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Meetings Mean Business ~ Now There's an App for That!
How much do you know about the Meetings Mean Business initiative? Read on for more information and how you can get involved.

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See the Value of Meetings in One Easy Infographic
In the February 2014 issue of CMP Today, CIC CEO Karen Kotowski wrote an article urging meeting professionals to speak the language of meetings value, using data from the update to the Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy study, originally released in 2009. This updated infographic gives some key talking points.

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CMP Events
CMP Conclave 2014 Registration NOW OPEN!
CIC invites all Certified Meeting Professionals to join us in New Orleans for CMP Conclave 2014. Register today and save!

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Tropicana Casino
Recertify by April 30 and Save!
Is your certification expiring in 2014? Did it already expire but you still want to recertify? Read ahead for important information.

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CMP Program News
CMPs in Healthcare, Apply for the CMP-HC!
If you are a Certified Meeting Professional working in the healthcare industry, then you should consider applying for the CMP-HC, the new healthcare certification, and a subspecialty of the CMP.

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CIC Manual, 9th Edition Updates Explained
CIC recently released the 9th edition of its manual. Here, Executive Editor Mariela McIlwraith explains the changes from previous versions.

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APEX - Standards and Best Practices
APEX Wants YOUR Input on Room Block Poaching!
Have you taken the APEX Room Block Poaching Survey? Read on for more information and spread the word!

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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. 

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