September 2016


Five Things to Know in September

  1. FICP is headed to the Low Country in 2017. Escape with us to the Montage Palmetto Bluff for the 2017 Education Forum in Bluffton, S.C.  
  2. Did you miss out on the 2016 Summer Symposium? Check out pictures from this year's Toronto event on FICP's Flickr page.
  3. Hospitality Partners: Save the date! 2017 Winter Symposium sponsorship sales will go live on Thursday, October 27 at 11:00 a.m. CDT.
  4. From Social: FICP Summer Symposium Speaker Bruce Kirkby paddle boarded across Lake Ontario to speak to our planner members and hospitality partners - and met a few friends along the way!
  5. The September digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available! This month's issue features the annual CME report, 25 ways speakers can help promote your events and more!

2016 Fall Symposium

The 2016 Fall Symposium kicks off in just two weeks in the bucket list destination Banff, Alberta, Canada! Planner member registration is expected to sell out for this highly-anticipated event. Register today to join your fellow meetings and events professionals at the Fairmont Banff Springs, September 28-30, for a three days of high-quality, focused education and networking in a beautiful, remote location. 

2016 Annual Conference Nearing Capacity 

UPDATE: September 20, 2016

Planner registration for the 2016 Annual Conference has sold out. At this time, we anticipate we will be able to add in additional attendees as space becomes available.

We encourage you to send your request to be added onto a wait list to Requests will be handled on a first come, first served basis.



Annual Conference Silent Auction 

FICP is currently accepting donations with a minimum retail value of $75 for the 2016 Annual Conference Silent Auction. Participation from both planners and hospitality partners is strongly encouraged. A wide variety of items are appreciated, including theatre and sporting event tickets, marathon and race entries, spa packages, hotel stays, and restaurant gift certificates. All Silent Auction proceeds will benefit Junior Achievement® (JA) National, as well as the JA of Middle Tennessee.

Donations are due by October 28; bidding begins September 28. Donate today!

IMEX America 2016 

Are you ready for all-out business and up to three full days of deal making, inspirational education and expanding your global network? The industry's pace-setting show, IMEX America, is at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas this October. Count on new opportunities at the largest meetings industry trade show in the U.S. Register at


2016 Summer Symposium 

The 2016 FICP Summer Symposium was another successful event. 134 planner members and hospitality partners gathered at the InterContinental Toronto Centre to enjoy three days of high-quality education and networking in a world-class venue.

The event was abuzz on social media! The hotel featured FICP's wellness activity - Zumba - on their Instagram, and general session speaker/thrill seeker Bruce Kirkby sent FICP a special message from the middle of Lake Ontario as he traveled by paddle board to the event. 

Featured Strategic Partners

FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about Island Partners Hawai'i and Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts. Click each logo to read our interviews with them.


FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners

Theresa Smoot, Hartford Funds



Hospitality Partners

Nicole Fiacco, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Matthew Martinez, Denihan Hospitality Group

Heidi Jones, Fairmont Empress

Katie Modahl, The Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Bobby Pockette, Radisson Blu Minneapolis

Dave Umlah, Destination Hotels

Naveed Tran, JW Marriott Palm Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Melissa Moll, Four Seasons Hotel Denver

Simonetta Tortelli, Four Seasons Hotel Firenze