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December 2013

In This Issue

Featured Article
Chair's Corner
CMP Program News
Industry News
Research and Trends
CMP on the Road
On The Move
CMPs, did you happen to attend the 2013 Hall of Leaders Gala, held in conjunction with IMEX America, in Las Vegas, NV, a few months ago? If not, we encourage you to check out a quick recap of the night and see some photos of the five honorees and two Pacesetter Award winners who were recognized. The 2013 HOL Gala is being hailed as one of the best the celebrations that the Convention Industry Council (CIC) has ever organized, with the help of our generous sponsors. And now, on the heels of that successful evening, the CIC has opened the nominations for the 2014 Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter Awards, and we’re asking you to help be our eyes and ears to find the best and brightest emerging leaders in the industry. 

For three decades, the Hall of Leaders awards program has honored pioneers who helped build and mold this industry into what it is today. These pioneers inspired and made a way for us, but in an ever-changing industry, it soon became clear that was only part of the story. So, in 2012, the CIC also turned its attention to recognizing emerging leaders and industry supporters whose recent accomplishments chart a course for where the industry is today and where it is going tomorrow. To date, CIC has honored seven (7) individuals with Pacesetter Awards (get to know them here) and is excited about the opportunity to showcase outstanding achievement in "real time," in addition to honoring accomplishments achieved over a lifetime. That’s where we need your help.

Do you know forward thinkers who have made a difference and are helping shape the industry into what it is today? Do you have any co-workers, organizational chapter officers, FB friends, or know of any risk-takers whose achievements have inspired others and improved the industry? If so, consider nominating that person for recognition. 

There are five categories of Pacesetter Awards: 

Young Professionals Award – Emerging leaders who already are making an impact on the industry 
Sustainability and Social Responsibility Award – People taking the lead in these initiatives 
Innovation Award – People whose new ideas, techniques, products or concepts are improving the industry 
Friend of the Industry Award – Business leader or public official leveraging the business value of meetings 
Chairman’s Award – Citing special recognition and accomplishments, as determined by CIC 

Complete guidelines and nominations can be found on our website. The deadline for nominations is February 3, 2014, so don’t delay. 

Chair's Corner
Looking Back – A Year in Review
I can’t believe it’s already the end of another year. As I look back for a brief moment, I think about my time and what I did to make a difference in the lives of others. Well, I must say, I was quite busy this year and sometimes wondered how I found the time to do all the things that I did. But I can tell you, as chair of the CMP Board, we (the CMP Board and CIC Staff) have been busy working hard to accomplish the goals set in the beginning of the year. Though many of us serve in various other volunteer capacities, we dedicated countless hours to serving on behalf of our CMP community to ensure the CMP Program  remained the best, most recognized certification in the meetings industry. And part of that commitment meant continuing to represent our CIC member organizations at meetings, even amidst a challenging travel environment, to ensure our interest in the meetings industry was voiced. 

Here are just a few highlights of the work we accomplished this past year:
  • Updated the CMP Strategic Framework pillars to stay current in addressing the professional needs of CMPs. A recap of the three pillars are: 1) relevance – focus  on best practices, 2) expansion – ongoing work to raise the global profile of the CMP, and 3) value proposition -- continuing to build awareness of the value of professional certification. Established new task forces to support the strategic goals. 
  • Hosted a successful Conclave in Spokane, Washington. Attendees are still talking about their experiences, the education sessions, speakers and destination.
  • CIC beta tested the new CMP Health Care Subspecialty (CMP-HC) Program in late November. CIC is currently analyzing the results of the exam and setting the passing score before officially launching the new program in May 2014.  
  • Hosted the first-ever Town Hall in Birmingham, Alabama. CMPs from all over Alabama, and as far away as Atlanta and Tennessee, joined board members and CIC staff to discuss the importance of the CMP designation, emerging trends in the industry and what keeps them up at night. Positive feedback was received from the attendees, including a recommendation that we continue hosting this event in the future to allow other CMPs the opportunity to dialog face-to-face with the board and CIC.
  • Honored three of our fellow board members for their extraordinary achievements in the meetings industry: Eduardo Chaillo – 2013 CIC Hall of Leaders Inductee; Carol Krugman – PCMA 2013 Educator of the Year and Janet Sperstad – PCMA Education Foundation 2014 Professional Achievement Honoree. 
I would also like to take this time to extend my sincere appreciation to the CMP Board and CIC team who dedicated their personal time and commitment to serving on behalf of our CMP community this past year. 

I hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday season.  

Melody Kebe, CMP, CGMP
Chair, CMP Board of Directors

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CMP Program News
Congratulations to the CMPs Awarded Emeritus Status in 2013
Emeritus status is an honorary title CIC bestows on those who have been actively certified and then retire from the field. This allows you to keep your designation although you are no longer working in the meetings industry. 

Retired CMPs may qualify to receive Emeritus status if they meet all of the following requirements:

•You are at least 59.5 years of age,
•You are retired and no longer working in the meetings industry, and
•You have held the CMP good standing for at least 10 years.

To apply for Emeritus status, you must submit a 300-500 word essay describing how the CMP designation has helped you in your professional life and why it is important to retain it. Please visit our website for more information and the Emeritus application. 

In 2013, CIC proudly awarded Emeritus status to the following meeting professionals:

Ms. Pamela C. Myers, CMP
Ms. Lynn K Kletzkin, CMP
Mr. Brian Kampschroer, CMP
Ms. Katherine Winans, CMP
Ms. Sharon J. Vojtek, CMP, CEM
Ms. Lorraine Cruz, CMP
Ms. Diane G. Keen, CMP
Ms. Betty S. Helm, CMP
Ms. Julie Carroll, CMP
Mrs. Sharon Lynn Covey, CMP
Mr. William Albin Kruschwitz, CMP
Ms. Diana Lee Finley, CMP
Ms. Karen L. Rawley, CMP
Ms. Malla Kotwal Wedberg, CMP

Congratulations, again! 
Welcome the New CMP Class!
The Convention Industry Council (CIC) today announced that 212 individuals passed the fourth quarter CMP examination. This distinguished credential, recognized throughout the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry, demonstrates an individual's comprehensive knowledge of meeting management as well as a commitment to the profession. The full list of new CMPs can be found on the website.

Established in 1985, the mission of the CMP program is to elevate and enhance the professionalism of the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry and the dedicated individuals who are responsible for meeting management. Demand for this designation continues to increase as both employers and meeting professionals recognize the high standards of knowledge and professionalism it embodies. Since its inception, the CMP designation has been earned by more than 14,000 individuals in 51 countries and territories worldwide.

The next CMP exam window is scheduled for January 23-February 1, 2014. Additional information on the CMP and the Convention Industry Council process can be found at http://www.conventionindustry.org/.
CIC Updated Manual

Why is the Manual being updated updated?

Like any professional publication, the CIC Manual receives periodic updates to keep it current. The CIC Manual uses the CMP International Standards as the benchmark for currency in professional practice in the meetings industry. The CMP-IS is the body of knowledge on which the exam is based. In 2012, the CMP International Standards (CMP-IS) were updated. The changes to the CMP-IS have been incorporated into the CMP exam since July 2012. The Manual is being updated to reflect the changes to the CMP-IS.

What will be updated in the 9th Edition?

CIC has updated both the CMP exam as well as the Manual to ensure that it is more internationally focused. In addition, the CIC Manual and the CIC International Manual were combined in the 9th Edition. The 9th Edition is also now organized to follow the 10 domains in the CMP-IS. So now, for instance, the first chapter is about "Strategic Planning," which is the first of the 10 domains. Finally, CIC will be offering both a print and eBook version of the Manual. This will be the first time the Manual will be available in eBook format. These changes all reflect recommendations from diverse sets of focus groups including CMPs, recent candidates, international CMPs and those involved in facilitating structured exam preparation groups.

Who contributed to the 9th Edition of the Manual?

CIC asked an international group of subject matter experts from each of the 10 domains and 30 sub-domains to lend their knowledge to the rewriting of the Manual. A total of 51 content experts lent their time and expertise to ensuring that the text reflected current and best practices for each domain area. A second group of content experts reviewed the text to ensure that all areas of a certain subject were covered.

If a candidate has already bought the 8th Edition to study for the CMP, does she/he now have to buy the 9th Edition too?

No. Even though the 9th Edition is being rewritten and restructured to reflect changes to the CMP-IS and current practices, the CMP Board reviewed the 8th Edition and International manual and determined that they are adequate for study against the CMP International Standards.

Candidates who already have the 8th Edition may be concerned whether the exam will "change overnight" when the 9thedition is released. The CMP examination is under constant development and is always evolving. CIC and our testing partner Prometric carefully manage this process according to certification best practices in order to ensure a valid, fair, psychometrically sound exam. Questions written with CIC 9th as the reference will evolve over time. Candidates who have already purchased CIC Manual 8th Edition or International Manual 1st Edition or 9th Edition, can continue to use them during 2014.

What do candidates who haven’t bought the Manual yet do?

Candidates who have not bought the Manual yet should, in the simplest terms, use the newest version of the Manual CIC offers for sale when they are ready to begin exam preparation – whether that is the 8th or 9th Edition. CIC and our testing partner Prometric carefully manage all parts of the examination development process, including the evolution of test items and when they are introduced into the exam.

How will the Manual help candidates prepare for the CMP exam?

As a CMP, you know that the exam is an experience-based exam designed to test applied knowledge not a candidate’s ability to memorize. This means candidates need practical experience in the meeting management field to be successful on the CMP exam. The Manual will help them understand the body of knowledge and current and best practices, particularly any domains where they don’t have direct experience. CIC highly recommends they start your study regime by reviewing the CMP-IS and making an assessment of their experience in each of the 10 domains. The enhancements to the 9th Edition listed above will facilitate this.

How else can candidates increase their chances of being successful on the CMP exam?

Besides the CIC Manual, it is also suggested that candidates use the APEX Glossary and the Professional Meeting Management 5th Edition. Although not required, the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) CMP® Online Prep™ Course has been endorsed by CIC as the only official Online Course for the CMP exam. Finally, many people find study groups helpful. To find a study group, candidates should visit the MPI website.

How will people know when the updated Manual is available?

CIC will release that information on our website and through our normal communication methods including CMP Today, Pathway and our social media channels.

Industry News
Two CMPs Among PCMA's '20 In Their Twenties' Winners
Earlier this year, PCMA opened a search for 20 young professionals (defined as those who have not yet reached 30 years of age), who were already establishing themselves as emerging leaders in the meetings industry. And among this talented group of young professionals are two CMPs – Astrid Schrier, CMP and Leslie Wong, CMP.

According to a statement from PCMA president and CEO Deborah Sexton, "Too often great leadership isn’t recognized until the latter portion of careers. '20 in their Twenties' allowed PCMA to engage and acknowledge a talented group of young professionals for their skills and provide incentive for them to lead our industry into the future." 

These young professionals will be honored at PCMA's Convening Leaders in Boston, January 12-15, 2014. For more information on the honor, please visit the PCMA website

Here is the entire list of the inaugural class of "20 in Their Twenties" honorees: 
  • Ryan Barth, Sales Manager, Visit Indy
  • Yasha Bergmann, Project Manager, uba GmbH
  • Casey Carignan, Meetings and Events Coordinator, lia Sophia
  • Yih-Hsiang (Shawn) Cheng, Team Lead, Tourism Vancouver
  • Katie Dolan, Convention Services Manager, Ottawa Tourism
  • Vivian Fleet, Sustainability Officer, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Rosa Garriga Mora, Meeting Designer & ROI Consultant, Independent Contractor
  • Mindy Halpert, Conference Manager, The Consortium for School Networking
  • Rick Hyland, Exhibitor Services Supervisor, Orange County Convention Center
  • Alexis Kereluk, Manager, Association Relations, MCI Canada
  • Sam McNeill, Creative Director, Song Division
  • Elisa Sandoval, Sales Manager, Hotel Nikko San Francisco
  • Astrid Schrier, CMP, Meeting Manager, Association Headquarters, Inc.
  • Kathleen Smith, Marketing Manager, etech events
  • Megan Tate, Manager - Event, Meeting and Travel Management, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc.
  • Marcela Torres, Director of Big Events, Mexico City Tourism Trust
  • David Wagner, Meetings Manager, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
  • Rachel Walsh, Director of Meetings, Sentergroup
  • Alleeshia Williams, Coordinator, Meetings & Business Partnerships, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
  • Leslie Wong, CMP, Creative Account Manager, Blueprint Studios

Congratulations, again, to Astrid Schrier, CMP and Leslie Wong, CMP! 

Research and Trends
CMP Today November Poll Results Revealed

Thank you to all the CMPs who participated in this poll. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

CMP on the Road
See Us At...

ESPA 2014 Annual Conference
January 10-12, 2014
Boston, MA
More Information

Join us at the following session to learn more about the CMP program:

CMP Info Session
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., Westin Copley Place
Speakers: Gayle Dahlman, Certification Director, Convention Industry Council

PCMA Convening Leaders
January 12-15, 2014
Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA
More Information

CMP Breakfast
Join us at the CMP Breakfast sponsored by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau on Monday, January 13 from 6:45 a.m.-8 a.m. This is an invitation only event. Please contact PCMA for more information.

CIC Reception
CIC and Visit Spokance invite you Wine-d Down and network with your fellow meeting professionals. Join us on Monday, January 13 from 6:00 p.m-7:30 p.m. in the Simmons Room at the Boston Marriott Copley. Please RSVP to CIChq@conventionindustry.org if you plan to attend. Be sure to check your email for details on drawings for fabulous prizes!

On The Move
CMPs on the Move
Katrina Aceves, CMP, is now the Director of Client Services with the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. She was previously the National Events Manager for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). 

Kenita Hidalgo, CMP, was named Vice President of Events & Marketing at Gladstein, Neandross & Associates in Santa Monica, CA.

Jessica M. Lamb, CMP, is now Business Networks Manager at Young President's Organization (YPO-WPO). She was previously the Meeting & Events Manager for TIMI Study Group at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.  

Teresa Matamoros, CMP, CIS, has started her own company, Meetings Partners, representing some of Mexico’s best suppliers for the meetings industry. Teresa previously served as Director of Corporate Meetings and Incentives for the Mexico Tourism Board.

Corey Mosher, CMP, recently accepted a position, Sr. Physician Education Specialist, at Medtronic in Minneapolis, MN.

Virginia Quintero Rosell, CMP, CMM, is Director, Events and Convening at Catholic Charities USA.

Sara Scher, CMP, will be the Senior Manager, running the Special Events Sales Department for Legends for the new San Francisco 49ers' Levi's Stadium starting January 13. She was previously a Special Events Sales Manager for AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Stephanie Szurek, CMP,
recently started a new position as Senior Manager of Meetings & Events at the American Alliance of Museums in Washington, D.C. 

Candace Walker, CMP, CMM, is retiring at the end of 2013, after 28 years as a non-profit association meeting professional in Madison, Wisconsin. She was most recently with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts for 11 years and previously with Credit Union Executives Society for 10 years.

Make an awesome career move? Let us help you celebrate! Send the details of your latest career triumph to cmptoday@conventionindustry.org. And while you're at it, be sure to log into www.conventionindustry.org and update your official CMP record.

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