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May 2014

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CMP Events
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CMPs in the News
CMP on the Road
On The Move
Relevance: That’s the biggest issue on the minds of meeting professionals today, according to advocacy expert Roger Rickard. It’s also the impetus behind the newly launched Meetings Industry Advocacy Hub, founded by the Convention Industry Council, in partnership and Rickard’s Voices in Advocacy.

The Hub was first announced last year during the CMP Conclave and over the past year, the group has been signing up supporters, sharing communications, information and tools to help raise industry awareness both internally and externally; and continues to expand the database of individual champions.

"We are building a grassroots database of industry advocates, open to all meeting industry professionals, whereby we can impact and protect our industry with the objective to educate, engage and move the meetings community to act when needed," said Rickard.

Beneficial communications eventually will include:
  • Advocacy tools and tips
  • Industry action alerts
  • Legislative and media alerts
  • Industry position statements
  • Industry crisis management responses
  • Unified meetings industry messaging
Sometimes, the information might be as basic as who to call, when to call them, how to reach them, and what to say to make an impact and get the message across.

CIC, as an organization whose members represent the major meetings, conventions, tradeshow and travel associations, has long recognized the need for the industry to develop a unified voice and a unified message, so the Advocacy Hub made perfect sense.

The Hub is in the process of building out its community, which will include a website with landing pages for specific industry segments and a social media presence. The group also is in the process of bringing in more major industry partners.

While much of the work and focus of the Advocacy Hub is directed to efforts and responses to legislation affecting the meetings industry, another generic goal is to educate and inform about the value of face to face – an initiative that extends the boundaries of influence into the corporate world and gives direct purpose to many corporate meetings professionals.

To "join the effort," sign up as an advocate today
CIC Announces the 2014 Hall of Leaders Inductees and Pacesetter Award Winners
CIC recently revealed the names of the 2014 inductees into the CIC Hall of Leaders and the third class of Pacesetter Award recipients. The awardees will be formally recognized at the Hall of Leaders Gala on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, kicking off IMEX America week.

"The CIC Hall of Leaders is the highest honor to be bestowed in our industry. This year’s class truly embodies the qualities that are the hallmark of this award. They are the influencers and forward-thinkers who have shaped this industry and inspired many of us to be better leaders," said the CEO of the Convention Industry Council, Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP. "We are pleased to be back in Las Vegas for IMEX America week where the industry’s best and brightest will meet face to face." 

Mike Dominguez, senior vice president of Sales for MGM Resorts International, said, "We are proud to support our industry professionals who have exhibited excellence in leadership skills to further enhance and improve the meetings and conventions world. We are proud at MGM Resorts to be trusted in creating an experience and evening of entertainment that makes for a memorable celebration for all of the honorees."

The Hall of Leaders recognition program draws attention to the contributions that the meetings industry has made to the larger society as a whole by highlighting the specific achievements of industry pioneers and emerging leaders who not only changed the landscape of the profession, but changed the culture of business as well. Nominations are submitted either by CIC member organizations or the general industry community and honorees are recognized during the culminating awards ceremony and their stories housed virtually.

This year’s honorees are:
  • John Christison – Principal and Managing Member, BCI Network, nominated by International Association of Venue Managers
  • Gary Sain (deceased) – Former President/CEO, Visit Orlando, nominated by International Association of Exhibitions and Events
  • Patti Shock – Academic Consultant, The International School of Hospitality and Retired Professor, UNLV, Nominated by National Association for Catering and Events
Additionally, the following people were selected to receive Pacesetter awards:
  • Donnell Bayot, Young Professionals Award, in recognition for his innovation, nominated by National Association for Catering and Events
  • Lindsay Arell, Young Professionals Award, with recognition for her work with sustainability and social responsibility, Nominated by Green Meetings Industry Council
To date, 111 pioneers have been inducted into the Hall of Leaders. A complete listing of previous HOL award winners, along with pictures and details from the 2013 fete, can be found online

The Pacesetter Award, established in 2012 to honor achievement "in real time," rather than over a lifetime, has recognized seven emerging leaders whose recent accomplishments are defining how we will work in tomorrow’s industry. 

Interested in attending the Hall of Leaders Gala? Please visit the CIC website for more information on table sales and individual ticket purchases.
CMP Events
CMP & CMM Recognition Breakfast
The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of Meeting Professionals International will be holding its 12th Annual CMP & CMM Recognition Breakfast, on Friday, June 13 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, honoring all association members in the North Texas area who have obtained their CMP/CMM industry certifications. This special event features special guest speaker Debbie Mrazek, author of The Field Guide to Sales, special guests Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, Chief Executive Officer of CIC, and Cindy D’Aoust, Chief Operating Officer of MPI, and will honor one meeting professional with its highest leadership award. 

Registration and reception will open at 7:45 a.m. The program, breakfast and awards will follow from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. The event is complimentary to all CMPs, CMMs and their guests. Sponsorship provided by the Hilton Anatole Hotel. For more information, contact Peg Wolschon at peg.wolschon@gmail.com or (214) 532-8799. 

CMP Breakfast at ASAE's Springtime
CMP Breakfast
"Influence Without Arm Twisting: Getting Your Team to Work Together."

Welcome to the CMP Breakfast! Speaker Lisa Giruzzi.

CMP Board members Eduardo Chaillo & Amy Ledoux join CIC CEO Karen Kotowski at the breakfast. CMPs gather for breakfast.

Crowd participation.

For more photos from the events, please visit our Facebook page. For a recap of the presentation, please see our CMP Twitter page.
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Recertification Reminder
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 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 N/A $25 USD N/A

* 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

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CMP Program News
CIC Now Accepting Applications for the CMP-HC ~ Apply Now!
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! 
APEX - Standards and Best Practices
APEX Poaching Workgroup Update
The APEX Workgroup on Room Block Poaching is in the process of analyzing results from its recent planner survey on the prevalence of the issue of "piracy" in the industry. The survey, which closed on April 29, and was open to all meeting professionals in a planner role, is intended to assess the scope and range of impacts of poaching activity experience by planners.  

Among the initial findings:
  • Awareness of poaching activity is widespread – only 7 percent reporting they are unfamiliar with the issue
  • Poaching activity is more common than not – 73 percent of respondents have been affected by poaching at some point
  • The net is cast wide – a broad range of industries and room rates were reported
  • Monetary impacts such as legal fees unexpected attrition and impacted concessions are present, but the most prevalent impacts are less tangible – damage to the event or hosting organization’s brand, reduced attendee satisfaction, and distractions that take planners away from other work.
  • Of the top three tactics for combating poaching, only one was targeted directly at poachers. The top tactics planners reported using were focused on educating and engaging attendees through various communication channels. 
  • There is a preparation gap – Planners are aware of poaching, many have been affected, yet 70 percent reported that their organization does not have proactive policies in place to address poaching.
These preliminary findings will be supported by further analysis and additional research in some areas.  

The APEX Workgroup is using these results to formulate a work plan to deliver resources and information to help individual planners close the preparation gap or build on their toolkit. More information will be released in the coming comings through the Convention Industry Council website at www.conventionindustry.org/APEX.
CMPs in the News
CMP to be Honored with MPI RISE Award
Meeting Professionals International recently announced the recipients of its 2014 Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence (RISE) Awards. All honorees, "selected for exceptional achievements in leadership, community and organizational initiatives," will be honored during the annual RISE Awards luncheon during MPI’s World Education Congress (WEC), taking place this year in Minneapolis on August 3, 2014. 

The RISE Awards recognize achievement in three categories: individual achievement, community achievement and organizational achievement.

The RISE Award for Member of the Year will be presented to Robyn Mietkiewicz, CMP, CMM, of Irvine, Calif., for her volunteer leadership with the MPI Orange County Chapter and international volunteer groups." Robyn was honored last year by the CIC with a Pacesetter Award for emerging industry leaders. Congratulations, Robyn! 

Other honorees include: 
  • Jenn Wheaton, the RISE Award for Young Professional Achievement for her strategic use of technology and social media
  • Silke Fleischer,  the RISE Award for Meeting Industry Leadership for her innovation in helping produce sustainable meetings
  • Chicago Area Chapter of MPI, the RISE Award for Community Achievement in Knowledge and Ideas
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter of MPI, the RISE Award for Community Achievement in Marketplace Excellence
  • LPL Financial, the RISE Award for Organizational Achievement 
For more information, please see the MPI press release

Two CMP Board Members Honored by PCMA
The Convention Industry Council would like to congratulate two members of the CMP community – CMP Board Members Phelps R. Hope, CMP and Janet Sperstad, CMP – who were recently honored by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) for their contributions to the industry.  

Phelps R. Hope, CMP, Vice President, Meetings & Expositions, Kellen Meetings is the recipient of the Global Executive of the Year Award, which, presented annually in conjunction with IMEX, celebrates meeting executives who demonstrate a vision, commitment and passion for the advancement and education of the global meetings industry.

"Phelps’ commitment to the industry is unmatched. He is constantly searching for ways to penetrate new markets and implementing global strategies for his clients and for PCMA. I’m extremely proud he is being honored this year," said Sherrif Karamat, CAE, Chief Operating Officer, PCMA.

Hope epitomized the spirit of this award, having planned meetings and conferences in 27 different countries on six continents, and overseeing 50 global meetings per year. During his 30 year career, he has consistently demonstrated the ability to successfully move his clients into new global arenas and help achieve organizational successes. Read more on his honor here

Janet Sperstad, CMP, the Program Director for the Meeting and Event Management Degree Program at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin, was recognized as the 2014 Educator Honoree at the 2014 Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

According to the press release, "Sperstad’s professional history includes more than 25 years as a meeting professional and executive leader. She founded the Meeting and Event Management Associate degree in 2002 at Madison Area Technical College and is currently pursuing an advanced degree in the neuroscience of leadership. She is also the co-principal investigator on a research effort to evaluate the impact of hosted buyer programs on decision making behavior and attitudes in the industry.

Sperstad is a member of the International Event Qualifications Framework Global Advisory Group for the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council, Director on the CIC CMP Board, member of Faculty Task Force for both PCMA and IAEE and just completed a term on the GMIC Board of Directors."

Also honored at that dinner were Sue M. Dykema, CAE, and Carol C. Wallace. "It is a privilege to honor these three tremendous women. Their leadership has helped advance our industry and continues to ensure the meetings and events space has a bright future," said PCMA President & CEO Deborah Sexton. Read more on this honor at PCMA.
CMP on the Road
See Us At...
AIBTM | Incentives, Business, Travel & Meetings (America)
June 10-12, 2014
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida
Booth 1176 | CIC CEO Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, attending 
More information

CIC at IMEX Frankfurt
The Convention Industry Council recently presented four sessions at IMEX Frankfurt on: High Speed Internet Access, Room Block Poaching, the Economic Significance Study, and the CMP-Healthcare Certification. Additionally, CIC is proud to be a founding partner of the Inspiration Centre, which reinforces our mission of bringing emerging and innovative trends to those in the meetings management industry. Here are some highlights from IMEX. 


CIC CEO Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, right,
and Chris Prieto, CMP the Global
Representative for the African Region
in the CIC stand.
The Global CMP Team! Global Representatives 
for Asia/Pacific, Latin America, Africa, & Europe/
Mid East joined by CIC Board members and staff.

   CIC Research Pod.                  
CMP Certification Director Gayle Dahlman
assists at the CIC stand.


CIC Inspiration Centre.

On The Move
On The Move
Kim Bennett, CMP, is now Senior Manager, Programs & Events at the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.

Mariah Farbotko, CMP, recently moved from Arlington, Virginia, up to Hanover, New Hampshire, to start a new job as Events Manager at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She previously served in the role of Conference Manager at ASPPA.

Shannon Guggenheim, CMP, is now Senior Account Manager for EventLink International, Inc., where she will oversee site sourcing, logistics and overall planning of multiple meetings and events with various clients.

Matthew Marcial, CMP, is now Senior Director of Events for Meeting Professionals International in Dallas, Texas.

Danielle Mazzaferro, CMP, has joined HelmsBrisoce as a Manager of Global Accounts.? She has 16 years of meeting and event experience and helps her clients get the best value out of their meeting spend.

Annette M. Ott-Barnett, CMP, CMM, CAE, is now a senior level contractor working in the meeting and event services department for the U.S. Travel Association in Washington, D.C. She was previously the Director, Conference and Events at the Managed Funds Association.   

After almost 10 years in Atlanta at the Omni Hotel @ CNN Center, Angela Roberts, CMP, has been promoted to Director of Conference Services at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Frank Rudd, CAE, CMP, has been named the President/CEO of the Florida Society of Association Executives. Frank was formally the Executive Director of the Florida Engineering Society.

Kathryn Viggiani, CMP, has been named Event Coordinator for the New York School Nutrition Association, where she will manage all conference planning for the state association.

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