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August 2015

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The Convention Industry Council (CIC) is proud to announce the recipients of its first peer-nominated influencers campaign, launched in honor of the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Program’s 30th anniversary. #CMP30 Influencers are CMPs who have made a substantial impact on their colleagues and communities and whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the global meetings and events industry. These 30 individuals exemplify the spirit of the CMP credential – professionalism, credibility and excellence – and CIC is proud to recognize these representatives of the program.

"As CMP turns 30, the Influencers program has been a wonderful way to celebrate those industry leaders who have made a difference over the past three decades," said Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, CEO of the Convention Industry Council. "The response has been overwhelmingly positive as colleagues nominated their peers and mentors, reflecting on those who made a lasting impact on their careers. These CMP Influencers are exemplary models of what the CIC stands for – fiercely committed to the advancement of the meetings profession."

Driven primarily by social media, #CMP30 launched in April of this year, as industry professionals were encouraged to use Facebook and Twitter to nominate a CMP who has influenced them personally and whose work has had an impact on the direction and growth of the profession. More than 75 individual nominations were submitted for deserving CMPs and at the end of the public nomination window, CIC asked industry professionals to vote, among all eligible candidates, for their top #CMP30 Influencer via a Facebook poll.

The final top 30 CMP Influencers were selected by a committee, based on the number of Facebook poll votes, personal influence on peers, and community/leadership presence. The CIC is excited to be able to celebrate this special anniversary while thanking all CMPs globally along with the influencers who have helped make this an iconic and top certification that will continue to grow for many years to come.

The top #CMP30 Influencers are:
  • Corbin Ball, CMP, CSP, DES, Corbin Ball Associates 
  • Terri Breining, CMP, CMM, Breining Group LLC
  • Carolyn Browning, CMP, CMM, MEETing Needs, LLC 
  • Dr. Amanda Cecil, PhD, CMP, Indiana University 
  • Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM, CASE, Maritz Travel Company
  • Tahira Endean, CMP, QuickMobile 
  • Howard Feiertag, CMP, CHSE, CHA, Virginia Tech 
  • Dianna Fuller, CMP, CMM, HelmsBriscoe
  • Deborah Gardner, CMP, DG International LLC 
  • Karen M. Gonzales, CMP, Destination Marketing Association International 
  • La Tayna Greene, CMP, Purdue University Conference 
  • Tyra W. Hilliard, PhD, JD, CMP, Hilliard Associates 
  • Joanne Joham, CMP, CMM, International Congress and Convention Association 
  • Carol Krugman, Med, CMP, CMM, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Loretta Lowe, CMP, Loretta Lowe, Meeting and Event Management
  • Dave Lutz, CMP, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting 
  • Mary Jo MacDonald, CMP, Maritz Travel 
  • Mariella McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, Meeting Change 
  • Lisa J. Mikita, CMP, CAE, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Kelly Peacy, CAE, CMP, Professional Convention Management Association 
  • David Peckinpaugh, CMP, Maritz Travel Company 
  • Katy Quigley, CMP, Microsoft Corporation 
  • Richard Rheindorf, CMP, Accor Hotels
  • Adrienne Six, CMP, Visit Orlando 
  • Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP, HMCC, Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
  • Christine "Shimo" Shimasaki, CMP, CDME,, Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI)
  • Janet Sperstad, CMP, Madison College
  • Nick Topitzes, CMP, pc/nametag®, Inc.
  • Aaron Wolowiec, MSA, CAE, CMP, CTA, Event Garde LLC 
  • Karen Zimmerman, CMP, Maritz Travel
For more information on these honorees, please visit the CIC website:

The #CMP30 Influencers will be honored at the upcoming CMP Conclave, September 26-28, 2015, in Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit
Mark Your Calendar for Global Meetings Industry Day

On April 14, 2016, leaders from across the meetings and events industry will come together to support the first Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). GMID will showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities. 

GMID marks the expansion of North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID), held earlier this year in the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Latin America. NAMID included 88 events across the continent, as well as robust conversations online and 3.2 million social media impressions. Proclamations of support were issued by the governor of Wisconsin and mayors of Toronto, Buffalo and Washington, D.C. A NAMID billboard was featured all day in Times Square and Caesars Entertainment "Turned the Strip Blue" in Las Vegas with NAMID logos and signage. In Mexico, a collaboration agreement was signed between the federal government, the tourism board and all 11 meetings industry associations.

In 2016, MMB will again join forces with the Convention Industry Council (CIC) and other industry partners to host advocacy events and rallies, issue proclamations and champion the value of the meetings and events industry on social media. We will update this site as new information becomes available.

Thank you for your continued support!

Please visit the MIB website for highlights from 2015, toolkit materials and resources.
CMP Events
Deadlines for CMP Conclave Approaching!
Flight Discount Deadline – CMP Conclave attendees will receive a discount and bonus Rapid Reward points from Southwest Airlines through our SWABIZ® account. Southwest Airlines is offering an 8% discount off Anytime & Business Select® fares and a 2% discount off select Wanna Get Away® fares for travel to and from the CMP Conclave event. Book your travel between May 15, 2015 & September 8, 2015 to take advantage of the discounted rates. Discounts are available for travel September 22, 2015 through September 30, 2015.

High Caliber Educational Sessions – If you've previously attended Conclave, you know to expect top-notch educational sessions. If you've never been, don't just take our word for it. Two of the 2015 CMP Conclave keynote speakers were recently named to the Successful Meetings' list of the "25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry." Come to Conclave and find out how speakers Michael Dominguez and Julius Solaris are changing the game and what you can learn from their work! And it's not just industry publications voicing support for our presenters. Several breakout session speakers were recently voted by their peers as Top 30 CMP Influencers. Learn from them and leave equipped to take your career to the next level. This year's program includes sessions on: technology, room block poaching, healthcare meetings, hotel contacts, emerging food and beverage trends, planning globally, sustainability, successful negotiation strategies, the neuroscience of planning meetings, professional branding, and more! Please visit our website for detailed session descriptions

Special Events – We've planned a number of special events designed to compliment the Conclave educational experience, including: a welcome reception at Aces Ball Park, a special 30th anniversary celebration, an interactive culinary and wine event, and destination tours of Lake Tahoe!  

See you in Reno! 
Wellness Challenges at Conferences and Trade Shows
By Dr. Kim 

It is not uncommon for attendees to suffer from exhaustion at conferences and trade shows due to long days of sitting or standing, jam-packed session days and networking nights, no time and energy to exercise, heavy meals, drinking, jet lag and time zone changes.

What’s needed at your next event is an energy booster – something that re-charges the body and mind, as well as enhances concentration. Introducing a wellness challenge – whether it’s a pre-planned 5K run/walk, a healthy eating or step contest – can keep attendees engaged and create a favorable conference experience.  

Here are some things to consider when planning a wellness challenge:

1. Raise awareness.
• Introduce the concept of wellness via social media and targeted communications several months in advance of the conference to peak interest, intrigue and excitement.
• Ask attendees to start thinking about personal wellness challenges they experience at conferences and what changes they’d like to make.  
• Make the topic of wellness relevant by integrating fitness/wellness talks and activities as a theme in the conference or trade show schedule.
• Create an online dialogue to identify challenges and brainstorm solutions that could become the focus of your conference wellness challenge.
2. Take a bite-size approach to wellness.

Wellness is not all or nothing. Readiness to make wellness changes is part of a continuum ranging from precontemplation (no interest in making any changes) to maintenance (those who have adopted a healthy lifestyle). The goal is to move people along the continuum by changing the way they think about wellness – by making it easy for people to "fit" healthy choices into their busy conference day and everyday lives – one byte at a time. 

3. Recognize that wellness is holistic.

Wellness challenges extend beyond "counting your steps" competitions using pedometers. Wellness includes physical, emotional, intellectual, social/community, environment (physical, cultural, political) and spiritual well-being. Examples of wellness topics include:

4. Create a SMART and personalized attendee wellness challenge experience.

Have attendees think of three conference wellness activities and associated goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (SMART). Wellness activities can be integrated before, during and after the conference day. For example, an activity goal could be kick-starting the day with whole grains and a protein breakfast, learning a new concept at a conference session, and ending the day with stretching and relaxing in the hotel room before bedtime.

5. Make the challenge interesting.
• Pick a theme.
• Find sponsorship partners (e.g., pedometers, promotional products, fitness apparel and food companies).
• Integrate the wellness challenge into the conference app.
• Schedule walk and talk sessions and in-session fitness energy breaks. 
• Offer contests and friendly competitions.
• Recognize accomplishments and give out prizes.
6. Sustain momentum after the conference. 

Keep attendees engaged in personal and workplace wellness through a post-conference newsletter, online discussion communities (e.g., LinkedIn discussion group, Facebook, etc.), meet-ups, regular articles and wellness tips. Sustaining the wellness "buzz" builds healthy communities and repeat conference attendance.

Naylor Association Solutions
CMP Program News
Contribute to CMP Best Practice Documents!
This year, for the first time, CIC is introducing a new collaboration session at the 2015 CMP Conclave. The purpose of this program is to leverage the industry knowledge of CMPs in developing new resources and guidance for meeting professionals. This survey will be used to assess the issues of greatest importance facing our industry and, of these, which are in need of new guidance, best practices and resources to help meeting professionals address them. Click here to take this survey (you do not need to attend Conclave to participate).
Congratulations to the New Class of CMPs & CMP-HCs!

APEX - Standards and Best Practices
APEX Resource Center
Looking for resources? Have you been effected by attendees booking outside of your block or by poachers? Is dealing with Wi-Fi issues keeping you up at night? Struggling with the most efficient ways to submit electronic requests for proposals? 

The Accepted Practices Exchange offers a multitude of resources for meeting professionals to utilize pre, post and during events. 

Room Blocks

Electronic Request for Proposals

Bandwidth and High Speed Internet Access
Green Your Meetings with Sustainable Planning: Sustainable Accommodations
Sustainable Planning – Don’ts and Dos – 
Look to the standards on: Sustainable Accommodations

Don’t ignore your hotel’s sustainability program.

Do make sure to support your hotel’s sustainability program and encourage all attendees to take advantage of the various sustainability initiatives, such as linen reuse and recycling. The sustainability standards that explain the performance requirements for Accommodations can be found at If you read the standards, you’ll know what is expected, so you can select accommodations that meet industry standards.  

CIC making it easier: If you are looking for interactive checklists for selecting your hotel venue, just use the ones in the SMPP® found at Use the CIC50 discount code to register.

If you have a question on the Don’ts and Dos according to the standards, send it through the Contact Us form at

CMPs in the News
CMPs Among M&IT 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
Congratulations to all of the winners of the M&IT – MEETINGS AND INCENTIVE TRAVEL 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees, especially to CMPs:

Industry Planner: Chuck Schouwerwou, CMM, CMM, of ConferSense Planners Inc.

Industry Builder: Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, of Meeting Change

Industry Innovator: Sandra Wood, CMP

Industry Rising Star: Mariella Irivarren, CMP, of BMO Financial Group

The Big Idea: Tahira Endean, CMP, of Quickmobile

Click here for more information about the award. 
CMP on the Road
Need a Few More Continuing Education Credits in 2015?
Looking for continuing education credit? Find a listing of upcoming educational opportunities that have been pre-approved by us to use towards recertification. 

The added bonus is that these education opportunities also automatically get uploaded to your CMP portal if you use the same email address to register for the event! No more keeping track of your receipts or certificates as proof of attendance. 

CMP Preferred Providers are organizations that have formally registered with CIC and are committed to providing education that aligns with one of the 10 domains included in the CMP International Standards (CMP-IS). The CMP-IS domains are: strategic planning, project management, risk management, financial management, human resources, stakeholder management, meeting or event design, site management, marketing and professionalism.
On The Move
CMPs On the Move
Make an awesome career move? Let us help you celebrate! Send the details of your latest career triumph to  And while you're at it, be sure to log into and update your official CMP record.

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