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April 2014

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Featured Article
CMP Events
CMP Program News
APEX - Standards and Best Practices
CMP on the Road
On The Move

It’s been an exciting few months for the meetings and events industry – for the first time industry leaders have united behind a focused campaign to promote the value of meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions. Meetings Mean Business enlists the support of travel and meetings industry leaders and speaks with one voice across all platforms. 
To actively engage with stakeholders, the media and key policymakers, MMB is organized around three pillars: creating personal connections, driving positive business outcomes and building strong communities. The campaign has developed an industry toolkit  that supports the industry’s ability to communicate with one voice. CIC looks forward to working with our partners across the travel and meetings industries to promote this important campaign. Contact MMB at info@meetingsmeanbusiness.com and download the mobile app – available now in the Apple iTunes Store and the Android Google Play Store – to learn more and get involved!

See the Value of Meetings in One Easy Infographic
CMP Events
CMP Conclave 2014 Registration NOW OPEN!

The Convention Industry Council invites all Certified Meeting Professionals to register for the only yearly networking and educational event just for CMPs! Don't miss out on this opportunity to expand your knowledge, build relationships and partner with other meeting professionals. Register now to attend the 2014 CMP Conclave!

Registration Fees
Early Bird Registration $325 USD
Regular Registration $399 USD

Hotel Information
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
$159 single/double (plus tax)


Tropicana Casino
Recertify by April 30 and Save!
CMPs, are you due to recertify your CMP designation in 2014?  It's easier than you think! Please visit the recertification section of our website to determine the requirements and to download your application, the CMP Recertification Handbook and the CMP International Standards.

Status Due Date Fee Recert Year
CMP Recertification Fee January 1 - April 30  $200 USD 2014
CMP Recertification Fee May 1 - August 30  $225 USD 2014
CMP Recertification Fee September 1 - December 31 $250 USD 2014
CMP Recertification Lapsed Status* December 31 $350 USD 2013
CMP Emeritus Fee December 31 $200 USD 2014
CMP Certificate Reprint Fee
$25 USD

* The deadline for recertification has passed if your CMP designation expired in 2013; however, you can still recertify even if your status has lapsed. Recertification applications will be accepted at the LAPSED status rate for those CMPs whose certification expired in 2013.

Recertify now!  Our recertification video will help take the guess work out of completing your application! . 

If you still have questions about recertification, don't hesitate to contact us at certification@conventionindustry.org.
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AHR Site Selection
CMP Program News
CMPs in Healthcare, Apply for the CMP-HC!
CIC created the CMP-HC to recognize the specialized knowledge required by professionals who manage healthcare meetings and provide additional professional benefits, including career enhancement and professional recognition. The certification is a subspecialty of the CMP, so only those who have already earned the CMP designation will be eligible to pursue the CMP-HC. See which CMPs make up the first class to hold the new CMP-HC certification. 

To be eligible for the certification, meeting professionals must hold a valid and current CMP, have three years (36 months) of experience in healthcare meeting management, and have 15 clock hours of professional development specifically related to healthcare meeting management. 

All CMPs interested in sitting for the CMP-HC exam must submit their applications between May 14 and July 31, 2014. 

The CMP-HC will officially launch during the November 6-15, 2014 testing window.

Please visit the CMP-HC section of the CIC website for more information and to download an application. Apply now! 
CIC Manual, 9th Edition Updates Explained
Convention Industry Council Manual, 9th Edition: Summary of Updates
Prepared by Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, Executive Editor

The CIC Manual, 9th Edition was released in April 2014. The manual has some significant differences from previous editions. The first notable difference is that it has been reorganized to follow the CMP International Standards (CMP-IS). The CMP-IS replaces the previous CMP Blueprint – and outlines the expectations for CMP candidates, as well as current best practices in the meetings management industry. In addition to the reorganization, the manual has taken a more international approach than previous editions. As such, the 9th Edition replaces the CIC Manual, 8th Edition and the CIC International Manual. A team of more than 50 international authors and reviewers supported this global approach to meeting and event management. Project Management, Human Resources and Stakeholder Management are new domain areas that were introduced in the CMP-IS. Although previous editions addressed these themes, they have been explored more extensively in the 9th Edition. While previous editions of the CIC Manual and the CIC International Manual included chapters on green meetings, a greater focus on sustainability has been integrated throughout the manual in keeping with the CMP-IS and the inclusion of sustainability as a distinct knowledge set. 

The CIC Manual, 9th Edition and the Certified Meeting Professional Program
The CIC Manual, 9th Edition is a recommended book for preparing for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Program. It should be noted, however, that the CMP program and exam are based on the CMP-IS, and not directly on the manual. Candidates preparing for the exam should begin their preparations with a thorough review of the CMP-IS, available free of charge from www.conventionindustry.org and identify gaps in their professional experiences and knowledge areas. The recommended materials for the exam can then be used to supplement direct experience.  

CIC Manual 9th, Edition: The Domains
As mentioned above, the CIC Manual has been organized according to the 10 domains of the CMP-IS. These are:

A. Strategic Planning
B. Project Management
C. Risk Management
D. Financial Management
E. Human Resources
F. Stakeholder Management
G. Meeting or Event Design
H. Site Management
I. Marketing
J. Professionalism 

The remainder of this document will provide a high-level overview of what is covered within each of the above domains, with an emphasis on what has been revised from previous editions. Please click here for the full document

APEX - Standards and Best Practices
APEX Wants YOUR Input on Room Block Poaching!
The Convention Industry Council (CIC)’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) recently announced the formation of a new workgroup to tackle the issue of room block "poaching." In the meetings industry, room block "poaching" refers to businesses that actively seek to recruit or divert event attendees away from official room blocks and into other hotel bookings.

APEX created the Room Block Poaching Workgroup, chaired by MaryAnne Bobrow of Bobrow Associates, Inc. and Michael Dominguez of MGM Resorts International, to develop resources to help planners better manage and protect room blocks. The first step in that endeavor is to conduct a survey to assess the scope and impact of poaching activity that planners have personally experienced and/or with which they have come into contact. To that end, we are asking all meeting planners to please take a moment to complete this survey by April 29, 2014. Please feel free to forward the link to any meeting planners who might like to participate.

Supplier partners will be able to provide information to help develop tools and resources as the program develops. Please check the APEX website for updates and stay tuned for more information.
CMP on the Road
See Us at...
IMEX 2014
May 20-22, 2014
Frankfurt, Germany 
Stand G680
More information

CIC staff will be presenting four (4) sessions at IMEX this year. 

"High Speed Internet and Events: What To Do When Free is Not Enough" 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 11:30-12:00, Tech Hub, Show Floor, Stand C700
Speaker: Lawrence Leonard, CMP, Chief Operating Officer, CIC

"Room Block Piracy ... Strategies for Protecting Your Events" 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 15:30-16:15, Seminar Area – Inspiration Centre, Show Floor, Stand G680
Speaker: Lawrence Leonard, CMP, Chief Operating Officer, CIC

"The Economic Significance of Meetings: Key Research Findings" 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 14:00-14: 30, Research Pod – Inspiration Centre, Show Floor, Stand G680
Speaker: Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, Chief Executive Officer, CIC 

"The CMP-Healthcare Certification is Here ... What It Means for You"
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 12: 30-13:25, Seminar Area – Inspiration Centre, Show Floor, Stand G680
Speaker: Lawrence Leonard, CMP, Chief Operating Officer, CIC
On The Move
On the Move
Kim Armstrong, CMP, is now Development Event Manager for Ligonier Ministries, where she oversees all special events for the Development Department and oversees all VIP-level events at national and regional conferences. She was previously Catering & Convention Services Director at Walt Disney World. 

Ashley Collum, CMP, is the new Conference Services Manager at The Fairmont Hotel Dallas. 

Joy Florentino, CMP, is now Director of Convention Sales – MICE at the Manila Marriott Hotels, Manila, Philippines. 

Lynn Henderson, CMP, is the President of Women in Film & Television for the state of Florida for 2014. 

Laurel Humbert, CMP, has recently been appointed Executive Director of the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education (ABSAME.) In addition to providing association management services, her company, Meeting Resources Unlimited, Inc., provides hotel site selection services, contract negation, logistical planning services and consulting for certification of medical meetings.

Stacey Parker, CMP, has left the hotel side after 20 years and moved to the American Optometric Association as the Manager, Conventions.  

Niccole M. Reichel, CMP, is now a Group Sales Manager at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport. She was previously a Conference Planner with the Association for Iron and Steel Technology and is very excited to be moving into a position to be of service to her planner colleagues. 

Stephanie Slome, CMP, is now Field Marketing Manager at Opower. She was previously Senior Associate in Events and Meetings at KPMG LLP.

Cara Tracy, CMP, CMM, is now Director of Sales for INFLUENCE AT WORK in Tempe, AZ. 

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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