September 2014

Summer may be winding down, but FICP is just ramping up, with the 2014 Annual Conference, taking place November 16-19 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, quickly approaching. If you're planning to attend, be sure to register and make your arrangements by October 3 to take advantage of early-bird registration rates.  

Five Things to Know in September

  1. Do you have something to contribute to FICP's annual silent auction? Consider donating memorabilia, vacation packages, tickets, etc. to this charitable cause, benefiting Junior Achievement® (JA). Learn more and donate here.

  2. Stop by FICP's booth at IMEX America, October 14-16, to learn more about the FICP mobile app, upcoming events and more. We'll see you at booth #2664.

  3. Meeting Planners: We're making it easier and more economical to join us in Hawai'i, thanks to Meet Hawai'i, American Airlines, United and Air Canada (the official Canadian airline for the 2014 FICP Annual Conference). Available discounts include a $200 gift card to be used toward air travel into ANY Hawaiian island airport, courtesy of Meet Hawai'i, plus many more. Learn more here

  4. The September 30 deadline for the FICP Member Recruiting Contest is quickly approaching. Planner members and hospitality partners, there is still time to participate!

  5. Have you noticed our Facebook page is closing in on 1,000 likes? Help us reach this milestone by sharing our page with your industry contacts to help us gather more relevant content and connect you with each other on this popular tool!

FICP Fall Symposium is a Hit

FICP Planner Members and Hospitality Partners recently gathered at the stunning, newly-opened The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage in Rancho Mirage, CA. Attendees enjoyed a keynote address from Jim Knight, Branding and Customer Service Catalyst, who discussed how to revamp company culture as well as education offerings including a planner showcase, “Ask the Experts” panel, and sessions on business innovation and healthy meeting habits. Networking events at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage and at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas provided a forum for connection and idea sharing, and a visit from a Junior Achievement volunteer educated attendees on the significant impact JA has on students.

FICP Summer Symposium Wrap-Up

In August, the FICP Summer Symposium drew attendees to the lavish Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto, ON, where they enjoyed keynote addresses from Catherine Murray, Co-host and Anchor for BNN; Former VP, Deutsche Bank, and Mike Lipkin, Founder and President, Environics/Lipkin; World-renowned Motivator and Communicator, in addition to education sessions detailing event-based mobile apps, healthy meeting choices and a lively “Ask the Experts” panel session. Networking activities included an evening event at the modern Arcadian LOFT and a Beatles-themed evening of music and dancing at the Omni King Edward. Three students from the local Junior Achievement chapter in Toronto had the opportunity to shadow FICP staff members during the Summer Symposium. The students were able to experience the behind-the-scenes logistics that go into planning a successful event and had the chance to sit in on the education sessions, providing a well-rounded educational experience. Couldn't make it to Toronto? Catch up on the action at FICP's Flickr page.

Enhanced Learning & Global Travel Convenience in Store at IMEX America 2014

IMEX America, October 14-16, has made its education program even richer this year, adding three new tracks: Diversity, Health & Wellness and Senior Planner, along with a new Research Hub. Search all learning options here.

Global meetings execs can also enjoy the promise of increased travel convenience right at the show with US Customs and Border Protection officers conducting enrollment interviews for the Global entry program, and support for the pre-application process for the TSA Pre✓™ program. See:

While you're there, be sure to stop by the FICP booth, #2664. 


Sponsorship Opportunity

FICP is seeking a venue in which to host an evening event during the 2015 FICP Education Forum, taking place June 24-26 at the JW Marriott Washington DC. The event will be the evening of Thursday, June 25, 2015 and must accommodate approximately 220 guests. Please contact Katie Walsh by Friday, October 10 if interested.

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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!

FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Kristi Allan, AllianceBernstein
Denise Bettis, ACSR, Signal Administration, Inc.
Katie Cagney, AIG Financial Distributors
Amanda Crocker Trujillo, Pinnacol Assurance
Mariana de Almeida, Liberty Mutual
Ashley DeMicco, Aetna
Linda Faciana, Health Net, Inc.
Natalie Havens, Signal Administration, Inc.
Katie Holst, NFP Retirement
Nancy Lee, Arch Insurance
Mary Beth Robinson, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Nancy Schwerdtmann, Cetera Financial Group
Shawna Swartley, CPCU, ARM, AIS, AINS, Lockton Companies
Nicole Ziegler, American Family Insurance

Hospitality Partners

Melanie Bailey, MC&A Inc.
Theresa Benedict, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
Anne-Marie de Lavison, JPdL Destination Management Canada
Michael Dolan, MC&A Inc.
Grace-Ann Fallon, Four Seasons Hotel Dublin
Stacey Fitzgerald, 3D Destinations
Carrie Heiden, Capitol Services, Inc., a DMC Network Company
Gene Howe, Heroic Productions
Cheryl Johnson, Radisson Blu Minneapolis
Christopher Levine, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
Michael Libotte, Ovation Italy
Lindsay Morrison, W Fort Lauderdale
Deborah Nelson, Meet Puerto Rico
Katie Otto, Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Sofia Peluso, Starwood Hotels Rome
Kathy Perlsweig, CMP, Mandalay Bay Resorts & Casino
Kathryn Pruett, InterContinental Hotels Group
Marc Silverstone, Equilibrium Events, Inc. Bahamas
Heike Strohmann, Starwood Hotels & Resorts - Paris Hotels
Aarti Taubman, Eden Roc Miami Beach
Nicole Viglione, Westin Mission Hills Resort