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Featured Article
Showing Support for the Value of Meetings
In the first half of this year, meetings professionals have joined together to promote major advocacy initiatives — mainly North American Meetings Industry Day and Exhibitions Day. Here, Roger Rickard, Founder of Voices In Advocacy, shares how all meetings professionals can get involved in showing support for the industry.

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New Whitepaper Unveils Best Practices for Increasing Efficiencies with eRFPs
CIC's APEX Workgroup and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Meetings Committee released a joint whitepaper to help you improve the eRFP process. Read on for their findings, best practices and recommendations.

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Chair's Corner
Attend Conclave & Earn up to 16.5 Re-certification Contact Hours between September 26th and September 28th
Need more reasons to attend the 2015 CMP Conclave? In this month's chair's letter, CMP Governance Commission Chair Joanne Joham extends a special Conclave 2015 invitation to you!

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CMP Events
Join CIC's CMP Hosted Buyer Programme at IMEX America
Do you plan meetings outside of your home country? Apply to join CIC's Hosted Buyer Programme at IMEX America on October 13-15, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.

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All About Reno
Forget what you think you know about Reno Tahoe. While it may strike some as an unusual destination, that's precisely why you should go! According to a recent article in Associations Now, Reno has rewritten their story. The old story: Reno was a tired gambling town. The new one: It's a four-season resort town with a can-do business attitude. Boasting eight resort hotels, impressive meeting facilities, a burgeoning local food movement and an art scene influenced by Native Americans and Western culture, Reno Tahoe is truly "more than you know." Register for CMP Conclave, and come see it first hand.

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NEW for Conclave 2015!
Have you registered for the 2015 CMP Conclave? Join us in Reno Tahoe, September 26-28, 2015 for two-and-a-half days of next-level professional development. Check out these new additions to the amazing program and register before the early bird deadline to save!

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Voting Now Open for #CMP30 Influencers
The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Program is celebrating 30 years of achievement, professional development, growth and distinction in 2015! As part of the 30th anniversary, CIC is celebrating with the first peer-selected recognition program driven primarily on social media. Earlier this year, we asked you to use Facebook and Twitter to nominate a "CMP Influencer" — a CMP-certified mentor, colleague or peer who has had a personal, lasting impact on your career or on the profession and who deserves recognition for their influence and contributions to the industry.

We received over 70 individual nominations, and now we need your vote to help narrow down the list to the Top #CMP30 Influencers! 

Polls are now open! And your vote counts! Select the CMP you want to see recognized this September during the CMP Conclave on September 26-28, in Reno Tahoe, Nevada. Final winners will be selected based on the number of Facebook poll votes, personal influence on peer(s) and community/leadership presence.
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CMP Program News
Volunteer for the CMP Program & Receive Re-certification Credit!
The CMP program relies on experienced meeting professionals like you to ensure the program reflects the current and emerging trends in the meetings industry. Our volunteers help develop and update the CMP International Standards, write and review exam questions and more. Each time we develop a volunteer panel, we want it to represent all aspects of the profession: planners, suppliers, non-profit, associations, government, corporate, independent planners and more. Sometimes our volunteers meet virtually and sometimes face to face. If you'd like to help us in these efforts, please fill out the form below and send it to Those volunteering for the CMP program will receive re-certification credit for their participation.

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APEX - Standards and Best Practices
Green Your Meetings with Sustainable Planning: Which Standards to Use
CIC has partnered with Avila to bring you the Sustainable Meeting Planning Program (SMPP) and, each month, SMPP will also provide you with a sustainability tip to help you green your meetings. This month's tip is about which standards to use.

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Industry News
PCMA Releases New Salary Survey on Meeting Professionals
Earlier this month, PCMA released the results of its annual salary survey, revealing that CMPs continue to earn more, on average, than meeting professionals without the designation. Read on for more findings.

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CMPs in the News
CMPs Among MeetingsNet 2015 Changemakers
MeetingsNet recently revealed its annual list of outstanding leaders and innovators making change happen in the meetings and convention industry. Read on to see which CMPs made the list!

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CMP on the Road
Find Pre-Approved Continuing Education Through the Preferred Provider Program

The Convention Industry Council’s CMP Preferred Provider Program launched in February 2015. Since the launch, we have added over 68 Preferred Providers who offer quality continuing education for CMPs. 

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.

Preferred Provider education makes it easy to find and complete the educational requirements of the CMP Program and have your attendance recorded in your portal record.

You can find a listing of educational opportunities on our website. 
On The Move
CMPs On the Move

Tim Barrett is now Catering Sales Manager for Bold American Events in Atlanta, GA.

Jim Cacabelos, CMP, CGMP, is now Regional Sales Manager for Pineapple Hospitality.

Kristin Hosie, CMP, is now Field Marketing Manager - Canada at VMware. 

Jessica Horst, CMP, is now the Operations Manager, Event Operations & Services - North America for UBM LLC in San Francisco, CA.

Cheryl Lancaster, CMP, CMM, former Corporate Meeting Manager with Toyota Motor Sales, is now President of Cloud 9 Meetings.

Beth A. McDaniels, CMP, is now Corporate & Convention Sales Manager for the Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Group.

Renée Siuta, CMP, has been promoted to Director of Customer Experience, providing leadership for the development and implementation of a comprehensive service quality program across Freeman Audio Visual, Inc., Alford Media Services, Inc. and Stage Rigging.

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