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Featured Article
CMP Preferred
While the CMP designation is not currently a requirement for professionals working in the meetings industry, it is increasingly becoming an important indicator some employers look for when making hiring decisions. Here's why.

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Chair's Corner
CMP Recertifying Made Easy...
As Chair of the CMP Board of Directors, Karen Gonzales, CMP is also required to renew her CMP designation. Here, she shares not only why it is important for her to recertify, but for all CMPs in the meetings industry as well.

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CMP Events
Come See the Social Side of Conclave
As we prepare for Conclave, the exclusive CMP-only event, CIC would like to invite you to see Spokane socially. Join us for welcome and meet and greet receptions, Spokane excursion tours, destination orientation opportunities and a delightful "Wine Around."

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Plano CVB
Recertification Reminder
Recertification expiring in 2013? Already lapsed but still want to recertify? It's not too late.

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Global Perspective
Meet Jose Ferreras, CMP, the new Regional Representative for Latin America
Jose Ferreras, CMP is the new Latin American regional representative for the Certified Meeting Professional Program. A veteran of the industry, Jose is committed to the program's mission and shares with us his perspective as a leader in his region.

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Colonial Williamsburg Co. Hospitality Group
Commentary: Participant Centered Education to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Meetings
CIC CEO Karen Kotowski reflects on Jeff Hurt's recent ASAE session, "Participant Centered Education," and shares how that approach to learning can be beneficial to CMPs and the meetings industry as a whole.

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Tropicana Casino
CMP Program News
Eric Blanc and Phelps Hope Join the 2013 CMP Board of Directors
Eric Blanc, CMP is a tenured professional with over twenty years of experience in the hospitality industry. He is currently the Director of Sales, Marketing and Convention Services for the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida and last month became president of Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI).

Phelps R. Hope, CMP is Vice President of Meetings and Expositions for the Kellen Company and has over 30 years of meetings, events and tradeshow management experience. He is responsible for the management of Kellen Meetings, the meetings and expositions division of the Kellen Company, which currently manages over 250 meetings, events and tradeshows globally each year and represents the AMC Institute.

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APEX - Standards and Best Practices
IMEX America 2012 Achieved 63 Percent Compliance, According to Sustainability Audit
The IMEX America 2012 trade show, held at the Las Vegas Sands Expo and Convention Center, achieved 63 percent compliance with the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainability Event Standards, Level 1, according to an audit conducted by MeetGreen, the show’s sustainability partner. Key areas of achievements included: waste, food, recycling and CSR. For more information on the audited sustainability results, please be sure to check out Amy Spatrisano’s session "APEX/ASTM Sustainable Meetings," during Conclave where she will share this case study.
Industry News
CIC Manual 9th Edition Focus Groups at IMEX (Frankfurt)
The Convention Industry Council invites interested CMPs to apply to be a part of the focus group meetings during which they will review the draft of the ninth edition of the CIC Manual.

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H.R. 933 Passes Without Controversial Amendment Limiting Federal Agency Attendance at Domestic Conferences
H.R. 933, the Consolidated and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 was passed by the Senate on March 20, 2013 without Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) controversial Amendment 67, which would have limited federal agencies attendance at domestic meetings or conferences to no more than 25 employees. The amendment, added onto the bill on March 14, was opposed by ASAE, PCMA and other industry organizations, through online petitions, emails, congressional visits and direct advocacy on Capitol Hill. 
Research and Trends
U.S. Travel Association Survey Reveals Growing Displeasure with Customs & Offers Solutions to Entry Process Delays
The U.S. Travel Association (USTA), recently released the results of a multi-country online survey which links displeasure with wait times and entry procedures at U.S. customs with a growing reluctance by some to travel to the U.S. The survey, conducted by Consensus Research Group, interviewed approximately 1,200 overseas travelers from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, China and Brazil who had visited or considered visiting the U.S. in the last five years. While the results of the survey are startling, Roger Dow, president and CEO  of the U.S. Travel Association said "this is a very fixable problem." Citing the need for more Customs and Border Patrol officers, Dow believes that benefits associated with hiring more officers far outweigh the initial cost and called on Congress and the Obama administration to "immediately provide the resources necessary to efficiently process our nation's guests." 

CMP on the Road
See Us At...

Destination Showcase
May 8, 2013
Chicago, IL
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After a successful Destination Showcase in Washington, DC, CIC will be heading to Chichago to present a CMP information session and participate in a panel discussion on industry certifications.

ASAE Springtime
May 16, 2013
Washington, DC
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CIC staff will be at booth 5076 to answer your questions about the CMP program, the Hall of Leaders, APEX and more!

On The Move
CMPs On the Move

Cori Dossett, CEM, CMP is now President of Conference Designed. 

Courtney Haygood, CMP was promoted to Manager, Event Services for AACSB International in Tampa, Florida. 

Jenni Kuchenbecker, CMP moved from the Embassy Suites Des Moines and is now the Executive Meetings Manager to the Sales and Client Relations Coordinator for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists in Alexandria, VA.

Stephanie Makar, CMP is now Assistant Director of Continuing Education at MCPHS University in Boston, MA.

Veronica Bemis Mooney, CMP is now the Director of New Markets & Educational Development at the Solar Energy Trade Shows, LLC.

Ashley L. Puvogel, CMP is now the Special Events Coordinator in the Office of University Events (within the Office of Community Engagement) at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. 

Nichole Tilma, CMP is now the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Country Club of Lansing.

Deborah M. Young, CMP, CEM is now Assistant Executive Director, Conferences & Exhibits for the National Association of Elementary School Principals in Alexandria, VA.

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