CMP, Deloitte & Touche
Julie Villegas, HSBC

Hospitality Partners

Arturo Aguirre Abarca, Tropical Incentives DMC, a Global DMC Partner
Kristin Andersen, Mandarin Oriental, New York
Candace Bengtson, La Quinta Resort Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Neil Blunda, The Lexington New York City - Autograph Collection
John Callely, Odyssey International
Paloma Castanon, Melia Hotels International
Vivian Chambers, Elbow Beach, Bermuda
Kimberly Coutts, Cantrav Services Inc.
Karen Crawford, RMC
Doug Friess, Hyatt Regency DFW
Liliana Garcia, San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina
Ellen Greco Masanz, Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Kim Guerzoni, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Darlene Hord, JW Marriott Marquis Miami
Meghan Kelleher, Scout Hotels & Resorts
Josephine Kling, Landry & Kling Cruise Event Services
Sandy Lam, Radisson Resort Orlando
Michael McMahon, Fairmont Austin
Briget Nelson, CMP, CMM, RMC
Olivia O'Connor, Trump International Doonbeg Ireland
Kristen Rensch, Eventworks, Inc.
Joey Rojas, St. Regis Bal Harbour
Maaike Schoenmakers, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
Vera Shapiro, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Charles Summers, Waldorf Astoria New York
David Watkins, Hotel Arts Barcelona
Amie Weber, New York Marriott Marquis