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Welcome you to the inaugural issue of the improved CMP Today! I hope you’re find this new format  easier to navigate and full of relevant content.

Less than a month ago, CMPs gathered at the second-highest attended CMP Conclave to expand their knowledge and expertise, build meaningful relationships and be inspired. I would like to again thank our generous hosts: Tampa Bay & Company and Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina. Appreciation and thanks also go to all of our sponsors who make the CMP Conclave possible.
Much of the success of this year’s Conclave is due to the hard work of a new committee that was formed this past year, the Conclave Education Program Committee. This committee was created to draw on the expertise, experience and inspiration of the CMP community, and to develop compelling content. Congratulations to the committee on raising the bar and creating exceptional education! Over the next few issues, we will be sharing more from this year's Conclave here in CMP Today to foster the learning and networking of our CMP community.

2012 Conclave Education Committee
Chair: Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP – International Association of Exhibitions and Events
MaryAnne Bobrow, CAE, CMP, CMM, CHE - Bobrow & Associates
Deanne Davis, CMP - The George Washington University
Melody Kebe, CMP, CGMP- Network Services Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency
Sheila Mires, CMP - PCMA
Dr. Jan Roy, PhD, CMP - Kendall College
Gary Titunick, CMP - Johnson & Johnson
Karen Travelo, CMP - Harvard Law School

In the previous issue of CMP Today, I shared the CMP Board’s focus for 2012. At Conclave, we unveiled some exciting initiatives that are already underway or will appear in the coming months. You’ll find details on some of these projects in this issue and future issues to come. 
After reading CMP Today, we’d love to hear from you. If you have feedback, suggestions, or recommendations on topics, or are interested in writing an article, please let us know by emailing

Warmest Regards,

Karen Gonzales, CMP  

Karen Gonzales is the Chair of the CMP Board of Directors and Senior Vice President of Membership & Operations for Destination Marketing Association International

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